Wednesday, December 10, 2014

cinnamon chip sugar cookies (that taste like Christmas)

I wrote a post just after Thanksgiving with some post ideas for Christmas. Trying to help ya'll out because this Christmas season that's stressful enough with the whole shopping and party outfit creativity without the madness of trying to come up with a post idea for your sweet spot on the interwebs. Turns out I made the list and am now depending on it to get me through the holiday rush. 

So, today, let's talk about cookies and my favorite prompt in the list of 25: 
You are headed to a Christmas cookie party, but as a cookie. 
What are you? And what's your recipe?

Yes. Cookies, parties, and Christmas -win, win, and win. The only thing that might make this sweet is a glass of wine or homemade hot cocoa in which you could dip said cookie. I've read a cooking blog or two and know that I'm supposed to share pictures of dough balls and baking sheets so, here dear friend.   

Anyway, this recipe came from an old, tried-true-and-very-favorite way to make chocolate chip cookies, except then I didn't have chocolate chips. And so, my beloved bag of cinnamon chips stood out in the pantry and it became obvious -substitution AND, obviously, invention of a new cookie (that is probably already on Pinterest somewhere, but this was created in the midst of chaotic madness in the kitchen after realizing there was no chocolate in the house). 
I gave a dozen to our UPS man, because him and I are friends like that -thanks Amazon- but the other two dozen were inhaled by Jason and I, and the few that made it past the cooling racks were enjoyed by my family, Jason, and his coworkers. The only problem with these sweet wonders: you can't eat just one. But then, what would a cookie be without eating a half dozen at a time? 

(adapted from Lula)
1 cup butter, room temperature (or if you're me: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening -like Crisco)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 package instant vanilla pudding (I've used either size package with equally awesome results)
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cinnamon chips
1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling the balls of dough in 

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. 
2. Beat butter and sugars (only using 1/4 cup granulated sugar) in a standing mixer until fluffy. 
3. Add dry pudding mix, egg, yogurt/sour cream and vanilla. 
4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. 
5. Stir in cinnamon chips.
6. Take spoon-sized clumps of dough out of bowl, roll into tight ball, and cover in granulated sugar.
7. Drop onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. 
8. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown. (This is loose, know your oven and pay attention, mine took 12 minutes)
9.  Let cool as long as you can resist on a wire baking rack. 
10. Enjoy with coconut milk or eggnog (per Jason's recommendation). 

The best way to share these with other people is in a wax-paper lined brown bag tied shut with a ribbon. So school-day chic and cheap. 

And in closing, share the sweet cookie 
you'd be if you're on your way to a Christmas cookie party.


  1. Now my mouth is watering. We must have cookies on the brain because I made homemade chocolate chip ones just yesterday...the baking bug bit me and I NEEDED TO BAKE. Who knew how easy homemade cookies are?? Next time, I'm using Crisco and cinnamon chips--you've inspired me! They look so delicious and chewy...the best kind!

  2. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvDecember 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Yum! Love the twist. Isn't baking so therapeutic? Especially this time of year.

  3. oh YUMMMM these look delicious!!! i love anything with cinnamon in it! yayy i'll have to try these soon.

  4. So these are in the mail en route to my house, yes? Great. You're the best.

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  6. Paula Braman-DuarteDecember 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    These look delicious and you're right about how cookies get "invented", after all, Ruth Wakefield came up with the iconic chocolate chip one when she was short on dessert for her inn guests, and chopped up some chocolate and well, history was made. Going to try your version soon!


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