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Cinnamon Crunch Sticks

by Nick

When I was a kid one of my favorite treats was real cinnamon toast. Sure, I liked the cereal okay, but once I learned that you could just slap some butter on bread with sugar and cinnamon and toast it, I never really went back to the cereal.

Real cinnamon toast, if you’ve never had the good luck to have a slice, is buttery, a bit sweet, soft in parts and crunchy in parts. Basically, it’s heaven on bread.

I thought it be a fun snack to take this to the next level and really toast the bread so it’s nice and crunchy and then chop it into sticks that can be dunked in warm milk. It’s half cereal, half toast, but very tasty and perfect for kids. Not that I have kids, but I think I am one at heart, so I enjoyed this just fine.

Yield
2 pieces per person
Prep Time
Total Time

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Print Recipe Cinnamon Crunch Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon (up to 2 Tablespoons)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Milk

Directions

1) Stir together sugar, cinnamon and salt.

2) Toast bread in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

3) Take bread out, turn it over, and lightly (or heavily) butter it.  Then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.

4) Return toast to oven for another 5-7 minutes.  Maybe longer depending on how much butter you used.

5) Remove toast and slice into thick sticks.  Return sticks to oven to crisp up for another minute or two.

6) Serve with warmed milk sprinkled with cinnamon!

Making the sticks

I used a nice whole wheat bread for my sticks but you can obviously use any bread that you have available. Try to stay away from the super-flimsy white stuff though. It just doesn’t toast up as well in my opinion.

bread and butter

Basic stuff.

For the cinnamon sugar, I like to add a pinch of salt to the mix also which heightens the flavors a bit. Just a tiny pinch goes a long way. Roughly, I always do a 4-to-1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon, but feel free to up it if you want.

sugar cinnamon

There’s some salt in there too.

Stir it all together and you’re ready to go. Again, this is a really kid-friendly dish. They could help out with this part.

mixed up

All mixed up!

To actually make the sticks, start by toasting your bread in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

Take it out and turn the pieces over. The bottoms of the pieces will be more toasted than the top. Lightly (or heavily) butter that side and then get ready to sprinkle.

baking

Feel free to sprinkle liberally!

I sprinkle pretty liberally. I probably used about 2 Teaspoons per piece of bread. As you can see though, not all of my sugar makes it onto the bread.

sprinkled

Lookin’ good.

Stick this back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the bread is start to get pretty crispy. Depending on how much butter you use, you might need to go as long as 10 minutes.

Once you take your pieces out, slice them up into nice thick slices. This was my version after about 8 minutes.

chopped

Nice and brown.

The key now is to add the sticks back into the oven so they crisp up around all the edges. Just another minute or two should do the trick.

The end result will be really crispy. Almost too crispy to eat on it’s own. But if you serve these with some warm milk (sprinkled with cinnamon for effect), then they are perfect for dunking.

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Warm milk is awesome with this.

Dunking them softens them just a bit and the milk/butter/cinnamon is really awesome. I can see why someone decided to make a cereal out of those flavors!

If you have kids or if you happen to be an adult kid like me, then you’ll almost definitely love these crunchy sticks.

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10 comments on “Cinnamon Crunch Sticks

  1. Cinnamon toast — one of my favorite things on earth! My dad used to make this for me for breakfast when I was a wee Meister, and it was always such a little delight on a day (he also used to occasionally make PB&B toast strips: peanut butter and butter).

    I never thought anything could improve on my dad's cinnamon toast, until I started baking my own bread. Game changer!

  2. Mmmm. One of my childhood favorites as well, though we always just used cheap white bread and no milk. I'll have to try it your way though with the sturdier bread so that it doesn't get all soggy like the stuff we used to have.
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  3. Yum! I do mine by oven also, but I mix the butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla and then spread it on the bread before putting it in the oven. The advantage is, if you have a spare butter container (or any container really) a good size batch can be made-some for now, and always some ready for later. Also, I am temporarily without an oven and it works quite fine on a skillet. It's great to flip it cinnamon side down and let it get a bit crispy on the top! And what a great air freshener when it's cooking!

  4. I used to make sprinkle (cinn) toast for my son when he was little. Same ingredients, but I sprinkled the little multi colored non pareils (cake decor) on top. Sprinkling them on sliced bananas worked every time too ;)

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