263 Things To Do With Cinnamon, Part I

There is nothing quite like cinnamon to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether it’s used as a subtle accent or a more assertive note, cinnamon adds a one-of-a-kind layer of warmth to many preparations, sweet or savory. It can boost the taste of other ingredients and deepen the overall flavor of dishes, sometimes acting as a barely recognizable, “secret” ingredient.

You collectively submitted such brilliant, inspired ideas for the Cinnamon Hill giveaway a few weeks ago that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to compile this rich list of suggested uses for this wonderful, versatile spice.

I give it to you in two instalments. Ideas from the realm of sweets first; savory, beverage, and non-food uses will follow in Part II. Enjoy!

HAPPY PAIRINGS

Cinnamon + Apple
Cinnamon + Peach
Cinnamon + Plum
Cinnamon + Orange
Cinnamon + Blueberry
Cinnamon + Raisin
Cinnamon + Chocolate
Cinnamon + Chili
Cinnamon + Nutmeg
Cinnamon + Clove
Cinnamon + Cumin
Cinnamon + Chicken
Cinnamon + Lamb
Cinnamon + Bread
Cinnamon + Rice
Cinnamon + Butter
Cinnamon + Honey
Cinnamon + Winter squash
Cinnamon + Sweet potato
Cinnamon + Eggplant
Cinnamon + Carrot
Cinnamon + Tomato

SPRINKLE CINNAMON ON…

… a warm apple pie
rugelach
… a warm Portuguese pastel de nata or pastel de Belém
… waffles
… French toast, along with nutmeg
… a doughnut
… apple slices, along with salt
… poached or fresh fruit, especially apples and peaches
… flan

CAKES

- In pain d’épices, spice cake, or gingerbread
- In carrot cake
- In stollen
- In Amish bread
- In pear cake
- In a plain buttery cinnamon cake with swirls of the crushed spice throughout the cake
- In coffee cake, esp. cinnamon cream cheese coffeecake
- In banana bread
- In purple plum cake
- Grated over vegan pumpkin cake with dollops of coconut whipped cream
- In zucchini bread
- In blueberry breakfast cake
- In pumpkin bread

COOKIES

- In snickerdoodles
- In Christmas sablés
- In star-shaped Christmas cookies made out of almonds, egg whites and lots of cinnamon, iced with cinnamon flavored icing
- In baklava
- In pumpkin cookies
- In peperkakor cookies and speculaas
- In chestnut pecan biscotti, or chocolate almond biscotti, or cinnamon raisin walnut biscotti
- In Christmas biscotti, coupled with star anise, cardamom and nutmeg and orange zest
- In oatmeal cookies
- In honey cookies
- In cinnamon macaron shells
- Use a mix of cinnamon and sugar as a filling for puff pastry palmiers
- In cinnamon and olive oil sablés: cinnamon, sugar, flour and olive oil — awesome on plain vanilla ice cream

OTHER BAKED GOODS

- In cinnamon rolls using a recipe by Molly from Orangette
- In hot cinnamon buns with a sticky sauce (kanelbullar)
- In pumpkin roll
- In the crumble topping for muffins, esp. wild blueberry muffins
- In pumpkin pie along with ginger and ground cloves — better than pumpkin pie spice mix
- In pumpkin cheesecake, topped off with cinnamon whipped cream
- Rolled up with butter in fresh croissants while they are baking
- In bread pudding
- In Dutch toast “wentelteefjes”: the bread is dipped in egg and milk, then baked and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar
- In capirotada, a Mexican bread pudding made with cheddar cheese and eaten as a dessert
- Infused in the cream to make flan
- In peach pie
- In pear crumble

APPLE

- In apple crumble, or an apple-apricot crumble, or an apple-orange-chestnut crumble
- In apple pie and Dutch apple pie with a crumb topping
- In apple crisp
- In apfelstrudel
- In apple cake
- In apple cinnamon muffins
- In the German apple cake from Pike Place Market Recipes
- In apple galette
- In an apple tarte fine
- Combine with apples, bananas and walnuts in a pie
- On baked apples
- Fry up apples with butter, sugar and cinnamon and made into toffee apple cheesecake — or just eaten right out of the pan
- Sprinkle sliced apples with cinnamon and raisins and cook briefly in the microwave oven
- In caramelized apple compote
- Place a stick in apple sauce as it cooks
- In homemade cranberry applesauce
- In chunky applesauce

