Cinnamon Biscuits From Scratch

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Cinnamon biscuits are rich and buttery, with a ribbon of cinnamon filling. These biscuits taste much like cinnamon rolls but require no wait time to allow for them to rise. Additionally, they are easily made with pantry staples you’re sure to have.

Lemon bars with icing and mint leaves on a baking sheet, in addition to cinnamon rolls.

Sharing a great Cinnamon Biscuits recipe with you today, and I just know you will love it! Yes, they’re biscuits from scratch, but the recipe is beyond easy to make with just basic pantry staples!

Cinnamon Biscuits From Scratch

Before I get to the recipe enjoy this bit of humor that I originally wrote about.

Have you ever done something totally embarrassing?
I guess since you’re human you have. Just maybe you didn’t blog about it for the entire world to know the depths of your goofiness… but, oh well, here goes. I’m sure if you’re a regular follower or know me personally, you already know how goofy I am! At this point, I’m kind of giggling about it… kind of.

An Embarrassing Story

Today a ran by our local home-town grocery store, not the big superstore where no one would have even noticed you unless you had purple hair, stripper shorts, and pleather thigh-high boots. Admit it, you’ve all seen the funny pics of People of Wal-Mart….

I digress. I ran into the small home-town grocery store where Bob (that’s his real name, not Billy Joe Jim Bob… just Bob) greets me, asks about the kids and if I’ll be having steak again this week. You see, we always get a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ fillet, no bacon, for weekend grilling.

‘Kids are good. Yes, sir, I’d like the regular’ and proceed to the Meat Market. Now, there are 9 guys that work in the meat market. They nod. I nod. I continue shopping… shopping… shopping…looking (I’m picky about meat) and I notice they’re all looking at me….. looking…. staring…. I’m feeling pretty good at this point. I thought I looked super cute today, I guess I do. I catch my reflection in the window. Good hair. Still got makeup on. Cool! I still may have it….

They bring the steaks, I collect a couple of other items and check out, feeling pretty good about myself. I sashay to the car and get in, grab the seat belt, and *whoa* my fly is open!!! All the way open!!! I mean, seriously!!!! O-P-E-N!!

Omgoodness, my self-confidence…shattered! Not only that, I can not, will not, go back to that store until I’m quite sure there has been a complete turnover in employees!

I’m drowning my embarrassment in a batch of cinnamon biscuits, because, well, I just don’t know what else to do! zip…..

A cinnamon roll with icing and a fork on a piece of paper.

Cinnamon Biscuits Ingredients

If you want to make an even easier version, check out my recipe for Bisquick cinnamon biscuits!

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and save the recipe to your personal and private recipe box right here on Call Me PMc. This way you’ll never misplace it.

In addition to those staple baking ingredients, you will need just a few more ingredients to make cinnamon biscuits from scratch:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoon granulated sugar divided
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream whole milk or evaporated milk may be used, if too dry at more milk one tablespoon at a time. This ingredient gives the biscuits a nice, rich flavor. Half & Half will work, if that’s all you have on hand.
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon. I like the flavor of Saigon cinnamon, but any variety will be fine.
  • 4 Tablespoon butter softened. Unsalted is best, but as you can see in the photo below, I didn’t have any on hand. If you need to use salted butter, you may want to cut back to half of the salt this biscuit recipe calls for.
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cup confectioners sugar
A cinnamon roll on a paper.

Ingredient Notes

I always keep my pantry stocked with a few baking ingredients. This way, baking can happen whenever the urge strikes.

I recommend to stock your pantry with these items. All of these items will be used to make this cinnamon biscuit recipe.

  • White and brown sugar
  • Baking powder (I also recommend stocking baking soda. It is good in some recipes as well as for cleaning.)
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
A cinnamon roll baked with icing on top.

Making Cinnamon Biscuits from Scratch

  1. Using a fork, mix butter, cinnamon, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour the heavy cream and vanilla extract into the bowl with the flour.
A plate of cinnamon rolls with a fork.
Containers of brown sugar, baking powder, and salt on a countertop.
A stick of butter, white sugar, and ground cinnamon on a kitchen counter for a sweet biscuit recipe.
One pint of heavy whipping cream and a bottle of vanilla extract sitting on a kitchen counter.
pouring heavy cream into a mixing bowl with flour.

Cinnamon Biscuits notes

Keep in mind that these are not traditional drop biscuits or rolled/cut buttermilk biscuits. They’re more like butter swim biscuits without the butter. This breakfast treat bakes up in a casserole dish. And, they’re SO easy!

Furthermore, note there isn’t any fat, butter or shortening, in the biscuit dough. The heavy cream provides the fat for the biscuits. Therefore, I do not recommend that you substitute it with anything else. Whole milk or buttermilk will not give you the same outcome.

We like to serve this with bacon and fruit salad.

cinnamon biscuit batter in a baking dish.

A cinnamon roll on a plate with a fork.

Perfectly portable, and delicious, too. You can’t beat that!

Cover them with a simply glaze, (1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 cup confectioners sugar) or leave them plain. These biscuits are good either way.

I updated this post from an earlier version dated August 03, 2012. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

A scrumptious slice of cake with a fork.

Below are photos I orginally took for the recipe.

Cinnamon Biscuits
Homemade Cinnamon Biscuits
A baking dish with a piece of cinnamon roll cake in it.

Cinnamon Biscuits from Scratch

These buttery biscuits have a ribbon of cinnamon running through them as well as a sweet glaze slathered on top. They're a delicious way to start the day.
Author: Paula
5 from 61 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 servings



  • With a fork, mix 2 Tablespoons butter, 2 Tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon together; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with vegetable spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the cream and stir until combined. Don't over mix.
  • Spread the dough into 2 8-inch squares and press one half in the bottom of the dish. Spread butter, sugar, cinnamon mixture over layer. Gently press the second half of dough on top. .
  • Score the dough into 9 squares. Bake 15 to 19 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, mix milk, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Pour over hot biscuits. Serve warm.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 566IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I brought cinnamon biscuits to our family gathering yesterday, it was a crowd favorite! And, your story made me laugh so hard, it reminds me of my own embarrassing moments. 😂

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t get enough of these cinnamon biscuits. They are undoubtedly good and easy to make. And by the way, that’s an unforgettable experience. 😂

  3. 5 stars
    These are heaven – buttery and delicious. And I love your story. 😂 This sounds exactly like me!

  4. 5 stars
    Where have these been all my life? lol I’ve never heard of them before, today. But, we’ll definitely be making them again. Delicious!

  5. Hi
    These biscuits sound wonderful.
    I was just wondering what to do with the other 2 T. of butter.
    You say to use 2 T. in the cinnamon sugar mixture and don’t say what to do with the other 2.

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