This is absolutely my favorite junk food cereal ever, and it is number 6 on my list of nostalgic childhood treats made at home. This past week we watched Seth Rogen’s new movie, This is the End. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was referenced a number of times in the film, affectionately called, “CT Crunch.” I think the product placement got to me… I found myself craving those little cinnamon sugary squares…
Those General Mills advertisers may have planted the seed in my head, but they didn’t get me to buy a box! Nope, I’m stickin’ it to the man and making them myself. My cereal does not have “cinnamon sugar swirls in every bite!” but thats because making swirled dough would be a pain in my behind, and I don’t want to discourage you, but these are already a pretty big pain in the behind. This would be a great project for a rainy weekend afternoon when you can just turn on some nostalgic childhood jams and get to work. My music of choice? Destiny’s Child, NSYNC, 3LW and The Barenaked Ladies.
Baker’s Note: This recipe also makes enough dough for a double crust pie. Can you say Cinnamon Toast Crunch Apple Pie?! Try it out…
Homemade Cinnamon Toast Cereal
For the dough
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/4 cup AP flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temperature (could also use butter or margarine)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp honey, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup or other sweet sticky syrup
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or non-dairy milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
For the topping
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (could use butter or margarine here too)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
First combine the flours, baking soda and cinnamon in your food processor, or whisk them together by hand.
Then slowly add the buttermilk (or non-dairy milk + vinegar), until a ball of dough forms. Dump the dough out onto a work surface and knead it until the dough is smooth-ish and uniform.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. Sandwich one piece dough between two pieces of wax paper and roll it out to 1/4″ – 1/8″ thickness. Combine cinnamon and sugar for topping.
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into approximately 1/2″ squares. I found this to be difficult, and mine were all different shapes and sizes, it didn’t seem to matter.
Then brush the squares with coconut oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Now comes the time consuming part, put the squares on your baking sheet, giving each square just a little bit of space. Then repeat with the second ball of dough.
Bake the squares for 9-13 minutes. I guarantee you they will be done at 9 minutes, maybe even earlier. That time range is for you to decide if you want them to be softer or crunchier. At around 9 minutes they will be puffy with just a tiny bit of crunch, perfect for a grab and go snack, but not so great when soaked in milk. At 13 minutes they will definitely be crunchy and more cereal-like, it’s up to you.