Cinnamon Toast Bars

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Cinnamon. Toast. Bars. If you make nothing else that I’ve shared with you, you NEED Cinnamon Toast Bars in your life. These bars are a twist on my beloved Cinnamon Toast Cake; it has been a favorite since I was a little girl.

No fork or plate required this is the ultimate handheld dessert for every cinnamon toast loving person.

Cinnamon Toast Bars {gluten free and traditional dessert recipes} by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Cinnamon Toast Bars are covered in a crunchy, caramelized cinnamon sugar topping that is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted. I’ve made these bars 6 times in the past month. They are crazy good, completely dangerous, and absurdly easy to make.

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You don’t have to take my word for it either. Rebecca at Foodie with Family made these bars in both the traditional and vegan versions and her family and friends loved them.

Her post eventually led to a community thread over at King Arthur Flour. The comments made me laugh as they proclaimed their love for the Cinnamon Toast Bars.

In the fall and around the holidays there is an excuse to make a dessert almost every time I turn around. We have birthdays every month from September through December, parties and get-togethers happen almost every weekend.

If you’re anything like me and want to have some simple and fantastic desserts at your fingertips, check these recipes out for more inspiration: Cranberry Christmas Cake, Hershey’s Perfect One Bowl Chocolate Cake, Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge, 15 Naturally Gluten Free Desserts {NO special ingredients required!}

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Cinnamon Toast Bars

4.75 from 4 votes
No fork or plate required for this dessert for the cinnamon toast loving person.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 18 -36 servings, depending on size


Cake Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter melted and semi-cooled

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup potato starch

Topping Ingredients

  • cups butter melted
  • cups sugar
  • tablespoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a large baking sheet pan (18"x13") with butter. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Stir in the milk, vanilla and butter. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 23 minutes.
  • While the bars are baking, combine the topping ingredients and whisk together. Remove the bars from the oven after 23 minutes and pour the topping over them. Bake an additional 8 minutes, until the cinnamon layer is bubbling. Let cool before slicing into bars and serving. Enjoy!


Pour the topping around the sides of the bars first and then lightly across the top. I’ve found that if I pour it all on the center of the bars immediately, that will cause them to fall slightly. Still delicious that way, but not as pretty.


Calories: 397kcal · Carbohydrates: 59g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 10g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 44mg · Sodium: 392mg · Potassium: 169mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 38g · Vitamin A: 519IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 88mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 12/3/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/17/22}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Carol Johnston says

    It is only me, so so I’m going to cut this recipe in half if it’s okay, have you ever done that?? This is a big recipe, must make a lot, sounds so yummy, I love anything with cinnamon 💛💙🎉🎉