The Best Homemade Cinnamon Breadsticks

cinnamon breadsticks stacked on a cutting board

Do warm, gooey cinnamon breadsticks take anyone else back to their childhood and pizza buffets?

You can easily recreate those pizza restaurant cinnamon breadsticks from your home.

It’s not hard, I promise. 😉

You start with a basic dough. I have your covered there. This dough is easy and so forgiving to make, so don’t be nervous if you are normally intimidated by working with yeast.

Of course, if you really, really don’t want to make your own dough (but I do think you should give it a try) you could buy a package of pizza dough from the store or a local restaurant.

After the dough is make, roll it out into a rectangle. You could do a circle if you don’t mind your cinnamon breadsticks not being uniform in length. The rectangle keeps the kids happier. 😉

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cinnamon breadsticks dough spread into a pan.

I have a pan the perfect size for a single batch of this recipe. It makes it so easy!

I like to do this directly on the buttered sheet pan. You will want your dough in a 9×12 inch rectangle. I love this baker’s roller gadget for rolling directly on the pan. (I also use it for tortillas and pizza crust!) Mine is the one from Pampered Chef, but there are many other options.

While the oven is preheating, the dough will rest while you prepare the final steps.

Melt the butter. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter over the dough and then generously sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

unbaked cinnamon breadsticks topped with cinnamon sugar

Topped and ready to go into the oven.

Once the oven has warmed up, bake and enjoy!

If you want to go really over the top, mix up a basic powdered sugar icing to drizzle over the top. All you need is a cup of powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water to get it to the desired consistency. Honestly, you could go either way on this one because this cinnamon breadstick recipe is already sweet and flavorful! My kids, of course, way prefer the added frosting.

cinnamon breadsticks drizzled with frosting on a cutting board

Yum! The house always smells amazing when these are baking.

Not only do these breadsticks make the perfect finale to have for dessert on your pizza night, they would also make a fun brunch item! Just think cinnamon rolls but way less time to make. I don’t think you’ll find anyone complaining.

Pizza Recipe: If you need an easy recipe to make your own pizza, this is our go to that we make on a weekly basis!

pan of cinnamon sticks on a cutting board drizzle with frosting

Cinnamon Breadsticks Recipe

The Best Homemade Cinnamon Breadsticks
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 5-8
These warm, gooey cinnamon breadsticks are super easy to make and are an amazing dessert or brunch item. Your entire family will love these.
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Icing, optional
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Water or milk
  1. Place flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in mixer bowl. (I use my Kitchen Aid.) Add warm water over the top and knead until dough is smooth. Note: If you don't have instant dry yeast, place the yeast, sugar, and warm water in the mixer bowl. After 5-10 minutes, when the yeast is really bubbly, add the flour and salt and knead the dough.
  2. Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Butter a pan. Roll the dough out on the counter into a 12 inch by 9 inch rectangle.and transfer to the pan or roll out directly on the pan. I use a baking sheet that is that exact size.
  5. Mix cinnamon and sugar together. Spread melted butter over the top of the breadsticks. Then evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture on top.
  6. When oven is preheated, bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Cut in half down the middle lengthwise and then into 8-10 strips.
  8. If desired, drizzle with powdered sugar that has been combined with just enough water or milk to reach desired consistency. 1-2 tablespoons, most likely.
Prep time includes letting the dough rise. The hands on prep time is honestly just 5 minutes.

My kids love these, so our family of 5 finishes off a batch with no problems. If you limit the serving size to just a couple of the half sticks, you can stretch it further.

To Double: double all ingredients except for the yeast. Use 1 tablespoon of yeast.


Originally published April 17, 2014. Updated July 19, 2020.


18 thoughts on “The Best Homemade Cinnamon Breadsticks

  1. Erlene

    Love any type of bread and this will be going on my recipe list. I just finished making a HUGE batch of cinnamon bun twists and when we’re done with those, this will be next.

  2. Debbie @

    These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them! Pinned it too!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks! They are really tasty. Thanks for sharing about your link up. I’m gone right now, but I’m going to try and remember to come over and check it out when I get home.

  3. Karen

    These look delicious! I know what you mean by those pizza buffets…we always loved those cinnamon breadsticks! So glad to have the recipe now. Thanks!


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