Cinnamon Roll Bread

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Cinnamon Roll Bread is soft and moist with a brown sugar cinnamon swirl and a crunchy streusel on top.

* PLEASE NOTE – Do NOT mess with the bread right after it comes out of the oven! Test for doneness and don’t even consider slicing into it warm. If you do try to slice it warm, the center will sink and it will likely fall apart!

We like to eat this bread for breakfast on special occasions and it makes a nice afternoon snack too. It’s basically a cake that you can hold in your hands!

Cinnamon Quick Bread

The recipe on my blog for the Best Cinnamon Rolls ever is one of the most popular and gets amazing reviews. However, it’s time-intensive and not all of us want to wait 5 hours for warm cinnamon rolls.

And if you’re a fan of homemade cinnamon rolls, you’ll want to try the Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Maple Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns, and these Raspberry Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread has all the flavors you love in classic cinnamon rolls - in a quick and easy recipe!

This recipe for Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread is much simpler and faster to make than traditional cinnamon rolls.

This bread has been a hit with family and friends for years now!

3 slices of cinnamon roll quick bread

How to make Cinnamon Roll Bread

I love this recipe because all the ingredients are pantry staples. It’s perfect when you need a treat and don’t have time to run to the store. 

Start by stirring up a simple batter. Whisk the dry ingredients together, then the wet and mix barely until combined.

It’s better to have a few bits of flour that aren’t stirred in, than to over mix it. Over mixing will lead to tough dry bread. 

Add half the batter to a greased bread pan and then sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top, then add the rest of the batter and top with the rest of the cinnamon sugar.

Gently swirl with a knife a few times. Bake for 45-50 minutes. After the bread is cooled, make a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to drizzle over the top.

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread

Quick Bread Recipes

Like most quick bread recipes, the Cinnamon Quick Bread will be more moist and flavorful the 2nd day. Store the bread tightly wrapped.

Lemon Blueberry Bread and Cherry Almond Bread are two more quick bread recipes that make terrific breakfasts, snacks, or desserts.

And speaking of awesome breakfasts you can make at home, have you tried these Baked Apple Fritters?? They’re so good!

Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think. Tag me #chocolatewithgrace on Instagram and be sure to follow me there.

Cinnamon Quick Bread

* PLEASE NOTE – Do NOT mess with the bread right after it comes out of the oven! Test for doneness and don’t even consider slicing into it warm. If you do try to slice it warm, the center will sink and it will likely fall apart!

If you’re a cinnamon roll fan, here are a couple more ways to enjoy these flavors without making an actual cinnamon roll. Soft Cinnamon Roll Cookies from My Recipe Reviews and Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Karly’s Kulinary Krusade both look delicious!

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread

4.03 from 39 votes
This cinnamon roll quick bread is soft and moist with a brown sugar cinnamon swirl and a crunchy streusel on top.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Additional Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Loaf


For the bread

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk I used whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil I used canola oil

For the cinnamon sugar swirl

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the vanilla glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a glass 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Combine the milk, eggs and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Don’t over stir.
  • To make the cinnamon sugar, whisk the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture. Top with the other half of the batter and then the remainder of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Gently swirl with a butter knife several times to make the swirl.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove from the pan to cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla and enough milk to make a smooth glaze. Drizzle over the cooled bread.


Do NOT mess with the bread right after it comes out of the oven! Test for doneness and don’t even consider slicing into it warm. If you do try to slice it warm, the center will sink and it will likely fall apart!


Serving: 1slice · Calories: 316kcal · Carbohydrates: 64g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g · Cholesterol: 17mg · Sodium: 269mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 46g
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{originally published 3/21/19 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/7/21}

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  1. Kelly K says

    I made this tonight and it did not turn out right. I haven’t tasted it yet but the cinnamon and sugar mixture was too much for the batter to incorporate and it was just a thick layer of loose cinnamon sugar on top. Plus, the center collapsed and left a huge hole. Not sure what I did wrong.
    Are the proportions right? Equal parts flour and sugar? And it didn’t seem wet enough to me, especially since the cinnamon sugar adds another 1/2 cup.
    Any suggestions are helpful.

