Have you ever had Dollywood’s famous Cinnamon Bread? If you have, you won’t forget it. And you won’t forget the aroma it sends throughout the park. That yummy buttery cinnamon-y fresh bread smell. The pillowy loaves of bread are rolled in melted butter and then rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture. And to top it all off, there’s a sweet icing to drizzle over the top of the bread at the end! If you’re in the mood for something fresh and sweet, you just can’t beat it.
EASY PULL APART CINNAMON BREAD
Growing up, we had a special shaker in the cupboard, specifically for a cinnamon sugar blend that we could sprinkle on our warm buttered toast. I’ve always been a big fan of cinnamon sugar. 😉 Fresh cinnamon rolls, churros, warm cinnamon sugar soft pretzels, yum.
I enjoy finding ways to keep on budget, cut down on all prep/cook time, but still make things fun, yummy, and enjoyable (and usually healthy) for my family! I am in my third trimester with baby #5, all 7 and under… and we are in a stage of selling our home and packing and preparing property for our new home! So any ways to simplify are very important to us right now. We don’t eat out often at all, and my kids are so good about eating whatever food I prepare and seriously enjoying it. They love mom’s cooking. I don’t share with them all my short cuts. Shhhh. 😉 Sometimes I just love to treat them to something like this dessert cinnamon bread. It was definitely a hit, just like I knew it would be!
There is so little work involved in this recipe thanks to FROZEN BREAD DOUGH. You will need some time to thaw the dough and more time to allow it to rise, but if you plan, that’s simple to do. My favorite local grocery store is Kroger, they sell 5 loaves of frozen bread dough for $5. It’s a deal.
These easy cinnamon bread loaves are so fluffy and soft…. and SUGARY. They are coated in melted butter, covered in cinnamon and sugar, and then topped off with a thin vanilla icing.
You don’t want to miss this easy recipe! It’s a winner!!
This easy cinnamon bread is amazing enough to serve for a holiday breakfast, a lazy Saturday morning, and dessert any night of the week. These loaves would also make a great gift to new neighbors or a new mom, or just to encourage a friend.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Here’s what you’ll need to make this amazing bread:
- Frozen Bread – I used Kroger’s frozen bread dough.
- Butter – Melted, makes it so much easier than trying to spread it solid.
- Sugar – I had some extra, but you want plenty to roll the bread loaves in. You’ll have to toss what you don’t use.
- Ground Cinnamon – Plenty for all that cinnamon flavor!
- Milk – Or cream!
- Powdered Sugar – This will be the base for your vanilla drizzle.
- Vanilla Extract – For that yummy drizzle.
HOW TO MAKE THIS CINNAMON BREAD
Thaw the Frozen Bread: Place frozen loaves on a baking sheet and thaw at room temperature for about 4 hours. You can also thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.
Prepare Bread Pans: Spray 2 bread pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Slice the Loaves: Cut 4-6 deep slices into each loaf of bread almost all the way through, just leaving it connected along the very bottom. I use kitchen scissors for this step! Snip, snip and done!
Cover the Bread with Butter: Coat the loaves and all the slits completely with the melted butter, making sure to coat the inside of each cut very very well. I use my two glass pie pans, like THESE, one for the butter, one for the cinnamon sugar. Melt the butter right in the pie dish, using the microwave! How easy.
Smother the Bread with Cinnamon Sugar: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in the other pie dish and place the bread gently in the cinnamon sugar. Gently roll it around and spoon large amounts of cinnamon sugar into each slit. Make sure the entire loaf is covered!
Cover and Let Rise: Place the bread loaves in the prepared pans and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the bread to rise in a warm place, until doubled in size. This takes about an hour, but you can speed up the process if you warm the oven and allow it to rise in there.
Preheat Oven to 350°F: Bake the bread for 20 to 25 minutes. Loaves will be golden brown and will smell delicious!!! Remove bread from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Whip up the Vanilla Drizzle: While the bread is cooling, whisk together the drizzle icing. Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons of milk and whisk until smooth. Add more milk if needed. Drizzle on top of warm bread getting some down in the slits.
Serve this with our yummy breakfast casserole for 5 star brunch!!
HOW TO STORE YOUR CINNAMON BREAD?
This easy Cinnamon Bread is best served fresh and warm, but you can store it covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. Since it is best served warm, if you wait to eat it, simply microwave it for a short time to reheat it.
CAN YOU FREEZE YOUR CINNAMON BREAD?
YES! After the bread has cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You could also store it in a tightly-sealed ziplock bag.
Be sure to thaw your cinnamon bread in the fridge overnight before you try to reheat it.
- 2 loaves frozen bread dough
- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 Tbs. cinnamon
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 Tbs milk or cream
- Thaw bread dough, covered, for about 4 hours at room temp or overnight in refrigerator.
- Grease 2 loaf pans.
- Melt butter in one dish, Mix cinnamon and suagr together in another dish.
- Make 4-6 deep slits in each loaf, cutting down very close to the bottom of the loaf.
- Place loaf gently into the dish of melted butter and cover the top, bottom and every slit with the butter.
- Carefully transfer the loaf to the dish of cinnamon sugar and thickly cover every part with the sugar mixture.
- Place in prepared pans and cover wth plastic wrap.
- Allow to rise in a warm place for about one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°, remove the plastic wrap and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- While the bread cools, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Drizzle over both loaves.
- Serve warm!