Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices, and I try to incorporate it into as many baked goods as possible. I love the balance it provides to sweets. Growing up, my mom would make Greek pastries and she would make the most amazing baklava. It was to die for and still is. My love for cinnamon really begins with baklava and other Greek desserts. If cinnamon can be added, it will be added 🙂 Since I started making biscuits, I like experimenting with different varieties. One of the first biscuit recipes I came up with was a biscuit with cinnamon. Since I have a couple of cinnamon roll fans in my house, these biscuits are always a big hit. After making them a few times, I decided to add cinnamon to the dough as well as the flour mixture (by brushing butter and sprinkling cinnamon sugar all over it). It really helps get that cinnamon flavor throughout.
I usually make several different varieties of biscuits every time I make them, and these cinnamon sugar biscuits always make the list. If not I would probably have an angry and hungry family mob after me 😉
These biscuits are lightly sweetened, flaky, and have a nice cinnamon punch. They are even more delicious topped with glaze, but what isn’t! Happy baking!
- 2 cups all purpose flour and more for dusting (I use unbleached)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. for inside
- 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp for inside
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup milk (any % milk fat will do or you can substitute buttermilk)
- 1/4 cup cold unsalted real butter and 1 1/2 Tbsp for inside
- oil for pan (I use olive oil)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 to 2 tsp. milk to desired consistency
#1 Make the biscuit dry ingredients ahead of time. Anytime I am having guests, I will make this several days ahead.
#2 Make the biscuit dough ahead of time and freeze. They should hold up in the freezer for a couple of months, if packaged well. Take out, defrost, and bake! You can also bake and then freeze (don't add glaze to biscuits you plan to freeze). Simply take out and let defrost, and then heat through.
#3 Freeze the remaining glaze or make ahead of time and freeze. This glaze holds up in the freezer well. Place in a freezer bag and then just clip the end and squeeze onto your biscuits. It only needs to sit out for a few minutes before using.
#4 Change the flavor of the glaze by using other extracts. For instance, an orange glaze is an amazing match for these biscuits!