January 29, 2023

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Easy Cinnamon Twists Recipe + VIDEO

Homemade Cinnamon Twists Recipe – Make perfectly crisp and soft cinnamon twists with just 4 simple ingredients. They’re a delightfully sweet dessert or anytime snack!

Plate of cinnamon twists stacked, with bowl of chocolate sauce on the side.

Why We Love This Recipe

Warm, crunchy, and soft Cinnamon Twists are easy to make at home. AND, bonus, they make the house smell fabulous!

All you need is 4 simple ingredients: frozen puff pastry sheets, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to make an irresistible treat. The store-bought dough is sliced into thin strips, which are then twisted and twice coated in cinnamon sugar, once before and once after baking. From start to finish this cinnamon twist recipe takes less than 30 minutes!

After they are baked crisp and warm, twists with cinnamon and sugar are a fabulous snack to serve with hot tea or coffee, or as a dessert dunked in your favorite sweet dip.

Top view crispy cinnamon twists on a plate.
  • Puff pastry – frozen and thawed
  • Granulated sugar – or brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon – or pumpkin pie or apple pie spice blends for seasonal treats
  • Salt – a pinch to balance the sweetness of the sugar
Dunking crispy twist into a ramekin of dark chocolate sauce.

How to Make Cinnamon Twists

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Set out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. 

Next, set out a small baking dish and combine the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

Unfold the puff pastry sheet on a clean work surface. Cut the square in half. Then cut each half in 12 narrow strips.

Pro Tip: I find it’s easiest and super fast to cut the strips evenly with a pizza cutter.

Pie cutter slicing puff pastry dough into thin even strips.

You should have 24 strips total, about ½ X 5 inches long.

Lay out two strips at the time.

Two pieces of puff pastry slices laying side by side on baking mat.

Fold the strips over lengthwise to make very thin, yet fatter, ribbons of pastry dough.

Tops of two strands of cut puff pastry sealed together.

Then twist the two strips together like in the photos. No need to braid or get fancy!

Twisted puff pastry unbaked on a mat.

Place the twisted pastry in the cinnamon sugar and shake to coat.

Get the Complete (Printable) Cinnamon Twist Recipe + VIDEO Below. Enjoy!

Tossing the unbaked pastry twist in cinnamon and sugar.

Lay on the parchment paper.

Twist and coat the rest of the puff pastry strips creating 12 cinnamon twists total. Spread them out on the baking sheet 1 ½ to 2 inches apart.

Unbaked twists on parchment on a baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until very puffy and golden.

Puffed baked twists with cinnamon and sugar.

Once out of the oven, shake the cinnamon twists in the cinnamon sugar a second time to give them a fresh coating.

Baked twists going into the cinnamon sugar mixture for second coating.

Serving Suggestions

Serve simply with a hot cup of coffee or tea, or big glass of chilled milk.

We love to pair crunchy cinnamon twists with sweet dips and chocolate sauce! Here are a few of my personal favorites:

You can even put one on the side of a bowl of ice cream to fancy it up a bit.

Plate of cinnamon twists.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make gluten-free cinnamon twists?

Use your choice of gluten-free frozen puff pastry sheets. Then ta-da! you instantly have a GF sweet treat.

How long do cinnamon twists last?

Store in an airtight zipper bag or container with a lid. Keep the twists on the counter at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze cinnamon twists?

You certainly can! Once they have cooled completely, wrap the twists individually in aluminum foil, then place them together in a freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to a month. Unwrap, thaw at room temperature, and reheat briefly in a 350°F oven.

Hand dipping crunchy twist with sugar and cinnamon into a ramekin of chocolate sauce.

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Easy Cinnamon Twists Recipe + VIDEO

Make perfectly crisp and soft cinnamon twists with just 4 simple ingredients. They’re a delightfully sweet dessert or anytime snack!

Servings: 12 sticks

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Set out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.

  • Set out a small baking dish and combine the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

  • Unfold the puff pastry sheet on a clean work surface. Cut the square in half. Then cut each half in 12 narrow strips. (I find it’s easiest to do this with a pizza cutter.) You should have 24 strips, about ½ X 5 inches long.

  • Lay out two strips of the time. Fold the strips over lengthwise to make very thin, yet fatter, ribbons of pastry dough. Then twist the two strips together.

  • Place the twisted pastry in the cinnamon sugar and shake to coat. Lay on the parchment paper. Twist and coat the rest of the puff pastry strips creating 12 cinnamon twists total. Spread them out on the baking sheet 1 ½ to 2 inches apart.

  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until very puffy and golden.

  • Once out of the oven, shake the cinnamon twists in the cinnamon sugar a second time to give them a fresh coating. Served warm or at room temperature.

Serve with ice cream, chocolate fondue, creamy dessert dip, or simply with a hot cup of coffee.

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 145kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 51mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

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