Cinnamon sugar in a salt shaker makes short work of cinnamon toast

Samantha just reminded me how much I love cinnamon toast (I may need to excuse myself for a moment):

Of all the crazy things my mother-in-law comes up with, I’m always thankful she came up with this one. I love cinnamon toast in the morning, but I could never really get the right combination of cinnamon and sugar on that one piece of buttered toast. Mixing it in a bowl before sprinkling it on the toast just dirtied more dishes, and I usually had too much left over.

Then, one day at my in-laws, I noticed that they had mixed up their cinnamon & sugar and put it in an empty salt shaker. Hello! Why didn’t I think of that? Needless to say, my kids have cinnamon toast at least twice a week now.

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AndA dash of cinnamon helps the milk go down


  1. Laurie says

    My mom always had a shaker of cinnamon sugar for cinnamon toast. But we always had a toaster oven to make it. I have an “upright” toaster. So, is making it in the regular oven my only options (other than buying a toaster)?

  2. SarahE says

    I do this, too. I also keep sugar in one of those 1950s diner-style sugar shakers (which keeps things much cleaner than a sugar bowl would – especially with little kids around). My Mom used to keep powdered sugar in a salt shaker (like the one pictured) to use on waffles, pancakes, etc. without having to dirty the sifter each time.

  3. SarahE says

    Laurie – We only have an upright toaster and we just toast the bread and then put the butter and cinnamon/sugar on. Do you usually put the toppings on before toasting?? I never thought of that.

  4. Katie says

    We do something similar, but don’t bother to purchase a new shaker. We just re-use the same container that we bought the cinnamon in. No need to wash, just add sugar when there’s a little bit of cinnamon left, and re-fill as needed.

  5. says

    A shaker is a good idea. I and my mother before me always kept some cinnamon sugar mixed up in a small custard bowl in the cupboard. As kids, we knew we could grab the bowl from the cupboard, butter our toast and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar from the bowl onto our toast. we usually ended up with lines of cinnamon sugar from the bowl edge, so a shaker would improve the distribution. Thanks!

  6. Celeste says

    We use a big shaker I got a Target a while ago. I think it’s meant to be used for sprinkles because the holes are bigger than a regular shaker and it’s about the size of a cup. I always have cinnamon sugar mixed. It’s great on toast, cereal and cappucinos or hot chocolate.

  7. Peter says

    I second the re-using the cinnamon shaker option as well. Why buy a special shaker when you already have one? :)

  8. Tim says

    Ok, this sounds funny but I’ve been looking for a thread like this for years!

    My mom always had cinnamon/sugar in a shaker like the one in the photo. I’ve tried reproducing the taste, but it always seems off.

    What mixture do people here use? 1/2 sugar and 1/2 cinnamon?

  9. Parent Hacks Editor says

    I grew up with 1/2 sugar 1/2 cinnamon but I prefer a little less cinnamon now. But make the toast with real butter if you can. Mmmm.

  10. Checks says

    My mom has always done this too. Now I do it for my kids, partially because they also eat it on my pancakes.
    A “new” thing-I found premixed shakers at the grocery store and walmart in the spice aisle. For those of you who can’t get the right mix or dont have time, it’s a fairly cheap alternative.