7 Ways With Cinnamon

Although popular in baked goods, cinnamon is a welcome addition to savory dishes. Whole sticks lend a more subtle flavor than ground cinnamon.

  • Just a Pinch
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Just a Pinch

    Once used in love potions, cinnamon is famous for showing up in sweet desserts and breakfast treats but you can also find its bittersweet flavor in recipes for drinks, main dishes, and salads.
  • Freezer Cinnamon-Fruit Rolls
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Freezer Cinnamon Rolls

    These aren't your average cinnamon rolls, but a made-from-scratch version that's stuffed with a buttery ground cinnamon filling of raisins, pecans, and apricots. Great for gifts or to stash in the freezer for baking whenever the mood strikes.
  • New Mexican Hot Chocolate
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    New Mexican Hot Chocolate

    Warm up with a bit of hot chocolate heaven. New Mexican tradition adds a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey to this cozy favorite. Chances are it will become tradition in your house, too.
  • Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples

    This easy weeknight meal brings two favorites together quickly. Pork chops are cooked in the skillet and kept warm as apples sauté with butter, ground cinnamon, and lemon juice. It feels like Sunday supper, and takes less than 20 minutes to make.
  • Cinnamon-Apple Cake
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Cinnamon-Apple Cake

    This apple-ground cinnamon confection received our test kitchen's highest rating and will have family and guests singing your praises. Traditionally served at Hanukkah, the cake gets its wonderfully moist texture from a mixture of butter and cream cheese.
  • Moroccan-Spiced Oranges
    Lee Harrelson

    Moroccan-Spiced Oranges

    This simple mix of fresh orange sections, chopped dates, and almonds marinates in a mixture of lemon juice and ground cinnamon. It can double as a light dessert or a refreshing salad side dish.
  • Lamb Tagine with Cinnamon, Saffron, and Dried Fruit
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Lamb Tagine with Cinnamon, Saffron, and Dried Fruit

    A whole cinnamon stick lends a subtle sweet flavor to this oven-roasted Moroccan lamb stew that's bursting with savory spices, vegetables, and dried apricots. Serve it over couscous with a sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Snickerdoodles
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro


    An old-fashioned cookie favorite, these light snickerdoodles have the same appealing ground cinnamon and sugar coating as their regular counterparts, just fewer calories and less fat. You'll love how the aroma of cinnamon fills the kitchen as they bake.

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