Cinnamon twists made with puff pastry, cinnamon, and sugar are a delicious snack or breakfast treat and always a big hit!
Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 Simple to make and a delicious snack or easy breakfast treat.
📌 Made with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
📌 Easy to adjust to seasonal flavors for the holidays.
- Sugar – White granulated sugar.
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon.
- Salt – Kosher salt or table salt.
- Puff pastry – Frozen puff pastry, thawed.
⭐ First, mix cinnamon, salt, and sugar, and spread onto a plate. Set aside.
⭐ Then, spread out the puff pastry out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roll out the dough thin.
⭐ Next, cut dough into strips and brush with water on each side. Cover in cinnamon and sugar, gently pressing it into the dough.
⭐ Finally, twist strips and place back on baking sheet. Bake until twists are puffed and golden brown.
Can you make cinnamon twists ahead of time?
Yes, these will keep for about 5 days at room temperature. Store in an air tight container.
If they need to be crisped back up you can pop them in an air fryer or toaster oven for 2 – 3 minutes on high.
What seasonings do you need?
For classic cinnamon twists you’ll just want to use cinnamon and sugar. But don’t be afraid to try other combinations!
Are these like Taco Bell cinnamon twists?
These are not the same as Taco Bell (but are still super delicious on taco night!). Taco Bell cinnamon twists are made with a fried puffed grain.
Leftovers and storage
How long do cinnamon twists last?
They will keep for about 5 days at room temperature. Store in an air tight container for best results.
If you ice them, they will not keep as long so we suggest serving icing as a dip rather than topping.
Do they have to be refrigerated?
These do not require refrigeration once baked.
Can you freeze them?
Technically yes, but they will lose their rigidity and structure, so we do not recommend it unless absolutely necessary. You can reheat them and get them a little bit crispy again in the toaster oven or air fryer.
We do not suggest heating in a microwave.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
✅ Try different flavor combinations like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.
✅ Make mini-twists to pack in your kids’ lunches.
What to eat with cinnamon twists (serving suggestions)
These are great with breakfast alongside homemade chicken minis, crockpot breakfast casserole, or overnight oats. You can also serve them as a dessert with your favorite frosting recipes to dip like eggnog frosting, raspberry buttercream, or chocolate buttercream!
More delicious cinnamony recipes
Other recipes made with puff pastry
Tools we love
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
- Silicone baking mats – Nothing sticks to these! Whaaaa?! Perfect for baking sugary cookies, or cheesy croissants or make some no bake cookies. You know why? Because nothing sticks to these!!!
How to Make Cinnamon Twists
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch kosher or table salt
- 14-17 ounces frozen puff pastry thawed
- Mix cinnamon, salt, and sugar, together and spread onto a plate or flat dish. Set aside.
- Spread out the puff pastry onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet (one for each sheet of pastry). Roll out the dough thinly until it is about 10” wide on the short end and ⅛” thick.
- Carefully slice the dough long ways into 1” strips, then slice across the center to divide the strips into two.
- Brush dough strips with water, then press into cinnamon sugar mixture on both sides. (Work quickly, or stash half the dough strips in the freezer while you work so the dough doesn't become too sticky to work with).
- Twist sugared strips and place back on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 18-20 minutes until twists are puffed up and golden brown.
- Remove from oven cool on a wire rack. Serve as is or with your favorite frosting or sweet dip.