Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies

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You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Tried These Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies! Keep reading to discover an easy cinnamon cookie recipe that yields the most delicious holiday treats with tender, chewy centers and crisp, crinkled edges.

These cinnamon crinkle cookies are a total crowd-pleaser and a Christmas classic for good reason – they have the perfect balance of cinnamon spice and vanilla sweetness. And rolling them in cinnamon sugar gives these spiced cookies an iconic crackled look that delights both kids and adults.

In just 3 easy steps, you can have a batch of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies ready for Santa:

  1. Blend butter, sugar and spices for the ultimate cookie base
  2. Shape dough into balls and coat in cinnamon-sugar mixture
  3. Bake until lightly browned (about 12 minutes)

The results? Heavenly soft cookies with crispy crinkled edges and rich cinnamon flavor in every bite. Even better, this easy dough also freezes well so you can get a headstart on holiday baking!

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These Cinnamon Crinkles Have Been a Christmas Tradition for Generations!

Cinnamon crinkle cookies have been gracing Christmas cookie trays for generations, and it’s no wonder why. With their festive flavors and decorative cracks and crinkles, these spiced treats embody the very spirit of the holidays.

As soon as you pull a tray of these spicy-sweet crinkles from the oven, your home will fill with the nostalgic scents of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s a foolproof way to get everyone into the holiday spirit!

So what are you waiting for? Keep reading for the classic cinnamon crinkle cookie recipe your family will request year after year!

Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies Recipe:

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 21⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar for rolling
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon for rolling
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients until a soft dough forms.
  4. In a small, shallow bowl, stir together 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar and 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Roll heaping tablespoon-sized balls of dough into the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned but still soft in the center.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Pro Tips:
  • Chilling dough for 30 mins makes shaping easier
  • Freeze baked cookies up to 3 months for easy holiday baking

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