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When the weather is cold and gray, there’s nothing like a sprinkle of cinnamon to warm you from the inside out and lift your spirits. Whether on top of a freshly frothed latte or added to egg and milk to make classic French toast for brunch, cinnamon is a versatile and popular spice across the globe. Holiday cookies, soul-warming breakfasts, the best pies of the season and warm comforting drinks are all made better with cinnamon. It's like the cozy sweater of your spice cabinet. So don’t wait a minute longer — discover these 18 delectable cinnamon recipes perfect for winter.
If you're looking to mix up your breakfast routine, try out this vegan, gluten-free buckwheat breakfast bowl, in which groats are simmered with coconut and cinnamon and topped with more cinnamon. Dates, nuts and almond milk round out the tasty and nutritious dish.
For a more decadent breakfast dish, try this baked apple pancake, which is like a mash-up between apple pie and a pancake. It makes plenty, so it's perfect for a cozy at-home brunch with the fam.
If you grew up eating Pop Tarts for breakfast, this winter skip the processed stuff and try your hand at this homemade version. Filled with cinnamon and brown sugar, the flavors are warm, sweet and full of nostalgia.
Cookies for breakfast? You don't have to ask us twice. And there's no need to tell anyone how good for you these cinnamon-inflected treats are. The kids will feel like they're pulling on over on you when they get to have seconds without a fight.
Brickle is tiny bits of toffee pieces and they add wonderful crunch and flavor to these doughnuts, which include cinnamon in the batter and the coating.
The magic happens overnight with this easy recipe for Overnight French Toast Casserole. Chunks of crusty bread soak up the egg mixture to make a delicious custard that cooks up in 30 minutes when you pop it in your Instant Pot in the morning. The cinnamon-laced breakfast will sweeten up any morning.
This sweet and hearty twist on warm baked oatmeal will delight kids (and adults!) of all ages. Use your electric pressure cooker to whip up this breakfast dish in under half an hour, and top it all off with a cinnamon-roll must have: a decadent swirl of cream cheese icing.
We couldn't have a cinnamon round-up without including a cinnamon roll recipe. Because what could be better than waking up to the smell of cinnamon buns on a chilly winter morning? Incredibly, this recipe is made without yeast, so you don't even need to wait for the dough to rise.
Finished with a brown sugar glaze, this delectable slow cooker carrot recipe enjoys hints of warm cinnamon and spicy ginger. These tasty carrots will appeal to kids and adults alike, and are sure to complement any main protein that needs a little oomph.
There are few things as comforting in winter than a warm bowl of chili. Mix things up with this version, which incorporates ingredients like turkey, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and cocoa powder for a burst of flavor in every bite.
Mujadara is a traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern dish that combines rice, lentils, caramelized onions, and spices for a warm, filling yet healthy side (or main!). Both cinnamon stick and ground cinnamon flavor the multilayered recipe. If you're feeling celebratory, the mujadara pairs beautifully with Sweet Spiced and Stuffed Roast Leg of Lamb, which is also cinnamon-scented.
Enjoy the aromatic flavors of cinnamon, cumin, ginger, bay leaf and red pepper with this traditional Moroccan stew made with beef, butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
These quick and easy grilled beef sirloin skewers are made with a marinade that includes coffee, cinnamon and paprika. If you don't feel like grilling in the cold, cook these on a grill pan or in the broiler (just be sure to soak wooden skewers first).
Classic chocolate chip cookies are great, but it turns out that they're even better when enhanced with a touch of fragrant cinnamon. Walnuts add a nice crunch, not to mention a heart-healthy omega-3.
Who says you need an oven to make cookies? This fun cinnamon and cardamom-flavored chocolate cookies are actually made in the waffle maker, giving them a waffled texture that is sure to delight.
As a hot cocktail, hot toddies are a staple of the winter season. The simple recipe simmers a cinnamon stick in water before combining with rye, lemon and honey. It's cure to cure what ails you!
This traditional Puerto Rican drink can be made at any time of the year but it's best to drink during the winter. Whenever you make it, just don't forget the cinnamon sticks.
If you think horchata is only a summertime treat, think again. This hot version is perfect for cold weather. Who needs hot chocolate when you can have this hot take on an iconic Mexican recipe? Just make sure you leave enough time to let the water, rice and cinnamon sticks steep overnight. If you're in the mood for more non-alcoholic cocktails, mix up a mocktial recipe everyone will love.
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