19 Ways to use Cinnamon Sugar

by Beat Bake Eat

Cinnamon sugar is a spiced sugar topping that is very easy to make and works on a variety of dishes, both baked and otherwise. Here are some ways to use it that I think you’ll really like.

Donuts covered in cinnamon sugar.

  1. Donuts: Dip or brush butter onto your donuts then coat them in cinnamon sugar. This is an obvious one but wait, there’s more.
  2. Ice cream: Use it as a garnish for your ice cream! I bet you never thought about that one before.
  3. Cinnamon Toast: To seriously level up your buttered toast, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on it while it’s still warm. You’re welcome.
  4.  Croissants, English Muffins, and Bagels: You can do the same thing for these too! And yes, you can toast a croissant in the toaster. But can you do it without squishing them? No. Can you still eat them even though they’re squished? Hell yeah.
  5. Pies and Leftover Pie Crust: Prior to baking, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over your pies and you can do the same with any leftover pie crust you have instead of throwing them away! Cut them into strips (or whatever shape you want), give them a good dusting, then bake. I hate wasting food.
  6. Cobblers and Crisps: I mean, these dishes already call for cinnamon but I’m positive that sprinkling some cinnamon sugar on top would make them even better, especially if you do it before you bake them so that you can get that nice crisp crust.
  7. Muffins and Quick Breads: You can sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top before baking for some pizzazz. Or after baking; apply butter first then sprinkle it on top, also for pizzazz.
  8. Coffee: Did you know that you can add cinnamon sugar into your coffee grounds before brewing? This way you’ll have a perfectly sweet cup of coffee without getting bits of cinnamon floating on top.
  9. Apples (Fresh or Baked): If you sprinkle cinnamon sugar on a freshly sliced apple it will stick to the moisture and just like that you have a healthier treat. But if you have some more time on your hands, you can bake your apple slices in the oven or even place them in an air-fryer.
  10. Snickerdoodles: If you don’t know what these are, they are cinnamon sugar cookies that are a classic holiday favorite in America and Canada. And you can’t make them without rolling them in cinnamon sugar! 
  11. Homemade Sandwich Bread and Breadsticks: When kneading your dough, sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar. This is a simple way to turn your average sandwich loaf or breadsticks into something with a kick of sweetness!
  12.  Pancakes and Waffles: Before you pour your syrup, slather them with butter then dust them with cinnamon sugar. Thank me later.
  13. Oatmeal and Porridge: You can either mix the cinnamon sugar in or simply sprinkle it on top. It goes great with baked oatmeal too.
  14.  Puff Pastry, Crescent Roll, and Biscuit Dough: Lay a (rolled out) puff pastry sheet flat on your counter, lightly butter, then add your desired amount of cinnamon sugar to the center, bake, and ta-dah! That’s an easy dessert right there. The same can be done with biscuit dough.
  15.  Cakes and Cupcakes: You can mix the cinnamon sugar into the batter or into the frosting or both. 
  16.  Crepes, Flour Tortillas, Naan, and Flatbread: All of these are delicious with a spread of butter and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar but if you really want to amp up the flavor try warming them up. The cinnamon sugar will become irresistibly melty! You’ll love it.
  17.  Chickpeas: If you want a sweet treat with some added protein, coat a can of rinsed and peeled chickpeas with olive oil then toss them in cinnamon sugar before you bake or air-fry them for the perfect poppable snack, that’s actually healthy!
  18. Popcorn: Lightly spray your popcorn with non-stick cooking spray then toss with melted butter and your cinnamon sugar blend. 
  19.  Egg Roll Wrappers: If you’re trying to combine cinnamon sugar with egg roll wrappers I know you’re feeling creative. Good for you. An awesome option is to slice up an apple and roll it in an egg roll wrapper. Next, deep fry it. Immediately brush on melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar. You basically get a light and flaky single serving of apple pie!

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