Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread

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Okie dokie folks, do you have a bread machine in your cupboards gathering up dust? 


You need to go get it out right now. 


(I promise, you'll thank me later.) 🙂


Last week while running errands I was near our local Great Harvest Bread Company (goodness, I love that store!), and everything in me wanted to go sample some of their yummy bread and grab a loaf to bring home. But at $6 a loaf (craziness!), I knew there was no way I could manage that and stick to our no spend grocery challenge.


Sticking to a tighter budget makes me a little more creative, and it dawned on me that I could surely make a similar bread at home. I hunted down this recipe, dumped everything in my bread machine, and goodness, my family devoured that bread.


In fact, my husband (by far my biggest critic) told me it was better than the bread at Great Harvest. 




The best part? I saved $12 by making 2 loaves myself, and a huge amount of drive time getting there and back. Plus, my family has one more reason to think I'm a rockstar.


Um . . . so far I've found cooking and baking are the only things that make me awesome around this place, so I'll keep at it. 😉


Here's the recipe for you to try out too ~ if you're in the market for a bread machine this one is similar to the one my mom bought me 15 years ago ~ it's definitely paid for itself a time or two! I'm betting you could make the same recipe without a bread machine ~ if anyone has any suggestions on how to make it as a regular bread dough leave a comment to share.

Best Ever Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups bread flour (I used regular flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar



  1. Combine first seven ingredients in bread machine according to order manufacturer recommends. (I just dumped mine in – flour first – it worked fine.)
  2. Set bread machine on dough cycle.
  3. Once dough is completed, transfer to floured surface and punch dough down. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half and roll into two rectangles that are 9″x14″.
  5. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar.
  6. Spread 1 tablespoon softened butter on top of rectangle, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Roll dough into loaf starting with short ends and pinch seams closed.
  8. Grease 2 loaf pans and place loaves in pans.
  9. Cover and let rise another 3o minutes until doubled in size. (I actually skipped this step, but my dough was left in the bread machine for an extra hour so it had risen mostly while in the machine.)
  10. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cool slightly before enjoying. Yum!



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Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE



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  1. I finally got around to making this today and we ate a whole loaf at dinner. Yummy! Thanks for a great recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again. (I can’t compare it the bread at Great Harvest because I’ve never had it, but I will say it was fabulous.)

  2. Hello, i have just made it and OMG that is really really soft and yummy. Hardly stop myself not to finish it all. Thx for sharing the receipt.

  3. What is the best way to freeze half of the dough? I don’t really need to make 2 loaves at a time. Thanks in advance 🙂

  4. Jill Zablotny says

    Oh my goodness I just made this and it amazing! My 4 boys just polished off one loaf almost straight out if the oven!

  5. I am SO happy I found this recipe. It is absolutely our favorite bread recipe. We can’t keep two loaves in this house longer than a few days everyone loves it so much. I wrote about my fantastic experience here: Thank you!

  6. It’s in the oven now!

  7. my family LOVED this bread and it does taste JUST like Harvest Bread Co. version!! I am taking a meal to a family and doing a breakfast dinner…I will not have time to take it to them fresh out of the oven, i may have to make it the night before…what would be the best way to store it and then give it to them? should i just bake the night before, allow it to cool and ziplock it? or do you think it would be better to prepare to baking and have them bake it? not a big baker, so I just want to make sure they are able to enjoy the yumminess in all of its glory!!!

    • Hi Chrissy – so glad you liked it! I would bake in oven, then let cool completely and then store in ziploc or even foil. It should work perfectly – enjoy! 🙂

  8. Could this all be done in a bread maker?

    • Yes Jenny! I just like baking it in a regular loaf pay because it makes it a more regular loaf (I have a very old machine and bread that I bake in it otherwise is shaped in a weird rectangle!) 🙂

  9. Ok, please forgive me if this is a silly question, but I haven’t used my bread machine in at least 10 years! Is the butter that is part of the dough supposed to be melted or do I just cube it and put it into the machine? Thanks 🙂

  10. One word: deliciousness!!!!! I cut the recipe in half and was worried when I pulled a tiny ball of dough out of my machine, but the end result was perfection. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Is the yeast supposed to be a bread machine yeast or just regular active yeast?

  12. Perhaps I am just missing it but what size loaf pan do you recommend? Thanks!

  13. I’m looking for a true bread machine recipe. How big of a loaf will this make? How would you adjust the directions for those who want to use their bread machine from start to finish?
    Thanks so much for your time- I’d love to make this but am new with my machine and want to use it.

  14. So, I don’t have a bread maker, after I mix all the ingredients together what do I need to do that would be the same as the “dough” setting on a bread maker

  15. Hi..will it still b ok if i melted buter n put it into the brown sugar and will b like a spread

  16. Lori Niemtschk says

    Just got the bread out of the oven and it turned out perfect. I thought it would be great for Thanksgiving morning. We had to cut into one loaf tonight just to taste it. 😉 The family loved it and I will be making this recipe again.

  17. Oh my… this was good. I wish it was harder to make and didn’t use ingredients we always have… HA!

  18. Lynda shure says

    The bread machine now says “rise” is it time to take it out?. Or do I leave it in longer?

    • Hi Lynda! If it’s just finished it’s mixing cycle, you’ll want to transfer it to a floured surface and punch dough down. Let rest for 10 minutes. Then divide dough in half and roll into two rectangles that are 9″x14″. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar (set aside). Spread 1 tablespoon softened butter on top of rectangle, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll dough into loaf starting with short ends and pinch seams closed. Grease 2 loaf pans and place loaves in pans. Cover and let rise another 3o minutes until doubled in size. Then bake at 350 for 30 minutes! Hope that helps! 🙂

  19. I was so excited to make this cinnamon bread. I put on the dough cycle but nothing got mixed. I could hear the machine but just didn’t mix. Any ideas on what I did wrong?

    • Hi Barb! Hmm, was the paddle attachment perhaps not on all the way? It might have just been a mechanical error! So sorry that happened ~ I hope you’re able to have better success next time! 🙂

  20. I tried it again today and it worked great. Weird! It’s baking now. Can’t wait to eat it. Thanks

  21. Am I able to use rapid yeast if I don’t have active dry?

    • Hi Renee! I’ve heard you can, but I’ve read to use 25% less of it, and that you don’t need to prove the yeast, simply add it to the dry ingredients! 🙂 Hope that helps!

  22. Wow,wow,wow, I have eaten more cinnamon bread within the past 2 weeks than in my whole life. I have been using the rapid rise bread machine yeast and using a 1/2 cup of softened butter. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am making a loaf for my mom and sister right now.

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