RICE PUDDING

- In rice pudding with milk, rice, honey, and golden raisins; or with cream, brandy, and raisins; or with lemon zest
- As cinnamon sugar on top of the traditional, Danish Christmas rice pudding, served in a soup plate and dotted with butter
- In semolina or tapioca pudding

CHOCOLATE

- In brownies, with toasted sliced almonds and a bit of olive oil; or with chilli
- In red velvet cake (the original, made with brown sugar and no food coloring)
- In melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake
- In chocolate pudding cake
- In chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies
- In peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
- In chocolate mousse

FRUIT

- Mix with lime juice (6 limes), honey (3 tablespoons), sesame oil (1/2 teaspoon) and sea salt (a pinch), and drizzle on fresh fruit such as mango or pineapple
- On baked or grilled peaches
- In plum tart with walnut cream
- In Damson plum dishes such as cordials, tarts, jams, or a spicy sauce with allspice and cloves
- In pumpkin custard
- On roasted pumpkin slices with butter and brown sugar, like a crust-less pumpkin pie
- On a salad of sliced oranges, with a tiny splash of orange flower water

ICE CREAM

- Cinnamon ice cream (David Lebovitz‘s, of course)
- Frozen cinnamon parfait with still-warm cherry pie
- In chocolate frozen yogurt or chocolate sorbet
- On top of good vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of honey
- Made into a simple syrup poured over ice cream

OTHER DESSERTS/SWEETS

- Add it to pancake batter
- In Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lanterns with cinnamon sugar
- On crêpes, esp. spread with butter, sprinkled with brown sugar and lots of cinnamon, then rolled up to eat
- Make spiced pecans with chili powder, cinnamon and egg whites and use them to top a dark chocolate tart that also has a touch of cinnamon
- In Dutch baby pancakes
- To spice up buckwheat pecan pancakes, along with cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla
- In sweet potato waffles
- In Irish potato candy

BREAKFAST FOODS

- In homemade granola
- In muesli
- In cream of wheat, cooked in whole milk and then flavored with a bit of sugar and a lot of cinnamon
- In porridge, especially banana-oats, or oats and quinoa, or helmipuuro
- On steel-cut oatmeal, especially with raisins; or with apples and almonds; or with walnuts, apples and maple syrup; or with dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and brown sugar
- In baked oatmeal
- On persimmon slices, atop hot cereal with soy or almond milk
- In a baby-friendly breakfast of porridge, stewed pear, yogurt and chia seeds
- Add it to an egg white and oatmeal omelet
- In scrambled eggs with vegetables
- On avocado with a bit of honey

BREAD/TOAST

- Combine with sugar and sprinkle on buttered, lightly toasted bread, especially multigrain bread
- Cinnamon toast made with butter and brown sugar, then put under the broiler until it bubbles
- In cinnamon raisin bagels
- Cinnamon raisin bread spread with salted butter
- Sprinkled over some local honey on top of toast
- Sprinkled on some peanut butter toast
- A mix of cinnamon, cardamom and demerara sugar beaten together and spread as a filling for white sourdough swirls

JAMS/SPREADS

- In chutneys, especially plum chutney
- Peanut butter mixed with marmalade and cinnamon
- In cherry tomato jam
- In fig jam
- In preserved pears, cooked with a cinnamon stick or two, a spoonful of whole allspice and a sprinkle of cloves
- In spicy peach jam
- In fruit butter: plum, apple, pumpkin, blueberry, strawberry…
- In butterscotch sauce, along with a smidge of cardamom
- Cinnamon sauce to go over baked apples

DAIRY

- On cottage cheese
- Added to yogurt, along with pumpkin puree, vanilla, and other pumpkin pie spices; throw in a few nuts and it’s like having pie!
- Lightly sprinkled atop apples, for dipping into maple syrup drizzled yogurt
- In a morning bowl of fresh-from-the-tree figs and yoghurt
- In Greek yogurt, along with some fruit, honey and a dash of vanilla extract; or with a splash of organic vanilla extract and a tart apple sliced thin; or with fruit and nuts
- Combined with greek yogurt, to top homemade waffles
- Mix warm white basmati rice into plain yogurt and mix in cinnamon
- With keffir
- Add cinnamon together with paprika and thyme, to baked feta cheese for a really Greek flavor
- Flavor whipped cream with cinnamon to dress up pies for the holidays

Click on for savory dishes, beverages and non-food uses.

