Cinnamon Bread – This quick bread is so simple and easy to make!  A tender and perfectly sweet loaf with a layer of cinnamon swirl and delicious cinnamon and sugar coating!

cinnamon sugar loaf slice

Cinnamon Bread:

I absolutely love anything cinnamon sugar!  It’s so simple but so cozy for fall and winter baking.  Everything from our Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins to our Cinnamon Sugar Cake and easy Cinnamon Butter are some of my faves!  This is a quick style bread that doesn’t require any yeast or rising time.  It has a very tender crumb (similar to a cake) with a cinnamon swirl in the center.  Before baking the loaf is coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture that makes me think of the childhood favorite, cinnamon toast!  It’s a perfect loaf to serve with coffee on Christmas morning, or to package and give as a holiday gift!

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Loaf:

  1. Grab one large bowl and whisk together your dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and salt.  Then, in a second large bowl beat together your softened butter with sour cream, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Then in go the eggs, milk and vanilla.  A very simple dough!
  2. Now, pour your liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and fold to combine.  Use a spatula to do this step instead of your mixer.  You don’t want to over-mix this dough.  Only fold until no dry streaks remain.
  3. Pour your batter into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Top with half of your cinnamon and granulated sugar mixture, then use a butter  knife to swirl the dough gently.
  4. Top the swirled mixture with the remaining batter and then the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.  You don’t need to swirl this time, just bake as is.

photo collage how to make cinnamon bread

Cinnamon Bread Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • Make sure to grease your loaf pan!  Even if using a non-stick pan as you can see I did, you still want to grease it up to ensure your loaf comes out nicely.  You can do this with a small amount of butter or cooking spray, either is fine.
  • I have only tested this recipe in a standard 9×5 loaf pan.  Keep in mind if your loaf pan is larger or smaller, your cook time may vary as well.
  • This dough is very thick!  It will take you 1-2 minutes to get the cinnamon sugar swirled in, just keep swirling!  You can use a butter knife or a toothpick, your choice!
  • If you feel like your loaf is getting too brown on top but the center isn’t done, just very loosely cover the pan with a small sheet of aluminum foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking time.
  • You can substitute the sour cream for plain greek yogurt.  You can also use whole milk, 2 percent milk, or even almond milk for this recipe.  I haven’t tried it with other alternative milks.
  • This bread is a little bit messy when you remove it from the pan!  I like to put the loaf pan over a cutting board, or a piece of foil or parchment paper to catch the cinnamon sugar that will fall off.

loaf of cinnamon bread with slices



5 from 24 votes

Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon Bread - This quick bread is so simple and easy to make!  A tender and perfectly sweet loaf with a layer of cinnamon swirl and delicious cinnamon and sugar coating!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 1 Loaf





  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl cream together the softened butter and sour cream with both sugars until light and fluffy. Gently beat in the egg, milk and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir just until combined don't over mix.
  • In a small bowl stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  • Pour half of the batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Pour on the remaining batter, then use a butter knife to swirl the batter around a few times. Top with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before serving.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this cinnamon Bread for church and for us at home. It is very good. I love the taste of cinnamon and sugar so I added 2 teaspoons more than the recipe called out. It’s very moist and came out of the oven perfect. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this cinnamon swirl bread a few days ago. It was very good. The best I have ever eaten. I added a tablespoon more because, I love cinnamon
    It was great. It was a hit with my neighbors also.

  3. 5 stars
    Got this in my email yesterday and made it last night. Simple and delicious! Making two more this morning for the neighbor kids who endured the yummy smell last night before I kicked them out. I cut back a smidge on cinnamon sugar on todays and added a pinch of nutmeg and ground cloves to one. I thought about maybe trying next maybe with some eggnog to replace part of the milk …. Thanks for another great recipe to play with for the holidays!

    1. Hi! So, white whole wheat and wheat flour are usually interchangeable. However, they don’t usually interchange exactly with all purpose. Since I have only tested this with all purpose flour I can’t say that it would turn out. If you do try it, let me know 🙂