Recipe: Dollywood’s Cinnamon Bread Copycat

We know that everyone loves Dollywood’s Cinnamon Bread so we wanted to give you a copycat recipe so you can enjoy this sweet treat at home.


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This Dollywood Cinnamon Bread copycat recipe requires 1-hour prep and a stand mixer for kneading if you don’t want to do it by hand. 

Prep Time: 1 hour                Cook time: 30 minutes            Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 8




  •  2.5 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup milk (lukewarm, use oat or soy milk as a non-dairy option)
  • ½ cup sugar bread base, ½ cup sugar to add later
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup butter for bread, 2 tbsp butter for outside
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon bread base, 2 tbsp cinnamon bread coating
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp water or lemon juice


Mix the yeast, lukewarm milk and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes until foaming. Mix in eggs until well combined.


Place it with the flour, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, and knead at speed level 1 for 5 minutes (dough will be very sticky). Add the butter and knead for another 15 minutes at speed level 2 (your dough will be sticky but should be easily removed with a silicone spatula).

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel, and let it rise at room temperature for one hour. Refrigerate for 4-16 hours – this will make the bread soft and airy.


Take the dough out of the fridge and place it on a floured surface. Divide into five pieces and fold each into a log. Cut slits halfway through each log.


Combine remaining cinnamon and sugar on a plate.

Roll each log into melted butter (Be sure to coat well) and then roll into the cinnamon sugar mix.


Place the dough logs in a greased or parchment-lined pan (loaf pan is best), cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 1.5 hours at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 395 degrees F / 200 degrees C. Bake for 30-35 minutes until brown.

Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.


For the icing:

In a small bowl, vigorously stir the powdered sugar and water (or lemon juice) until the mixture is smooth. 

Pour icing over warm bread and serve.