Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Make this Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread right in your own kitchen. It’s easy and makes enough to eat and freeze too. It’s a chocolate bread recipe that’s basically a big brownie!

Here in Ohio we are in the middle of a snow storm…so what better time to share an easy and delicious recipe for something chocolate? This Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is not too sweet and has the perfect texture. I confess I have never had the real thing because we don’t have a Starbucks where I live…but if this chocolate bread recipe is even close to the real thing, you are in for a treat.

Make this Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread right in your own kitchen. It's easy and makes enough to eat and freeze too. It's a chocolate bread recipe that's basically a big brownie!

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Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Make this Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread right in your own kitchen. It's easy and makes enough to eat and freeze too. It's basically a giant brownie!
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  • 3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 ¼ cup dutch processed cocoa (or regular cocoa)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon dutch processed cocoa (or regular cocoa)
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ¼ cup sparkle sugar for decorating


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In a 2 c. measuring cup combine buttermilk, water and vanilla. Stir to mix.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar/eggs alternating with buttermilk mixture.
  • Scrape sides and bottom of the mixing bowl at least twice.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  • Sprinkle topping over batter.

Bake time

  • mini loaves 25 min.
  • small loaves 35 min.
  • large loaves 45-50 min.


Pan measurements:
mini = 2 1/2 in. x 4 in.
small = 3 in. x 5 1/2 in.
large = 9 in. x 5 in.
I got 4 small loaves and 6 mini loaves from this recipe.
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Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread Tips

Couple of things. First, I couldn’t find dutch cocoa. I googled it to see what the difference was but found conflicting opinions. So I just used my regular Hershey’s cocoa. It worked beautifully and the chocolate taste is amazing. Second, I totally forgot about the topping until the bread was in the oven. I grabbed it out after about 10 minutes and sprinkled sanding sugar on the loaves. It gave them just enough sparkle and a little crunch too. 

Make this Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread right in your own kitchen. It's easy and makes enough to eat and freeze too. It's a chocolate bread recipe that's basically a big brownie!

Third, this is really not technically BREAD. It’s the most delicious chocolate cake (or brownie) you will ever taste. Slice it, add a dip of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

The Perfect Chocolate Bread Recipe

This Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread recipe is found right on the Starbucks website. It comes and goes from the restaurants so most of the time it’s not available. So you have the perfect reason to make it right at home. (Ha! As if you needed a reason.)

Make this Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread right in your own kitchen. It's easy and makes enough to eat and freeze too. It's a chocolate bread recipe that's basically a big brownie!

I hope you all had a perfect New Year’s Day. Mine was spent taking down Christmas and just hanging out. As much as I love the holidays and all that goes with them, I’m always glad when they are behind me. Onward to the new year.

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  1. Jan Painter says:

    5 stars
    These loaves are lovely! I’ve made them several times now. Especially over the holidays they made perfect little gifts to include in a baked goods box. I made another batch this morning…just because. Some will find their way over to my three grandsons very soon. I love that they are made with cocoa as one of my grandsons has a nut allergy, so no concerns with the chocolate. I too, make four small and six mini loaves…so perfect.

  2. Ok… first, thanks for the recipe. Second… where do you live that there isn’t a STARBUCKS?! LOL! That is the second time I have heard this. The first… the smallest island in Hawaii does not have one either. >.< (I'm sure it's not the end of the world.)

    1. Haha! Actually, since I wrote this post a small Starbuck’s went into our Kroger store. It’s a tiny one though and I’m not sure they serve food. Probably not!

  3. Hello Ann!
    I just signed up for your blog. My daughter actually sent me your article about tips for success on Etsy as I have an Etsy shop. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this recipe! I would never have thought of looking for it on the website. I have heard about this delicious delight and in spite of being near several Starbucks, they never have it. And if they do, it is occasionally and gets snapped right up. I am definitely going to try this and thank you so much!

