Cinnamon Quick Bread

This Cinnamon Quick bread is packed with cinnamon and sugar swirled into a moist, delicious no-yeast bread!!

If you love Snickerdoodles, this Cinnamon Quick Bread is for you! It’s as tender and delicious as our Snickerdoodle Bread and as full of flavor as our Snickerdoodle Bars.

Sliced cinnamon quick bread on a cooling rack.

No Yeast Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon toast was one of my all-time favorite snacks as a kid!

To this day, the combination of cinnamon and sugar brings back warm memories of after-school snacks and cozy winter days. The aroma of this delicious Cinnamon Quick Bread baking is nothing short of delightful and brings back all that childhood nostalgia.

This Cinnamon Sugar Quick Bread is super simple to make. Unlike a regular yeast bread, this quick bread requires no yeast or rising time.

It’s super moist, much like a Coffee Cake, and with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, it will also remind you of Snickerdoodle cookies!

A slice of this Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread is perfect for enjoying for breakfast, or a yummy afternoon snack. Wrap up and pack in your kids’ lunch boxes for a fun surprise, or enjoy warm right out of the oven.

Ingredients for cinnamon quick bread laid out.

making cinnamon quick bread

PREP. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5″ loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk egg and oil.

WET INGREDIENTS. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon.

LAYER. Spread ½ of the batter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Sprinkle ½ of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Layer on the remaining batter over the cinnamon mixture.

SWIRL. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture over the top of the batter. Using a knife, cut through the batter to swirl.

BAKE. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Test with a toothpick – when inserted, the toothpick should come out clean and crumb-free.

COOL. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift the bread out of the pan. Let cool completely.

Variations + Side SUggestions

Make Muffins. One of the easiest variations for this recipe is to make muffins instead of a loaf of bread. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mini Muffins will take about 12-15 minutes. Regular Muffins will take 22-25 minutes and Jumbo Muffins will take about 25-30 minutes. (Times may be different according to your oven temperature).

Add ingredients. Some other easy adjustments that you can do to change this recipe up a bit include: 

  • Adding chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Mix in raisins
  • Drizzle Glaze over the tops
  • Use ¾ brown sugar and ¾ white sugar
  • Add in milk chocolate or white chocolate chips

A slice of the cinnamon bread makes a snack or pair it with some breakfast items for a delicious start to the day. 

Layering ingredients for cinnamon quick bread in a loaf pan.

recipe tips

  • Room temperature. Use room temperature ingredients—the eggs and buttermilk will incorporate better with the other ingredients.
  • Add moisture. To add a little extra moisture, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of applesauce. 
  • Don’t over mix. You often don’t even need to use an electric mixer. Stirring by hand until the wet and dry ingredients are combined is sufficient. 
  • Cracks. It is normal for the bread to develop a crack on the top. It happens when the crust sets before the bread is finished rising.
  • To check for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, or with just a couple cooked crumbs, then the bread is done. 
  • If the bread is browning too quickly on top before the center is done, then tent a piece of tinfoil over the top for the remainder of the bake time. 
Freshly baked cinnamon quick bread on a cutting board.

Quick bread faq

What is quick bread and how does it rise? Traditional bread uses yeast to help it rise. The process can take several hours. Quick breads use baking powder, baking soda and sometimes cream of tartar instead of yeast; neither of those leavening agents need proofing time.

Mix up the batter and put it directly into oven. Most quick bread can be made in less than an hour. It is important to note that leavening agents are fresh, otherwise they won’t activate properly and the bread won’t rise as expected.

Quick breads also use the Muffin Method. This makes sense because quick breads are really just muffins in loaf form. The muffin method is important because it helps create a fluffier texture.  

The muffin method: Combine the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Once the ingredients in each bowl are mixed, you can pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir until combined. Over mixing can cause a tougher chewier texture.

How to store? Store this bread in a Ziploc, wrapped in plastic wrap, or placed in an airtight container and kept at room temperature for 3-4 days.

