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Deluxe Cinnamon Toast Recipe

Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home". She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated".

Best Cinnamon Toast

Best Cinnamon Toast

Recipe for The Best Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon toast was a tradition in our home. Although it was a favorite after-school treat, only on snow days were we allowed to eat cinnamon toast for breakfast. I can still feel the sting of the cold floor against my bare feet as I carefully sprinkled cinnamon sugar over the buttered bread. It had to be done just right—all the way to the edges—so the sugar would carmelize and form an irresistible, crusty layer over the soft bread.

If using sliced loaf bread you may want to toast the bread first, although this is an entirely personal decision. I like mine soft and warm under the layer of carmelized sugar. Instead of sliced loaf bread we prefer substantial, thicker breads such as ciabatta, baguette or even challah.

Why is this cinnamon toast "deluxe"? A drizzle of icing makes this cinnamon toast extra special, like a homemade pop tart. My husband calls it "cinnamon roll bread" because of the gooey cinnamon flavor. So if you're craving cinnamon rolls but don't have the time to make them, try Deluxe Cinnamon Toast instead!


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How to Make Cinnamon Toast

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Tips

  • Invest in a cheese shaker if you make cinnamon toast often.
  • Store cinnamon sugar right in the shaker by placing waxed paper under the lid.
  • Buy a good quality cinnamon such as Saigon, which tastes like red hot candies.
  • Spread butter and cinnamon sugar all the way to the edges of the bread.
  • We like a ratio of 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to 1 cup of brown sugar, but adjust according to taste.



Ratings

Best Cinnamon Toast

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

Serves two people

set up a station

set up a station

spread with butter and cinnamon sugar

spread with butter and cinnamon sugar

broil

broil

drizzle with icing

drizzle with icing

ready to eat

ready to eat

Cinnamon Toast Ingredients

  • 2 large breads such as ciabatta or baguette, or 4 slices of loaf bread
  • 3-4 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, preferably Saigon

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk or, for adults, rum or Grand Marnier
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pour brown sugar and cinnamon straight into a shaker (see Amazon capsule). Cover lid's holes with a paper towel and shake until combined.
  2. If using baguette or ciabatta, slice bread in half. Place bread, cut side up, on a cutting board or countertop.
  3. Generously spread softened butter on the bread.
  4. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Place bread under a broiler for several minutes, until bubbly. Don't leave unattended as the bread can burn quickly.
  6. While the cinnamon toast broils, mix up the icing. Place sugar, vanilla and milk in a bowl and stir with a spoon until smooth.
  7. Remove cinnamon toast from the oven.
  8. Drizzle cinnamon toast with icing.
  9. Eat immediately, while still hot.
  10. Serve Deluxe Cinnamon Toast with a glass of cold milk or a mug of piping hot coffee or tea.
Deluxe Cinnamon Toast

Deluxe Cinnamon Toast

Comments

Anna Javier on October 03, 2020:

Excited to try this!!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 28, 2015:

this toast looked super delicious, your photo got me hungry again, voted up

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 07, 2013:

Au fait, I hope your weather improves. In the meantime, being stuck in the house means it's time to make deluxe cinnamon toast!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 07, 2013:

I really like this idea. I'm going to have to try it. Wonder why it never occurred to me to try vanilla icing on it before . . .

We're having the perfect weather for it here in North Texas right now. Very chilly temperatures for this part of the country and we've just finished a very severe ice storm, the worst I've ever seen here.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 05, 2013:

RTalloni, this is a special and easy breakfast treat so you can enjoy your guests and spend less time in the kitchen. What a great idea!

RTalloni on December 05, 2013:

This is the perfect time of year to perfect making cinnamon toast. :) We love the Saigon cinnamon. A nice Christmas breakfast treat here!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on September 07, 2013:

bestentryDSLR, this is a great snack, breakfast or dessert for those who don´t have the time or energy for the kitchen. Kids especially love deluxe cinnamon toast. Enjoy!

bestentryDSLR on September 05, 2013:

These remind me of cinnamon toast crunch. I want to make them right now. This is something that I'm going to have for sure. Voted up!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 18, 2013:

Thanks, Sam Elder.

SAM ELDER from Home on June 18, 2013:

Looks delicious, voted up :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 29, 2013:

janices7, I know what you mean! Cinnamon toast is quick, easy and yummy. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

Janice S on May 29, 2013:

Oh boy, this made me instantly hungry and it's a good hour from lunch time yet!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 08, 2013:

peachpurple, cinnamon toast is one of the easiest treats I know. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 07, 2013:

your toast looks awesome. Easy to get ready to eat. Just like spreading butter on the bread. Voted up

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

livingsta, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for the vote, share and pin!

livingsta from United Kingdom on March 06, 2013:

Wow, makes me want to eat them now! Thank you for this beautiful recipe. Voted up , sharing and pinning!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

JustAskSusan, I hope you can try it sometime. Thanks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

sgbrown, I'm glad you enjoyed this information on how to make cinnamon toast deluxe. Even adults love it! Thanks for the votes and share!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

Oh My! This looks so good!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 05, 2013:

Oh my, I am drooling! You do know how to make some great cinnamon toast! I use sliced bread, but put it under the broiler. I have not thought of the icing, though. That will make it delux! I really like the rum idea, oh yes... Great recipe, will be using this next time I make it! Up awesome and sharing! :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 14, 2013:

RivieraRose, cinnamon toast may be more of a North American thing but it's so easy and delicious that I hope you can try it soon! Thanks for coming by.

