Cinnamon Twists With Maple Glaze

Can I just say that time is going by unbelievably fast lately? It’s July and I’m thinking it’s still mid June. Between keeping up with the kiddos, keeping our chickens content and squeezing in some adult time (which is usually nachos and a movie), things have definitely felt like a blur!

After we went strawberry picking last week, I made biscuits for strawberry shortcake. I felt like making something fun with the other half of the dough, usually I do cinnamon rolls. I started prepping the flaky dough for just that, but instead of rolling it all up, I sliced them into about 1 inch strips and gave them a little twist. I must say Casey has been becoming more and more helpful in the kitchen, but also likes to do a ton of taste testing! She decided, when I had rolled out the dough, to poke her fingers in and take a chunk right out of the middle… so we had some short twists in the batch! But she did a great job brushing the butter on! Can’t complain when you have help, I guess. They turned out lovely but needed something more. My go to is a glaze, but made things interesting with maple flavour.

So easy to do, and they are a crowd pleaser for sure. We had company that evening and they all disappeared! My pants thank me.

If you give these a try, I would be flattered to see! Give a tag @bairdsbaking on Instagram, I love seeing my recipes put to use.

Cinnamon Twists with Maple Glaze

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Bake Time: 15 minutes
  • Yields: 1 dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup shortening/lard (cold)
  • 3/4 whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup powdered sugar (depending on your liking for glaze)


  • Preheat oven to 425F, line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cream of tartar.
  • Cut in shortening with pastry blend or fork. Just until pea size bits form. Should have some larger chunks.
  • Add in milk, a little bit at a time, tossing with a fork. Just until a dough forms.
  • Gather dough into a ball and place on floured surface.
  • Sprinkle some flour on top and roll out into rectangular shape (as best as you can!) until about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Melt butter in microwave and brush all over dough.
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle all over buttered dough.
  • Using a pizza cutter or large knife, cut strips about an inch to an inch and a half wide.
  • Twist a few times and place on baking sheet. Spacing an inch or two apart.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Let cool.
  • In another small bowl, mix powdered sugar and maple syrup together to make glaze. You can add more syrup or powdered sugar to get a consistency you prefer.
  • Drizzle over the twists while still on baking sheet (it’s easier cleanup this way!). Dust with powdered sugar if you like to be fancy!
  • Enjoy!

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