These homemade Cinnamon Twists are a sweet and buttery treat that takes just minutes to prepare. Serve with a drizzle of icing for a fun dessert, or even as part of your next brunch or afternoon coffee.
Homemade Cinnamon Twists
This recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Twists uses grocery store puff pastry to create the most light, buttery, delicious, and easy dessert perfect for serving at any time of day. The smell from the oven alone will be enough to make you do a little happy dance. And since these take less than 15 minutes to prepare and just about 10 minutes to bake, you’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate.
While technically a dessert, I would wholeheartedly support serving these Sugar and Cinnamon Twists as part of a brunch, or as a treat during your afternoon coffee. They are also perfect for making with kids, as are our savory Cheese Twists.
Ingredients in Cinnamon Twists
- Puff Pastry - I recommend buying an all-butter puff pastry if you can. It’s best to thaw your puff pastry overnight in the fridge so that it doesn’t crack. Feel free to cut the straws to whatever size you like.
- Butter - your butter should be either melted or incredibly soft so that you can spread it in a super thin layer over each sheet of puff pastry.
- Sugar - this recipe calls for white granulated sugar. If you wanted to try a different flavor profile, you could make these with brown sugar.
- Cinnamon - use your favorite kind of ground cinnamon. You could also try using pumpkin pie spice, or a combination of baking spices such as nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves.
- Egg Wash - you’ll need one egg and 2 tablespoons of water to make an egg wash. It helps them stay nice and shiny.
For the Homemade Icing
- Powdered Sugar - powdered sugar keeps the icing super smooth and creamy.
- Heavy Cream - this adds a little bit of richness. You could also substitute milk if you want.
- Vanilla Extract - pure vanilla extract tastes best. For different flavors, try using almond extract, coffee extract, and more.
How to Make Cinnamon Twists with Puff Pastry
- Roll out the puff pastry. Unfold 2 thawed sheets of puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to even out the creases and gently roll out the puff pastry.
- Spread butter and add toppings. Pour half of the butter onto each of the puff pastry sheets and spread evenly using an offset spatula or a pastry brush. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon and half of the sugar onto each puff pastry sheet.
- Cut into strips. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut into ¾" wide strips. (To make shorter straws, cut the strips in half widthwise)
- Twist. Twist each puff pastry strip and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Egg wash. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to egg wash the puff pastry.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned.
- Serve. Remove from the oven and serve warm with homemade icing, if desired, or transfer to wire racks to cool to room temperature. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
- Optional Icing: In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined and smooth, then use a spoon to drizzle over the Cinnamon Twists.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to thaw frozen puff pastry is to pull it into the fridge the night before you plan to make this recipe. This slower thaw helps prevent the sheets from cracking.
The biggest piece of advice I can give when it comes to twisting puff pastry strips is to make sure that your puff pastry is cold. If you notice it’s difficult to handle without getting mushy, toss them onto a baking sheet and pop into the fridge for 30 minutes. You want to be able to grab both ends and give them 3-5 nice even twists (the number depends on how long or short you cut them).
To prep your Cinnamon Sugar Twists ahead of time, do everything besides bake, then lightly cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight. The next day, just pop into a preheated oven and bake as directed.
- Room Temperature: store completely cooled Cinnamon Sugar Twists in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- To refresh: if you want to refresh your leftover Cinnamon Sugar Twists, place them into a preheated 350 degree oven for a few minutes.
- Freezer: store unbaked twists in freezer bags in the freezer for up to 2 months. To bake, pull from the freezer and place onto parchment lined baking sheets before baking as directed. While you can freeze baked Cinnamon Sugar Twists, they tend to get a little mushy so I recommend making them fresh instead.
Cinnamon Twist Recipe
Cinnamon Sugar Twists
- 2 sheets Puff Pastry thawed
- 2 Tablespoons Butter melted
- ½ cup Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 large Egg for egg wash
- 2 Tablespoons Water for egg wash
Icing for Cinnamon Twists
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Unfold 2 thawed sheets of puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to even out the creases and gently roll out the puff pastry. Pour half of the butter onto each of the puff pastry sheets and spread evenly using an offset spatula or a pastry brush. Sprinkle each sheet with half of the sugar and half of the cinnamon.
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut into ¾" wide strips. (To make shorter straws, cut the strips in half widthwise)
- Twist each puff pastry strip and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to egg wash the puff pastry.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm with icing if desired, or transfer to wire racks and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Icing for Cinnamon Sugar Twists
- In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle onto Cinnamon Twists.
More Easy Dessert Recipes
- Crushed Peppermint Cookies
- Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Homemade Caramel Popcorn
- Butterscotch Coconut Pie
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Chocolate Cream Puffs
- Cream Puffs
- No-Bake Cheesecake
- More Breakfast Recipes
- More Snack Recipes
If you’ve tried this recipe, please rate it and leave a comment on this post. I love hearing feedback from you. It helps me and other readers too! If you love Pinterest, feel free to leave a comment and photo there too. Also, if you like to share, use the hashtag #thecarefreekitchen on Instagram and tag me @thecarefreekitchen so I can find you and give your post some love. You can also find me on Facebook at The Carefree Kitchen. Thank you!!
These Cinnamon Twists are super simple and perfect for serving as dessert, with afternoon coffee, or even as part of brunch. They are sweet, buttery, and taste great with a drizzle of our homemade icing.