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30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots taste like homemade cinnamon rolls, but they’re made from scratch in just half and hour! Great breakfast or dessert recipe.30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

One of my favorite things to do is to bake fresh bread. And when that fresh bread is covered in a buttery cinnamon-sugar mixture, it’s that much better!

These 30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots can be made from scratch in just half an hour, so they’re perfect for times when you want want a fresh cinnamon roll but don’t want to spend hours making them.30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

I thought for a long time about making a sweet version of my 30 Minute Garlic Knots, and once I did, these guys quickly became one of my favorite recipes.

30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

Since these cinnamon sugar knots are so easy to make, they are an easy weekend or holiday breakfast, after-school treat, or dessert!

30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

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Check out this video for step-by-step instructions for making 30 minute cinnamon sugar knots.

And if you’d like a how-to guide to shaping the knots, check out my video to see how easy it can be.

30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots
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30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

Prep Time 21 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 knots
Author i heart eating

Ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar Knots

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon instant yeast*
  • 2 tablespoons honey**
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-3 ½ cups all-purpose flour***

Butter and Sugar

  • 1/4 cup butter , melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon ground cinnamon

Icing

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter.
  2. When butter is mostly melted, stir in milk, and heat mixture to 100-110 F.
  3. Meanwhile, add yeast and honey to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl if mixing by hand).
  4. When milk mixture is at temperature, add to yeast and honey; stir to combine.
  5. Add salt and egg, and stir until combined.
  6. Stir in 2 ½ cups of flour.
  7. Add remaining flour until dough clings to paddle and cleans the sides of the bowl.
  8. Switch to the dough hook, and knead for 2 minutes (or by hand for about 5 minutes).
  9. While dough it kneading, stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a wide, shallow dish.
  10. Divide dough into 12 pieces.
  11. Roll piece of dough into rope 8 inches long.
  12. Dip in butter, and then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  13. Tie dough into knots, and place dough on prepared baking sheet. If you'd like a how-to on shaping the knots, check out the video just above the recipe.

  14. Repeat process with remaining dough.
  15. Cover, and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  16. Preheat oven to 400 Line a 9x13-inch rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Set aside.
  17. Bake for about 9-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  18. While the knots are baking, prepare the icing.
  19. Stir together melted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  20. Add 1 tablespoon milk, and stir in. Continue adding milk until icing reaches desired consistency. I use about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons for a thicker icing.
  21. Remove knots from oven, and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  22. Drizzle icing over knots, and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*If you would prefer to use active dry yeast, substitute an equal amount for the instant yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy. Then, continue with the recipe as written.

**The honey is slightly detectable in the finished knots. If you would prefer not to have any honey flavor, substitute 1/4 cup granulated sugar for the honey.

***Be sure that your flour isn't packed when you measure it. I fluff mine first to make sure that I'm not getting too much flour. Too much flour can make the knots heavy or dry.

****I've tried forming a knot and then dipping in butter and sugar. The knots didn't work nearly as well that way. 

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    October 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Have you ever froze them? I have a small family and thought baking them off and freezing half might be best and then defrosting and reheating them before adding frosting? Any one try this?

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing these. Maybe someone else will be able to jump in on this one.

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      F
      October 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

      Hi, we make something very similar to this at work and freezing works perfectly, just make sure to give them enough time to defrost!

      • Reply
        Kate
        October 29, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        Thank you!

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    Julie
    October 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Any idea what calories would be approximately

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Unfortunately, I don’t. I don’t have a way to provide nutrition info at this time.

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    Roesi
    October 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Divine and real easy. Wanted to share a pic but oh well. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thank you!! So glad that you liked them and found the recipe to be easy!

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    Jennifer
    August 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for this great recipe!! I made these this morning and they were a HIT!! I think I will make them smaller next time. I wonder what they would be like to put some cream cheese mixture in the middle like a danish??: YUM!!!

    • Reply
      Kate
      August 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! That sounds delicious! If you try it, I’d love to hear how it comes out. =)

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    Valentina
    June 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Hi could you give me the recipe in gr.please?

    I would.like to make.them sooner..
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Kate
      June 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I’m sorry, but I’m not sure what you’d like me to do. Could you please give me more info so I can help you?

      • Reply
        Joey
        June 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm

        Hi Kate – she might be asking for the recipe in grams/metric. Not sure…just a guess. But she wrote “gr” and the first thing I thought of was grams. :)

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          Kate
          June 26, 2017 at 12:16 am

          Thanks! I’m not sure what the equivalent would be, so I’m afraid I’m not much help with that.

    • Reply
      Robert
      July 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Heres a great site to convert almost everything for cooking or baking with a scale. http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversions_of_measures/flour_volume_weight.html
      Hope you find it as helpful as I do.

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    Margarett
    May 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Hi, I don’t seem to find the video to form the knot. Please tell me where it’s at. Thanks!
    P.S. I’m a 12 year old baker and I’m definateley going to these!

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      Kate
      May 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Hi! The video that shows how to shape the knots should be right at the very top of the page. There’s the page title, date, share buttons, and then the video should be right there. If you don’t see it, let me know! =)

      • Reply
        Patricia
        July 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        I cannot find the video to form the knot. Clicked on videos but couldn’t get it. Appreciate your help in finding. Thank you.

