So far this weekend, I've watched Mistletoe over Manhattan and Eloise at Christmastime on the Hallmark Channel. It's been wonderful having the Christmas movies on over the past few weekends. It really helps to put me in the spirit. When I think of the Christmas spirit, I think of Christmas baking and all of the excitement that entails: the planning, the packaging, the giving, and the consumption.
Every time I go into a store, I have to hit the seasonal aisles. I've already purchased more Christmas cupcake holders and picks than I can ever use. My best find, to date, was at Big Lot's. I got a large gingerbread man-shaped cookie container that has dividers so you can carry different types of cookies. I can't wait to use it!!
I've got a lot of Christmas cookies planned over the next few weeks. But, I thought I would go ahead and make a batch specifically for Christmas movie viewing. The recipe is from Taste of Home's Best Loved Cookies and Bars, copyright 2007.
Iced Cinnamon Chip Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 package (10-oz.) cinnamon baking chips
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4. c. shortening
1-1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp. milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in cinnamon chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a small mixing bowl, combine icing ingredients; beat on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy. Spread over cookies. Yield: 46 cookies.
I searched for a long time, years even, to find cinnamon chips. They're just not common in this area (Georgia). In fact, for a while, I even questioned their very existence. But, I got lucky recently and found them at Kroger.
This recipe made exactly four dozen cookies. Unfortunately, the icing recipe was not enough for four dozen cookies. And, I don't think I was being overly generous with the icing, do you? I think it would have iced maybe three dozen. So, my suggestion is that you make extra icing or sandwich some of the cookies together like I did when I saw I was running low.
It's a cinnamon roll; it's a cookie.
It's a little of both.