  2. Moriah says

    The description for this isn’t correct, I had the same problems as the other reviewers. The recipe doesn’t specify if the sugar for the cinnamon sugar is supposed to be granulated or brown, and there is no streusel topping like the description suggests. Bad recipe.

    • Margot says

      Generally, if a recipe doesn’t state what type of sugar white granulated sugar is used but brown sugar would also be acceptable in this type of recipe.

      • Mary says

        Margot is correct that this recipe is written for white sugar. You should be able to use brown sugar in the topping without issue though. I use white sugar for the classic cinnamon sugar flavors.

  3. Jenn says

    I used brown sugar for the sugar topping but followed the recipe as written. The bread sunk as the other comments suggested. Not sure why it happened. Tasted great but wouldn’t make again since it sunk when cooked. Found link on Pinterest.

  4. Georgette says

    I just baked the bread and mines collapsed too in the middle. I carefully followed the directions. I’m not sure how it’s gonna taste.

  5. Jerry says

    4 stars
    Apparently I didn’t stir it enough. Do not over stir the ingredients was a little misleading. Taste was great. But it was a bit crumbly.

  6. Wendy w says

    5 stars
    I just made this. Very easy. Turned out perfect! Followed the instructions but substituted: milk – I had 2%, oil – I had vegetable. Used a glass bread pan and baked for 45 min at 350 degrees. Main thing is to let it cool before touching it. The cinnamon swirl will be hot and gooey, which will cause your bread to separate if you cut into it while it is hot.

    • kate says

      5 stars
      I made mine just like yours (2% & vegetable oil) and it also came out perfect! I poured a little too much in the bottom half so the swirl is higher than it should be, but that was on me! I’m not good at eye-balling and will definitely weigh and split in half exactly next time 🙂

  7. Kaylin says

    3 stars
    I made this bread I followed the directions and did not over mix but the bread was still very dry. I thought it was kind of bland. If I make it again I might add an extra egg and vanilla to the dough.

  8. Suzanne says

    1 star
    I just made this bread, and the final product had the same symptoms as indicated above: too much loose cinnamon and sugar on top and it collapsed in the center. Followed directions per recipe. Disappointed ☹️

  9. Patty says

    5 stars
    Made this last night, followed the directions, very good. Had to use 2% milk and veg oil it was what I had! No issues.

  10. Hope says

    5 stars
    Made this with an extra egg and vanilla in the mix as suggested above. I baked it in an 8” round cake pan for 40 minutes,and it turned out wonderful!

  11. J says

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice and the first time it came out great and the second time it was very dense and gummy. What went wrong? I followed the recipe exactly. Help?? I loved this bread.

  12. Mia says

    5 stars
    Mine turned out wonderful! I used a metal pan instead of a glass pan and there were no problems. The bread was fluffy and delicious and the whole family loved it.

  13. Faith says

    3 stars
    I made this bread the picture looked great but mine did not look like that I baked it for 45 mins and it left a big collapse in the middle which looked very raw when I put a toothpick in it and the cinnamon sugar top and batter made a weird top on the bread that was really crunchy. I hope it taste better but would not recommend making this to anyone.

  14. Faith Paulson says

    3 stars
    hi. Today I made this bread thinking to would be delicious – which it was! But it was a pain to make and was not worth making it for what it looked like e. First the top had made a weird topping that was like crunchy from mixing the cinnamon topping with the cake part. Then when I took the bread out the toothpick was not coming out clean so I put it back in the oven for 10 more mins still raw 20 mins later finally it was was a pain and did not look presentable and was falling apart. Would not recommend to make beucase of all the pain having to go into it!

