Cinna-Bum Cookies

Date November 28, 2012

If you’re 40 or younger, go do something youthful for a minute. I need to talk to women nibbling at mid-life and beyond. Seriously. Go away for a minute. I’ll call you back when we’re ready for you.

Now that the girls are gone,  I want to ask the rest of you something. Do you ever stop in the middle of the day for no reason at all and say to yourself, “I can’t believe I’m 45 or 48 or 52 or 55″? Now, if you’ve ever done that, did you then have the follow-up realization that when your mom was the age you are now you thought she was sooooo old? Or is it just me? You’re right. Probably just me. Mid-life contemplation can be so exhausting.

I should probably have the girls rejoin us so they don’t start thinking we’re talking about them. But really, aren’t they adorable? I could just hug them to pieces.

Okay girls, you can come back. We missed you.

And don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. I was just having a moment. You’ll understand. One day about 35 years from now.

I’m coming up on my 56th birthday in a couple weeks and recently I was lamenting this upcoming passage on the phone with my older by seven years sister. Her empathetic compassionate response was, and let me refer to my notes for the sake of accuracy, “Oh please. Get over it. Come talk to me in seven years about what old is.” Big sisters. They’re always there when you need them . . . to slap a much needed bucket of cold water in your face.

But she was right as she usually is 49% of the time (which leaves 51% of the time for you know who) because it’s all about perspective. To someone in their seventies or eighties I’m a young thing and your average ninety-four year old would card me before pouring me a glass of wine. If I drank wine which I don’t because I prefer chewing calories over sipping them. Chewing calories in something like, oooooh let’s say, a Cinna-bum Cookie. Cinna-bum because if you eat enough of them they go right to your . . . I leave you to finish the sentence.

The way my brain is flowing this afternoon must be deeply concerning to you. I’m a little troubled myself.

Anyway, what I started to say three U-turns in thought ago was that while I’m not soooo old, I am old enough to remember when children rode standing in the front seat of the family car with their noses pressed against the front windshield and not a seat belt in sight. I am old enough to remember rabbit ears instead of satellite dishes and the day’s television programming concluding at midnight. And yes, I am old enough to remember saying “Man, that’s groovy!” and meaning it. And please note for the permanent record, I would still take groovy any day over awesomeballs. Really?! You kids nowadays wouldn’t know hip, slick, and cool if it sucker-punched you from the back side. And in case you’re wondering, I’m about to tie this all together. I know you don’t believe me but wait for it . . .

Aaaaaaand I am old enough to remember when the only baking chip that existed were semi-sweet chocolate chips. Ba-dum ching! That was it. That was the destination I was heading for all along. Ridiculous you say? Well fine, then let’s see you write an interesting post leading into a cookie recipe. Whatever.

FocusFocusFocus.

So here are some of the baking chip flavors that are currently in the lower bin of my freezer….semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate mint chips, cappuccino chips, peppermint chips, raspberry chips, lemon chips, and cinnamon chips. Most of them came from local grocery stores but a few, like the cappuccino, lemon, and raspberry chips were ordered online. I am the consummate chip collector. Everyone needs a hobby.

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When making drop cookies I add the chips in whole like most normal people but in cut and roll cookies, I de-chip them. De-chip is a technical term defined as “the action of pouring baking chips into a food processor and grinding into a finely chopped consistency being sure to use pulse control so as not to risk melting the chips from the heat of a continually rotating blade.” I provided the definition for you here since de-chip has yet to find itself into most popular dictionaries. Trust me. One day. You heard it here first.

Anyway, I prefer grinding the chips for my cut and roll cookies for a few reasons which I will list now even though you’ve already grown weary of my rambling and are off doing your second load of laundry or checking to see what’s on Bravo.

Grinding baking chips (or any large pieces of chocolate) :

  • Keeps a clean line around the cut shape of the cookie and a smooth surface for decorating
  • Prevents creating weak areas in the cookie that can easily cause the cookie to crack or break
  • Adds additional moisture to the texture and richness to the overall taste
  • Distributes the flavor evening through every bite of the cookie

In coming recipes you’ll see that I use baking chips on and off and since they can be frozen and last indefinitely without any noticeable loss of flavor, I’ll buy several bags at a time when they’re on sale. I say several bags but I think you know me well enough at this point to know that several covers any number between 2 and 50. I leave you to ponder the size of my freezer. And just to mention the obvious, holidays are a great time to look for chips, not only because grocery stores often special deals on baking ingredients but there are occasionally seasonal flavors and colors available.

