Cinnamon Friendship Bread

I was first introduced to this bread the week before Christmas.  My hubby flew out of town the week of Christmas for business, so I packed up my kids and we headed down to my parents a few days early since we were going down anyways.  While I was there, one of my mom’s cute friends dropped off a loaf of this bread and between my mom, my sister, my brother, and myself, the loaf was pretty much gone 5 minutes upon arrival!  We all LOVED it!  Well needless to say, the next day we got the recipe and made some more to deliver ourselves. We added a yummy almond glaze to it and it we all agreed it was a delicious finishing touch!The original recipe was called, “Yule Log”, but my mom and I changed the name to “Cinnamon Friendship Bread” because the recipe makes 3 loaves, perfect to take to neighbors, friends, family, or someone you think is in need of a smile.


1 Tbsp. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
5 cups flour, divided
1 Tbsp. salt

Dissolve 1 tbs yeast in ¼ c. warm water in mixing bowl .
Heat 2 c. milk til very warm.
Stir in 1 egg, ¼ c sugar & ¼ c butter, cool 2 min & add to bowl.
Add 3 c. bread flour and beat on high until it is collected on the beater, not the bowl.
Switch to dough hook and add 2 c. more flour and 1 TBS salt.
Knead til smooth. Less flour is better than too much. You want the dough quite sticky.
Put dough into greased bowl, & cover with saran wrap.
Let rise until doubled in a warm place.Form three 8 x 12 rectangles.
Spread each with 2 TBS butter and 1/4 c cinnamon sugar.
Roll up lengthwise and place seam down on a baking sheet.
Make shallow slashes to give a bark like effect.
You can use an egg wash for shiny bark.Bake at 375, 20-25 min.


1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


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  1. Zia Elle

    Lovely, I like cinammon bread. I will try it, thaks for sharing!

  2. cooperkelly4

    so pretty! I have pinned soooo many of your recipes! =0)

  3. BigBearswife

    oo yeah... that would be gone in 5 minutes in our house! better make extra!

  4. Alice

    What a great idea! It looks yummy, too. I am planning to try soon.

  5. Betsy

    This sounds wonderful. I love that it makes three loafs so I can take it to my friends and let them know I am thinking about them. Beautiful presentation.


    Oh, I just love the name of your bread! It looks beautiful and wonderful to share! I have to make this, this weekend!

  7. Heather

    Cinnamon bread is good for the soul!! I will have to try this! I know more than 3 people who could use this right now! Here is my go to recipe for it: Also, I just saw your cookie dough brownies. Yum!

  8. Lauren

    You are the best blog out there. Thank you for all the amazing recipes! I love friendship bread, can't wait to try this.

  9. mividaenundulce

    Oh...this bread is perfect for the tea time. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  10. Chantal

    Tried it and it's wonderful...The loaves came out huge! Next time I will cut down the Tablespoon of salt to a teasp.

  11. michele

    serious yum going on here. visiting via TTJ and would love to have you stop by kate spade/vintage jewelry giveaway: smiles. michele

  12. Ada

    Has anyone tried just regular, all-purpose flour for this? I know you can substitute, but I'd be so sad if this didn't turn out as yummy-scrumptious as it looks!Thanks!Ada :)

    1. Madeleine

      I used unbleached all-purpose flour and had wonderful results. It was a cold February day I baked and took a loaf to my daughter and her family. In one loaf I added golden raisin. for my husband. For the filling I added a bit of brown sugar and a little less white sugar.It is delicious and thank you for the recipe.