Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


2 loaves (16 pieces each)

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
Your family will be impressed with the soft texture and appealing swirls of cinnamon in these buttery breakfast loaves. —Diane Armstrong, Elm Grove, Wisconsin


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, butter, salt and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Mix cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18x8-in. rectangle; sprinkle each with about 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seam to seal. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans, seam side down.
  4. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Cinnamon Bread Tips

How should I grease the pan when making this cinnamon bread recipe?

Greasing your bread loaf pan makes it easier to slide the bread out after it’s finished baking. Grease the pan thoroughly using shortening, oil or butter. Spread it evenly on the bottom and all sides of the pan. After greasing, sprinkle the pan with flour to prevent sticking. Here's more on how to grease a baking pan.

How do I serve cinnamon bread?

Use a serrated knife to cut the bread into slices. Enjoy it warm or serve at room temperature. It also tastes wonderful toasted and spread with your favorite type of butter.

How do I store cinnamon bread?

Once cool, store the bread in an airtight container, plastic bag or bread box for 2-3 days at room temperature, or up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you don't think you can finish it in a few days' time, you can also freeze the bread. Just wrap it up in plastic and pop in the freezer. It will keep for a few months.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 132 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.