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The good news is cinnamon-flavored chips are available year round so you can make Cinnabum Cookies anytime though they seem perfect for fall and winter to me. Can you make CinnaBum Cookies by replacing the baking chips with ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil? The short answer is no. The longer answer is nope. Not in my world anyway. Warm yeasty cinnamon rolls hook your nose with the fragrance of cinnamon but when you bite into them the spicy cinnamon balances with the sweet buttery dough and cream cheese in the icing. When using ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil only it’s easy to end up with a burst of cinnamon flavor that overrides everything else and so I prefer the mellowness of the cinnamon-flavor in the chips for this recipe. Sorry. It seems I just had a Food Network taste description melt-down. They can come on me suddenly and without warning. When I start talking about flavor profiles or back notes of flavor, grab a chair because I’ll be awhile.

FocusFocusFocus.

This is one of those cookies I’m going to argue tastes soooo much better decorated with corn syrup glaze than it does with royal icing simply because glaze is crazy sweet just like cinnamon frosting. And here’s some totally groovy news. . . LorAnn Oils just released a new Cream Cheese Emulsion! My bottle is being shipped even as I write and you’re folding your clean laundry. Get yourself some and add a dash of that to the dough or your icing and this cookie is going to be awesomeballs! I will not say it. I simply won’t.

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Cinna-Bum Cookies


Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup de-chipped cinnamon baking chips
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or Butter-Vanilla Emulsion
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Roll Flavor (optional if you’ve got it, not necessary if you don’t)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 – 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
…..Preheat oven to 360 degrees.

1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground cinnamon baking chips in a bowl. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugars together.
3. Add in the eggs and beat until well-blended.
4. Add in the extract, and emulsions (optional) beating until well-blended.
5. Add in the dry ingredients one cup at a time until the dough is fully incorporated.
6. Roll out the dough on a lightly-floured surface to the desired thickness. Place the cut cookies onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet and bake on the center rack of the oven for 8-12 minutes. Baking time will be determined by the thickness and overall dimension of cookies.
7. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet before moving to cooling rack.

 

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Whew. All that for one cookie recipe.

I just bet you’re wondering how many cups of coffee I’ve had today or if I’m simply manic.

The answers are three and no.

I think.

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29 Responses to “Cinna-Bum Cookies”

  1. Melissa {thebakedequ said:

    You can't see me but I am pretty sure I am dancing right about now! I got one of these coveted cookies at cookiecon and I have been dreaming about it ever since. Does that give a whole new definition of cookie think!

  2. Hayley said:

    gimme gimme gimeeeeeeeeeeeee!! THEY LOOK SO STINKIN' GOOD!!!! You're the cookie recipe queeeen! <3<3

  3. Paula said:

    De-Chipping! Love it and love your reasons for it. Makes perfect sense.

    I remember too when semi-sweet chocolate chips were the only baking chips you could buy, just as I remember playing outside with my friends and getting a drink of water straight from a garden hose! Oh…and Elephant Pants!!! OMG:)

    In case I miss your birthday…all the best for a wonderful day and a fabulous year!

    Another wonderful cookie recipe.

  4. kaholly said:

    Brilliant cookie idea!! Your post, however, has caused me to have a wicked hot flash……I try not to think about my age and just pretend I'm not getting older. I have just a couple of years on you….excuse me – I have to step out the door for some cool air!

  5. kaholly said:

    P.S. Happy Birthday!

  6. Donna B. said:

    Those look and sound awesome! I can almost taste them and envy those who HAVE!! (speaking to Melissa, thebakedequation). I will have to try them! Hope I can find time.

    Happy early Birthday, Anita…I must be the same age as your sister. I learned from the Dr. today that I wore out my knees…..but I've had fun doing it…..naw….you aren't "old" yet! LOL Blessings, Donna B.

  7. Margaret Flint Suter said:

    Thanks so much for the laughs! I have the same conversations with myself all the time! Love your baking tips, recipes and photos. Done flung a craving on me for cinnamon…anything!! BTW, I am 57,so to me, you are still "a kid."

  8. Kim (Barefoot n Baki said:

    So after reading this post I immediately put on my shoes and coat, grabbed my handbag and keys, and headed to the grocery store….I'm not sure why because the stores here haven't carried cinnamon chips in at least 10 years, but I went anyway. Low and behold, what was sitting on the shelf at the market?! Bags and bags, beautiful bags of cinnamon chips!!! It was meant to me and I WILL be making these tomorrow. I just love reading your blog Anita and I wish you the happiest of birthdays!!

