December 2010 Flavor of the Month: Cinnamon

Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about cinnamon. Warm and spicy, it's the perfect complement to sugar, chocolate, and other cozy flavors such as nutmeg and cloves. Here are 20 of our all-time favorite cinnamon-flavor recipes for you to try.

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Cinnamon-Nut Bread
Cinnamon-Nut Bread

    This delicious quick bread is a heartfelt gift idea or wonderful addition to your holiday brunch.

Cinnamon Twists

    This brown sugar-and-cinnamon-filled dough can also be tied into knots or twisted into a pretzel shape.

Spicy Sweet Potato Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

    Coconut milk, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice flavor these surprising melt-in-your-mouth rolls.

Cinnamon Streusel Kuchen

    With a cinnamon and walnut streusel filling and cream cheese frosting, this breakfast treat is hard to resist.

Spectacular Cinnamon-Almond Ring

    This festive twist on classic cinnamon bread is a sure way to impress your brunch guests.

Almond-Cinnamon Cookies

    A browned-butter drizzle takes these super- simple cookies to the next level.

Cinnamon Churros

    These traditional Mexican pastries are light and crispy. Serve them with fruit for a delicious brunch dessert.

Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks

    Love the zing of Red Hots candies? When crushed and mixed with sugar, they become a crunchy cinnamon topper for these biscotti-like cookies.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

    We've combined two holiday favorites, and added a cinnamon-spiced vanilla glaze, for a cozy breakfast treat your holiday guests will love.

Cinnamon-Spice Chocolate Brownies

    These scrumptious brownies are sure to become a family favorite. With a dusting of cinnamon powdered sugar (instead of fatty frosting), they're also easier on your waistline.

Cinnamon Poached Pears

    Pears are simmered in wine, ginger, and cinnamon until tender for a dessert worthy of a dinner party.

Chile-Chocolate Torte with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

    Add a surprise hint of chile pepper heat to a chocolate torte, then round out the flavor with cinnamon whipped cream.

Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits

    This savory dinner bridges down-home recipes and Moroccan flavors.

Chocolate Pudding Wedges with Cinnamon Toasts

    Chocolate pudding -- so thick it can be cut into wedges -- is served on slices of cinnamon toast. "It's a little bit of childhood all grown up," recipe developer Alice Medrich says.

Two-Tone Cinnamon Cookies

    A swirly glaze adds a pretty holiday twist to these cinnamon cookies.

Sweet Potato-Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

    Cinnamon, pecans, and brown sugar flavor this comforting sweet potato cake.

People-Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls

    For freshly baked rolls in the morning, let these cinnamon buns rise overnight in the fridge; when you wake up, bake them until golden.

Cinnamon Basil Dessert Pesto

    Cinnamon basil combines with almonds, Asiago cheese, coconut, and sugar in this sweet and savory topping.

Cinnamon-Apple Spice Cake with Apple Topper

    A buttery mixture of apples and sugar is sandwiched between two scrumptious layers of cinnamon-spiced cake.

Maple-Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie

    Pure maple syrup and cinnamon combine to give this classic pie a special twist.

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