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Best Cinnamon to Bake With

We are heading into official baking season now that it’s November! Only one more month before it’s full-blown cookie season up in here!

So, with the timing of all that, you may be stocking your pantry with flour, sugar, and spices to prepare. And cinnamon is probably the most common and the most popular spice in baking. So that may leave you wondering what is the best cinnamon to bake with?

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Everyone loves cinnamon, there is usually not a friend in the friend group that doesn’t like cinnamon! While there may be the weirdo who doesn’t like chocolate or coconut, or even one who prefers white chocolate over dark. But there’s never anyone who says oh I don’t like cinnamon.

Cinnamon is sweet, it provides spice when needed, and it’s comforting AF. You use cinnamon in bakes like Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, Snickerdoodle Biscotti, Maple Pecan Donuts, Snickerdoodle Donut Holes, and more!

Cinnamon should be always in your pantry! So, what is the best cinnamon to bake with? What is the best cinnamon to buy for baking?

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Not all cinnamon is created equal. While other ingredients may be easily interchangeable with little effect on taste, such as sugar and flour, cinnamon is the opposite! And, just with any other recipe or ingredient, it all comes down to opinion and personal preference.

So, the best cinnamon to buy for baking is not the most common cinnamon – in my opinion! Cinnamon is made from the inner bark of tress, which is why it’s a brown or dark brown color. There are hundreds of different varieties of cinnamon in the world, but there are four main kinds of cinnamon that you can find at the grocery store. And they all come from different regions, therefore taste different!

Four Main Types of Cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka.

Cassia Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon that comes from Southeast Asia.

Korintje Cinnamon

Korintje cinnamon that comes from Indonesia.

Saigon Cinnamon

Saigon cinnamon that comes from Vietnam.

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Each of these four types of cinnamon have a different flavor! Just like if you were to buy a different peanut butter, for example. Even if it had the same ingredients as another peanut butter – which in most cases is peanuts and salt. But depending on where those peanuts were grown or where that supplier got the peanuts, the peanut butter can taste very different!

The most common type of cinnamon is Ceylon Cinnamon, this can pretty much always be found in grocery stores. But I don’t think it’s the best tasting cinnamon! My favorite, and what I use in all my recipes (and what I used when I owned a bake shop) is Korintje Cinnamon.

I think the Korintje Cinnamon has a better and more true cinnamon flavor. It’s a little darker in color (which doesn’t matter to me because it’s all about flavor). But it’s not as commonly found in grocery stores.

If you were a customer when I had my bake shop, I only used Korintje Cinnamon there as well. And if you have my book, Cookies for Everyone or The Mountain Baker and bake recipes from the bake shop and they don’t taste exactly the same – then ingredients are most likely the culprit. And cinnamon could be one of them, you may be using a different kind of cinnamon!

While different kinds of cinnamon are interchangeable for any type of recipe, and it will not affect the recipe, it will alter the taste! So, if you’re making grandma’s Snickerdoodles and wondering why yours may taste odd even if you’re using all the same brand ingredients as she did, then try testing different cinnamons!

While I think that Korintje Cinnamon is the best cinnamon to buy for baking, you may disagree. And that’s okay, as long as you know what you prefer! The Organic Korintje Cinnamon I buy comes from Frontier Co-Op, and I highly recommend it! But they also make an Organic Ceylon Cinnamon, and a Vietnamese Cinnamon (Saigon).

My friends over at Watkins 1868 make an Organic Cassia Cinnamon. And Simply Organic also makes an Organic Ceylon Cinnamon and Organic Vietnamese (Saigon) Cinnamon.

Try out my favorite Organic Korintje Cinnamon this holiday season. I really think it’s the best cinnamon to bake with! But if you want something more subtle or less spicy, then try the classic Organic Ceylon Cinnamon.

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Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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