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  • Laurie

    I sprinkle some in my coffee for a cheap version of a pumpkin spice latte!

  • Birute Skurdenis

    In northern Spain, I ordered a glass of gin and it came with a cinnamon stick in it. Delicious!

  • http://www.plattertalk.com Dan from Platter Talk

    In the culinary world, this topic is akin to the query, “Times when oxygen comes in handy.” How could one survive without cinnamon?! I cannot imagine.

  • http://www.sensualappealblog.com Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Awesome, I personally think of myself as a big of a cinnamon geek. I put it on everything. It is SO good. Ahh…

  • Donna M. Jackson

    Noodle pudding—Flan—trail mix

  • Posie

    Wow, so many great ideas to do with cinnamon! I was just going to add the wonder of honey and cinnamon on toast but I notice it’s been mentioned. I’ve never heard before though of cinnamon and brown sugar on toast, placed under the broiler. It sounds absolutely delicious – I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow morning!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Hope you enjoy it!

  • http://daysontheclaise.blogspot.com Susan Walter

    According to my husband cinnamon is the smell of American shopping malls. We’ve had American clients here in France who have been intrigued by the subtle use of cinnamon with things. They comment that they can’t quite identify the spice in something at lunch, but it’s kind of like cinnamon. Their palates are used to cinnamon being applied in barrow loads, not tiny pinches, but they love the less is more approach in France.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      I agree that it’s easy to overdo cinnamon, à la Big Red gum. :)

  • http://healthylivingcookbooks.blogspot.com/ Amy

    Clotilde, thank you for sharing so many awesome ideas! I love them and pinned them too. Modern research indicates that this versatile spice may have some very beneficial properties. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED). It is also a natural food preservative.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Absolutely, thanks for bringing up those non-culinary qualities!

  • Sarah

    If I have overripe pears in my fruit bowl I make a spiced pear puree by chopping them, heating them with a bit of sugar, splash of water and a cinnamon stick until soft, then puree-ing with my wand blender… put a small dollop in a champagne flute, top up with prosecco and you’ve got yourself a spiced pear bellini! Puree keeps for a few days in the fridge :D

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      That sounds fabulous, Sarah!

  • Charlotte

    Unfortunately, the holiday season in many of the chain grocery stores here is signalled by the arrival of the dread bags of “cinnamon”-infuse pine cones. You walk in the store to be met with a wall of artificial-cinnamon scent that gives me a headache. It’s very upsetting.

    Real cinnamon is lovely, and I just started an infusion with this year’s rosehips, some cinnamon sticks, some cloves, and vodka. Because it’s healthy! All that vitamin C!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Those pine cones sound nasty indeed. But your infusion must be lovely! How do you plan to use it?

  • http://paleoburnreviewer.com Erika

    Absolutely adore cinnamon! Thank for sharing such a extensive list, Cinnamon and Chili sounds gorgeous!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      I agree! They each provide their own kind of heat, perfect for the cold months ahead…

  • Danna Farabee

    I put a good bit of cinnamon in with my coffee grounds to brew together. Honey with a lot of cinnamon is good to help get over a cold earlier.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      I have a friend who swears by cinnamon essential oil to get over a cold faster. She puts a drop on a sugar cube, but in a spoonful of honey it should work even better.

  • Monique

    Made some plum jam with cinnamon, cloves and vanilla (wonderfully sticky and fragrant pods bought at G. Detou) last weekend. Delicious! And how about cinnamon in savoury dishes? I always add it to chili (along with cumin, paprika and cocoa) and it also goes very well with chicken (honestly!).

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Glad the plum jam was successful! And Part II with savory dishes and beverages is coming later today. :)

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