Cinnamon Cookies Rolled in Brown Sugar

On the spur of the moment (like six o’clock at night) I decided I needed to bake something sweet.  Something with cinnamon and brown sugar kind of sweet.  While a lot of ideas came to mind, many would take far more time and energy than I wanted to expend so I came up with the perfect solution – cinnamon cookies rolled in brown sugar – yes! score! win!

These cookies are quite popular  in our home right now, and I’m sure if you make a batch, they will be just as popular in yours as well.

Cinnamon Cookies Rolled in Brown Sugar (Recipe adapted from themondaybox.com)

1/2 c. vegetable shortening

1/2 c. margarine

1 egg

1 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 c. brown sugar (set aside)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream shortening, margarine, egg, and granulated sugar together.  Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.  Mix in flour one cup at a time until thoroughly combined.  Roll dough into 1” balls – here is a tip, if you want fat cookies roll 2” balls, roll each ball in brown sugar, place on prepared baking sheet, and press dough down with a fork leaving crisscross marks on the top of each cookie.  For 1” balls, bake about 8 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden color.  If baking 2” balls, bake about 10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool slightly before moving them.   Makes about 2 dozen cookies if rolling dough into 1” balls and makes about 1 dozen cookies if rolling dough into into 2”balls.

Have you tried any new cookie recipes lately?  If so, let’s hear about them!

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Brown Sugar & Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

 

The other night I had that urge to bake something. Baking isn’t the hard part for me. Trying to narrow down what it is I’m craving, if I can find a fairly simple recipe, and if I have all the ingredients I need to make it is a bit more tricky.  As I got out my cookbooks and leafed through the pages one thought came to mind as my eyes landed on a recipe for Easy Coffee Cake. When was the last time I had coffee cake?
 
The recipe I discovered met my criteria. Simple, I had all the ingredients, and it would satisfy my craving with a little fine tuning.

The recipe is as follows:

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 1/3 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. shortening
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
1 tbls.  pumpkin pie spice (my adaptation)

Blend all these ingredients together and pour into a greased baking pan. The recipe didn’t specify what size pan to use so I used one approximately 9×7 in size.

 In a separate bowl mix the following ingredients until crumbly:
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. flour
3 tbls. margarine
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (my adaptation)

Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the cake mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

The cake was delicious. The pumpkin pie spice really paired well with the brown sugar, and of course a cup of coffee. I was extremely happy with the texture and flavor, and it put smiles on the faces of those I shared my treat with!

 
 
This post  can also be found on my other blog http://thejoyofcaking.blogspot.com