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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

February 27, 2016 (Last Updated: October 26, 2020)

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This cinnamon swirl bread is perfect toasted for breakfast or used in French Toast. This classic cinnamon bread is rolled with a sweet cinnamon filling. 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread sitting on a wooden cutting board.

When I was in 7th grade (way back when…)  I was so excited to take home economics.  I could hardly wait to learn all sorts of new cooking techniques.

My love for cooking was evident even back then and I  loved reading cookbooks and planning dinners.  Hopefully my skills have improved since then, but I thought I was quite the chef!

My poor family had to suffer through all my creations and mistakes that I’m certain I made.  Every time I make cinnamon swirl bread, I am transported back to my middle school cooking class.

Stack of freshly baked Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

I didn’t learn how to make cinnamon swirl bread in that class.  Nope.  Nothing even close.  Much to my disappointment we learned how to measure liquids properly and how to sift and measure flour.

We also learned how to make cinnamon toast in the oven!  I remember thinking, Really!  We are buttering bread and sprinkling it with cinnamon and sugar and popping it in the oven.  Who doesn’t know how to do that?  I was quite perplexed, but I suffered through those basic techniques.

Now anytime I make any kind of bread with cinnamon, I always think about that funny class.  I’m certain I had to finish out the semester and probably even the year, but did I sign up for Home Economics II?  NOPE….I went straight into wood and metal shop!  

There I learned how to use all sorts of fancy tools and made a shadow box, a plant stand, and a dust pan.  Truly useful items!  That class was amazing until my hair got caught in the fan on the belt sander.  But that’s a story for another day!

Bread dough in a rectangular shape covered with butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Making this dough is easy.  It’s a lot like making cinnamon rolls, but instead of cutting the dough, you plop it into a bread pan.  

Two loaves of bread dough in a glass bread pan.

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Slices of cinnamon bread on a wooden board.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Fresh bread swirled with cinnamon and sugar
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 102 kcal


  • 1 cup milk (warmed)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 -5 cups flour


  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Pour milk, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
  • Add butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  • Continue adding flour one cup at a time until a soft dough is formed. You might not need all the flour.
  • Knead with mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Place in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed lightly with non stick spray or a clean, dry dish towel.
  • Let rise until doubled - 1 - 1 1/2 hours
  • Punch down dough and divide in half.
  • Roll out one half at a time. Roll each into a rectangular shape about 8 inches X 12 inches long. 
  • In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
  • Cover rolled dough with melted butter and half cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Roll dough into a log, pinch seams together.
  • Place in a greased bread pan.
  • Cover and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 F. oven for 35 minutes.
  • Let cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove bread from pan.
  • Continue cooling on rack before slicing. 


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 48mgSugar: 9gVitamin A: 270IUCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword bread recipes, cinnamon, cinnamon roll bread, cinnamon swirl bread
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  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    March 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    5 stars
    OMG you perfected the crap out of this bread and it looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!

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      March 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm


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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    March 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Haha! I would love to hear your hair story! I only took one semester of Home Ec. We didn’t learn anything useful like making this cinnamon bread or how to bake! We had to sew aprons then we did some business with blueberry muffins and my friend Kim and I ended up eating the blueberries in the storage closet when we were tasked with something. I may have learned more if I had been behaving! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    March 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Ooooh, I love cinnamon bread!! This recipe looks great! I would eat this right up straight out of the oven….I wouldn’t even want to wait for it to cool, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Waiting is the hardest part!

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    [email protected]
    March 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness – I remember the cinnamon toast from Home Ec., too!! You’ve come a long way, baby!! This bread looks and I can imagine smells divine!

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Gosh…maybe we had the same teacher. Either that or making cinnamon toast was the standard!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I love making Cinnamon Swirl Bread! Can’t wait to try this version ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s gorgeous!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Megan!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    March 1, 2016 at 4:20 am

    When I was in grade school we didn’t have home ec – we had SEWING. Which was nowhere near as fun – I think that’s why I love my kitchen so much today, because I am making up for lost time! When I could have been making delectable cinnamon swirl bread!!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      I never took sewing, although it was offered. My sewing skills are really basic.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 1, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Loved reading about your childhood Kathy! And the cinnamon swirl bread looks fantastic. I can smell the awesome aroma coming out from your kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      The smell of baking bread is my favorite.

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    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    March 1, 2016 at 12:52 am

    WOW! Kathy, I am seriously impressed. What a masterpiece! It’s almost too pretty to eat! I LOVE this!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm


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