17 Recipes for Warm and Cozy Cinnamon Desserts

They're truly sugar and spice and everything nice

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Few things make us feel warm and fuzzy like the smell of cinnamon wafting through the kitchen. While desserts made with the warming spice are certainly welcome at holiday time, there's nothing stopping you from enjoying cinnamon treats all year round. From classic sticky rolls drizzled with vanilla frosting to cakes, cookies, breads, and even ice cream, there's a sweet, cinnamon-spiced treat for every kind of baker and dessert lover.

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    Crispy Sand Tart Cookies With Cinnamon

    Crispy Sand Tart Cookies With Cinnamon

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    The secret to these unbelievably delicious and crispy cookies? Rolling the dough super thin. The taste is similar to holiday favorite butter cookies, but the cinnamon-sugar topping might make them your new family favorite treat.

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    Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls

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    Do you swoon for the heavenly aroma and flavor of baked cinnamon rolls? You're going to bliss out over this recipe for America's favorite ooey, gooey cinnamon treat. Sweet dough is sprinkled with the spice and optional raisins, rolled into a curl, and baked until puffy and golden. Don't forget to drizzle with the vanilla frosting.

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    Cinnamon Truffles

    Cinnamon Truffles

    Elizabeth LaBau

     

    Cinnamon-scented cream and dark chocolate are rolled in a cocoa-cinnamon coating to create these bite-sized gourmet truffles. You could also get cheeky and dip them in melted chocolate, topping them with a Red Hot or other cinnamon candy.

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    Fried Apples With Cinnamon

    Fried Apples With Cinnamon

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    Here's a dessert that tastes like apple pie, but is quick and easy to make on your stove top. Tart green or red apples are peeled, sliced, and caramelized in a pan with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top with fluffy whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a special treat.

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    Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb Topping

    Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb Topping

    Diana Rattray

     

    Every bite of this tender coffee cake—baked in a square or round cake pan depending on what you own— includes a generous amount of cinnamon-spiced brown sugar streusel. Serve it warm or at room temperature. You can also freeze it up to three months, so it's a great make-ahead dessert.

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    Apple Dumplings With Cinnamon Syrup

    Apple Dumplings With Cinnamon Syrup

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    In this comforting recipe, apple slices are flavored with sugar and spices, then wrapped in a simple soft dough, and baked with a delicious syrup. Serve warm from the oven, with a drizzling of heavy cream or a scoop of ice cream.

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    Cinnamon Bundt Cake

    Cinnamon bundt cake
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    Serve this lovely cinnamon bundt cake at baby showers, brunches, or whenever an occasion calls for an elegant dessert. Yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, and cinnamon combine with a few other pantry ingredients to create the fluffy, lightly-spiced batter. The glaze tastes just like the inside of a cinnamon roll!

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    Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Funnel Cakes

    Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Funnel Cakes

    Diana Rattray

     

    These amusement park-inspired funnel cakes get a wonderful aroma from cinnamon and brown sugar in the batter. A funnel is used to help the batter flow smoothly into the cooking pan, where they're quickly fried in hot oil until golden brown. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped off with whipped cream.

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    Cinnamon Ice Cream

    Cinnamon Ice Cream

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    Cinnamon ice cream is an absolute delight, but it's not easy to find in stores. That's no problem because this two-ingredient recipe—really a foodie trick—is a great way to make it yourself in barely any time. Serve on its own, with a sprig of fresh mint, or use for topping warm apple pie.

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    Cinnamon Babka

    Cinnamon Babka

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    Bake this traditional Jewish babka and enjoy it at breakfast, brunch, or with your afternoon cup of tea. Pre-made cinnamon filling is used for this cake, along with a crunchy streusel topping.

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    Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

    Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

    Diana Rattray

     

    These sweet rolls might be the sneakiest way to get kids to eat their carrots. Grated carrots add bright flecks of color to rolls packed with a cinnamon, pecan, and brown sugar filling. They make a wonderful treat for a holiday morning and can be prepared the day before.

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    Cinnamon Apple Scones

    cinnamon apple scones
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    Scones are a versatile treat you can enjoy at any time at day. They go great with your morning coffee, are traditional with afternoon tea, and make a quick snack for kids after school. This recipe includes plenty of cinnamon and chopped apples. You're sure to love the scrumptious cinnamon-sugar coating, too.

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    Grilled Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Pears

    Grilled Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Pears

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    Grilled pears make an elegant dessert in fall and winter when the fruit are at their seasonal best. Cinnamon combines with other spices, including ginger and cloves, plus brown sugar, butter, and fruit juice, to create the outstanding syrup.

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    Apple Spice Cake

    Apple spice cake
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    Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven and they unite in this autumn cake. Apple schnapps, nutmeg, and allspice are also included in the batter for plenty of fruit and spice flavor.

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    Apple Crunch With Cinnamon

    Apple Crunch Dessert With Cinnamon

    Diana Rattray

     

    This delicious baked apple crunch is an easy-to-prepare recipe boasting chopped fresh apples, cinnamon, sugar, and a delicious cobbler-style topping. It's a great way to use up fruit from fall picking.

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    Vegan Cinnamon Spice Rice Pudding

    Vegan Cinnamon Spice Rice Pudding

    Miri Rotkovitz

     

    Simple and soothing, rice pudding is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This vegan-friendly recipe is egg-free and dairy-free, but has plenty of warming flavor from cinnamon, ginger, and pure maple syrup, and a nice creamy texture from arborio rice.

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    Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

    Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

    Diana Rattray

     

    Kids love to help make this apple cinnamon cake, which is baked with the fruit on the bottom, then turned upside down to serve. Cinnamon brings out the best in juicy, tart apples, and this cake fills your kitchen with homey baking smells. Serve topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a special family treat.