This Cinnamon Christmas Bread Recipe Makes a Great Neighbor Gift!

Cinnamon Christmas Bread from Merricks Art

This is the gift I give to neighbors, friends, and co-workers every year

Every year for Christmas I make Christmas Bread. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and I always make a ton of loaves to gift to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

It’s a delicious sweet bread that is great for dessert or breakfast, and always gets rave reviews (in fact, several of Philip’s co-workers wouldn’t even tell their wives about it every year so they could eat the entire thing as soon as they got it. I got in trouble one year when I mentioned the bread at a work party and some of the wives had no idea what I was talking about…ha!)

This bread gets amazing reviews – I could eat an entire loaf by myself.

The best part is that it’s super easy, and besides taking an hour to bake, it comes together really quickly. In years past I’ve cooked two at a time (since I only had two bread pans), but this year I picked up a few disposable ones and cooked 4 at a time so it went much faster and made my life a lot easier.

Also, my boys probably ate two entire loaves on their own, and would have eaten much more if I’d have let them. So it gets their stamp of approval as well. It would also be a perfect dish for Christmas morning!

cinnamon christmas bread recipe
christmas bread neighbor gifts
cinnamon bread christmas neighbor gifts

Cinnamon Sugar Christmas Bread (adapted from an old Betty Crocker recipe)

(makes 2 loaves)
prep time: 10 minutes
bake time: 60 minutes


1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
3 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups sour cream
Brown Sugar Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
1 TB cinnamon
1.  Heat oven to 350.  Grease bottom and sides of 2 loaf pans (9 x 5 x 3).
2.  Prepare brown sugar filling and set aside.
3.  Beat together sugar, butter, vanilla & eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium for 2 minutes.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Beat flour mixture and sour cream alternately into sugar mixture on low speed until blended.
4.  Spread 1/4 of the batter (about 1-1/2 cups) into each pan, then sprinkle  each with 1/4 of the filling; top with another 1/4 of the batter, and then top with 1/4 of the filling.
5.  Bake for about 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool slightly; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack.

Let cool completely, then wrap up and take to your friends, or eat the whole loaf by yourself (no judgements here).


  1. Natali says:

    Mmmm, this sounds and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!

  2. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    This bread looks delicious! It kinds of reminds me of this amish friendship bread my mom used to make all the time!


  3. Brianna Soloski says:

    This looks delicious. I’m a little sad I’m lacking the sour cream to make it – would applesauce be an okay substitute?

  4. Aspen Ballard says:

    This looks AMAZING! I didn’t eat any Christmas cinnamon bread this year 🙁

    Aspen Kelty Marie

  5. Matthew & Alisha Woolsey says:

    I saw you post this on Instastories the other day and wondered how long you cook them for in the smaller pans?

  6. Yándary says:

    Oh, I’m so glad this link is working again! I was looking for it just yesterday and kept getting an error message. Love this recipe!

  7. Patricia says:

    I do something similar; I make pumpkin bread in four loaf batches. Last batch is in the oven right now. It’s easy and everybody loves it. So win win in my book.

  8. Allie says:

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  9. Elena says:

    Just made these this afternoon for our FAMILY Christmas. People were going for seconds and scraping the sugary remnants off the plate. It was DELICIOUS!! Definitely making again. Thanks so much for sharing!

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