Mexican Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Mexican Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Mexican Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Now that all the Valentine’s Day candy and goodies have been consumed, and I’ve done enough exercise to work off the extra pounds I gained, I can turn my attention back to baking up some more treats.

It’s pretty chilly outside this morning, so I’m cranking up the heat with these Mexican Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies. I love a cookie with a kick, and that’s exactly what these spicy, chocolaty gems are. These cookies have a delightfully crisp exterior, and a moist and chewy center. When you bite into the cookie, you first experience the chocolate and cinnamon flavors mingling and dancing on your tongue, but as you continue to chew, you begin to taste a bit of heat from the cayenne and cinnamon spices.

If you are planning to share these with the kids, or if you want a cookie with a little less heat, you can certainly adjust the amount of cayenne pepper you mix into the cookie dough; lowering the amount by half or more, to mellow them out a bit.

~Enjoy~
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Mexican Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (10 ounce) package Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with baking spray, or line with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, and beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. Fold in the cinnamon chips.

Form the dough into 1 inch balls. Place approximately 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until cookies are just set. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

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Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

I woke up this morning to discover that it was 10 degrees below zero outside. Yesterday our high temperature never got above zero degrees, and it appears today is going to be a very similar day.

On days like this, one of my favorite ways to heat up my kitchen is by baking. Since today is a holiday and I have the day off from work, I decided to bake a breakfast treat for my family – a Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping.

I just love a nice, warm piece of coffee cake alongside a piping hot cup of coffee – especially when the coffee cake has a crisp, streusel topping, like this one does. I also added a cup of applesauce to the batter, which makes the coffee cake really moist and helps lower the fat content. That means I can have more than one piece, right?? 🙂

~Enjoy~




Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cinnamon chips

Topping
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Beat at low speed until blended. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Fold in cinnamon chips. Spread batter in prepared baking pan.

For topping, stir together sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

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