Christmas Gift Idea | Easy Cinnamon Bread

I find inspiration virtually everywhere.  When I was shopping at Michael’s for something for Adalyn, I came across ceramic loaf pans for just $1 and knew they would be great for gifting my cinnamon bread.  They had the perfect shade of red and green and a great standard, white!

Christmas or hostess gift idea with easy cinnamon bread recipe
These adorable little loaves make great neighbor and teacher gifts – as well as breakfast for yourself. Enjoy alone or with a little butter. You definitely want to save a loaf for yourself!
Homemade Christmas gift idea with easy cinnamon bread recipe
I wrapped some of the loaves with parchment paper, baker’s twine and garnished with cinnamon sticks and others with ribbon.  A batch yields 6 mini-loaves, that’s a lot of happy friends! Because these are packaged within themselves, be sure to wipe the top of the baking dish with a wet paper towel to eliminate any residue from cooking spray. I love that I can make 6 gifts in just 10 minutes or easily double the batch for more!
Holiday or hostess gift idea with easy cinnamon bread recipe
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Christmas Gift Idea | Easy Cinnamon Bread
 
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Recipe type: bread
Ingredients
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 c flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • ⅔ c vegetable oil
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 Tbsp & 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅔ c sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat eggs, milk & oil.
  4. Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  5. Grease baking dishes & pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
  6. Combine topping, spoon on each loaf and swirl in with a knife, leaving some on top.
  7. Bake 40 minutes.
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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

42 Comments

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Terry

    I don’t think I’ve had cinnamon bread before but I am a huge cinnamon fan,..and come to think of it I’m a huge bread (any carbs really) fan as well. I’m sure this would be great. Love the little dishes!

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Coordinately Yours

    Confession: 5 loaves are being gifted, 1 has been eaten.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Terry

    lol – perfect

  • Reply December 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    In the instructions it said 4c of sugar….is that really right?

    This bread sounds so good!
    Thanks for posting….
    Carol

  • Reply December 2, 2012

    Coordinately Yours

    4 c flour – 2 cups sugar, plus another 2/3 for the cinnamon mixture. It’s so moist-even a few days later.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Anonymous

    I knew I was going to bake bread for presants this year, thanks for the great ideas.

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Don’t forget to bake a loaf for yourself as well!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

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  • Reply April 5, 2013

    Anonymous

    Great idea!! I’m totally doing these for next Christmas as gifts to all of my neighbors. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!
    - Debra Carlson

  • Reply April 5, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    Debra, we make this all the time for breakfast because it’s easy and delicious!

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  • Reply November 17, 2013

    Cari

    Might you know how I could turn this into a pumpkin bread recipe? I made this a few times now and it is delicious! I’ve been wanting a “tried-and-true” bread recipe that I can turn into a delicious pumpkin bread recipe somehow.

    • Reply November 17, 2013

      Julie

      I wish I did, however, I’m not a fan of pumpkin, so have never tried. I’m so glad you love this recipe as much as we do!

      • Reply November 18, 2013

        Cari

        No worries! I found something online that said to replace each egg with 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree, and use the equivalent of oil (so 2/3 cup of canned pumpkin for the 2/3 cup of oil). So it’d be 1 & 1/6 cup of pumpkin puree in place of the eggs and oil, or 1 cup, 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp. I’m going to try it today!!

        • Reply November 19, 2013

          Julie

          Let me know how it is!

  • Reply December 9, 2013

    Mindy

    I am far from a domestic diva so this may be a silly question…but is there a reason you didn’t just add the cinnamon/sugar combo to the dough itself instead of just sprinkling a layer of it in the middle when you put it in the pan? I’m thinking of making this for holiday gifts and giving it with a little jar of homemade apple butter :)

    • Reply December 9, 2013

      Julie

      Mindy, you could just mix it in, but it’s more flavorful in “stripes” from being swirled in. You will LOVE this!

  • Reply December 23, 2013

    Liz

    I love this recipe! I just made 4 loaves for my coworkers and 1 large one for my family – all turned out amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, I am so happy to have found this!

    • Reply December 24, 2013

      Julie

      Thanks for sharing, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays!

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  • Reply March 21, 2014

    Yvonne (Bread Fun)

    Great idea for a Xmas Gift or a gift for anytime. A gift from the heart made by your hand full of “Love, Awesome and most of all Scrumptious”

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  • Reply November 22, 2014

    Holly

    just wondered what size pans you used to make these loaves of bread?
    Thanks for any info!

    H

    • Reply November 23, 2014

      Julie

      I’ve never seen a size on them, but they’re at Michael’s again this year. They’re about 6″ long. Enjoy!

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  • Reply November 30, 2014

    vicki setzer

    I was wondering if you could mail these loafs in the pan if you wrap them real good with a cling wrap. i would like to send some to my kids.

    • Reply November 30, 2014

      Julie

      I would wrap them in bubble wrap, inside a Priority USPS box. That’s what I use when shipping baked goods. Add in peanuts to fill the box so it doesn’t move during transport.

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    Dawn Janis

    Does it freeze well? I’m planning on making some for gifts (I’ve got plans for at least 2, but I can create a list of more) and I may want to freeze the loaves after they are baked before I gift them. And then if I can freeze them, what is the reheating temps?

    • Reply December 4, 2014

      Julie

      It does, but I would just let them thaw, warm them & serve them with butter. I’ll be honest, they don’t last long around our house! It melts in your mouth!

  • Reply December 7, 2014

    ann

    I’d love to make this and never do anything baking but am already confused with the instructions. Why are there two separate sugar portions – one for 2 cups and the other for 2/3 cups. Am I missing something? thank you!

    • Reply December 7, 2014

      Julie

      I’m sorry, Ann! If you don’t bake often, this is a GREAT recipe! It’s a no fail…the second sugar is for the cinnamon sugar topping. You could easily put it all in together, I just love having the crunchy topping. Enjoy!

  • Reply December 9, 2014

    vicki setzer

    Thank you for answering my question i will try and mail these some day. Does it make a difference what kind of milk you use fat free,skim milk or whole milk ?

    Can you use fat free milk or do you have to use whole milk ? Thank you so much for answering me before i am going to make up some of these for my older children.

    • Reply December 9, 2014

      Julie

      It doesn’t really, fuller milk has a hint more flavor. I just shared how to mail cookies – you may enjoy that post as well! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply December 10, 2014

    Leslie Rhodes

    Wondering if I should bake them in the pans I boughtÉ
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    • Reply December 10, 2014

      Julie

      You won’t be disappointed! Let me know if I can help!

  • Reply December 12, 2014

    Vivian

    Do you think it would work as well in those little decorative “bake in the pan” cardboard type loaf pans?? I believe they are about 6″ or so. Thanks!

    • Reply December 12, 2014

      Julie

      Absolutely! Just watch for baking time…it tends to go a little quicker in those, so I’d check on them 10 minutes early. Happy Holidays, Vivian!

  • Reply December 12, 2014

    Vivian

    Thank you….Happy Holidays to you, as well!

  • Reply December 15, 2014

    Sylvia

    Julie,
    You are such an inspiration! I made these today for my children’s teachers as a holiday gift and they turned out super cute. I actually got 10 out of 1 recipe! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

    • Reply December 15, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks, Sylvia! Glad you enjoyed them! I hope you kept a loaf for yourself!

  • Reply December 16, 2014

    Whitney

    I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but the middle of my loafs are still gooey

    • Reply December 16, 2014

      Julie

      If you’re using larger loaf pans, you’ll need to increase your baking time. You may also need to adjust based on your oven. This bread is very moist, but not dough-like, when removed from the oven.

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