Easiest Cinnamon Crunch Knots
The easiest Cinnamon Crunch Knot for Easter weekend and each weekend thereafter.
This knot requires only kitchen staples and may be made and prepared to use in under an hour.
Prep Time: 40 Mins
Cook Time: 20 Mins
Total Time: 1 Hour
- 7 tablespoons of salted butter, at temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour, plus more as required
- 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cheese at temperature
- Within the bowl of the stand mixer with the dough hook, combine 2 1/2 cups of flour, instant yeast, and salt. Add milk or water, honey, and 1 tablespoon butter. Knead at medium speed until the dough is combined, 1-2 minutes, adding additional flour as required, until the dough falls off the edges of the bowl and is smooth. Cover and let rise during a warm place for half-hour to 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
- On the floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick, adding flour to the dough if it’s sticky. Brush the dough with 4 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Fold the dough in half and dig 12 strips. Twist each strip and tie it into a loose knot, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir the melted butter along side the remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and sugar. Spoon the lump of sugar mixture over the knot (see photo above). this may be your “crunch” layer.
- Transfer to oven and bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and work quickly, carefully spooning the melted sugar over the rolls. It doesn’t need to look perfect. Return to the oven and continue baking for 8-10 minutes, until golden.
- Meanwhile, create a Glaze. during a medium bowl, beat the granulated sugar, cheese, vanilla, and a couple of tablespoons of water until smooth and combined. If necessary, dilute the glaze by adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the specified consistency is achieved.
- Sprinkle glaze over the knots, if desired.