  9. MaryKay said:

    THIS is the cookie I tasted at CookieCon and I loved it!! I was hoping you would post the recipe. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have the best birthday ever!!!

  10. Jill FCS said:

    So … I wake up from a hot flash, wide awake, turn on my PC, make a pot of coffee, wash up, check my email, organize my workload for the day, sign on to FB, see your post, decide to “treat” myself to reading it after I finish a work order, all I can think about is your post, start the work order, flip back to your post (because I can only think about one thing at a time anymore), read it, chuckle, search for LorAnn emulsions, remember that I was in the middle of a work order, go back to the work order all the while thinking I have to run to the store today and see if they have cinnamon baking chips … suddenly remember that it is only 3:00 am … FOCUS-FOCUS-FOCUS! Then I see something sparkly and …

  11. Michelle said:

    Oh my goodness did your post ring true with me today ! And as usual I LAUGHED!!!!!! Not sure which I love most now – your recipes or your musings!

  12. Nancy Paine said:

    Anita,

    Once again, you are hilarious! And I also remember the things you talk about, being in my early 50's. I would never go back to the TV channels(all 4 of them, if you count PBS!) all going off the air around midnight, even though I am not a night-owl. And rabbit ears- along with static on the TV screen. LOL. I do feel old, I will shut up now!

  13. anita said:

    Jill, my life in a nutshell! Love it!

  14. anita said:

    Kim, Waahoooo, you scored! I hope you love the cookies! I mean…they're cookies after all so how bad could they possibly be? :)

  15. Nicky H said:

    Wow! That post was an emotional rollercoaster!

    PS I'm 38 (woops, I just typed 36 at first!) and remember rabbit ears and two kinds of chocolate chips, but not "Groovy" except in Brady Bunch reruns. ;)

    Those cookies look amazing and I would have never thought of dechipping cookies. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Laurie said:

    I was lucky enough to get one of these at CookieCon and I fell in love! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting this recipe Anita!! We will definitely be enjoying these SOON! ♥

  17. Corrie said:

    I'm so excited to try this recipe! I'm in a small town in the middle of nowhere and went shopping all day in the great metropolis of Casper WY … could not find cinnamon chips ANYWHERE… then I get all the way back home and had to run quick to our little crappy grocery store in town here, and lo and behold- cinnamon chips were there!!! YAY!! THANK YOU for sharing what looks to be a new favorite recipe!!

  18. Tammy said:

    Just wondering if you make a special glaze for this with the cream cheese emulsion, which I plan to do as soon as it arrvies. Just ordered and can't hardly wait to try this. I too always use the glaze for my cookies-tastes so wonderful!

  19. Morgan said:

    I am making this recipe YET again and every time I am just amazed at how wonderfully delicious these cookies are…THANK you for sharing :)

  20. Sweetsugarbelle said:

    Sometimes I dream of these!

  21. Kim R said:

    Haha Callye!!! I do have to agree though… These cookies bring back SUCH good memories!!!

  22. Nicola M. said:

    Just saw this on Facebook…and I want your mug. Where did you get it? XD

  23. SWEETHOPE said:

    Nicola, I bought them about 4-5 years ago at Crate and Barrel for Valentine's Day. Doubt they're still carrying them :(

  24. kirsten said:

    I'm late to the discussion here but I was just mixing these to use as the cookie for Sweet Sugar Belles pumpkin pie slices and I was wondering if the cinnamon chips were measured pre or post de-chipping. I measured post but that is a lot more than one cup pre de-chipped.

  25. SWEETHOPE said:

    Kirsten,The recipe reads “1 cup de-chipped (ground) cinnamon chips”, which means to measure them AFTER you have already ground them. If you were to measure the 1 cup BEFORE de-chipping them, it would have read “I cup cinnamon chips, de-chipped.” I know that’s something that was always a little confusing to me when reading recipes as well so I’m glad you asked since you would have ended up with too much of the cinnamon candy in your cookies which would taste great but probably cause the cookies to spread.

  26. Agos said:

    Love them! I was still wondering what to do with the cinnamon chips I bought abroad, this seems like the perfect recipe to let them shine :)

  27. Dawn said:

    I wonder…could I leave the chips as is and do these as drop cookies?

  28. SWEETHOPE said:

    Dawn,My dough recipes aren't meant as a drop cookie and will pretty much just bake as you “drop” them on the cookie sheet. These chips would taste great in any chocolate cookie recipe by just replacing the chocolate with the cinnamon.

  29. Dawn said:

    Thanks!!

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