How to freeze? For longer storage you can freeze the bread. Wrap each loaf with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Two slices of cinnamon quick bread on a white plate.

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Cinnamon Quick Bread Recipe

4.79 from 19 votes
This Cinnamon Quick bread is packed with cinnamon and sugar swirled into a moist, delicious no-yeast bread!!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 230 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar divided
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5″ loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk egg and oil. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Spread ½ of the batter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Sprinkle ½ of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Layer on the remaining batter over the cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture over the top of the batter. Using a knife, cut through the batter back and forth just 1 inch into the batter to swirl.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Test with a toothpick – when inserted, the toothpick should come out clean and crumb-free.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift the bread out of the pan. Let cool completely.

Thank you Erin from DelightfulE Made.

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Comments:

  1. Hi Erin,

    Hubby is a huge fan of anything cinnamon! He’s going to enjoy this bread!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Amy

  2. Hi , the recipe looks lovely. I’d like to make it today . Just wondered what flour you would use? Is it strong bread flour ? Thank you x

    1. This is a contributors recipe, but I’m guessing it’s just all purpose flour, otherwise she would have said something different. Hope that helps!

  3. 5 stars
    This quick bread was delicious and very easy to make. I added one more ingredient; raisins. This is a keeper recipe for sure.

  4. My 7 year old twins followed this recipe all in their own! In the oven baking now and it smells divine!!! Will be taking as a gift today to new their teachers. I always encourage the girls to “break bread” with their new teachers and this has been a yearly tradition to do this. So thankful to see them again more independent in the kitchen….and this easy to follow recipe was a big hit!!! Thank you for sharing this simple, scrumptious recipe! Blessings!

    1. I would recommend staying with the buttermilk. If the recipe said 1% or whole milk, then it would probably be ok, but buttermilk is so different. I hope that helps you 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    This is a perfect coffee cake bread. Very simple and yummy. I made a glaze to put on it with some melted butter, half and half, vanilla and confectioner sugar. Thank you for the tasty recipes!

  6. Hey! I substituted whey from the yogurt I make for the buttermilk and wanted to chime in to let you know the recipe was a success. My family loves it. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This bread is heavenly! The crusty edges are like eaTing a Perfectly cooked
    SnIckerdoodle! I could eat tHe whole
    Loaf!

  8. 5 stars
    Awesome bread. Used brown sugar for topping. Used gluten-free flour. Baked in two 8×4 pans bc i did no have a 9×5 pan so two smaller but yummmmmmy loaves. Make this! ?

  9. 2 stars
    Maybe, it was my fault, but the pan for this recipe Overflowed. When I stuck the toothpick in it came out clean, but when I took it out it collapsed into a gooey mess. The parts that were cooked were ok, but I would reccomend you cook it for a bit longer and use a taller pan.

  10. 4 stars
    I’M GIVING IT 4 STARS BECAUSE IT WAS EASY TO MAKE WITH PANTRY STAPLES. HOWEVER, I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET PARCHMENT TO STAY INSIDE THE LOAF PAN WITHOUT CRINKLING AND FOLDING FUNNY SO I BAKED WITHOUT PARCHMENT. I COOKED TO 45 MIN AND CHECKED AND IT WAS NOT READY SO I COOKED FOR ANOTHER 5 TO 50 MIN AND IT WAS STILL NOT READY. SO I BAKED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 10 MINUTES WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN A FEW MINUTES OVER AS THE SIDES WERE CRUSTY BUT THE INSIDE SOFT.

    1. I appreciate you trying it 🙂 I like to spray the inside of the pan, before I lay the parchment (it helps keep in place).

  11. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made a batch for us and I made a batch for our neighbors, who picked our mail up for us while we were out of town, as a “thank you.” They said it was the best, and I have to agree!

  12. 5 stars
    I had all the ingredients on hand except for buttermilk, but you listed an easy make at home substitute for that. Love this recipe.