        • Reply
          Kate
          July 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

          I apologize that I don’t have a way to directly link to it on this page. You can find it between the 4th and 5th pictures on the page, or you can find it here on my Facebook page. Please let me know if you have any issues finding it!

  • Reply
    Helena Wasilewski
    April 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    These are da bomb! Made them today and I hate to say, there are only 4 left! Def a keeper, as my hubs says. Next time, I am adding slivered almonds on top of the icing! Thanks so much!!

    • Reply
      Kate
      April 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Sounds like what happens when I make them! =) I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed them! The slivered almonds sound like they’d be a delicious addition.

  • Reply
    Dave
    April 23, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I’m a but of a novice at baking and I don’t own a stand mixer so I was wondering​ if it was possible for me to make this recipe without one

    • Reply
      Kate
      April 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Absolutely! You can make it in a large bowl and stir in the flour by hand. In step 7, the dough should feel soft and smooth and a little sticky, but it shouldn’t feel so sticky that it comes off on your finger if you touch it. In step 8, you’ll want to knead it for 5 minutes by hand. The rest will all be the same. Good luck!

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    Cindi
    February 22, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I would like to make these for a baby shower brunch. Any chance I can make them ahead of time and still have them taste fresh?

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 23, 2017 at 8:58 am

      How far in advance were you going to make them?

  • Reply
    Cindi
    February 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I would like to make these for a baby shower brunch. Any chance I can make them ahead some way and still have them taste fresh?

  • Reply
    Alycia
    February 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Made these this morning. Turned out great. I used 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk as well as an extra egg because I was concerned about the moistness of the finished product. They were awesome. They look very fussy and high end,but were actually quite easy to do. I’m going to keep experimenting with flavors using this as a base. Thank you for such a neat, versatile recipe.

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

      You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment.

  • Reply
    Tarrie
    February 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

    The video doesn’t show the ropes being dipped in butter and then the cinnamon sugar mixture. I could easily make the knots without it, but had trouble after dipping. And hints?

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Yes, the video just shows how to shape the knots. What part were you having trouble with?

  • Reply
    Marcela
    January 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I saw your recipe at Pinterest and made it today. Everybody loved it! You won a new follower now (aand from Brazil) 😊
    Delicious knots! :D

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      I’m so glad! I love to hear that people are making and enjoying my recipes. Thank you!! =)

  • Reply
    Emma
    January 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I made this recipe twice and they are really great. They came out better the second time and tying the knots isnt as intimidating as some might think. The dough seems very sticky and moist so I added a little extra flour when kneading. They seem like they could be more moist. Any thoughts or tips?

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      Kate
      January 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Thanks! If they weren’t as moist as you’d like, I’d use the honey rather than the granulated sugar. It’s a fairly lean dough that doesn’t have a lot of fat, so adding a little more fat by using whole milk should also help make them moister.

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        emma
        January 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        Could you use heavy cream or a buttermilk?

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          Kate
          January 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

          Between the two, I would try the heavy cream. It’s difficult to find full-fat buttermilk, and it will change the flavor of the knots.

  • Reply
    Beverly
    January 11, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Can you use rapid yeast? I usually always buy that type of yeast. Thanks, Bev

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 11, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Yes, you can. From what I’ve read, rapid rise and instant yeast are the same and can be used interchangeably.

      • Reply
        Beverly
        January 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        Thank you

        • Reply
          Kate
          January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

          Any time!

  • Reply
    Diane
    January 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I was wondering if you could use this recipe but roll it out instead of making knots and turn it into regular cinnamon rolls ? I made the knots and they were delicious!
    Thanks .

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked them! =) I’m not sure how it would work to make them into regular cinnamon rolls. I would guess that it would work, but I haven’t tried it to say for sure.

      • Reply
        Diane
        January 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        Thank you !

  • Reply
    Bethany Thompson
    December 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Which “mixture” is being referred to when using active dry yeast?
    I just can’t seem to find my instant yeast at the moment!

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

      The mixture of the butter, milk, and honey. After step 4, you’ll just wait 5-10 minutes to let the yeast bloom before you move on to step 5. =)

  • Reply
    Caroleanne Dahn
    December 17, 2016 at 12:38 am

    You say “tie the rope in knots” but in the photo, your “knots” look like some type of complicated twist, and DEFINITELY NOT “knots.” So, how do you make them look like yours, because frankly, tying the ropes of dough into “knots” leaves scraggly ends and just looks like crap.

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

      It’s just a different type of knot. I’ve added a how-to video that shows how to shape the knots just above the recipe. =)

  • Reply
    Jo
    December 12, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I tried making cinnamon rolls once and they were awful, I’m afraid to try again. This recipe looks great and doable, similar to a recipe I make for easy hamburger buns from King Arthur. Love your blog, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Oh, I’m so sorry! I’ve had some spectacular failures before, and it can make you want to give up. Thank you so much for your kind words! My family loves this recipe, and I hope you enjoy it, too! =)

  • Reply
    Phyllis
    December 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    These sound wonderful. I love cinnamon rolls and this seems like a quick answer to making them Can’t wait to make some Thank you

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thank you! My family loves this recipe, and I’ve made them twice just this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! =)

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