Cinnamon Twist

Whip up this frosted cinnamon dish as a sweet breakfast treat or mouth-watering dessert.


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 T yeast
  • 2 T sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 4-6 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese


  1. In a large mixing bowl (I use my kitchen aid) dissolve yeast into water. Let sit for a few minutes to grow.
  2. Add salt, sugar and start mixer. Slowly mix in the 4 cups of flour. Once smooth add 1-2 more cups.
  3. Knead until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile make filling. Mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Lightly flour clean surface and turn dough on to it. Divide into two equal dough balls. Take one dough ball and pat it down to a long flat strip about 4 inches tall by about 2 feet.
  6. Spread about 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture onto the dough, followed by dollops of cream cheese. Fold in half covering all the filling so you have one long strip of dough.
  7. Twist the dough and place in a spiral on a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or wax paper. Leave a little space in the spiral for the dough to rise. Repeat with the second dough ball.
  8. Cover and let rise another 15 minutes.
  9. Take the remaining brown sugar and cream cheese and place dollops of each over the dough and in the creases. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 mins or until golden brown.
  10. If desired, brush with butter when it is removed from the oven. Allow to cool, slice and serve.

Recipe by Aubrey Nielsen. For more of her recipes, visit her blog at!

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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