These Cinnasticks are out of this world! With the slight crisp to the outside, the soft middle, melt in your mouth frosting goodness, you won’t be able to stop at just one! I threw these together one night with the leftover Pizza dough we make, and we have been making these every since.
3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Yeast
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/4 Salt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 1/3 Cups Warm Water
I mix the dough in a bread maker. To make it by hand, put the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and set aside for several minutes to react. When ready, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon until the dough starts to form. Knead some in the bowl to get the rest of the ingredients into the ball of dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead for 10-15 minutes until the dough is soft and springy.
Spray a bowl with non stick cooking spray and put the dough back in to rise for about 45 minutes or until it is doubled in size. (I turn my oven on to 375 and set the dough on the cook top. The heat coming up is enough to help it rise well).
About 6 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
2-3 teaspoons Cinnamon
When the dough is finished rising, melt butter in a bowl (about 6 Tablespoons) in the microwave. Pour the butter into a small cookie sheet. Pour the dough out onto the butter and wiggle and jiggle it gently until it resembles a rectangle. I suppose you can roll it out just a little, don’t flatten them. You want them to be about 3/4 in thick. Flip the dough over once to coat the butter on the other side as well.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Cut the sticks with a pizza cutter. You don’t need to separate them out, they are just easier to remove if you give them a cut before you bake them. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top until it looks well coated. You will most likely not use the whole amount of cinnamon and sugar.
Bake at 375 for about 16 minutes. You want them to be golden brown but not over baked. In the meantime, make the frosting to go on top. I’ve considered having the frosting separate for dipping but it seems more magical spread all over the top.
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese, soft
4 Tablespoons Butter, soft
About 2-4 Cups Powdered Sugar
Splash of Vanilla
1-3 teaspoons hot water
This is a bit trickier to give you exact measurements, because I usually dump as I go. Beat the softened cream cheese and butter until it is smooth and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until it starts getting thick. My guess is it is closer to 3 cups, but start with 2. Add in a splash of vanilla and mix well. You don’t want the frosting thick, or too thin. The hot cinnasticks will melt it so it spreads easily. Add in a teaspoon or 2 of hot water to thin the frosting if needed. (I always do this) When the cinnasticks are finished cooking, pour the frosting on top and serve when cooled enough to eat.
This is the consistency of the frosting and the look of the baked Cinnasticks before the frosting goes on.