31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Homemade Roasted Cinnamon and Fresh Cinnamon Butter

Today’s post is packed with awesome! I have stumbled upon something AMAZING and just couldn’t wait to share it with y’all!  This one simple discovery has totally rocked my baking world! Every one of my recipes that I have used this in has improved a TON.   And it is so so easy.

Homemade. Roasted. Ground. Cinnamon.

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

I know right?! I didn’t know you could make it either.  I even dug around and couldn’t find much information at all on just making ground cinnamon from sticks.

You see, I fell in love with this cinnamon a while ago.  It’s got a much richer, fuller fragrance and flavor than your regular store bought cinnamon.  But it’s kind of expensive, and it’s not always in stock at our local store.

Earlier this week, we were out and about and I grabbed a pack of cinnamon sticks from Big Lots for $1!  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but they were a really good price so I got them anyway.

When I got home I dug around some to try to find ideas of what to do with cinnamon sticks. And there are a lot of great ideas, but none of them were really calling to me.  So I decided to look into making ground cinnamon from them.  There’s not a lot of information out there, so I wasn’t sure they would turn out very good.

And then it came to me…

What if I roasted the cinnamon sticks BEFORE I processed them?

So I threw them on a cookie sheet, stuck them in the 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes (as soon as they smell fragrant, take them out!), and let them cool.  They smelled amazing!  Then I stuck them in my bullet type blender and ran it for a few minutes and

Voila! Fresh Roasted Cinnamon!

It’s amazing you guys! It smells so so good and makes any baked good that calls for cinnamon a million times better!

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Speaking of which, I had just finished a loaf of dynamite pumpkin bread (recipe coming soon!) and I love to schmear it with butter.

And you know what I thought.  If I can make my own cinnamon, I sure as heck can make my own butter!

So I did!

I followed this recipe from The Kitchn and used a pint of heavy cream to yield a little over half a cup of butter.

Fresh.  Smooth.  Butter.

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Yep, that’s homemade butter y’all.

After that, I decided to make it even more amazing! Take your butter and add 1/4 teaspoon of your roasted cinnamon and 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Stir it together and spread it all over your pumpkin bread…or biscuit…or toast.

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

I just can’t wait to hear from you about how much you LOVE making your own cinnamon!! Let us know here, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Homemade Roasted Ground Cinnamon - plus BONUS handmade butter recipe! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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4 Comments

  1. Deborah Krischke

    October 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Sounds amazing!!!

  2. Oh what yummy butter!! Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

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