A small addition to my original cookie recipe makes a big impact. These cinnamon chocolate chip cookies are a spicy twist on a classic!
I can never get enough cookies and neither can my kids. They love when I make cookie dough because I make 3 or 4 batches at a time.
I do this because I hate washing my mixer so I make a few recipes at one time, store them in the fridge, and I only have to clean up once.
I haven’t made cookies since we moved this summer so when I made these Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies last week the kids were super excited.
It means there is cookie dough to be eaten!!
Cue the walking by and grabbing a square and eating it right cold and right out of the fridge.
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When I make cookies I store the dough in silicon ice cube trays. You might be thinking why do I do that? The reason is that when I make cookies, I use my original dough base to start.
After years of getting it wrong and finally getting the dough exactly how I like it, I have to make sacrifices. One is that I don’t bake my cookies right after I make the dough.
This bums my kids out because it means they have to wait but they know the wait is worth it.
See, the base dough is made with melted butter which equates to a loose or runny dough when it is all mixed. I can’t bake the cookies at this point or they will all turn into flat pancakes because they spread when they cook.
The cookie dough needs time to rest and firm up a bit which means a long nap in the fridge. Have you ever tried to scoop out a 1-inch ball of cold hard dough out of a large batch? Many spoons have given their lives to this scenario.
To avoid this I pour my loose dough into silicon ice cube trays right after I mix it. I wrap the trays in plastic wrap and then store in the fridge. The next day I can pop out a square of dough and pop it in the oven.
I can bake 1 cookie or a whole batch, it is up to me!
This also makes it easy for the kids to grab a square or two of the fridge and eat it on the run.
I can also pop them all out and store the dough squares in the freezer for a few months and wash my ice cube trays for something else. If you are planning on using this technique, please make sure you spray the ice cube trays with non-stick spray.
From all angles!! If you don’t the dough will not pop out in a nice square and you will be digging it out with your fingers.
Another upside of this is: the cookies are all the same size. This means they will all cook evenly!
Cookie making, portioning, and eating made easy.
What are you favorite cookie variations?
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- 1 cup butter (melted)
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
- In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (hand mixer is okay but mine struggles toward the end), add butter and sugar.
- Mix together until they form a loose paste.
- Add egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
- Mix just until incorporated.
- In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients minus the chips.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar bowl and stir until incorporated. Do not over-mix or the cookies will be tough.
- Add the chips and mix just until they are spread evenly throughout. Sometimes I do this step by hand.
- The dough will be runny at this point because of the melted butter. If you were to bake these now they will turn into flat, crunchy cookies, so I chill the dough overnight*.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- When ready to prepare, portion into 1 1/2 inch balls and bake on preheated, parchment lined baking sheet for 11 minutes or until edges start to brown.
- Pull the cookies out of the oven and let them remain on the sheet for another 10 minutes.
- Remove to cooling rack until ready to eat or store in an airtight container.
- The cookies will keep at room temperature for 4 days.
- The dough will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month or in the freezer for 3 months.
*The dough will need to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight!*
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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