Have you ever heard of cinnamon snack toast? It is a crunchy, crispy cinnamon toast that has small, but intensely dedicated following. Unfortunately, the company that made cinnamon snack toast decided to stop making it and the cinnamon toast lovers are having to let their cravings go unfulfilled. My dad has one of those people. When he could no longer find the cinnamon snack toast at the grocery store, he got in touch with the company and found out that they were discontinuing the product.
So, he turned Amazon and ordered all that he could. He also went to the local grocery stores that the company told him they used to supply and bought up whenever he could. After his stockpile ran out, he started contacting local bakeries to see if they sell cinnamon snack toast but unfortunately none of them do. He found Trenary Toast but the shipping cost was too high for him to be able to order on a regular basis, although friends and family who visit Michigan’s UP have brought some back for him occasionally.
Then, of course, he turned to me, the daughter with the food blog, wondering if I could make him some. I felt sorry for the poor guy and told him that I would have a couple different kinds for him to try by Father’s Day. And of course, he was delighted and said you promise?
So, I started researching and talking to people about how to make cinnamon snack toast. I tried a recipe for cinnamon rusks which was delicious but the texture was more cake-like and they reminded me of biscotti. I found a recipe for homemade zweiback which looked appealing but with how much my dad loves cinnamon toast, I knew I couldn’t commit to making homemade bread for him every week.
Then, strangely enough, one evening we were telling my husband’s brother about my quest for cinnamon snack toast and he told us that my mother and father-in-law have been making cinnamon toast for my husband’s grandma who also loves it but hasn’t been able to find it! We were stunned! They make it in a toaster oven and only put cinnamon sugar on one side but that is where this recipe came from.
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You can use whatever kind of bread you want to make this cinnamon toast. I made it with Texas Toast Bread and Cinnamon Burst Bread. The Texas Toast Bread is much thicker, but the Cinnamon Burst Bread is a sweet bread. Whichever bread you choose, start by cutting several slices in half.
Fill a small, misting spray bottle with water and lightly spritz a slice of bread on both sides.
Coat both sides of the bread with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Lay the slices on a large baking sheet. I used my jelly roll pan. If you are doing more than one kind of bread, use different pans for different thicknesses because the thinner bread will take less time to bake.
Bake at 220 degrees for 45 minutes and then flip the cinnamon toasts over. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 45-75 minutes, until the bread does not give when you press on it. You want it to be dry, hard and crunchy.
Allow the cinnamon snack toast to cool completely before moving it to a storage container.
And the verdict from my dad, was a robust “OHHH, LAH” Which is his way of saying it was awesome. My mom immediately asked if I had put the recipe on my blog yet because she knows that my dad is going to be wanting more in the very near future. So here is the easy way to make crispy, crunchy Cinnamon Snack Toast at home
Cut the slices of bread in half.
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar.
Mist the slices of bread, one at a time, and coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Lay coated bread on a baking sheet.
Bake at 220 degrees for 45 minutes and then flip the cinnamon toasts over.
Return to the oven and bake for an additional 45-75 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bread, until the bread does not give when you press on it. You want it to be dry and crunchy.
Store in an airtight container.
Here are a couple more cinnamon recipes to try: