How to Make Cinnamon Toast

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How to make cinnamon toast in the oven or air fryer. This homemade cinnamon sugar toast is sweet and flavorful with a crunchy, caramelized topping and soft middle for a moreish, delicious breakfast, brunch, or snack!

Three slices of toast on a plate

I recently shared my DIY for homemade cinnamon sugar and have eaten so many slices of homemade cinnamon toast since then that this post practically wrote itself! If you’re a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (Curiously Cinnamon in the UK), then now is the perfect time to try “actual” cinnamon sugar toast!

Usually, I love savory breakfast toasts like avocado toast and creamy mushroom toast. But when I’m in the mood for something sweet, I turn to this toast with cinnamon and sugar. While many Americans consider this a nostalgic treat from their childhood, I didn’t try it until much more recently (but was instantly hooked).

It might seem odd to have a recipe for something so simple. However, having tried several cinnamon toast recipe methods, I can tell you that there is a right and wrong way to make this satisfying treat. So, I’m here to show you how to make cinnamon toast the RIGHT way.

Three slices of cinnamon toast on a plate

The results (when prepared properly) are a caramelized, crisp toast topping with a slightly tender middle/bottom, similar to crème brûlée. Plus, it’s so simple to prepare, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Want to enjoy the cinnamon-sugar combination in other treats? Add it to your hot chocolate, or sprinkle it over French toast, pancakes, and more!

What Is Cinnamon Toast Made of

You’ll require just four ingredients to prepare this delicious homemade cinnamon toast bread, and two of them are sugar and salt.

  • Bread: I recommend white bread for its subtle flavor and soft texture. However, feel free to experiment with different bread types, medium slices of bread, regular, or gluten-free.
  • Butter: Use room temperature softened butter. Use dairy-free butter/spread if preferred.
  • Cinnamon sugar: I use homemade cinnamon sugar, combining cinnamon and sugar in a 1:4 ratio.

For a richer caramel flavor, use a tiny amount of brown sugar with the white sugar (or even a 50/50 blend).

  • Salt: This won’t be needed if you use lightly salted butter. However, I highly recommend adding a small pinch of salt if using unsalted butter. This will enhance the flavors in the cinnamon sugar toast.
Ingredients for cinnamon toast

To make cinnamon butter toast even easier, you could prepare a large batch of cinnamon butter. Store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks of sugar cinnamon toast whenever you’d like. It is also freezer-friendly for up to 6 months and will defrost quickly, as needed.

How to Make Cinnamon Toast

First, preheat the oven to 325ºF/170ºC.

Meanwhile, mix the cinnamon sugar, butter, and salt in a bowl. Stir to completely combine them.

Steps for mixing cinnamon sugar and butter

I recommend tasting the mixture at this point and adjusting the spiced sugar or salt amount to taste.

Spread the mixture liberally over your pieces of bread, completely covering the surface of the bread (right to the edges).

Transfer the cinnamon sugar bread to a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. If wanted, use the broiler (2nd shelf down is best) for the last couple of minutes. Broil until golden brown with bubbling sugar.

Steps for making cinnamon toast

Make sure to keep an eye on it as it broils, as the sugar can burn quickly.

Remove the crunchy cinnamon toast from the oven (carefully, as the sugar will be scoldingly hot). Allow them to cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Enjoy the best toast ever!

Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast

Learning how to make cinnamon sugar toast in an air fryer is surprisingly simple and even quicker than the oven method.

Follow all the steps above, cooking the cinnamon sugar toast in a preheated air fryer at 400ºF/200ºC for just 4-5 minutes.

Make sure to only place the bread in a single layer, with space between, so they crisp up properly.

A slice of cinnamon toast

Storage Instructions

I highly recommend enjoying the crunchy cinnamon toast immediately. However, leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days and then reheated in the oven (or air fryer) for a few minutes.

To meal prep this treat, spread the cinnamon sugar butter mixture over the bread slices and freeze them until solid. Then, transfer the topped bread, stacked with parchment paper between them, to a Ziplock bag.

Bake the cinnamon toast from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

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If you try this quick and easy cinnamon toast recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

How to Make Cinnamon Toast

5 from 10 votes
By: Samira
How to make cinnamon toast in the oven or air fryer. This homemade cinnamon sugar toast is sweet and flavorful with a crunchy, caramelized topping and soft middle for a moreish, delicious breakfast, brunch, or snack!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients 
 

  • 3 slices bread white bread is best but experiment; wheat or gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted is best, though lightly salted will work (adjust other salt accordingly)
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon sugar use a 4:1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF/170ºC.
  • Meanwhile, mix the cinnamon sugar, butter, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
    I recommend tasting the mixture after and adjusting the spiced sugar or salt amount to taste.
  • Spread the mixture liberally over your bread slices, ensuring the entire surface (right to the edges) is covered.
  • Transfer the cinnamon sugar bread to a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. If wanted, use the broiler (2nd shelf down is best) for the last couple of minutes until the cinnamon toasts are a deep golden brown with bubbling sugar.
    Make sure to keep an eye on it as it broils, as the sugar can burn quickly.
  • Remove the crunchy cinnamon toast from the oven (carefully, as the sugar will be scoldingly hot) and allow them to cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast

  • Follow all the steps above, cooking the cinnamon sugar toast in a preheated air fryer at 400ºF/200ºC for just 4-5 minutes.
    Make sure to only place the bread in a single layer, with space between, so they crisp up properly.

Storage Instructions

  • I highly recommend enjoying the crunchy cinnamon toast immediately. However, leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days and then reheated in the oven (or air fryer) for a few minutes.
    To meal prep this treat, spread the cinnamon sugar butter mixture over the bread slices and freeze them until solid. Then, transfer the topped bread, stacked with parchment paper between, to a Ziplock bag.
    Bake the cinnamon toast from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Notes

  • Use room temperature butter: otherwise, it will be tricky to properly combine the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Ingredient variations: You can add extra flavor with a small amount of vanilla or a tiny pinch of nutmeg to the cinnamon-sugar mixture for more delicious cinnamon and sugar toast combinations.
  • Cover the bread liberally: If you leave the edges free from the topping, it will burn under the broiler.
  • Bread thickness: I usually use medium-sliced bread. If using thick-sliced bread, I recommend using a little extra cinnamon sugar butter mixture per toast.
  • Could I just broil the bread? Some may wonder why baking is necessary when broiling will help caramelize the top fine. However, the baking process makes the cooking more even and leads to crunchier results with a deliciously caramelized crunchy-chewy topping. The extra step is well worth it.
 
Check the blog post for more tips and other fun breakfast ideas!
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 2-3 Months
Shelf life: 1-2 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 607mg, Potassium: 80mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 480IU, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I didnt know other people ate cinnamon toast. I thought id made it up . After a visit to a Vienna xmas market where i ate these gorgeous cinnamon sugar chimney cakes (vegan) i missed the flavour so much. I tried to recreate these chimney cakes but they were not good so i experimented with cinnamon butter on toast which was pretty nice but i must admit i couldnt always get that right so this is perfect.
    Could you try chimney cakes?

    1. Hi Lyndsey.
      Thank you for your comment. Cinnamon toast is so yummy, isn’t it? I will have to try these chimney cakes 🙂