Heaven on a baking sheet

When all else fails, call your mother.

Unfortunately, it’s really painful to talk. As most of you know, I’m currently under an allergy attack and the past eight days have been hell. Considering my current state, I’m dreadfully anticipating another 3-4 days of misery.

Instead of calling Mom, I made cinnamon toast. I don’t normally eat much while I’m under attack, especially coarse foods, but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cinnamon toast. This is a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. She doesn’t mess around.

Check out Ree’s cinnamon toast here. I tried her technique tonight and believe me, it’s worth the extra effort.


This cinnamon toast will make even the unhappiest person happy. The bread is happy. You probably can’t hear it, but it’s singing the “hallelujah” chorus and doing the Happy Dance. It is. I swear. But then, who wouldn’t be happy if they were saturated with a butter/cinnamon/sugar/vanilla mixture?

Start by preheating the oven to 350.

In a mixing bowl, add sugar, cinnamon, butter and vanilla. Mix well. The mixture isn’t pretty to look at, but who cares? It’s but-tah and sur-gah. It’s heaven.

Spread mixture generously over each bread slice. By generous I mean don’t skimp. This is not diet fare. Your diet can start tomorrow. Be sure to spread ALLLLL the way to the corner, you don’t want the edges to feel left out. Edges need love too.

Bake 10-13 minutes. During the last couple of minutes, turn the broiler on and the sugar will caramelize. It’s like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.

The verdict:


Husband says it’s good and the kitchen smells like the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. Huh? It smells like the sugared pecans you get at the stock show. Oh. Thanks. I think. Last-minute lesson planning (notice the textbook under my plate!) is more bearable with ooey-gooey, extra delicious bread saturated with butter (the soy kind), cinnamon, sugar and baked to perfection.



  1. Sorry you are still feeling crummy! My daughter would flip for this toast! She’s a cinnamone toast junkie! Have a great week & get well!

    • Jan, your daughter MUST try this cinnamon toast recipe. It’s worth the extra effort and few minutes it takes to “bake” in the oven. It’s really dee-lish!!!!!

  2. Georgia McDaniel says:

    oh my goodness that looks so good..I am having it for breakfast! Your Nana and I are so sorry you had a reaction and are in pain. It must be horrible. We are praying for a speedy recovery…it has already been 8 days…oh my gosh that must be awful

    • I turned my phone off when I went to church yesterday morning and forgot to turn it back on…sorry I missed your call. I hope you like this cinnamon toast recipe. I wish I had tried this oh-so-many years ago at The Willow when Nana would make it for us.

      Also, I found an allergy specialist in Burleson and I have an appointment next Tuesday. I specifically requested to see the doctor AND have blood drawn for a RAST test. (Kevin’s going with me in case I pass out – whose child am I?!?!) I have a suspicion that I’ve developed other food allergies. I try so hard to stay away from dairy and then I end up in a mess like this for the past week and there’s no sign of improvement. Something else has to be going on.

      Love you! Miss you!

  3. Oh boy – looks really yummy and verrrrry tempting!

    • This cinnamon toast is like nothing I’ve had before. Who knew to “bake” toast?! Seriously, a few minutes in the oven allows the cinnamon/sugar/butter mixture to melt and saturate the bread and the last few minutes under the broiler creates a caramelization. Heaven. You gotta try this!!!

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