If you’ve ever eaten at Taco Bell, you probably already have an idea of how good cinnamon twists are. As good as those crunchy, deep-fried treats are, they aren’t the healthiest snack on the planet.
There’s no need to fret though. You can make your own healthier version right at home. The following cinnamon twist recipe is easy to make, and the finished product is light, sweet and perfect. Read on to twist things up with this cinnamon twist recipe.
For the Cinnamon Roll Twists:
- 1 (8 oz.) can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons + 1 Tablespoon melted butter, divided
For the Glaze Dip:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk
For the cinnamon twists
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Open crescent dough and divide into four rectangles.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Brush the tops of the crescents with two tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle half of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
- Place one crescent rectangle on top of another making sure the buttered sides are together. Press edges to seal.
- Cut each doubled crescent rectangle into five strips. Twist the strips a few times and brush each with the remaining melted butter.
- Place the twisted strips on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes Serve with glaze dip.
For Glaze Dip
- Combine powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.
If Taco Bell’s deep-fried version is what you crave, the following recipe will satisfy that craving with cinnamon twists almost identical to the restaurant’s tasty twists.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Rotini noodles (you must use a rice based noodle)
- 3 cups oil (peanut oil preferred)
- Combine and mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees.
- Drop a handful of uncooked noodles into hot oil. Deep fry for 30 seconds. Noodles are done when they float on the surface of the oil.
- Drain noodles on paper towel.
- Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Were you surprised to find out that Taco Bell’s cinnamon twists actually started out as uncooked rotini noodles? I know we sure were!
*Note: Both of these cinnamon twists can be stored in an air-tight container once they cool. They should keep for up to two weeks.
Cinnamon twists are a light and sweet treat almost everyone enjoys. Whether you make the baked version above, or you prefer to indulge in the copycat Taco Bell cinnamon twist version, there’s no doubt these delicious, easy snacks will go quickly. You better make sure you make enough to go around!