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Deluxe Cinnamon Toast Recipe

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

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Recipe for The Best Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon toast was a tradition in our home. Although it was a favorite after-school treat, only on snow days were we allowed to eat cinnamon toast for breakfast. I can still feel the sting of the cold floor against my bare feet as I carefully sprinkled cinnamon sugar over the buttered bread. It had to be done just right—all the way to the edges—so the sugar would carmelize and form an irresistible, crusty layer over the soft bread.

If using sliced loaf bread you may want to toast the bread first, although this is an entirely personal decision. I like mine soft and warm under the layer of carmelized sugar. Instead of sliced loaf bread we prefer substantial, thicker breads such as ciabatta, baguette or even challah.

Why is this cinnamon toast "deluxe"? A drizzle of icing makes this cinnamon toast extra special, like a homemade pop tart. My husband calls it "cinnamon roll bread" because of the gooey cinnamon flavor. So if you're craving cinnamon rolls but don't have the time to make them, try Deluxe Cinnamon Toast instead!


How to Make Cinnamon Toast

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Tips

  • Invest in a cheese shaker if you make cinnamon toast often.
  • Store cinnamon sugar right in the shaker by placing waxed paper under the lid.
  • Buy a good quality cinnamon such as Saigon, which tastes like red hot candies.
  • Spread butter and cinnamon sugar all the way to the edges of the bread.
  • We like a ratio of 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to 1 cup of brown sugar, but adjust according to taste.



Ratings

4.8 stars from 6 ratings of Deluxe Cinnamon Toast

Best Cinnamon Toast

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves two people
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set up a station
spread with butter and cinnamon sugar
spread with butter and cinnamon sugar
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drizzle with icing
drizzle with icing
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ready to eat

Cinnamon Toast Ingredients

  • 2 large breads such as ciabatta or baguette, or 4 slices of loaf bread
  • 3-4 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, preferably Saigon

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk or, for adults, rum or Grand Marnier
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pour brown sugar and cinnamon straight into a shaker (see Amazon capsule). Cover lid's holes with a paper towel and shake until combined.
  2. If using baguette or ciabatta, slice bread in half. Place bread, cut side up, on a cutting board or countertop.
  3. Generously spread softened butter on the bread.
  4. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Place bread under a broiler for several minutes, until bubbly. Don't leave unattended as the bread can burn quickly.
  6. While the cinnamon toast broils, mix up the icing. Place sugar, vanilla and milk in a bowl and stir with a spoon until smooth.
  7. Remove cinnamon toast from the oven.
  8. Drizzle cinnamon toast with icing.
  9. Eat immediately, while still hot.
  10. Serve Deluxe Cinnamon Toast with a glass of cold milk or a mug of piping hot coffee or tea.
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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    this toast looked super delicious, your photo got me hungry again, voted up

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, I hope your weather improves. In the meantime, being stuck in the house means it's time to make deluxe cinnamon toast!

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    C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

    I really like this idea. I'm going to have to try it. Wonder why it never occurred to me to try vanilla icing on it before . . .

    We're having the perfect weather for it here in North Texas right now. Very chilly temperatures for this part of the country and we've just finished a very severe ice storm, the worst I've ever seen here.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    RTalloni, this is a special and easy breakfast treat so you can enjoy your guests and spend less time in the kitchen. What a great idea!

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    RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

    This is the perfect time of year to perfect making cinnamon toast. :) We love the Saigon cinnamon. A nice Christmas breakfast treat here!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    bestentryDSLR, this is a great snack, breakfast or dessert for those who don´t have the time or energy for the kitchen. Kids especially love deluxe cinnamon toast. Enjoy!

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    bestentryDSLR 4 years ago

    These remind me of cinnamon toast crunch. I want to make them right now. This is something that I'm going to have for sure. Voted up!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks, Sam Elder.

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    SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

    Looks delicious, voted up :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    janices7, I know what you mean! Cinnamon toast is quick, easy and yummy. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

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    Janice S 4 years ago

    Oh boy, this made me instantly hungry and it's a good hour from lunch time yet!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    peachpurple, cinnamon toast is one of the easiest treats I know. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    your toast looks awesome. Easy to get ready to eat. Just like spreading butter on the bread. Voted up

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    livingsta, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for the vote, share and pin!

