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Dollywood’s cinnamon bread is a legendary treat enjoyed by visitors to the theme park. Recreating it at home can be a fun project. Here’s a recipe that captures the essence of Dollywood’s famous cinnamon bread:


For the bread:

  • 1 cup warm water (about 110°F/45°C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

For the cinnamon filling:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the bread:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, sugar, oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

For the filling:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the softened butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon until well combined.

Assembling the cinnamon bread:

  1. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Spread the cinnamon filling evenly over the dough.
  3. Starting from one long edge, tightly roll up the dough into a log.
  4. Cut the log into about 12 equal slices.
  5. Place the slices in a greased baking dish, leaving some space between each roll.
  6. Cover the rolls with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  8. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

For the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls.

Enjoy your homemade Dollywood-inspired cinnamon bread! It’s best served fresh and warm.


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