Cinnamon Bread – The Best Christmas Bread for Gifting!

LAST UPDATED: Dec 10, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 15, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

An easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snacks and gifting to friends, neighbors and co-workers! This Christmas bread makes a beautiful gift wrapped into inexpensive giftable loaf pans.

3 cinnamon bread loaves 2 gift wrapped in a bow by christmas greenery

Cinnamon Bread is an easy quick bread, which is a no yeast bread. Instead, it’s leavened with baking powder making it simple and fuss free!

It’s a moist bread full of flavor often synonymous with Christmas because of it’s amazing cinnamon sugar scent and flavor! It’s a delicious breakfast or snack on it’s own or slathered in butter.

However, it also makes an amazing treat! One bite and you’ll see why! 

When you bake this bread, your kitchen will smell like Christmas! It’s a great homemade food gift to give to friends and family throughout the holidays. That’s exactly why I’ve dubbed this Christmas bread!

Each year I bake up giftable loaves for friends, family, teachers and neighbors. It’s a treat that anyone will surely love!

Even better, it’s quick and easy to make (just about 5 minutes hands on time) with ingredients you have in your pantry!

cinnamon bread in white loaf pans by christmas greenery gold scissors and red bakers twine

Cinnamon Bread Ingredients

Cinnamon Bread is made with staple ingredients that mean you can make it to enjoy or gift on a whim!

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil (this helps to make the bread really moist)
  • Cinnamon

christmas bread with red bakers twine and ivory ribbon to gift wrap

How to Make Cinnamon Bread

This Cinnamon Bread recipe is so easy to make – in just 5 minutes hands on time, you yield 6 miniature loaves of moist, sweet, delicious cinnamon bread. Who can resist? 

To make Cinnamon Bread, you simply combine all ingredients, swirl in cinnamon sugar and bake to perfection! It’s a foolproof no yeast bread recipe. You can see how easy it is to make by watching the video in this post and get the printable recipe below.

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Beat wet ingredients.
  4. Gradually fold in dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  5. Grease baking dishes.
  6. Combine topping, spoon on each loaf and swirl in.
  7. Bake.

Variations

  • Don’t want 6 miniature loaves? You can also make this homemade Cinnamon Bread recipe in 2 – 1 pound loaf pans or cut the recipe in half for just 1 loaf pan and bake 50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • If you prefer to make them into muffins, just grease miniature muffin tins and fill each to 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes.
  • This bread is amazing on it’s own, but you can also cover it (or drizzle if you show any restraint) with Glaze or Cream Cheese Glaze
  • Swirl in raisins to make Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Swirl in nuts to make Cinnamon Nut Bread

christmas bread in white miniature loaf pans wrapped in a bow

How to Gift Christmas Bread

When I was shopping at Michael’s for something for Adalyn, I came across ceramic loaf pans for just $1. They’re perfect for gifting my cinnamon bread – the quintessential Christmas bread.  

Year after year they offer shades of red and green and a great standard, white! You can also now find white year round. It makes perfectly delicious little giftable loaves every time!

You can also use paper loaf pans!

3 cinnamon bread loaves in white miniature loaf pans with red bakers twine and gold scissors

  1. Wipe the top of the baking dish with a wet paper towel to eliminate any residue from cooking spray.
  2. Let the bread cool to room temperature before wrapping or serving.
  3. Wrap the loaves with parchment paper, baker’s twine or ribbon and garnish with cinnamon sticks.  

A batch yields 6 mini-loaves, that’s a lot of happy friends! I love that I can make 6 gifts of homemade cinnamon bread in just 10 minutes or easily double the batch for more!

christmas greenery by wrapped bread loaves

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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!

There’s never a bad time to enjoy this bread! It can easily be served as a breakfast bread, a mid morning or afternoon snack or as an after dinner treat. It’s so perfectly festive and the smell of cinnamon when you bake this bread is to die for! 

beautiful loaves of cinnamon bread wrapped with a ribbon next to greenery

A Quick Bread Recipe With No Yeast

There is no yeast in this recipe, so you don’t need to let it rise. It’s perfect for easy baking! You just need 5 minutes to make the batter and then it’s straight into the oven!

It’s the perfect bread recipe if you are short on time! It’s made with pantry staple ingredients, so the chances are you don’t even need to plan a trip to the store.

Top Tips To Make This Cinnamon Bread Recipe

  • Be sure to grease your baking dishes for easy removal.
  • You can also make one large 1.5 pound loaf with this recipe rather than smaller individual loaves.
  • Lighten it up: substitute half the oil with unsweetened apple sauce and or eliminate or  reduce the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.

Christmas bread in a dish and gift wrapped

How to Store Homemade Cinnamon Bread

Store quick bread covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.

To freeze loaves, wrap them tightly in heavy foil, saran wrap or place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in), and freeze for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve.

You’ll Also Love these Giftable Christmas Bread Recipes

7 different christmas bread loaves wrapped for gifting

cinnamon bread wrapped ready to be gifted

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Cinnamon Bread Recipe

A Cinnamon Bread recipe made with staple ingredients in just a few minutes. This Christmas Bread is perfect for breakfast, snacks and gifting to friends, neighbors and co-workers!
4.25 from 141 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 48
Calories: 117kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil

TOPPING:

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon + 1 tsp
  • 2/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs, milk and oil.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  • Grease baking dishes and pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
  • Combine topping, spoon on each loaf and swirl in with a knife, leaving some on top.
  • Bake 40 minutes.

Video

Notes

You can also make this in 2 - 1 pound loaf pans or cut the recipe in half for just 1 loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes.
Do not overfill. 
Let the bread cool to room temperature before wrapping or serving.
To make it lighter, substitute half the oil with unsweetened apple sauce and or eliminate or  reduce the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
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Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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