If you want to take a traditional breakfast or dinner staple like biscuits and change things up a bit, then I have a treat for you today. Cinnamon biscuits are easy to make and taste so good. They are bursting with the flavor of butter and cinnamon and are delightfully delicious.
I want to share with you a few methods for making cinnamon biscuits, whether you are looking for a simple version that twists traditional biscuits slight or one that is a full-on decadent dessert.
How to Make Cinnamon Biscuits
Let’s start off with the simplest cinnamon biscuits, which are basically regular biscuits with some cinnamon mixed in. If you have made biscuits before these should be a breeze to make.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of milk
- ¼ cup of cold butter
- Cinnamon sugar
- Melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix your sugar, baking powder, flour, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
- Cut the butter in until the mixture starts to become crumbly.
- Add in milk and stir together until the mixture is moistened, but do not overmix.
- Prepare a baking sheet by greasing it and then drop the batter onto it in spoonfuls, giving enough space between the biscuits for them to expand as they cook.
- Brush the biscuits down with a mixture of cinnamon sugar and melted butter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. You know the biscuits are done when they are lightly browned.
How to Make Cinnamon Rolls with Biscuits
I am a big fan of repurposing food as well as using simple solutions to make what are usually complex dishes. Here is one of my favorite ways to take classic biscuits and turn them into something that often difficult to make.
You can use the same method for how to make cinnamon rolls with canned biscuits, utilizing prepackaged, store-bought biscuits found in the refrigerated food section and using them in a different way.
You can take that packaged biscuit dough and cut it into quarters or pull them into long strips, depending on what kind of cinnamon dessert you are making. You then mix together cinnamon sugar and melted butter and coat the pieces with that.
Then, you put the pieces in a pan, pushing them right next to each other. You don’t want a bunch of space between them, because you are making cinnamon rolls from the cut pieces. The rolls are supposed to be bigger than regular biscuits. You can form them into rolls if you like or make small cinnamon roll bites. It’s up to you.
Then, bake your cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes. When they come out of the oven, they should be browned on the outside. Make sure they are cooked all the way through, and you can check that by pulling part one of the ones in the center of your dish and seeing if it is still dough-y inside or if it is solid and bread-y.
This same method works for how to make cinnamon rolls with Pillsbury biscuits, or any kind of packaged biscuit dough, really. You can use frozen biscuit dough as well, which usually comes in biscuit shapes. You just thaw that out in the fridge until it is soft (about 4-5 hours) and then shape it into cinnamon rolls or cinnamon roll bites.
Using premade biscuit dough is one of the best and simplest ways to make cinnamon rolls without having to do a lot of work. You can use it to make cinnamon biscuits as well. There is no need to mix cinnamon into the biscuit dough, but you can spread a mixture of cinnamon sugar and melted butter over the biscuits. Just use a pastry brush to cover the top of the biscuits with your mixture.
How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
One of my favorite variations on the cinnamon biscuit is the cinnamon raisin biscuit. This is as simple for an alteration as you can make, as you are just adding a single ingredient to the mix.
You can use the same recipe I gave you above for making cinnamon biscuits and then add in about a half cup of raisins, or you can use less or more raisins as you like.
Mix the raisins in at the same time as you mix up the dry ingredients. Mix them in thoroughly so that your biscuits come out with raisins mixed all throughout. You use the same wet and dry ingredients as above, however, and you cook the biscuits for the same 20-22 minutes. The raisins do not significantly change up the recipe at all, but they sure do taste nice added into the cinnamon biscuits.
How to Serve Cinnamon Biscuits
Are these strictly a dessert dish or can they be used in other ways? I like them as a desert, but they can be a bit heavy for an end of meal treat.
Instead, you may want to make them the main attraction for your breakfast, perhaps adding some fresh fruit and yogurt one side, or serving them up alongside a breakfast meat and some eggs.
Or, you can use cinnamon biscuits on their own as your breakfast, and they are delicious when washed down with some tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
To make your cinnamon biscuits really stand out, you can make up some sugar glaze for them, using powdered sugar.
Just mix together 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of softened butter, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Mix all of that together in a bowl until it becomes smooth. You can add in the milk a little at a time, and then add in more as needed to reach the right consistency. You may need more than the 3 tablespoons when it is all said and done, as you want the glaze to be runny and somewhat clear.