Try this cinnamon toast recipe, and you will have The Best Cinnamon Toast Ever! I promise! Simple concept and only 5 ingredients, but tons of flavor!
The Best Cinnamon Toast Ever. Y’all, I’m serious when I say that, but I know what you’re thinking… “Stacey, cinnamon toast? Really? Who needs a recipe for that?”
Well, I thought the same thing when I first saw a recipe for cinnamon toast on Ree Drummond’s blog probably 10 years back. I had grown up throwing some cinnamon and sugar on buttered toast and calling it a day. But something about the mechanics of Ree’s recipe intrigued me, so I made it. And whoa! I Never. Looked. Back.
Fast forward to a frantic morning, I’m rushing to get us out the door and looking for something delicious I can whip up quickly for Jack for breakfast. The loaf of bread caught my eye, and I thought, “Cinnamon toast!”
Now my cinnamon sugar toast recipe has evolved a bit over the years, but chances are you have everything you’ll need to make this right at home already in the pantry and fridge, and the result is an undeniably delicious and easy Cinnamon Toast bread that tastes better than any other cinnamon toast you’ve ever tried before!
What is the secret to amazing cinnamon toast?
The trick here that makes this so different than any other cinnamon toast is you make a paste of sorts with the softened butter, cinnamon, sugar, and a pinch of salt. That cinnamon butter mixture gets spread over the bread and baked.
It’s important to get that buttery goodness all the way around the side of the bread to keep the bread from burning under the broiler. So no need for the toaster oven, we bake and then broil it to get that sugar all caramelized and bubbly with a crunchy texture – almost like the torched sugar topping on creme brûlée.
The end result is a cinnamon sugar butter soaked bread that gets super crispy on the bottom topped with the crispy, crunchy sugar topping… it really is a game changer.
I never thought cinnamon toast could be so exciting, but trust me when I say this is honestly the Best Cinnamon Toast Ever. It almost tastes like dessert!
Unsalted Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter so you can really control the amount of salt that goes into this recipe. You will want to make sure the butter is fairly softened before you stir it with the salt and cinnamon sugar mixture. I recommend putting it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds at a time until you have the butter perfectly softened but not fully melted. Will salted butter work? of course it will.
Sugar – Yes, please! And, I’m not judging if you go a tad over the 1/4 cup threshold… by accident of course! I use just regular white sugar (or granulated sugar), but if you only have brown sugar on hand that will work too!
Ground Cinnamon – You can really use any brand ground cinnamon. Even the store-brand ground cinnamon will do perfectly fine!
Pinch of Salt – Just a pinch will do! If you can’t find unsalted butter and use salted butter in its place, then skip this sprinkle of salt altogether.
Bread – You will want to get your favorite sandwich bread. I’m not partial to any brand, just make sure it’s sliced like a normal slice of bread you use to make a sandwich. I prefer good ol’ plain white bread!
Best Cinnamon Toast Ever
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, well softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 slices bread
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. You'll need the butter to be pretty soft to get it all combined.
- Spread the mixture evenly over one side of each of the 4 pieces of bread, being sure to cover all the way up to the edges of the bread. It's going to seem like a lot, but trust me.
- Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake it in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Next turn the broiler on and broil the toast until it is deep golden brown and the sugar is bubbling. I usually stand right at the oven with the door cracked so I can watch it best and prevent it from burning.
- Slice in halves, if desired, and serve.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.