Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cinnamon toast cookies
When I was younger, one of my favorite snacks was cinnamon toast. Nothing really beats warm toast, but the addition of spicy cinnamon with a touch of sweetness elevated something plain to an incredibly satisfying treat. I recently picked up a great cookbook called Baking Style which introduces each recipe with a story as to how it relates to family, why it is important, and the events that seem to surround each delicious baked good. After making a simple sugar dough from one of the cookbook's recipes I figured the best way to spark a little nostalgia would be to turn the plain, yet satisfying cookie into my favorite childhood treat. While I did prefer the pre-mixed version of cinnamon sugar back then, I made the cookie a little more gourmet by mixing the two ingredients together on my own (if that even constitutes being gourmet). After freezing the dough over night, I simply sliced the log into thin circles, sprinkled them with the sugar mixture and baked according to the recipe. The aroma in the kitchen smelled exactly like the cinnamon toast I remembered and my little twist on the cookbook's recipe made the finished cookie feel even more homey.