Riviera Rose from South of France on February 14, 2013:

Can you believe I've never had cinnamon toast - but now I really want some!!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 09, 2013:

KoffeeKlatchGals, I hope you enjoy the cinnamon toast!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on February 09, 2013:

I love french toast. I will definitely be trying your delicious looking recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 06, 2013:

IndieJoe, you're right about the cinnamon toast. It's the perfect comfort food! Enjoy and thanks for your support. : )

IndieJoe on February 06, 2013:

I know it's summer in Peru but it's the middle of winter in North America and this is going to be the perfect remedy to an icy cold morning. Thanks for posting!!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 28, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, please let me know what you think! This is a simple but delicious treat and the ingredients are easy to find in most places. Enjoy and thank you for coming by!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 28, 2013:

A wonderful hub with clear instructions and mouth-watering photos! I am quite fond of toast and would like to try your tasty recipe! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and pinned

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 23, 2013:

Vickiw, I'm glad you're going to make cinnamon toast for your company. It's an easy and yummy treat. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Vickiw on January 23, 2013:

Beautiful Hub Vespa. How could anyone resist? Certainly not me! Will have overnight company in the next couple if days. Guess what's on the breakfast menu? Thanks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 20, 2013:

TToombs, thanks so much for the comment and share! I really appreciate it.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on January 20, 2013:

I'm going to have to make this for my guys...they will love it! Great recipe! Voted up and shared.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 18, 2013:

Lindacee, this cinnamon toast is extra yummy when made with challah. I hope you get to enjoy this special breakfast treat sometime. Thanks!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

I love cinnamon toast and loved this Hub! This is a wonderfully simple recipe for a special breakfast treat. I will have to try it with challah. I like your tip of toasting pre-sliced bread before adding the butter and cinnamon sugar. The addition of icing is, well, the icing on the cake, so to speak! Yummy! ;)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 17, 2013:

beingwell, enjoy the cinnamon toast! It's quick, easy and tasty so I hope you can find butter soon. Thank you for the comment and votes. I appreciate it!

beingwell from Bangkok on January 17, 2013:

Another yummy treat for me to try! We have lots of cinnamon at home... we put them on our coffee and... well, yeah! That's it. Now, I need to buy some butter. I hope I do justice to your recipe. Thankies!!

Shared and upped this one.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 15, 2013:

MamaKim, what nice memories of eating cinnamon toast with your sister. I hope you enjoy the icing--thanks for the vote and comment!

Sasha Kim on January 15, 2013:

Aw my sister and I used to eat cinnamon toast all the time... and we make it just like you except without the icing ^_^ which sounds fabulous!!! I'll have to make this some time very soon... thanks for the nostalgic recipe Vespa ^_^ voting a whole bunch!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 14, 2013:

Yes alocsin, even my husband who is a non-cook can make cinnamon toast. : ) Enjoy and thanks for the votes and comment!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 14, 2013:

Not being a cook, I'm always on the lookout for recipes that are easy enough for me to try. And this is one of them -- sounds delicious too. Voting this Up and Useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 14, 2013:

Nuffsaidstan, glad you enjoyed this delicious cinnamon toast and thank you for your review!

nuffsaidstan on January 14, 2013:

Love cinnamon so tried this, yum yum!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 13, 2013:

DDE, cinnamon does have plenty of health benefits, although cinnamon toast is coated in sugar. : ) Thanks for coming by.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 13, 2013:

Looks a healthy treat with cinnamon, thanks for sharing such a recipe

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Moonlake, I hope you try it sometime. I really is yummy! I appreciate the vote and comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Marcia, thanks for paying me a visit!

moonlake from America on January 10, 2013:

Your cinnamon toast just made me so hungry. I never thought of putting frosting on it but why not. Voted up.

mours sshields from Elwood, Indiana on January 10, 2013:

This looks and sounds great!

