Homemade Cinnamon Chips

I love a good cinnamon sugar bread. Whether it’s cinnamon sugar toast, cinnamon swirl bread, cinnamon sugar muffins or amazing cinnamon rolls, I love it all. One of my favorite ways to get a powerful punch of cinnamon and sugar in baked goods is with cinnamon chips. I remember reading about them, seeing them in recipes and trying to get my hands on them years ago to no avail. Eventually I realized that I could probably make them, so off I went to search the internet. After combining and tinkering with a few recipes…these homemade cinnamon chips were born.

Looking for an ooey, gooey cinnamon burst to add to your baked goods? Make these homemade cinnamon chips!

Homemade cinnamon chips are the perfect combination of sweet and cinnamony. They bring your baked goods to a new level of cinnamon deliciousness. I love adding them to bread, muffins, scones, cakes, the list is endless. These cinnamon chips create an ooey, gooey, cinnamony punch of flavor in whatever you put them in. They are so good.

Mixing up Homemade Cinnamon Chips

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can increase the amount of cinnamon if you prefer a higher concentration of cinnamon flavor. I have used enough cinnamon before that my hands hurt after (eek!) because of the concentration of cinnamon spice. They packed quite the punch! If you want a true sharp cinnamon…increase the cinnamon to about 6 Tablespoons instead of the 3 Tablespoons suggested. I prefer the lesser amount which still gives a true cinnamon flavor but doesn’t quite take your breath away. 

This recipe makes about 3 cups of cinnamon chips. I like that it makes a lot of chips. Some recipes you will find make only a small amount of chips. I figure if I’m going to take the time to make my own, I want to have enough to use for a couple recipes. trouble of making my own cinnamon chips I want to have enough chips that I can use for a couple recipes. Homemade cinnamon chips store well at room temperature in an air tight container after cooling completely. 

Baking Homemade Cinnamon Chips

To know the cinnamon chips are ready to come out of the oven, look for the bubbles. The whole pan will look bubbly and the mixture may slide around on the pan a bit if you tip it around. That’s okay. Just make sure to let the cinnamon mixture cool so you can cut them up into little chips. I have found that using ¾ -1 cup of cinnamon chips in my recipes tend to give me the best results, but however you bake with them, I hope they add a delicious cinnamon burst to every bite of your baked goods. 

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Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Ooey, gooey homemade cinnamon chips give a burst of flavor to breads and baked goods.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons shortening
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, soft shortening, corn syrup and vanilla. It will clump together.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the crumbly cinnamon mixture on top. Using a rolling pin or your fingers, shape the cinnamon mixture into a thin rectangle. It should cover almost the entire sheet of parchment paper.
  • Bake until melted and bubbly, about 30-40 minutes. The key is to look for the bubbles! 
  • Let cool completely and then cut (using kitchen shears) or break into small pieces. I find it easier to cut mine with scissors. 
  • Store in an airtight container and use in any recipe that calls for cinnamon chips.
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