My Grandmother’s Classic Jewish Cinnamon Twist Cookies

Jewish cinnamon twist cookies
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
12 min
48 cookies

Cinnamon twist cookies were often the star on our Jewish holiday dessert table. My grandmother would stand in the kitchen, delicately balancing a phone between her ear and a hiked up shoulder, talking to her friends, while continuously rolling and twisting the dough out. She famously would give each family an enormous tin filled with cinnamon twists, that, in theory, should last weeks but instead typically lasted 1-2 days.

Cinnamon twists are incredibly nostalgic for a lot of Jewish families: They’re essentially a twisted sugar cookie that’s been hugged by cinnamon-sugar. They’re soft and chewy, yet somehow also slightly crisp. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and pair exceptionally well with coffee or tea. If you need to make them kosher, you can replace the softened butter with a dairy-free oil. This is the perfect recipe to get the entire family involved, especially kids, who love being tasked with twisting the dough.

Related: Delicious Recipes for a Happy Hanukkah (From Latkes to Rugelach)




cup sugar
cup softened butter
tsp baking powder
cups all-purpose flour
pinch salt

Cinnamon sugar

cup sugar
Tbsp cinnamon



This recipe requires 15 minutes rest time.

Ingredients for cinnamon twist cookies
Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Combine the eggs, sugar and softened butter in a bowl and mix well until silky.

A glass bowl with a sweet cookie batter being whisked
Step 3

Stir in the baking powder, flour and salt.

Dough ingredients for cinnamon twist cookies in a bowl
Step 4

Using your hands, knead the dough until a smooth ball forms.

A glass bowl with a cinnamon cookie dough
Step 5

Place a towel over the bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes up to an hour.

Step 6

In a wide dish, combine the sugar and cinnamon to make the cinnamon-sugar coating.

Step 7

Take the dough out of the fridge, scoop out 1 tablespoon, roll a ball in your hand and then roll it out so it’s approximately 7-inches long. It should look like a pencil.

Dough for cinnamon twist cookies being rolled into a long pencil shape
Step 8

Dip the pencil-like dough in the cinnamon-sugar.

Dough for cinnamon twist cookies being rolled in cinnamon sugar
Step 9

Make a “U” shape with the dough then twist the sides over each other and pinch the ends together.

Dough for cinnamon twist cookies being twisted
Step 10

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring each cookie is 2-inches apart.

Step 11

Bake for 10-12 minutes, allow to cool and enjoy.

A closeup of Jewish cinnamon twist cookies

Rate Recipe

My rating for My Grandmother’s Classic Jewish Cinnamon Twist Cookies