Marcia Ours

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Lemonkerdz, let us know what you think! Cinnamon toast makes a nice little snack or treat anytime. Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.: )

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on January 10, 2013:

That looks a like a great breakfast, your husband must be a very happy man. looks like tonight i have supper ideas with a nice coffee to wash it down with. looking forward to trying this recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Denis Handlon, the cinnamon toast and hot chocolate sounds like a wonderful flavor combination! At one point in my life I thought that I'd outgrown cinnamon toast, until my husband made some one afternoon and then I realized what we'd been missing. Of course, we don't have it often but when I'm craving something quick and sweet this is a nice option. Thank you for coming by!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 10, 2013:

OMG-this really is 'deluxe'. I have never mixed cinnamon with brown sugar, so that would be the first change I'd make. The second one is the use of different breads. Like you, cinnamon toast was always a special treat. I used to make mine with a cup of hot chocolate and dunk the bread into the chocolate. Yum. The third change is the icing-love that touch. Thanks for the recipe and awesome photos. A simple and easy treat to enjoy on those cold days. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

OmParamapoonya, please let me know what your husband thinks! A good-quality toaster oven is good for so many uses, and this cinnamon toast is pretty yummy. Enjoy! Thank you for coming by.

Om Paramapoonya on January 10, 2013:

So simple and wonderful! A dear friend of mine gave me a toaster oven about a year ago, but I've hardly used it. I must try this recipe soon. I think my husband would love this cinnamon toast A LOT!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Rajan Jolly, it does have a wonderful cinnamon flavor. Have you written a Hub about the health benefits of cinnamon? I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the votes.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Thank you,Naomi's Banner. It was a fun Hub to put together and my husband enjoyed eating the cinnamon toast. : )

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

KA Pederson, I'm happy you like this "pimped out"cinnamon toast. Thanks for the vote and pin!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 09, 2013:

This looks very yummy and should give off a heavenly taste of cinnamon as well. Voted up and interesting.

Naomi's Banner from United States on January 09, 2013:

This looks great! Great hub by the way.

Kim Anne from Texas on January 09, 2013:

wow, this is fancy cinnamon toast! With adult varieties! Will have to pin this! Voting you up for "awesome"!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, cinnamon toast is already sweet but the icing makes it tastes like cinnamon toast. I hope you try it! Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Yum, cinnamon toast on homemade bread is the absolute best. You had such a nice childhood and I always enjoy your photos and the stories about your family. Thanks for coming by, Peggy W!

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on January 09, 2013:

Yummy! I often make cinnamon toast, but I have never thought about putting icing on it. What a great idea!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

I well remember having cinnamon toast on occasion as a treat when we were kids. It was on my mother's homemade bread which she routinely made. Reading this hub of yours instantly brought back those memories. Nice! We did not have the icing on it, but that is a festive touch. Voted up, useful and sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Yes, the powdered sugar is the key. Do you have a blender? Try 1 cup of white sugar and 1 Tablespoon or two of cornstarch. Blend until fine and powdered.

Manjari Soni from India on January 09, 2013:

Since it was less quantity I had grounded some sugar using mortal and pestle. Next time I'll use ground sugar from a grinder. I'm sure it should help, else I'll surely get back to you.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Sonimanjari, I'm glad you enjoyed the cinnamon toast! Did you use powdered sugar? (also called confectioner's sugar, icing sugar, 10X or 4X sugar) If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar until it's just the right consistency for drizzling. If it's too thick for drizzling, you'll need a tiny bit more liquid. Please feel free to ask if that doesn't help.

Manjari Soni from India on January 09, 2013:

Made it too, very yummy...one thing my icing didn't come this way, any tip you can share for that

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Randomcreative, this cinnamon toast is a special favorite with kids, of course. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 09, 2013:

You weren't kidding about deluxe! This looks amazing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Billybuc, cinnamon toast is the ultimate comfort food and brings back fond childhood memories for many of us. Thank you for taking the time to come by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Tammyswallow, lol. I could serve deluxe cinnamon toast and cappuccino. : ) Thank you for all your support!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 09, 2013:

OMG, I love cinnamon toast...and I haven't had it in ages. Thank you so much for reminding me of this. I used to love this as a kid to start my day...you are the best for reminding me....now I'm drooling in anticipation.

Tammy from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Another wonderful recipe. Have you considered opening a resturaunt?

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Michele Travis, feel free to print out this recipe for your home cookbook. This is a great recipe for those who don't like to cook. It's so fast, easy and instantly gratifying. : ) Enjoy and thank you for coming by.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on January 09, 2013:

That looks really good. I am a terrible cook. Can I print this out and put it in my cookbook? I will never print anything out without permission. This one looks great!

Voted UPPPPP!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Carol, thanks for the votes and pin! Yes, this cinnamon toast is great for dessert or with afternoon coffee. Have a great day!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Sonimanjari, thanks for coming by!

carol stanley from Arizona on January 09, 2013:

Looks like dessert to me....delicious and why not wake up to a delightful treat. Love the pictures...Great job as always. Definitely going to pin this plus a few votes here and there.

Manjari Soni from India on January 09, 2013:

Wow they look yummy