Cinnamon Bits Recipe and a Giveaway!


January 16, 2011 by Dana

At my middle school, “Home and Careers” was a mandatory class for every student.  Home and Careers was just Home Economics…  except we weren’t allowed to call it that.

In an effort to be more pollitically correct, Home Ec was renamed Home and Careers, and Shop was renamed Tech.  I’m not exaclty sure why those names were deemed more PC.  All I know is that if you accidentally called the class Home Ec, you got a lecture.  A long lecture.

I’m confident that not one student learned anything that would later be useful in their career.  Unless, of course, the career in question is chef.  Or 1950s housewife seamstress.

Nonetheless, we called it Home and Careers.

While my career doesn’t involve darning socks or peeling potatoes, I did take something away from the class: a recipe for Cinnamon Bits.


1 can biscuit dough
2 tablespoons butter or margerine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

This recipe is SO easy to make.  I mean, it’s literally designed for a 10 year old.


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Melt butter or margerine in a small bowl (about 1:30 minutes in the microwave) and set aside. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.

3.  Cut each biscuit into quarters and roll each piece into a ball.  Place each ball into the melted butter and gently roll with a spoon. Lift the biscuit out of the butter and plae it into the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Coat each dough ball well.

4.  Place the coated balls of dough into an ungreased 8 or 9″ round or square pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve warm.

I admit that these Cinnamon Bits aren’t too attractive looking.  When I handed Jake one of the Bits, he looked at me skeptically… but after one bite, he was hooked.  I believe the word he used to describe the doughy cinnamon sugar treats was “bangin’.”

If you’d like to try these Cinnamon Bits out for yourself, you can!  Just enter my Pillsbury Simply… Biscuits & Bread giveaway to win free biscuit dough (and french bread)!

The folks at Pillsbury have generously agreed to provide me and one reader with a fun prize pack.  In addition to coupons for free samples of the Buttermilk Biscuits and French Bread, the Pillsbury Simply… prize pack contains a bread basket, premium honey, a stainless steel spreader and a cutting board.

Pillsbury Simply… products are a great way to serve your family freshly baked biscuits and bread without any prep work.  Since they contain zero grams of trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial colors or flavors, you can feel good about giving them to your loved ones.

To enter the Pillsbury Simply… giveaway, just leave a comment naming your favorite spread for freshly baked bread.

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  • Tweet the following:   @danacooks is hosting a giveaway! Win a Pillsbury Simply… prize pack!  Check out for more info!

You may enter any time until Sunday, January 23 at midnight.  Winners will be announced on Monday.  Good luck!

52 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bits Recipe and a Giveaway!

  1. KeepItSweet says:

    My favorite spread is always peanut butter, but anything is good on fresh bread!

  2. Monet says:

    What a great giveaway! My favorite spread would have to be roasted almond butter. I’m having some right now! I also took “home ec” in middle school, but we never learned to make fun treats like this. Too bad! Thank you for sharing your easy and delicious recipe with me. I can’t believe the weekend is already over…I hope you have a fabulous start to your week!

  3. coffee lover says:

    Yum..sound delish. I like butter as the spread, but use non-cholesterol spread instead:(

  4. coffee lover says:

    I do not know how to tweet

  5. coffee lover says:

    I subscribe to RSS feed

  6. coffee lover says:

    I subscribe to your email

  7. I just voted! I love garlic type spread. Anything garlicky is awesome! This looks awesome though, my kids especially would LOVE this! THanks!

  8. I am an email subscriber! Thanks!

  9. Nicole says:

    I like peanut butter or jam best!

  10. I have to have butter on freshly baked bread.

  11. We love to mix wildflower honey into some butter and spread that on warm bread. Delish!

  12. We already subscribe!

  13. RavieNomNoms says:

    Oh yummy! What a great treat!

  14. Kristen says:

    On fresh bread, I usually opt for plain old butter.

  15. Michelle says:

    What a great giveaway! My favorite spread is definitely Stonewall Kitchen’s maple pumpkin butter!

  16. Rachel says:

    My favorite spread is peanut butter, hands down. Regular salted butter is a close second.

  17. Rachel says:

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  18. Rachel says:

    And I tweeted (@tramplingrose)!

  19. Aubrey says:

    I love honey on fresh baked bread!

  20. Aubrey says:

    I follow you on Twitter as aubreyfick.

  21. Faith says:

    Mmm, these do look simple and deliciously addictive! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, my favorite spread for fresh bread is butter. :)

  22. Faith says:

    I’m an email subscriber. :)

  23. Faith says:

    I’m also an RSS subscriber. :)

  24. Faith says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  25. Rachel D. says:

    I love just plain butter on my freshly baked bread!

  26. Rachel D. says:

    I subscribe by email

  27. Rachel D. says:

    I subscribe by RSS Feed

  28. Rachel D. says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@tobinsmommy08)

  29. Rachel D. says:

  30. biz319 says:

    What a great giveaway – I think next to cheese, bread would be my second favorite food of all time!

    The best way though? My husband makes an olive oil/herb mixture with parmesan cheese that is TO.DIE.FOR. I only have it a few times a year, but its oh so good!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  31. fresh baked bread + olive oil is my favorite!
    My aunt used to make something similar to cinnamon bits, except we called it Monkey Bread! :)

  32. Blackberry jam. Hands down.
    Love those cinnamon bits. Like Emily, we just built them into monkey bread.

  33. Jessie says:

    I have to go with real butter on fresh bread – yum!

  34. Jessie says:

    I am an RSS subscriber. Thanks!

  35. Ha Home Ecs, so great you keep doing one recipe. Wonder how it would taste with the croissant rolls.

    Butter on fresh bread, the real stuff!

  36. Victoria says:

    That’s so funny they called the class Home and Careers :) My favorite spread for bread is quite simple… butter… oooooh butter :)

  37. Victoria says:

    I subscribe to your feed already :)

  38. Victoria says:

    And I follow you on Twitter @missionfood

  39. Danelle says:

    My kids would love these. Maybe I could even convince them to make their own!

  40. Veronica says:

    LOL–I learned to make those in school too! Sooo good. And isn’t weird that Chinese buffets always have them? Never understood that, but it doesn’t keep me from eating them. My favorite spread is BUTTER! Can’t beat a hot fresh piece of bread slathered with salted butter. mmmmm

  41. Karen says:

    I like just butter…and lots of it. :-) Sometimes raspberry freezer jam is good too.

  42. Tes says:

    Ummm the cinnamon bits sounds so yummy :) I will try that :)

  43. Great after school snack, throw on some hot chocolate and my grand kids will be in heaven, thanks so much.

  44. Michelle says:

    Mmmm . . .

    Thanks for linking up at Hope to see you back next Thursday. Now following!

  45. Karin says:

    I am a simple girl. I love butter on fresh bread!

  46. Amanda says:

    What a fun giveaway! My favorite spread for fresh-baked bread is definitely PESTO. I’m in love with it! hence the name of my blog. :)

  47. Amanda says:

    I subscribed to you via email (using amahnke (at) gmail (dot) com)

  48. Amanda says:

    I also added you to my reader! :)

  49. Amanda says:

    And I added you on Twitter as well. @pesto_chango Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Strawberry jam. Plain, simple, delicious :)

  51. Following on Twitter already! :)

  52. Charity S. says:

    I love strawberry jam on freshly baked bread. Thanks

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