10 Surprising Things to Do with Cinnamon

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Sweet yet savory, delicate yet hearty -- cinnamon is the ultimate chameleon. Play hide-and-seek with cinnamon in these who-knew recipes.

Cinnamon, Reimagined

Spice up your dinner, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres with a sprinkle of never-shy cinnamon. Here's some flavor-filled inspiration.

#1: Wake Up Your Coffee

Steep in the robust flavor of cinnamon with this coffee trick: After brewing, add in a cinnamon stick and keep your java-craving mitts at bay for 10 minutes. It's worth the wait -- just add a little half-and-half, and this cup of joe rivals the coffeehouse.

#2: Sweeten Pretzels

No need to pick between salty and sweet for your next snack: Salted pretzels meet cinnamon-sugar goodness for a simple, delicious addition to any get-together.

#3: Make Oranges More Entertaining

Dress up juicy orange slices with a dusting of ground cinnamon for a sweet fix that could almost hide in the dessert course.

#4: Bring Sweetness to Chicken

You've seasoned chicken with salt and pepper. Now add a surprise ingredient: cinnamon! The warming spice turns the dinner staple into a super supper.

#5: Rim Margarita Glasses

Why should salt have all the fun? Go for a sweet finish to each sip of margarita by rimming the glass with a cinnamon-sugar combo.

#6: Make a Spice Rub

Nearly every spice in this ready-to-top-chicken-or-pork rub starts with C: cumin, curry, chili powder, cayenne, and -- our star -- cinnamon. The cinnamon is the sweet balance to the kickin' heat.

#7: Break Up Meat Loaf Monotony

If your meat loaf always hedges savory, it's time for a cinnamon-infused version. Turkey plays nice with cinnamon, so we've used it here instead of ground beef.

#8: Play Up Pork

So much flavor in every bite! Pork chops are the star, but the flavor rub -- wow!. It's the memorable part of this recipe. Cinnamon mingles with hot pepper sauce, lime juice, and other spices for the taste-layered main dish.

#9: Use in Stew

It may be called a stew, but this incredibly satisfying dish has more in common with skillet chicken. Flavor your poultry with a cinnamon-spiced blend, then toss it in a Dutch oven with cinnamon-inspired sweet add-ins, like pumpkin and golden raisins.

#10: Include in Pickling Recipes

Oh, what a stick of cinnamon can do! We've added a few to each of these canning recipes: Pick your favorite for a hint-of-sweet recipe you can enjoy any time of year.

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