Friday, November 11, 2011

Cinnamon Snaps

In August, we went to Belgium and I tasted, among other wonderful things, the wonders of a cookie called Speculoos:

I'm typically a chewy cookie kind of girl, but these cinnamony wonders were crispy and had me with one bite.  I've since learned that there is a Speculoos spread!  It's as if Nutella is introducing me to its long-lost cousin!!  But back to the cookie . . . I wasn't wasn't thinking of Speculoos when I made these cinnamon snaps, but they ended up being pretty darn close!  So, of course, I loved them.  They are light, just spicy enough, snappy and addictive.  The perfect holiday cookie.  I baked one roll and kept the other in the freezer for a last-minute sweet treat with unexpected company.

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • extra sugar and ground cinnamon for coating

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Set aside. 

Beat the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the honey, egg, and vanilla extract and beat for another minute on medium until well incorporated.  Be sure to pause halfway through to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Slowly mix in the dry ingredients and mix until they are incorporated into the dough and the dough is smooth.
Lightly flour a work surface and divide the dough into two equal parts. Lightly roll them out into logs about 2-inches in diameter. Place them on pieces of plastic wrap and wrap them up and carefully smooth the logs out. Place in the freezer and chill at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.  
Preheat the oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside a small bowl and add some cinnamon and sugar in whatever proportions you enjoy best (I find 1/4 cup of sugar to a teaspoon of cinnamon is perfect for me, but taste and go with what works for you).
Slice the dough into 1/4-inch rounds with a sharp knife. Take each round and press one side into the cinnamon sugar you mixed earlier. Place the dough round sugar-side up. Give the cookies plenty of space as they will spread when they bake.
Bake for 10-13 minutes or until a dark golden-brown. Be sure to watch them very carefully after 10 minutes as they can burn very quickly. The cookies will puff up a bit and remain soft once out of the oven. Don't worry as they will become crisp as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

1 comment:

  1. Oh how fun! Over the last few years, Steve has made several trips to Belgium for his work. He also loved the Speculoos cookies and would bring a box or two back to have at home. He'd have a snack and call it his "Speculoos Boost". I'll have to try out your cookie as now he's changed jobs and no longer bringing back the authentic thing. Also, Steve said they have speculoos pasta!
    they call it pasta... it's the peanut butter version of the cookie.


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