Cinnamon Biscuits: Super quick and easy, these are great for breakfast or dessert. Starting with a buttery biscuit base, sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar magic, and you have a seriously tasty treat with cinnamon flavors. Finish them off with a simple icing drizzle, and you’ve just taken these sweet biscuits up a notch. It’s a sweet version of a savory biscuit recipe, that may be on your table a lot in the future.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Easy Recipe
- It’s quick: Coming together in less than twenty minutes, these fluffy biscuits make for a wonderfully fast breakfast option.
- Make-ahead recipe: It would be simple enough to make a big batch of the biscuits and then serve them throughout the week.
- They’re versatile: You can change up the original recipe with quite a few add-ins!
🧾 Ingredients Needed
I’ve highlighted a couple of ingredients below with some relevant notes. Aside from this, the ingredients needed are pretty basic.
- Flour – We used all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Milk – We used 2% milk for this recipe but you could easily swap that out for your favorite milk option.
- Unsalted butter – make sure to use unsalted butter and not salted to get the right flavor in your biscuits.
Sometimes substitutions are necessary because of ingredients that are unavailable or needed for dietary restrictions. Here are some suggestions that can help:
- Milk – if you have a dairy allergy, or you’re just dairy-free, feel free to swap in a milk alternative.
- Sugar – feel free to use any kind of sugar you’d like for this recipe (brown sugar would be a great option)!
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- Add-ins – we recommend adding chopped pecans, raisins, or walnuts to the biscuits if you’re looking for an upgrade.
👩🏻🍳 How to Make Easy Cinnamon Biscuits
These cinnamon biscuits might seem intimidating based on the following 17 steps, but trust that they’re a lot easier to make than the images let on!
These Cinnamon Biscuits are broken into 3 components:
- making the biscuits
- making the sweet glaze
- piecing them together
You will need cold butter for this recipe, so don’t worry about taking it out ahead of time to get to room temperature.
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list & instructions!*
Making these cinnamon biscuits is fairly straightforward. You start by combining the biscuit ingredients in your food processor and then shape the dough into biscuits before baking.
STEP 1. Measure Liquids. Measure out the milk and add the vanilla to the milk, stir to combine, and set aside (Image 1).
STEP 2. Combine Cinnamon and Sugar. In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon, stir to combine, and set aside (Image 2).
STEP 3. Start Adding Dry Ingredients to the Food Processor. Add the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to mix everything together (Image 1).
STEP 4. Add Butter. Add the cold cubed butter to the food processor with the flour mixture and pulse until the biscuit dough resembles coarse crumbs, about 6 times (Image 1).
Tip: Take butter directly out of the fridge for this step. Do not let butter warm up to room temperature!
STEP 5. Add in the Milk and Vanilla. Slowly add the milk/vanilla mixture to the flour mixture. Pulsing to combine the ingredients making sure not to over-mix the dough (Image 2).
STEP 6. Check Dough. Dough should now be crumbly and ready to press together (Image 2).
STEP 7. Add to a Floured Surface. Once the dough has just come together but you still see some crumbs not attached, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (Image 2).
STEP 8. Roll Out the Dough. Bring the dough together and roll out the dough so it’s about 1 inch thick. Sprinkle a small portion of the cinnamon sugar over the top of the dough (Image 2).
STEP 8-12. Fold the Dough. Fold the dough into thirds making sure to sprinkle more cinnamon sugar over the area that doesn’t have any cinnamon sugar on it (Image 3).
💭 Recipe Pro Tips
- Generously Add the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture. The layers of cinnamon sugar in these biscuits make all the difference!
- Don’t Skip Out on the Rolling and Folding. Layers are what make biscuits great, so be sure to follow the instructions for folding and rolling out the dough.
STEP 13-14. Roll Out Again and Cut Out Biscuits. Roll the dough out to 1 inch thick again and sprinkle the remaining amount of cinnamon sugar over the top. Cut the dough into 2-inch biscuits with a biscuit cutter or pastry cutter (Image 4). When you run out of dough to cut into, gently bring the dough together and cut out a few more biscuits.
STEP 14. Place Biscuits on Sheet Pan and Bake. Place them on the prepared baking sheet (Image 4). Bake at 450 degrees F (or 232 degrees C) for 8 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
STEP 15-16. Make the Simple Glaze. While the biscuits are baking, add the powdered sugar and the remaining milk to a bowl. Stir to combine (Image 4).
STEP 17. Drizzle Icing. When the biscuits are done baking, drizzle the vanilla glaze icing over top and serve immediately.
📋 Recipe FAQs
If your biscuits come out dry it might mean that you didn’t add enough fat or liquid. Make sure that the dough is coming together and staying together when cutting the biscuits. If they’re crumbling while you’re shaping them, more milk is needed.
Adding cream of tartar to biscuits helps stabilize and enhance the structure of the dough. It also acts as an acid, reacting with baking soda to help the biscuits rise better and offer more flaky layers.
Biscuits made with butter tend to have a richer flavor and a slightly crumbly texture, while those made with Crisco or a similar vegetable shortening can yield a more tender and flaky result. The choice between butter and Crisco depends on personal preference.
A high-quality biscuit is characterized by a delicate balance of a tender, flaky interior and a golden, slightly crisp exterior. It should have a rich, buttery flavor, a light rise, and be seasoned just right, providing a yummy blend of texture and taste in every bite. This homemade biscuits recipe hits all of those marks!
🍽 What to Serve with this Easy Cinnamon Biscuits Recipe
Store any leftovers in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for 4 days.
If you store the leftovers in the fridge, before serving I recommend warming them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
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Check out these yummy easy breakfast options similar to this cinnamon biscuits recipe for a delicious morning meal!
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- 1 Food Processor
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter cubed and cold
- 2/3 cup Milk
- 2 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (or 232 degrees C).
- Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
- Measure out the milk and add the vanilla to the milk, stir to combine, and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon, stir to combine, and set aside.
- Add the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to mix everything together.
- Add the cold cubed butter to the food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 6 times.
- Slowly add the milk/vanilla mixture to the flour mixture. Pulsing to combine the ingredients making sure not to over-mix the dough.
- Once the dough has just come together but you still see some crumbs not attached, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Bring the dough together and roll out the dough so it’s about 1 inch thick. Sprinkle a small portion of the cinnamon sugar over the top of the dough.
- Fold the dough into thirds making sure to sprinkle more cinnamon sugar over the area that doesn’t have any cinnamon sugar on it.
- Roll the dough out to 1 inch thick again and sprinkle the remaining amount of cinnamon sugar over the top.
- Cut the dough into 2-inch biscuits placing them on the prepared baking sheet.
- When you run out of dough to cut into, gently bring the dough together and cut out a few more biscuits.
- Bake at 450 degrees F (or 232 degrees C) for 8 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- While the biscuits are baking, add the powdered sugar and the remaining milk to a bowl. Stir to combine.
- When the biscuits are done baking, drizzle the icing over top and serve immediately.
- Chopped pecans
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.