Our 16 Best Cinnamon Dessert Recipes To Spice Up Your Life

The warming spice is perfect in apple desserts, breads, and sugar cookies

Our favorite baking spice adds subtle, earthy warmth to everything, and we have to confess that when fall arrives, it's really all we're craving (but, of course, we'll eat it year round). We're coating our donuts in cinnamon. We're sprinkling it on our breakfast rolls and adding plenty of it to cookies. And how about pie? Yep, there's cinnamon there too. We'll never say no to any of these cinnamon recipes.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake
Sorghum flour and almond meal give this cake from Gluten-Free Baking (Weldon Owen 2014) a soft, fine crumb; tangy yogurt balances its subtle sweetness. A dense brown sugar and walnut crumble tops the cinnamon-and-vanilla-scented base, making for a satisfying breakfast or snack. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake »Farideh Sadeghin
New England Hermits
New England Hermits
These classic bar cookies, spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg and studded with raisins, are adapted from a recipe in the 1880 New Cook Book. Get the recipe for New England Hermits »SAVEUR
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Cinnamon Syrup
Great in fall cocktails, this flavored simple syrup is also wonderful drizzled over pancakes or stirred into coffee. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Simple Syrup »Todd Coleman
Roasted Sugar-Glazed Pears
Roasted Sugar-Glazed Pears
Roasted pears stuffed with almonds, currants, and raisins make a simple yet elegant dessert. Get the recipe for Roasted Sugar-Glazed Pears »Beth Rooney
Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread
Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread
Fika means "to drink coffee" in Swedish. But it's more than just that. It's a moment to take a break, chat with friends, and enjoy a pastry—a tradition worth emulating. And one that's charmingly detailed in Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall's upcoming book Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break (Ten Speed Press, April 2015). Get a fikasugen (a fika craving) for proper Swedish coffee snacks like this cinnamon-cardamom bread. The yeasty cardamom-spiced dough is cut into a decorative pattern before baking. Get the recipe for Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread »Romulo Yanes
Greek New Year's Bread (Vasilopita)
Vasilopita Greek New Years Bread
Cinnamon gives the rich yet fluffy bread spicy warmth, while mastiha, a resinous spice, adds piney notes for depth. Get the recipe for Greek New Year's Bread (Vasilopita) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
cinnamon cookie recipe
Laden with dried cranberries and drizzled with a sweet cinnamon glaze, these go beyond the typical oatmeal cookie. Get the recipe for Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies »Helen Rosner
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
This perfect combination of snickerdoodle and sugar cookie is warmly spiced—just the thing to have with a cup of tea, by a roaring fire. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Cookies »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Yeast-raised, sticky, moist cinnamon rolls are made even more decadent with the addition of cream cheese. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »André Baranowski
Todd's Snickerdoodles
Todd's Snickerdoodles
Cinnamon-sugar dusted snickerdoodles are always one of the most-requested holiday cookies. Get the recipe for Todd's Snickerdoodles »Noah Fecks
Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)
Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)
Sweet walnut paste is rolled into yeast dough in this recipe, adapted from Toni's Country Kitchen in Laurium, Michigan. Get the recipe for Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica) »Penny De Los Santos
New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts
New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts
A simple glaze of boiled-down apple cider, butter, and confectioners' sugar makes for a great donut dip. Get the recipe for New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts »Todd Coleman
Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie
Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie, holiday pie recipes
Rosemary adds a subtle, herbal undertone to a gooey caramel sauce that gets stirred into tart apples in this sophisticated yet all-American dessert. Get the recipe for Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cinnamon-Sugar Ice Cream
Cinnamon-Sugar Ice Cream
Buttery cinnamon-sugar crumbles swirled into a creamy base are reminiscent of cinnamon toast. Get the recipe for Cinnamon-Sugar Ice Cream »Helen Rosner
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A buttery cinnamon crumble tops a sweet breakfast favorite; the cake itself gets an extra boost of flavor from cinnamon extract. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake »Todd Coleman
Spice Applesauce Cake
applesauce cake recipe
Applesauce adds moisture and sweet apple flavor in a lovely cinnamon-spiced, autumnal cake. Get the recipe for Spice Applesauce Cake »Tim Mazurek