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The Easiest Braided Cinnamon Bread

Yes, I baked again. 

Cinnamon braided bread with peonies

I know what you are thinking...

if this keeps up 
you might have to just start calling me Martha.


Maybe it is winter.
And chilly weather and rainy days 

I was working on a project that involved cinnamon rolls
and I had some that were leftover.
And I thought why not make something different... 
and before I knew it I was in the kitchen with an apron on.

Cinnamon braided bread on counter with dishes and peonies

Since so many of you requested more recipes for entertaining that are easy and gorgeous-
I have been delving into cookbooks and jotting down ideas and 
actually photographing the steps for recipes I have been making. 

Today it is all about a warm, ooey, gooey, delicious bit of eye candy.

A cinnamon macaroon braided bread.

French Country Cottage Cinnamon braid

Cinnamon roll bread
with cream cheese and coconut filling
sprinkled with almonds
and drizzled with cream cheese icing
braided for the most gorgeous presentation...
and can we talk about how simple and easy it is to make?

Seriously simple.

Quick note:
The recipe adapted from original- I almost always change the recipes I find.
Because I am insane and like to change things so the original
 called for more of a coconut flavor and sliced almonds-
I used vanilla and chunky almonds but just personal preference there.

Here's what you need:


1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 can Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing  
Slivered almonds

Cinnamon Bread on counter

Preheat oven to 350

Spray your baking sheet with non stick spray or use parchment paper
and then start by unrolling each of the cinnamon rolls to create long strips of dough.

You will need to cut each strip in half when they are unrolled 
which will give you 10 strips to work with.

Ingredients in bowl

In a bowl,
mix your cream cheese, vanilla, egg yolk and shredded coconut together 
until they are well blended. 

Cinnamon roll ingredients in bowl

Then spread down the center of your  cinnamon roll strips.

Braided cinnamon roll bread with cream cheese filling

Up next- the fun part. Start braiding.
Start with one side, then go to the other
and so on until you reach the end of the strips.
(Tuck the ends in just a bit to keep the filling from spilling out)

Braided cinnamon roll bread with almonds

And then sprinkle with almonds.
I didn't measure- just sprinkled what I liked and called it good.

Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until your pastry dough is cooked through
and then cool for 10 minutes.

While your pastry cools- warm up the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls
and then drizzle over the top as you like.

Cinnamon roll bread drizzled with icing

You can get all fancy schmancy if you want with dramatic icing 
or just a few drizzles.

Braided cinnamon roll bread on counter with peonies and dishes

and serve at the next luncheon and dazzle your guests 
with something that looks as good as it tastes.


Hope your Wednesday is going well!

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  1. Ok, I definitely have to make this It sounds fabulous. I found a print friendly code to add to my blog, and it would be wonderful if you added it to yours so we could just print the recipes out when we see them.

    Here is the link -

    1. That is awesome Marty- will have my tech helper check into it. Thank you!

  2. Looks delicious! I will have to try it this weekend!

  3. I love that idea. I used to buy the Rhodes frozen bread dough and they also make sweet rolls and I got creative. What was nice having its the freezer to whip something up in no time. Very elegant looking, Courtney, and no-one needs to know that it wasn't ALL the way from scratch. Marty above does have a great idea. I haven't found a recipe of yours that I haven't wanted to print immediately. Thank you for sharing -- I bet your kitchen smelled heavenly.

  4. Everything you post looks beautiful! Roses and peonies and candles . . .oh my! The rolls look fabulous and easy enough for even me to attempt! I love reading your posts! Just what I need to get my own creative juices going!! Thank you so much!!