  15. Vishwadipti says

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe very carefully ,including the part where it advises to not over stir (basically just gently mix the ingredients),have already baked it on three different occasions and each time people scream with joy and beg for more😋

  16. Crystal says

    3 stars
    Add me to the sunken middle club. It came out of the oven looking beautiful, and I was sure that I’d met success, but after 10 minutes it was a sunken glob. Turning it out resulted in a big ol’ mess, but I confess, it was still delicious. I’m reminded that baking is a science, so something is definitely wrong with the proportions here. Three stars because it truly is delicious, but the sunken middle isn’t right.

  17. Nancy says

    5 stars
    Hi – thank you for this amazing recipe. I followed the instructions and it came out perfectly. Moist, fluffy texture, yet firm enough to slice. Just the right amount of sweetness. I did add 1/2 tsp. vanilla to the batter. But this recipe worked out great for us, thank you for developing it and sharing. I’ll be making a double batch next time!

  18. Brianna says

    1 star
    Super sad with the bread, completely sank in the middle and isn’t even fully cooked. Put it in the over for longer and still won’t be edible

  19. Judy says

    5 stars
    The key here is to LET THE BREAD COOL COMPLETELY!!! Don’t mess with it at all. If it is fully cooked, it turns out perfectly every time. But the one time I messed with it and thought I’d slice it warm, it collapsed. Don’t let that amazing aroma trick you. WAIT and slice it cold. This is a winning recipe if you follow all the steps!

  20. Sue says

    5 stars
    After reading reviews I used 2 eggs, added vanilla and 2% milk. I also used a round cake pan not loaf pan at 350 for 40 minutes. Very easy, turned out perfect.

  21. Belinda says

    5 stars
    Hi made this last night and it came out great The only thing different I did was to add half milk and half yogurt. Let it cool for about an hour and a half, did not sink. Great recipe, thanks.

  22. PT says

    Made this twice. Had a huge hole in the center both times. Too much baking powder maybe? Idk. It is delicious, but it yields half a loaf this way.

    • Mary says

      I’m glad that the bread was delicious, but I understand your frustration with the bread sinking like that! It is vital not to mess with the bread right after it comes out of the oven. I test for doneness and don’t even consider slicing into it warm. If you do try to slice it warm, the center will sink every time and it will often fall apart.

  23. An says

    4 stars
    I loved it. I was nervous. But I let it cool completely and it turned out fine!! When it’s cool a bit, it’s easier to shake off excess cinnamon sugar when you remove it from the pan.

  24. Jake says

    4 stars
    Overall pretty good recipie. A couple notes though

    -This is a quick bread so don’t overmix. Use the muffin method of mixing, create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet into that.

    -Use a thin walled loaf pan, the thick sorta coated ones take much longer to bake. Definitely let it cool for 30 minutes to an hour before messing with it, or you’re gonna have a bad time.

    – To cut back on sugar just mix the cinnamon into the batter. You don’t get the swirl but it’s the same flavor.

    – It would be very tasty with diced apples in it.

  25. Darlene S. says

    5 stars
    I have made this bread twice and came out perfect and I am not sure why it failed and sunk for others. I literally let it cool for several hours and it never sunk on me. I wonder if it is the glass loaf pan which tends to bake more evenly but it came out wonderful and so delicious. The only thing I added was butter extract otherwise a perfect bread and will continue to make this. Thank you!

  26. Darlene S. says

    5 stars
    Made this bread twice and came out perfect and never sunk on me. I really believe it’s the glass loaf pan that bakes more even. It tastes awesome and great texture. The only thing I added was butter extract and it made a big flavor difference. Will continue to bake this bread. It’s a favorite. Thank you!

  27. Star says

    3 stars
    Just made this… it’s ok.
    Based on other reviews, I used a separate Streusel recipe and subbed the sugar & cinnamon mix with the Streusel I made.
    The cake is a little too sweet for me so next time I will cut the sugar back.

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