3.47 from 15 votes
Amish Friendship Bread Cinnamon Twists by Cynthia Nussbaum ♥ friendshipbreadkitchen.com
Amish Friendship Bread Cinnamon Twists
Prep Time
10 hrs
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
11 hrs
Servings: 16 twists
Author: Cynthia Nussbaum (Rittman, OH)
  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 eggFor the Filling
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons softened butterFor the Drizzle
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or maple flavoring
  1. Combine yeast, starter and water in mixing bowl. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, salt, butter and egg and mix together using the dough hook on low speed until dough forms.
  3. Once dough begins to form (flour may be in bottom of bowl), increase the speed to medium and knead for 4 minutes. Dough will cling to dough hook; clean the sides of bowl during this time.
  4. Remove dough from bowl; the dough will be soft but not sticky. Let it rise in a greased bowl in warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. While the dough is rising, make the filling. Combine sugars and cinnamon thoroughly. Divide in half to use on each rectangle. Set aside with butter.
  6. Dough will have risen, but not doubled. Divide dough in half.
  7. Using very little flour (if any), pat or roll one half into a 12"x 9" rectangle.
  8. Spread a thin layer of softened butter over each rectangle. With a butter knife, score the rectangle into thirds horizontally on the 12" side (be sure not to cut through).
  9. Using one half of filling, spread an even layer in the middle section. Fold up bottom section over top of filling.
  10. Spread a thin layer of butter over this section, then spread filling evenly over top.
  11. Fold the top third over the filling and press lightly to seal.
  12. There may be small amount leftover after filling each rectangle.
  13. You should now have a long strip 12" x 3". Cut this in half. Then cut each half into fourths to make 8 pieces.
  14. Hold each strip at both ends and twist once in opposite directions. When twisting, some of the filling may come out, which is fine. Place each twist on greased baking sheet about 1" apart. Press both ends of twists to baking sheet.
  15. Repeat with remaining half of dough and remaining half of filling to make 8 more twists.
  16. Let rise at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours on the baking sheet, covered in a warm place.
  17. Bake at in a preheated oven at 375° F (190° C) for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  18. While the twists are baking, prepare the drizzle. Combine drizzle ingredients and mix well.
  19. Remove from oven and drizzle the icing while hot.
  20. ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

From Cynthia Nussbaum: "The dough for this recipe is made using a stand mixer and a dough hook. I did not test it mixing or kneading by hand. It would need a longer mixing and kneading time if done exclusively by hand. This recipe can be started so that it is ready to bake when needed. I started this at night and let rise on the baking sheet until morning. In the morning, just pop it in the oven and bake. It'll be ready for breakfast or brunch!"

From Cyndie Shumaker: "I didn’t have a dough hook so I kneaded by hand for 4 minutes. They turned out great. I made 12 from each rectangle instead of 8 and I like that size better."