During this past week, while talking with my co-worker, I came to a realization, I am a cookie girl! Sadly it is true, I love cookies! I love to eat cookies, I love to pin recipes of cookies, and I love to bake cookies. Basically cookies are my weakness and a dessert I have to try my best to limit or pass up.
When Holidays or special events roll around however I allow myself to have one or two or okay ten. Really, I need to work on it and I will, you know maybe tomorrow. Today however, I set aside time and calories to bake cookies for Valentine’s day. I know it is weeks away, yet it seemed like the perfect day to test a new recipe.
Whenever I think of Valentine’s day I think of cinnamon, and its powerful aroma. As a child the candy I loved at Valentine’s day was of the cinnamon variety. What better way to bring back memories of my younger days than to make a cinnamon flavored cookie. With the help of the Peppermint Meltaways from Taste of Home I am successfully tested the Hot Cinnamon Meltaways!
This recipe is one of my new favorites, coming in only seconded to the recipe from which it was derived. Honestly, this recipe is simple and requires only a few ingredients, must which can be found in your pantry. The only ingredient I had to make a special trip to the store for was the cinnamon extract. Thankfully I already had flour, confections sugar, cornstarch, and milk.
Begin by creaming butter and confectioners’ sugar until it is light and fluffy. My tip is to make sure your butter is actually soft. Once upon a time I used frozen butter. All I can say is bad idea.
Next beat in the extract. This recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoons. However I would suggest trying a little more extract. While measuring the extract it splashed into the bowl before I could measure it. Not knowing how strong it would be I simply used what splashed into the bowl. This could be part of why I didn’t find it to be strong enough for my liking.
Mix together the flour and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Slowly beat into creamed mixture until it is smooth. Please note the mixture will look lumpy at first, but just continue mixing it until it is creamy. Once the mixture is the desired texture cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven and shape the dough. As this cookie recipe is for Valentine’s Day I decided to make some heart shaped cookies. Since this was a test though I also shaped the cookies into 1 inch rounds.
Bake the cookies on the center rack for 9 to 11 minutes. Just don’t be like me and forget about them. They didn’t burn, they were just a little more crispy than I they should have been. Once cooked place them on a wire rack to cool.
Once the cookies have cooled prepare the frosting mixture. Beat together milk and butter. Next add the cinnamon extract, food coloring, and confectioners’ sugar. Mix until it is the desired consistency and color.
Finally frost the cookies. I used red hots and sprinkles to give each one a different look and taste. Personally in the future I would prefer to use the red hots.
The last step for me was to find taste testers! Luckily my mom, my step-dad, uncle, and step-grandparents came over for dinner tonight. These cookies seemed to be a hit! Wally, my step-grandpa devoured them. Seriously he could not stop eating!