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Cinnamon Twists

These delightful golden twists are perfect for a spring brunch or lunch. The brown sugar and cinnamon give them a delicate spicy flavor. It's a good thing the recipe makes a big batch, because people can rarely eat just one. —Janet Mooberry, Peoria, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, milk, butter, egg and remaining water; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Roll into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Brush with butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Let dough rest for 6 minutes. Cut lengthwise into three 16x4-in. strips. Cut each strip into sixteen 4x1-in. pieces. Twist and place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 71 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Gerald
    Feb 8, 2020

    Followed the directions as written, but I was not pleased with the texture; too soft. I expected them to be more of a crust texture. Seems the bake time on the recipe isn’t long enough. ??????

  • TerryH1387
    Jul 31, 2017

    Very good. I made with half white whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour. I wanted smaller bite size (well, 2 bites) so rolled the dough to 18 x 12 and cut lengthwise into 4 sections instead of 3. Baking time was the same. I took to a party and they disappeared.

  • TheRealShay
    Aug 23, 2016

    These are fantastic. Make 'em for a very picky hubby who can't get enough. I use a vanilla glaze as well. Is it ok to freeze some and for how long? Thanks!

  • lolohiser
    Apr 22, 2016

    One of the very first Taste of Home recipes I tried.

  • rrangelica
    Apr 26, 2011

    Excellent! I made these for Easter morning and drizzled them with a butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla glaze. They were just about gone by the end of the day!

  • renewisa40
    Feb 5, 2011

    I made these with my mom when I was younger and they were wonderful! Sold great at bakesales too. Can't wait to make these with my girls.