I’ve always felt there’s something really special about giving someone a gift you’ve made for them. It’s not just the gift itself; it’s about the thought, time, and care that goes into making it. Over the past few months, I’ve gifted quite a few baked goods to friends and family. Sometimes it’s for an occasion, other times it’s just a simple way of reminding them that I care and I’m thinking of them. This particular recipe was for a good friend’s birthday, made specifically for him with his favorite flavors. They turned out so good that I may have kept 1 or 2 or 8 at home!
Vanilla Cinnamon Cookies
Prep time: 01:00
Cook time: 00:10
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated white sugar combined with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, oil, powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until mixed. On low speed, beat in half of the flour. Then, beat in the remaining flour until fully mixed. The cookie dough will be very soft.
Refrigerate at least 15 to 20 minutes, to firm dough slightly.
Put the cinnamon sugar mixture in a bowl.
Use a cookie scoop to make regular balls. Roll it into a ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
Coat the bottom of a glass in oil, then dip in cinnamon-sugar. Use the bottom of the glass to flatten the cookie dough balls. Re-dip, as needed. Lightly sprinkle the cookies with additional cinnamon-sugar.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are just light golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool before using a spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.