Cinnamon Twists

Flaky cinnamon twists are buttery and sweet. They take only 15 min. to make, and will disappear in minutes!!

These little treats are filled with so much cinnamon-y goodness, they’re impossible to resist! I love to have quick snacks on hand like Hot Dog Nuggets and Pizza Roll Ups, but these cinnamon twists are a perfect-not-too-sweet snack for anytime of the day.

Cinnamon Twists on a serving platter

kids love these

Mine do!! I admit it gets a little annoying, but we finally set up some snack bins in the pantry that the kids know they are always allowed to have if they just ask. Mind you, we do have some rules but the kids know they get a “snack” in between breakfast and lunch as well as between lunch and dinner.

Even though we have these snacks, Lily and I often like to make a few “treats” for the family to enjoy throughout the day. One of those treats is a recipe we found a few years ago for Cinnamon Crescent Twists. It’s a super simple treat that takes minutes to throw together and is one the kids LOVE!

I mean, what’s not to love about sugar, cinnamon, and butter wrapped up in Crescent roll dough, right?! The kids also like to get in the kitchen and help make these, especially the twisting part. They really are so simple, they’re hard NOT to love.

Process shots of putting cinnamon filling on crescent rolls

only 4 ingredients!

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of recipes with less than 5 ingredients! I AM! And if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you are too. Lucky for us, this recipe only requires FOUR ingredients!!

  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough

And the instructions are just as simple.

DOUGH. All you do is unroll your crescent roll dough and separate it into 4 rectangles, pressing the triangles together to form the rectangles.

FILLING. Spread the melted butter onto 2 of the rectangles and sprinkle a little less than half the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Take the two non-buttered rectangles and put those on top of your buttered rectangles, pressing the edges together.

CUT & TWIST. Cut both rectangles into 6 strips and top with any reserve melted butter. Twist each strip a few times and spread onto cookie sheet, top with remaining cinnamon and sugar.

BAKE. Put in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 375° F.

Tip. To keep the twist warm until serving, place them in a serving basket and cover loosely with foil.

process shots for how to make cinnamon crescent twists

Tips, Variations + storing


  • Add chopped nuts
  • Add mini chocolate chips to the inside
  • Drizzle over or dip into powdered sugar glaze, caramel or chocolate sauce, cream cheese spread, nutella, or fruit pie filling.
  • Try our using homemade dough instead of canned
  • Replace some of the white sugar with brown sugar for a rich flavor

Aside from baking these in the oven you can easily fry them. Frying doesn’t add too much extra time and will give them a bit of a crispy finish. 

  • Oil fry: Heat oil in a skillet to 325°F. Fry twists for about 30-60 seconds and turn. Continue to fry until golden brown. Remove and allow to drain on a wire rack or paper towel.
  • Air Fry: Set the air fryer to 300 degrees. Line the bottom the basket with parchment paper and place the twists in the basket. Be sure they are not touching. Cook for about 5 minutes then turn each twist over and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. 

Here are some tasty dip options:


To STORE, place left over twists in an airtight container.

  • Counter: 1-2 days
  • Fridge: 5-7 days
  • Freezer: 2-3 months (Flash freeze before placing in the storage container.)

To FREEZE these for later I would recommend baking them first. Allow them to completely cool before placing them in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for 1-2 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Cinnamon Twists on a serving platter

We usually have to double this recipe so there’s enough to go around, because these disappear in MINUTES! I don’t even mind though, because this dessert uses so few ingredients and takes hardly any time to put together! You might find yourself making these fairly often. 😉

And for more cinnamon goodness, check out:

Cinnamon Twists Recipe

4.74 from 15 votes
Flaky cinnamon twists are buttery and sweet. They take only 15 min. to make, and will disappear in minutes!!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 twists
Calories 99 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 TB sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 can crescent rolls (8 oz)
  • 3 TB butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Unroll your crescent dough and lay down as 4 rectangles on a greased cookie sheet making sure you press the triangles together to form the rectangles.
  • Mix together your sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Spread melted butter onto 2 of the rectangles and sprinkle a little less than half the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of the melted butter.
  • Take the two non-buttered rectangles and put those on top of your buttered and cinnamon/sugar rectangles. Press edges together.
  • Cut both rectangles into 6 strips and top with any reserve melted butter. Twist each strip a few times and spread onto cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes.



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  1. Love these, Kristyn! My kids are crazy about cinnamon twists from our local bakery, but next time I’ll try making my own this way instead. Sharing!

  2. Mine are in the oven right now!! So excited to try them- for breakfast!! Thanks! Definitely going to share because it’s so simple!

  3. I found this recipe thru pinterest 🙂 Was wondering if you think these would freeze well? If so, before or after baking?

    1. Unfortunately, I have never tried freezing these before. I would imagine they would work but I don’t think they would taste as well. If you HAVE to freeze them I woul thinking freezing them after you bake might work better. 😉

  4. 4 stars
    hey – this is great but i am always so disappointed when it calls for already-made dough. is there a chance you could direct us to a recipe for crescent rolls so that we could make our own…? don’t get me wrong – i totally get it- not to mention i would do it f time were an issue (who doesn’t love those stupid rolls…) but i just want to have the option. any ideas…? thank you for all the fabulous cinnamon recipes — i admit i’ve gone a little batty with that spice lately ..l wonder if it has any other health benefits besides weight control..? (hahahahaha….) (no really, that’s a thing…..) (hence…. hahhaaahahaha….) ok! thanks again for everything 🙂 xo

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious. Fast, easy, simple, four ingredients. Thank you!
    What did I do different? Not a thing– its perfect as-is!

  6. 4 stars
    You can try this: after you cut into strips, press all edges completely closed to keep the filling inside, twist as directed, but instead of baking, try frying in 350° oil for a crispy outside and soft inside. 🙂 i did not try this theory, but it sounds plausible.