You know what I haven’t had in ages? Cinnamon toast. Why I’m bringing it up is simply because I was staring at the screen with a serious case of writer’s block. Here I sit thinking about cinnamon and cookies and the holidays. Suddenly “poof” cinnamon toast popped into my mind. I started remembering the smell of white bread, butter, sugar, and cinnamon toasting in the oven. What does it have to do with Cinnamon Sugar Cookies? Oh, not much other than a few common ingredients.
So why did I bake the cookies? It’s time again for Creative Cookie Exchange. Plus the holidays have pretty much arrived. Thanksgiving will be here in a matter of days. Christmas would not be the same without cookies. They are such a wonderful homemade gift too. So be warned I may be sharing several cookie recipes in the coming weeks.
Oh, and can I stack cookies or what? Yes, I had a big time playing with my cookies. I wanted to do something tall and yet different than the usual stack. I’m surprised it worked. What is amazing to me is that I carried the stack from the kitchen to my sunroom to take photos. Well, except for the top cookies. Those went on at the end. Not a single cookie fell in the whole process. It was my lucky day.
How are cinnamon sugar cookies? They are buttery with warmth of cinnamon, sweetness of sugar, slight caramel flavor of brown sugar, and a touch nutty with pecan edges. The texture is slightly crunchy. They can be crunchier or crispy if baked a little longer.
These are slice and bake cookies. Make the dough one day and then slice it up and bake it the next. It’s a simple sugar cookie dough with added cinnamon. It is shaped into a log and rolled in chopped pecans. You could substitute your favorite nut for the pecans. Yet cinnamon and pecans seem such a natural combo to me. It is probably because of the spiced pecans I make every year during the holidays.
Do you enjoy the flavor of cinnamon? And cookies too? Be sure to scroll down to see the list of recipes by Creative Cookie Exchange bakers. Each recipe is a click away. Oh, and since I’m thinking of cinnamon toast now – what kind of bread do you use to make yours? White bread is classic and what I remember from long ago. I wonder which one I’d prefer these days. Hmmm….
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
Whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat until dry ingredients are just moistened and combined.
Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Shape dough into a 12-inch log. Roll log in nuts to coat. Wrap in parchment paper and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cut log into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices at least 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn brown.
Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
Prep time stated does not include time for chilling dough.
Recipe adapted from one in the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookies and Candies booklet published in 1986 (no longer in print).
The Creative Cookie Exchange theme this month is Cinnamon. Are we the only ones who start craving cinnamon when the weather gets colder? We can’t be! And we are talking anything sold under the word cinnamon–cassia, “true Cinnamon”, Ceylon Cinnamon, Vietnamese Cinnamon – if it is sold as cinnamon it is what we want! Check out all of our cinnamon cookies below! Hint: A lot of them could be used for your holiday cookie table!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Browned Butter Snickerdoodles by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Cinnamon Chocolate Star Cookies by Baking Yummies
- Cinnamon Crunch Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Cinnamon Dusted Orange Icebox Cookies by The Spiced Life
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Glaze by Our Good Life
- Cinnamon Pecan Elephant Ears by Noshing With The Nolands
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies by A Baker’s House
- Cinnamon Sugar Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Cinnamon Waffle Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Cinnamon Walnut Icebox Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Cookies by Food Lust People Love
- Polvorones by Oven Delights
- Speculoos (Dutch Windmill Cookies) by Upstate Ramblings