October 15, 2011

Way Better Than That Pizza Place's Cinnastix

Whenever I order a pizza, no matter where I am ordering it from, I always order a side of their cinnastix.  I promise that these are wayyyyyyyy better than any pizza place around! 

This could quite-possibly be my new favorite snack!  I think I need to schedule a weekly pizza night, just so I can eat these cinnastix!  Okay, I'm not gonna lie, I have actually made some kind of pizza once a week for the past three weeks, just so I could have an excuse to make these! Imagine a warm chewy pizza crust, topped with cinnamon and sugar and a warm ooey gooey vanilla icing!  
Homemade Cinnastix 
prepared pizza dough (I use my favorite dough)
melted butter
a little vegetable oil
1 Tbl. ground cinnamon mixed with 1/2 c. sugar

Icing:
1 Tbl. melted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
a little milk

Pizza Stone Directions (What I do):  Place pizza stone in cold oven.  Preheat to 500 degrees.  Meanwhile, roll out pizza dough into desired shape(s) and size(s).  Using a perforated roller or pizza cutter, cut dough into strips, not quite cutting the entire way through the dough.  Combine some melted butter and a splash of vegetable oil and brush all over dough.  Sprinkle a little cornmeal over a pizza peel (this will help the dough slide off easily).  Place dough onto pizza peel and slide dough onto hot pizza stone.  Lower oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake until crust is nice and crispy (you don't want it burnt crispy, just nicely browned, so it will still be chewy), about 10-15 minutes.  While the dough is baking, combine all of the icing ingredients and whisk until smooth, adding milk until it reaches desired consistency.  Very carefully remove pizza from oven and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (as much as you want).  Then, brush or drizzle icing over the top while still hot.  Serve while warm.    

*I highly recommend a pizza stone.  You have never had GOOD homemade pizza until you try it on a pizza stone.  I really think it makes all the difference in the world, well that and having a good pizza dough recipe helps too!  They really aren't that expensive and are well worth it.  Mine is similar to this one and I love it.  I also have this pizza peel to transfer the dough to the hot stone. 

Oven Directions without a pizza stone (I have not tried this version):  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out pizza dough into desired shape(s) and size(s).  Using a perforated roller or pizza cutter, cut dough into strips, not quite cutting the entire way through the dough.  Combine some melted butter and a splash of vegetable oil and brush all over dough.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through, keeping a close eye on it, so it doesn't over bake.  While the dough is baking, combine all of the icing ingredients and whisk until smooth, adding milk until it reaches desired consistency.   Remove pizza from oven and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (as much as you want).  Then, brush or drizzle icing over the top while still hot.  Serve warm.

Jenn's Notes:  The original recipe calls for buttered flavored oil, which I did not have.  That is why I mixed a little melted butter with vegetable oil.  I don't know if that is the same thing as buttered flavored oil, but that is what I did and it has worked every time!  I have not tried it with just straight butter, but I would imagine it would work just fine too.  I roll out the dough pretty thin, because it puffs up a lot during baking.  I usually make a full batch of my pizza dough and make one regular pizza and one dessert pizza.  I prefer shaping the dough into a rectangle, that way, the cinnastix all end up the same size!  So, depending on the size and shape of cinnastix you do, you might have to adjust the cinnamon and sugar measurements and the icing measurements.  Pre-slicing the dough makes them easy to just pull-apart when they are done baking.

Idea adapted from: Jam Hands            

19 comments:

  1. Yummy! I saw some pizza dough in the bakery at Publix the other day. I'm going to buy some the next time I'm in there to make some of these. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  2. O my sweet.This looks like a great idea;)

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  3. Hi Jenn, the cinnamon pizza sticks look good. I make homemade pizza quite often. I need to try this. The stuffed chicken and the skealton cupcakes look oooh so good too. Joni

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  4. I love cinnastix too! Always order them and yes, I think yours looks better. I also would rather have the glaze spread on than dunking. :)

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  5. These look AMAZING!! I love homemade pizza and I think this will have to become a frequent companion on pizza night!!

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  6. Holy cow, I also love cinnastix! I always use extra dough for breadsticks, but this idea is so much better!

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  7. oh my, those look fantastic. will have to try these soon!!

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  8. Yummy, these sound and look fantastic!! I love cinnastix, haven't had them in forev!!

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  9. Is there nothing that cinnamon sugar can't make awesome? I sometimes make some cream cheese frosting to go with. DECADENCE!!

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  10. Thank you for this recipe, I'm making these right now along with your cheeseburger pizza :)

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  11. These were really good, the second night (we had leftover cheeseburger pizza so we had to have cinnastix again) I put some cinnamon and sugar on the crust to bake and then put a cream cheese icing on top, they tasted like cinnamon rolls. Thanks again for the recipe ;)

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  12. Yummy! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Thanks!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  13. I tried this today, and oh boy, my family devoured it so quick! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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    1. I am so glad they were a hit! I wish I was eating these right now! - Jenn

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  14. Love this! I rolled out the dough too thin the first time, but the second batch turned out great! Kids and I loved this and will certainly be making it again. Thank you for this and all the other recipes!

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    1. I'm so glad they turned out 2nd try! I have to make these every time I make homemade pizza! I can't get enough! Thanks for letting me know what you thought - Jenn

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  15. Mine didn't rise very well. Is this uncommon?

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    1. Your dough didn't rise very well? The reason your dough might not have risen is maybe the yeast didn't get fully activated. When you added the yeast to the warm water, did it get frothy and bubbly? I use this dough recipe all the time and it shouldn't have a problem rising unless the yeast isn't activated or the house is too cold. It needs a warm place to rise.

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