I first discovered cinnamon chips eons ago, when I was paging through a King Arthur Flour catalog. Cinnamon is one of our favorite flavors, so I ordered some, of course. We had them in chocolate chip cookies and in scones and they were good, but nothing special. Now Hershey’s makes a cinnamon chip that is widely available, but it doesn’t have real cinnamon, only artificial flavoring. I have been searching (not very hard) for something else to put in baked goods to get those pockets of cinnamon flavor that I thought the chips would supply.
Just last week, Stephanie of Cupcake Project published a post on homemade pumpkin pie spice chips that were inspired by homemade cinnamon chips at Mind Over Batter. Little nuggets of sweet cinnamon that melt into whatever batter or dough you stir them into – just what I have been looking for. I used Cupcake Project’s recipe, substituting cinnamon for the pumpkin pie spice. Sugar, cinnamon, butter, spice of choice, corn syrup and vanilla are all that go into these. And they couldn’t be easier to make – mix them into a paste, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake. After they are baked you can either cut them into tiny squares or make tiny balls (or not so tiny, if you are me).
Make these. Get the kids involved, or if you don’t have kids, borrow some, or get a spouse or friend to make them with you. It is fun, and you will want the help if you are rolling balls. Mine got bigger and bigger as I went along. Just pass out some aprons if you are getting kids (or mess-prone adults) in on the process – my hands were very greasy when I got done.
Note – I baked mine just a bit too long, and the edges got crunchy. I just broke the crunchy parts into shards and used them right along with the rest of the chips. Check yours before the end of the suggested baking time to see if the edges are getting too hard and dark.
I used some of mine in scones. I’ll post the recipe sometime soon, when I get it perfected. It is almost there, but I need to do another practice run or two. Sigh – we have to eat more scones. The things we do around here for the blog. I am going to use the rest of the chips in place of some of the chips in chocolate chip cookies, or maybe in muffins or pancakes or tossed with the bread to give cinnamon French toast casserole another layer of flavor. What would you use them in?