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Wow, makes me want to eat them now! Thank you for this beautiful recipe. Voted up , sharing and pinning!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    JustAskSusan, I hope you can try it sometime. Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    sgbrown, I'm glad you enjoyed this information on how to make cinnamon toast deluxe. Even adults love it! Thanks for the votes and share!

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Oh My! This looks so good!

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Oh my, I am drooling! You do know how to make some great cinnamon toast! I use sliced bread, but put it under the broiler. I have not thought of the icing, though. That will make it delux! I really like the rum idea, oh yes... Great recipe, will be using this next time I make it! Up awesome and sharing! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    RivieraRose, cinnamon toast may be more of a North American thing but it's so easy and delicious that I hope you can try it soon! Thanks for coming by.

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    Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

    Can you believe I've never had cinnamon toast - but now I really want some!!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatchGals, I hope you enjoy the cinnamon toast!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love french toast. I will definitely be trying your delicious looking recipe.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    IndieJoe, you're right about the cinnamon toast. It's the perfect comfort food! Enjoy and thanks for your support. : )

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    IndieJoe 4 years ago

    I know it's summer in Peru but it's the middle of winter in North America and this is going to be the perfect remedy to an icy cold morning. Thanks for posting!!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ishwaryaa, please let me know what you think! This is a simple but delicious treat and the ingredients are easy to find in most places. Enjoy and thank you for coming by!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    A wonderful hub with clear instructions and mouth-watering photos! I am quite fond of toast and would like to try your tasty recipe! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and pinned

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Vickiw, I'm glad you're going to make cinnamon toast for your company. It's an easy and yummy treat. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    Beautiful Hub Vespa. How could anyone resist? Certainly not me! Will have overnight company in the next couple if days. Guess what's on the breakfast menu? Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    TToombs, thanks so much for the comment and share! I really appreciate it.

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    I'm going to have to make this for my guys...they will love it! Great recipe! Voted up and shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lindacee, this cinnamon toast is extra yummy when made with challah. I hope you get to enjoy this special breakfast treat sometime. Thanks!

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    lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

    I love cinnamon toast and loved this Hub! This is a wonderfully simple recipe for a special breakfast treat. I will have to try it with challah. I like your tip of toasting pre-sliced bread before adding the butter and cinnamon sugar. The addition of icing is, well, the icing on the cake, so to speak! Yummy! ;)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    beingwell, enjoy the cinnamon toast! It's quick, easy and tasty so I hope you can find butter soon. Thank you for the comment and votes. I appreciate it!

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    beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

    Another yummy treat for me to try! We have lots of cinnamon at home... we put them on our coffee and... well, yeah! That's it. Now, I need to buy some butter. I hope I do justice to your recipe. Thankies!!

    Shared and upped this one.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    MamaKim, what nice memories of eating cinnamon toast with your sister. I hope you enjoy the icing--thanks for the vote and comment!

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    Aw my sister and I used to eat cinnamon toast all the time... and we make it just like you except without the icing ^_^ which sounds fabulous!!! I'll have to make this some time very soon... thanks for the nostalgic recipe Vespa ^_^ voting a whole bunch!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes alocsin, even my husband who is a non-cook can make cinnamon toast. : ) Enjoy and thanks for the votes and comment!

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Not being a cook, I'm always on the lookout for recipes that are easy enough for me to try. And this is one of them -- sounds delicious too. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Nuffsaidstan, glad you enjoyed this delicious cinnamon toast and thank you for your review!

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    nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

    Love cinnamon so tried this, yum yum!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    DDE, cinnamon does have plenty of health benefits, although cinnamon toast is coated in sugar. : ) Thanks for coming by.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Looks a healthy treat with cinnamon, thanks for sharing such a recipe

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, I hope you try it sometime. I really is yummy! I appreciate the vote and comment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Marcia, thanks for paying me a visit!

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    Your cinnamon toast just made me so hungry. I never thought of putting frosting on it but why not. Voted up.

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    mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

    This looks and sounds great!

    Marcia Ours

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lemonkerdz, let us know what you think! Cinnamon toast makes a nice little snack or treat anytime. Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.: )

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    lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

    That looks a like a great breakfast, your husband must be a very happy man. looks like tonight i have supper ideas with a nice coffee to wash it down with. looking forward to trying this recipe.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Denis Handlon, the cinnamon toast and hot chocolate sounds like a wonderful flavor combination! At one point in my life I thought that I'd outgrown cinnamon toast, until my husband made some one afternoon and then I realized what we'd been missing. Of course, we don't have it often but when I'm craving something quick and sweet this is a nice option. Thank you for coming by!

