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Easiest Cinnamon Crunch Knots

These knots require only pantry staple ingredients and can be made and ready to go in under and hour.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon snack, easy recipe, quick recipe
Servings: 12 knots
Calories: 165kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast (see notes for no yeast option)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup warm water or warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 7 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Glaze (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, the instant yeast, and salt. Add the milk or water, honey, and 1 tablespoon butter. Knead on medium speed until the dough comes together, 1-2 minutes, adding in additional flour, as needed, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    3. In a bowl, combine the granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
    4. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick, adding flour to the dough if it is sticky. Spread the dough with 4 tablespoons butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Fold the dough in half and cut into 12 strips. Twist each strip and then tie into a loose knot, it doesn't need to be perfect. Place on the prepared baking sheet. 
    5. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir the melted butter together with the remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon and the brown sugar. Spoon clumps of the brown sugar mix over the knots (see above photo). This is going to be your "crunch" layer.
    6. Transfer to the oven and bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and working quickly, carefully spoon any of the brown sugar that has melted off back over the rolls. It doesn't need to look perfect. Return to the oven and continue baking another 8-10 minutes, until golden.
    7. Meanwhile, make the Glaze. In a medium bowl, beat together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons water until smooth and combined. If needed, thin the glaze by adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. 
    8. Drizzle glaze over the knots, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

No Yeast Option: If you do not have access to yeast or simply cannot use, you can omit the yeast and instead use 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda, added with the flour. You can skip the rising and instead just let the dough rest 30 minutes, then roll, rest again another 15-20 minutes, then bake. The rolls will be a little less fluffy, but will be great! 

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg