Monday, January 13, 2014

Soft-baked snickerdoodles (and a Ceylon cinnamon giveaway!)

  
I have a confession to make.... before this, I had never made snickerdoodles before. Also, I can't really remember ever eating one either (gasp!). I mean, I'm sure I did as a kid or at some point, but I have no recollection of this. As a food blogger, I've been feeling like this is a large oversight on my part that needed to be rectified. Recently, I was given a bottle of Ceylon cinnamon from Flavor of the Earth and I knew it was time for snickerdoodles to enter my life! What better way is there to showcase cinnamon than these classic cinnamon cookies? I can't believe it took me so long, but I'm glad I've finally tried these - they are such a simple yet delicious cookie! Below is my recipe that is adapted from How Sweet It Is and it will make about two dozen cookies. 

  
Have you tried Ceylon cinnamon before? Did you even know that most cinnamon we buy (Cassia) is not really cinnamon?? Here's a bit more information I received from the company: 

Flavor Of The Earth provides Ceylon Cinnamon exclusively via Amazon.  We bring in fresh Ceylon Cinnamon bark from Sri Lanka.  Then in very small batches, we fresh grind the bark into Cinnamon Powder and immediately pack it into flavor pouches to capture the full freshness and health benefits.  And our Ceylon Cinnamon has 1,250 times LESS Coumarin than cassia cinnamon which makes it the safest Cinnamon for consumption. Our Ceylon Cinnamon is also a great source of Manganese, Fiber, Calcium and Iron.  It’s also salt free and no chemicals, pesticides, fertilizer, additives or preservatives are used in growing or harvesting it. Read more about it here.

I was very happy with this cinnamon. It has the aroma of cinnamon candies or fireballs, but a mild and sweeter taste than Cassia. I've used it to make other things like roasted acorn squash, oatmeal, and Mexican brownies -- they've all been delicious! You can read more about the taste differences here.

Flavor of the Earth has been kind enough to offer a free 4-oz. bottle (as in the photo above) to two lucky readers. All you have to do is follow the instructions below for your chance to try some Ceylon cinnamon. You can also purchase it here


Soft-baked snickerdoodles
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and 3/4 cup sugar using a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well-combined.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the milk until the dough comes together.

Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a shallow bowl.

Roll the dough into balls about 1 tablespoon at a time. Place in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and press down to flatten slightly and to help it stick. Place on the baking sheets (cinnamon-sugar side up), about 1-inch apart. Repeat until all the dough is used.

Bake for about 9-11 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for about 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


How to enter the Ceylon Cinnamon Giveaway!
1) Comment on this post (really, it's that easy).
2) Like Savory Moment's Facebook page and leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you've done so (if you already like my Facebook page, leave a separate comment on this post stating that).
3) Follow Savory Moment's on Pinterest and leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you've done so (if you already follow me on Pinterest, leave a separate comment on this post stating that).
4) Share this post on Facebook and leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you've done so.

Remember to leave a separate comment on this post for each so you are entered multiple times. This giveaway will close on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern. I will announce the winners on Monday, January 20, 2014 and then Flavor of the Earth will mail the Ceylon cinnamon shortly thereafter. The giveaway is open only to those with a U.S. mailing address.

Disclosure: Flavor of the Earth provided me with the Ceylon cinnamon; however, all opinions are my own. 

33 comments:

  1. Oh Ceylon! I'm a sucker for real cinnamon. ♥ These look marvelous!

    Annie

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  2. I already follow you on Facebook

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  3. Already following on Pinterest too!

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  4. these look so delicious! what a great giveaway too...thanks :)

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  5. Love snickerdoodles and love, love ciunnamon, use it also in lots of my savory dishes

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  6. Now I'm craving some snickerdoodles! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I follow you on Facebook as well!

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  8. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! So glad you enjoyed them and finally tried them! They are a classic!

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  9. I bet those cookies smelled amazing while they baked! There's nothing like high quality cinnamon. I feel like it makes such a big difference!

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  10. Hi, Amy! These soft cookies look super delish... They would make a great night snack!

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  11. Hey lovey! So I follow you on Facebook and...

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  12. I love snickerdoodles and these look wonderful! Yum, what a great use of that fabulous cinnamon!

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  13. I love cinnamon!

    fuitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

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  14. Your cinnamon snikerdoodles really do look so good!

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  15. Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite!!! I'm so glad you finally tried them!

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  16. It must be something about these winter months...but all I want to do lately is bake! These are going on the list. YUM!

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  17. Dear Amy, Looks good and comforting with a cup of coffee or tea. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  18. Snickerdoodles are wonderful, aren't they? I don't know anyone who doesn't like them! Yours look terrific - thanks.

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  19. Hi Amy, interesting recipe but it sure look addictive. Great to go with tea or coffee. Thanks for the ceylon cinnamon info.

    Have a great week ahead.

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  20. I have no idea what a snickerdoodle is or tastes like, but they sure look good!

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  21. Yummy! You can't go wrong with a fresh baked snickerdoodle! :)

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  22. These look so good, the brownies were very yummy also. Haha yay I think I did it right this time :-)

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  23. Ok your page is liked, has been for a bit lol

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  24. liked and shared..can't wait to try this recipe!

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  25. and followed on Pintrest

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  26. I have never tried any cinnamon except the major brands at the grocery store. Might have to order some of this. Cookies look delicious!

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