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    Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

    OMG-this really is 'deluxe'. I have never mixed cinnamon with brown sugar, so that would be the first change I'd make. The second one is the use of different breads. Like you, cinnamon toast was always a special treat. I used to make mine with a cup of hot chocolate and dunk the bread into the chocolate. Yum. The third change is the icing-love that touch. Thanks for the recipe and awesome photos. A simple and easy treat to enjoy on those cold days. :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    OmParamapoonya, please let me know what your husband thinks! A good-quality toaster oven is good for so many uses, and this cinnamon toast is pretty yummy. Enjoy! Thank you for coming by.

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    So simple and wonderful! A dear friend of mine gave me a toaster oven about a year ago, but I've hardly used it. I must try this recipe soon. I think my husband would love this cinnamon toast A LOT!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rajan Jolly, it does have a wonderful cinnamon flavor. Have you written a Hub about the health benefits of cinnamon? I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the votes.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you,Naomi's Banner. It was a fun Hub to put together and my husband enjoyed eating the cinnamon toast. : )

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KA Pederson, I'm happy you like this "pimped out"cinnamon toast. Thanks for the vote and pin!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    This looks very yummy and should give off a heavenly taste of cinnamon as well. Voted up and interesting.

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    Naomi's Banner 4 years ago from United States

    This looks great! Great hub by the way.

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    Kim Anne 4 years ago from Texas

    wow, this is fancy cinnamon toast! With adult varieties! Will have to pin this! Voting you up for "awesome"!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Deborah-Diane, cinnamon toast is already sweet but the icing makes it tastes like cinnamon toast. I hope you try it! Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yum, cinnamon toast on homemade bread is the absolute best. You had such a nice childhood and I always enjoy your photos and the stories about your family. Thanks for coming by, Peggy W!

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    Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

    Yummy! I often make cinnamon toast, but I have never thought about putting icing on it. What a great idea!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I well remember having cinnamon toast on occasion as a treat when we were kids. It was on my mother's homemade bread which she routinely made. Reading this hub of yours instantly brought back those memories. Nice! We did not have the icing on it, but that is a festive touch. Voted up, useful and sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, the powdered sugar is the key. Do you have a blender? Try 1 cup of white sugar and 1 Tablespoon or two of cornstarch. Blend until fine and powdered.

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    Manjari Soni 4 years ago from India

    Since it was less quantity I had grounded some sugar using mortal and pestle. Next time I'll use ground sugar from a grinder. I'm sure it should help, else I'll surely get back to you.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sonimanjari, I'm glad you enjoyed the cinnamon toast! Did you use powdered sugar? (also called confectioner's sugar, icing sugar, 10X or 4X sugar) If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar until it's just the right consistency for drizzling. If it's too thick for drizzling, you'll need a tiny bit more liquid. Please feel free to ask if that doesn't help.

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    Manjari Soni 4 years ago from India

    Made it too, very yummy...one thing my icing didn't come this way, any tip you can share for that

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Randomcreative, this cinnamon toast is a special favorite with kids, of course. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment.

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    Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    You weren't kidding about deluxe! This looks amazing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Billybuc, cinnamon toast is the ultimate comfort food and brings back fond childhood memories for many of us. Thank you for taking the time to come by!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tammyswallow, lol. I could serve deluxe cinnamon toast and cappuccino. : ) Thank you for all your support!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    OMG, I love cinnamon toast...and I haven't had it in ages. Thank you so much for reminding me of this. I used to love this as a kid to start my day...you are the best for reminding me....now I'm drooling in anticipation.

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Another wonderful recipe. Have you considered opening a resturaunt?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Michele Travis, feel free to print out this recipe for your home cookbook. This is a great recipe for those who don't like to cook. It's so fast, easy and instantly gratifying. : ) Enjoy and thank you for coming by.

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    That looks really good. I am a terrible cook. Can I print this out and put it in my cookbook? I will never print anything out without permission. This one looks great!

    Voted UPPPPP!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Carol, thanks for the votes and pin! Yes, this cinnamon toast is great for dessert or with afternoon coffee. Have a great day!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sonimanjari, thanks for coming by!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Looks like dessert to me....delicious and why not wake up to a delightful treat. Love the pictures...Great job as always. Definitely going to pin this plus a few votes here and there.

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    Manjari Soni 4 years ago from India

    Wow they look yummy