I made these by accident when I was going to make garlic breadsticks, but my dough didn’t rise in time for dinner. I took a little detour and used the dough for dessert by coating them with cinnamon and sugar instead. Instant hit! Seriously, this recipe is going to be in my regular rotation from now on. It all starts with a simple yeast dough. The first time I made them, I made boring sticks, but Derek asked if there was a way the cinnamon and sugar could get inside the dough. Duh. A twist. It’s not technically necessary, but it does make them look kinda fancy.
Cinnamon Sugar Bread Twists
- Baking sheet
- Stand or hand mixer
- Dough hook
For the dough:
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 cups bread flour
For the filling:
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine all ingredients for dough except flour. On low speed, gradually add flour until a soft, smooth dough is formed. Increase speed to medium and knead dough for 7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Keep in mind you may not use the full 3 cups flour or you may need a bit more. Judge the dough by the texture instead of by an exact amount of flour. It should pull away form the sides of the bowl and form a soft, smooth ball of dough that doesn't stick to your fingers.
- Remove dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with beeswax wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Lightly flour a clean countertop and roll the dough into about an 8X18-inch rectangle. Brush the melted butter evenly across the dough.
- In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture across the dough and lightly press into the top of the dough.
- Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 equal sticks, about 1-inch wide. As you pick up each breadstick, twist it a few times and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until a pourable mixture forms, adding more or milk if needed.
- Let the breadsticks cool for about five minutes before drizzling with the glaze. Serve warm.