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Cinnamon Roll French Bread

This Cinnamon Roll French Bread is slathered with a buttery cinnamon sugar topping that’s spicy and sweet. This easy recipe turns a fluffy inexpensive loaf of bread into a million dollar treat.

Cinnamon Roll French Bread

Easy Cinnamon Roll French Bread Recipe

Many of my recipes come together out of necessity. In this case, I needed an uber quick brunch bread without any time to make something from scratch. On my counter was a fluffy loaf of french bread and necessity birthed my inspiration to turn it into this bread. I regularly transform those loaves into pizza, french toast and garlic bread so, why not a toasted cinnamon roll bread? To my sheer delight, it was an absolute hit with my guests.

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How to Make the Best Cinnamon Roll French Bread

This easy bread has a rich and buttery flavor and is one of those sweet treats meant for sharing with family and friends.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Cinnamon Roll French Bread: One 16 ounce loaf fluffy French or Italian bread, butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • For the glaze you’ll need: Powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A sheet pan, sharp knife and cutting board, small bowl, knife or icing spatula to spread the filling onto the bread, measuring cups and spoons.
  • The bread used in this recipe is one of those inexpensive fluffy loaves from the grocery store bakery.
  • If you need to make it in advance to save time, you certainly can. I recommend slathering each half with the cinnamon butter then wrap separately with plastic wrap. Chill until you’re ready to bake. This can be done up to 1 day in advance.
  • When you’re ready to bake, uncover and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake according to the recipe. The butter, brown sugar and spices melt into the bread and flavor it beautifully. When baking from cold, you may need to lengthen the baking time by 5 minutes or so.
  • How do you serve Cinnamon Roll French Bread? Once baked, mix up the easy vanilla cream glaze and drizzle it on top. Slice and enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot tea.
  • Store baked Cinnamon Roll French Bread wrapped in foil in the refrigerator. Reheat gently in the microwave in single serving portions.

Cinnamon Roll French Bread

More Sweet Cinnamon Spiced Dessert Recipes to Make

The smell of cinnamon in the air just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Other cinnamon filled treats to try:

sliced Cinnamon Roll French Bread

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Cinnamon Roll French Bread

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon-roll-french-bread, french-bread-recipes
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 (1 lb) loaf french or Italian bread sliced in half
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice the bread in half and lay side by side on the parchment.
  • In a bowl whisk together the softened butter, light brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until fully combined.
  • Divide between the bread halves spreading from end to end.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. The topping will be hot, so carefully cut into 1-inch slices.
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Drizzle over the cinnamon roll french bread. Serve extra glaze on the side.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. My cinnamon sugar topping all ran off the bread when baking? Where did I go wrong? I did use all dairy free ingredients (earth balance butter, silk next milk instead of heavy cream).

    1. Hi Kelly, it shouldn’t have done that as the recipe is written. It may be that the adaptations made needed a bit of tweaking. Maybe the butter? Otherwise, it shouldn’t have.

  2. 5 stars
    I make cinnamon rolls from scratch all the time and my kids love them but it’s a lot of work. I made this but did made a cream cheese frosting instead and they LOVE it!! So much less mess and my daughter can make it because it so simple!! Try it!! Bought Italian bread from the Walmart bakery for $1!

  3. 5 stars
    This is my new quick “cinnamon roll” recipe. Very good and I like that it is easy to make and tastes good. Sorry Pillsbury – new sweet night snack.

  4. This cinnamon roll french bread is as good as it looks. I’ve made it 3 times already and love how wonderful it makes the kitchen smell while it’s baking too! The ingredients go together quickly and a quick trip into the oven and you have one delicious treat! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    I was VERY surprised at how yummy this turned out. I hate wasting food and my family almost never uses an entire loaf of French bread. They devoured this in one sitting.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Searched for a recipe to use up some $1 french bread that was about to so stale and found this. I am my family’s hero after making this yummy bread. Thanks for a delicious, inexpensive, and easy recipe!

    1. I can’t wait to try this but when u said u had an about stale loaf of French bread I wanted to tell u I always make croutons with that. I think I would get 2 loaves, a fresh one for the cinnamon bread and one from the marked down section for croutons lol *seriously, homemade croutons are the best if u have never had/made them 👩‍🍳

    1. No, just as in the picture, the glaze is drizzled on top of each half. If you’d like to do it that way you could, of course.

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