    1. Welcome to On Sutton Place! I’m so happy you are following along. What is the name of your Etsy shop?

  4. Sounds delicious! I am saving this one! I think it would taste wonderful with some creamy hot chocolate.

  5. I’m sure this is as delicious as it looks, Ann! We only pretend to be snowed in out here in California! We aren’t far from Yosemite but this has been one of the driest years recorded. Really, my daughters, who are grown and have homes of their own still do this…we pretend we’re snowed in and have to use what we have on hand to bake with or prepare a meal. Its amazing what we’ve come up with! It crazy to run to the store 3-4 times a week! Take care and have a healthy, happy new year!

  6. A strange and lovely coincidence that I just spoke with an insurance rep in Ohio today who told me about the storm there then asked me about the storm here in New Hampshire (over a foot of snow! :). I cant wait to make this tomorrow afternoon and enjoy it with my daughter. Thank you!

  7. Oh Ann, you’re killing me! I started a low carb diet today! But I may have to treat myself to this in a few weeks! We are not expected to get any snow but will have some temps into the teens tomorrow night! That’s cold for SC!

  8. I am new to your website but I love everything you are sharing. The printables are fantastic and I cant wait to try some of your recipes. I look forward to your updates. Thanks a million!!! Your awesome

  9. Ann, I am from McDonald, OH a village near Youngstown, OH and have watched Stan Boney for years! He is a very respected newsman. I can even remember when he did the weather! Also, how do you prepare the baking pans? Thanks I can’t wait to try it!.

    1. Yes he’s done a lot of different things along the way…he loves what he’s doing now! You are only the 2nd person I have “met” who has watched him. To prepare my pans I use a spray called Baker’s Joy. It’s right by the Pam in the grocery. Or you can use a light coat of Crisco (put it on with a paper towel) and dust lightly with flour. The spray is easier but both work great. Thanks so much!

  10. Oh that looks so good! Perfect with a nice cup of tea on a cold evening. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Ann, and happy new year!

  11. Ok – first off I have to say I think you are sooo stinking cute!! I found you via etsy (wink) and am so glad we’ve been able to connect this way! I’ve happily pinned this very very yummy looking recipe – so you might just see some extra traffic coming your way. I think we may just adore the same stuff!!

    Happy day to you –

  12. Ann – Thanks for another great recipe. That’s on the agenda for tomorrow along with mini cinnamon rolls. Happy New Year – stay warm!

  13. My goodness this sounds so good. Wish I had right now with a glass of milk. We are getting snow in PA too. Just took me an extra hour to drive home from work,so as my husband is preparing dinner, I am reading your blog post. what a wonderful way to wind down.

  14. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Ann, Thanks for the recipe – it sounds delicious. I’ve never had it at Starbucks either. Your photos make it look so appealing! Me, too, I’m always happy when the holidays are over too even though I love the decorations. Happy New Year!

  15. Oh Ann this looks too delicious. Will definitely be trying this as anything chocolate plus Starbucks is for me. We live in Louisville, OH which is east of Canton, Ohio, and it has been snowing all day; just gorgeous. Enjoy the bread/cake and thanks for sharing. Peggy

    1. Hi Peggy! Do you by any chance ever watch the Youngstown ABC news? My brother is the news anchor, Stan Boney. Just wondered…thanks for taking the time to comment!

  16. Mmmm Yum… love chocolate and cinnamon together. This looks delicious. Hope you’re not having any power outages with all that snow.

    1. No thank goodness no power outages yet. It is pretty windy but so far so good. Hope you had a good holiday Babs…happy New Year!

  17. Oh Yummy Ann! Another great recipe from you I must make! I love cooking when it’s snowing outside! It just feels cozy. Enjoy the snow, it’s coming our way too!

  18. I have been reading your blog for about a year now, today I am reading about a snow storm in Ohio, to
    my surprise I am in that same snow storm and live in a township outside of Medina, Ohio. Small world! I do have a Starbucks that I frequent but have never seen this bread (cake). I was looking for something to
    bake today so I will be giving the recipe a try.

    1. From what I understand they only bring this bread back occasionally and for short periods. You are probably getting more snow than us because of being closer to the lake. Stay warm!

  19. I love the Hershey Dark Cocoa, and replace it for the regular in every recipe. I am a chocolate fanatic so can’t wait to try this. We are buried in snow here too. It’s a good day for me to clean out the fridge.