cinnamon twists with cardamom-honey dip

i really loved the savory puff pastry twists from robin miller that i tried last year so i knew when i saw giada make this recipe that i would enjoy these cinnamon twist.

the cinnamon twists, as i imagined smelled and tasted sinful! the twists are flaky, buttery and cinnamony sweet. dipped in the cardamon-honey sauce, gives a light, refreshing kick and additional sweetness. i love it with or without the dip. yum!

do remember, puff pastry is a decadent treat, after all, it’s pre-made dough with layers of butter. so as hard as it may be, do eat in moderation!


For the cinnamon twists

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom – or –
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 (9 by 10-inch) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
    – cut into 24 (1 by 4-inch) pieces
    –  cut into 12 (2 by 4-inch) pieces and then score each down the middle
  • 1 egg white, beaten

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom – or –
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


For the cinnamon twists: place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl, mix together the cinnamon, sesame seeds, cardamom, and brown sugar.

  • If you cut into 24 pieces: twist 2 pieces of dough together to form a rope-shape. Pinch the ends together to seal.
  • If you cut into 12 pieces and scored each in the middle, pull the top into the center through the score twice to create double twists.

Brush the dough with the beaten egg white and roll gently in the cinnamon mixture until coated. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

For the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom until smooth. Pour into a small dipping bowl.

Arrange the pastries on a platter and serve with the dipping sauce.

original recipe from Giada at Home: Cinnamon Twists with Cardamom-Honey Dipping Sauce

* try a savory version of pastry twists: savory puff pastry twists


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