8 Cinnamon Recipes To Try This Season, Because Fall Isn't Just About Pumpkin Spice

You can indulge in pumpkin spice lattes until your heart's content, but let's be serious for a minute — cinnamon is the true spice of fall, and no cozy recipe is complete without it. While pumpkin spice might call itself the flavor of the season, we can spot a wolf in sheep's clothing when we taste one. And no other spice has carry-over potential to other seasons quite like cinnamon. Can you imagine pumpkin spice working a room in the summer? You can't. Cinnamon, on the other hand, knows no seasonal bounds.

It's probably the most underrated of the autumnal spice group: subtle, unsuspecting and, if we're being honest, it looks pretty identical to nutmeg and cloves. What it lacks for in looks and originality, though, cinnamon more than makes up for in flavor. And that isn't just limited to desserts, either.

These eight recipes showcase cinnamon's beloved and hidden talents. You'll be shocked — but your tastebuds won't.

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Homemade Pecan Pumpkin Butter

‘Tis the season to spread homemade butters on basically anything you can get your hands on, so why not kick things off with a flavorful treat? Confections of a Foodie Bride reveals how to hit the high notes of spices with this festive and spicy butter.

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Cherry and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

The real winner of this Taste and Tell recipe is the pinch of cinnamon. It’s the perfect complement to the tart cherry and sweet ham.

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Brie & Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble

If you’re wondering what could ever make cheese-based apple and beer soup taste better than it already does, Half Baked Harvest will tell you the answer is cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl

It wouldn't be a cinnamon roundup without at least one sweet treat, right? This sour cream coffee cake by Crepes of Wrath is a total crowd pleaser.

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Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Cookie and Kate whips up a cocktail that will warm you to the bones, and captures the season’s best flavors. But let’s be honest: This hot toddy owes everything to those perfectly positioned cinnamon sticks.

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Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

The unsung hero of this deliciously easy dish? It’s the cinnamon dusting the chickpeas get after they’re cooked, and just before they’re ready to taste. This game changer from Pastry Affair is what midday snack dreams are made of!

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Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie

Back to Her Roots takes an average green smoothie and turns it into something miraculous — all by adding a pinch cinnamon. Who knew?!

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Gluten-Free Honey Grahams

You can live your life in the Basic Lane, or you can make your own honey graham crackers from scratch, a la BraveTart. The choice is up to you.

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