cinnamon twists cooling on a baking rack with more cinnamon twists to the right one a cookie sheet and some in a white dish behind it

Cinnamon Twists

Cinnamon Twists are a sweet treat that is buttery, flaky, and sweet with just a hint of spice. Great for entertaining around the holidays, they can also be wrapped up as a homemade gift. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 twists


  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly oil.
  • Roll the pastry sheet into rectangle that is 1/8" thick - roughly 8" by 10". Melt the butter in a small bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. 
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top side of the pastry sheet with butter. Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture with a spoon, then lightly spread out with your hand. Like flouring a countertop. 
  • Grab the back edge of the pastry sheet and roll it towards you to flip over. Repeat the previous step with the back side of the pastry sheet, using the excess cinnamon and sugar that fell off as needed. 
  • To create ten eight inch strips, score the pastry sheet along the long side at one inch intervals. Repeat with the opposite end of the pastry sheet, then use a knife or pizza cutter to connect the marks. 
  • Place the strips on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Hold one end of the first strip down and rotate the other end one and a half times. Repeat with remaining strips. 
  • Chill the twists for 20 minutes. - DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP -
  • While the dough is chilling, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake the chilled strips for 18 - 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. 


The puff pastry needs to chill for an hour minimum before making these twists.