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Ceylon Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ceylon cinnamon chocolate chip cookies recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Making cookies is about making tough decisions. What flavors, how thick, how crispy, how moist? There is no perfect cookie recipe because no one can agree on one.

I'm still searching for my perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I hope I never find it. It drives me to keep experimenting with new recipes, and basically eating a lot more cookies.

What I have found is that the older I get, the more 'stuff' I want in my chocolate chip cookies. Oats, almonds, cinnamon...they are starting to look like breakfast bars. I like that. Gives me an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast.

the best recipe for cinnamon cookies!

In this recipe, I grounded up pieces of Ceylon cinnamon - or 'true cinnamon'. The ground cinnamon you buy off the grocery store shelf is actually cassia, which has a much more pungent taste that makes all of your desserts start to taste the same - like your eating different forms of Cinnabons.

Ceylon cinnamon has a sweet, delicate flavor perfect for cookies and cakes, where you want the cinnamon to play a supporting role, and not dominate the recipe.

what is ceylon cinnamon?

One ingredient rarely tampered with in chocolate chip cookie recipes is the egg. Almost every recipe calls for one egg. It's automatic. But what does that egg do?

As a whole, an egg 'glues', emulsifies, the cookie together, and gives it a thicker, cake-like texture. When separated, the effects are much different. Egg whites create the cake-like texture and dry the cookie out, whereas the egg yolk is the real glue, and gives the cookie a richer taste and color, and a crispier texture.

I prefer a less sweet, but rich flavored cookie, so for this recipe, I cut down the sugar and  added an egg yolk.

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The resulting taste was just what I was looking for - a good balance between the chocolate, oats, almonds, and cinnamon, and the additional egg yolk gave it that extra richness. However, the cookies were slightly crispier than I wanted.

Another perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe - just flawed enough to get me back in the kitchen to make more cookies!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies by SeasonWithSpice.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cinnamon, Oats, and Almonds 
by Season with Spice

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of ground Ceylon cinnamon (if you use ground cassia, only add 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cup of raw sugar or brown sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 whole egg & 1 egg yolk (or just one egg for a more cake-like texture)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats
1 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of chopped almonds
No salt (Why add more when it's already in many of the other ingredients?)

The process:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a mortar, grind the Ceylon cinnamon pieces into a fine powder, and then transfer to a bowl and mix with flour and baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the softened butter and sugar, then mix in the vanilla and egg yolks, then mix in the dry ingredients from the other bowl.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips, oats, and almonds.
5. In whatever size you like, place each clump of dough onto a cookie sheet, at least a couple of inches apart.  Bake until they look absolutely delicious (around 10-12 minutes).

cookies made with real ceylon cinnamon


Tamara said...

These cookies look great! I didn't know we actually buy "fake" cinnamon until I read it on your site. I'm sure these taste great, with the "real" cinnamon. You're so lucky you found it, here in my country there's no such thing.
As far as chocolate chip cookies are concerned, have you heard of that famous New York Times recipe for these?

Plateful said...

Oh wow, this looks like a keeper. I love the flavor of cinnamon in dishes, especially in bakes. These cookies look too crunchy, munchy and addictive - just the way I love it, ahh! It was interesting to read that bit on the egg - thanks for the info.

Btw, thanks a lot for the badge. I'm planning to do an announcement on my next post, this week's been too crazy so far.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking cookies looks wonderful

SeasonWithSpice said...

Thanks Tamara. I just read the article now - "Quest for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie". I've never tried chilling the dough overnight before, so will definitely try that next time.

Too bad there is no Ceylon cinnamon in Croatia. We really do need to reopen the Spice Route, especially for the bakers of Croatia.

SeasonWithSpice said...

Thank you Nashi! Can't wait to see a Kerala cookie recipe full of spices...

Maja said...

Mark, amazing cookies! I'm looking for the perfect cookie recipe, and I also hope that I never find it :) That's the fun with the cookies, you can mix and experiment and be creative as you want :)
Oh, you're so lucky to find the "real" cinnamon! Until recently, i thought we already have real cinnamon, not cassia! So, now I want to taste so bad the real cinnamon!! What are you doing to me?!? :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! Looks yumm! A perfectly baked cookie, I'm going to try this very soon.

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