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

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 »

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 »

Cinnamon Simple 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 »

Roasted Sugar-Glazed Pears

Roasted pears stuffed with almonds, currants, and raisins make a simple yet elegant dessert.

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 »

Greek New Year’s Bread (Vasilopita)

This Greek bread is traditionally baked for January 1st, the Greek Orthodox St. Basil’s saint’s day, but even in the days after January 1st, baking it is a fitting way to celebrate good things to come. 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) »

Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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 »

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 »

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 »

Todd’s Snickerdoodles

Cinnamon-sugar dusted snickerdoodles are always one of the most-requested holiday cookies. Get the recipe for Todd’s Snickerdoodles »

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

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 »
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 »

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 »

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 »

Spice Applesauce Cake

Applesauce adds moisture and sweet apple flavor in a lovely cinnamon-spiced, autumnal cake. Get the recipe for Spice Applesauce Cake »