Homemade Cinnamon Twists

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These homemade cinnamon twists are sweet, buttery, crunchy and quite simply addicting. And they make a great addition to any holiday dessert table.

Best of all you’ll just need 4 simple ingredients to make this easy recipe. Puff pastry, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. That’s all it takes.

a plate of freshly baked cinnamon twists

Cinnamon twists are inspired by a recipe I used to with my German grandmother (Oma). She and I were chatting the other day about how much fun we used to have baking together.

Being in her 90s Oma no longer bakes herself. But sharing our baking memories is still fun. Oma was a great baker – and a practical woman. So she always appreciated easy recipes that very little time.

Recently I told her I had made Strudel Cookies. And that I was thinking about making more German cookie recipes.

That’s when she reminded me of the “Zimtstangen” that we used to make. She didn’t have a recipe but reminded me of all the pertinent information. So I went into my kitchen and began to tinker with this recipe.

And so our ‘ German Zimtstangen’ became ‘American Cinnamon Twists’. It became an instant hit in our house. I hope you enjoy them, too.


The recipe is pretty straightforward and chances are you don’t even need to go shopping.

Because all you need are 4 ingredients that you’ll probably already have in your pantry and freezer.

Ingredients: cinnamon, sugar, butter, and puff pastry

How To Make Cinnamon Twists

  1. PREP: Defrost the puff pastry. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  1. Layout the puff pastry and cut it into strips (1¼ x 3-5 inch). You don’t have to be terribly precise.
  2. Melt the butter and pour it into a shallow bowl. Use another shallow bowl and combine cinnamon and sugar.
Dip puff pastry strips into the melted butter. Next roll the strips in cinnamon sugar
  1. Dip the strips of puff pastry into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. Twist the puff pastry and put it on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake the cinnamon twist in the oven for 15 minutes
  1. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Transfer onto a cooling rack and allow to cool.
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Cinnamon Twists fresh from the oven
a plate of freshly baked cinnamon twists

Cinnamon Twists

Crispy, buttery, and sweet these cinnamon twists are delish!
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: German
Keyword: cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon


  • Defrost puff pastry. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Melt butter and transfer it into a shallow bowl. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a separate shallow bowl
  • Cut puff pastry into strips ( about 1¼ x 3-5 inches).
  • Dip each strip of puff pastry into the butter and coat thoroughly.
  • Dip the buttered strips into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat well. Twist the strips and place onto a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.



Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
The best homemade Zimtstangen
Updated: May 26, 2020

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