- Cinnamon is the dried bark of various laurel trees. Cinnamon sticks are made from long pieces of bark that are rolled, pressed, and dried. Possibly most the common baking spice, Cinnamon has a sweet and woody fragrance and is used in cakes, cookies, and desserts. Cinnamon is often paired with apples and used in other fruit and cereal dishes. Stick Cinnamon is also used in pickling and for flavoring hot beverages.