Sunday, May 15, 2005

Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks

Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks (Adapted from BH&G)

For the cookies

7 ounces almonds, toasted and cooled
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping

3 ounces chopped white chocolate
2 teaspoons trans-fat free shortening
1/3 cup Red Hots (cinnamon candy), crushed
1/3 cup coarse decorating sugar

To prepare the cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add toasted almonds and 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar - process until almonds are ground.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add remaining sugar and mix until combined. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Mix in vanilla. Gradually pour in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Scoop dough out onto a lightly floured surface - press or roll dough to 7 " x 14" rectangle, about 1/2" thick. Divide rectangle in half so you have 2 3 1/2" x 14" rectangles. Slice the dough, crosswise, into 1/2" wide sticks.

Transfer sticks to parchment-lined baking sheets. Place into the oven and bake until the cookies are firm and the edges lightly browned, about 8 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cookies set on the baking pan for 1 minute before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare the topping

In a small microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate and shortening. Heat on medium power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour chocolate into a shallow dish.

In another shallow dish, toss together crushed red hots and coarse sugar. Dip cookie sticks into the chocolate and then into the candy mixture - place sticks onto parchment-lined baking pans until set.

Makes about 56 cookies.

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  1. These look amazing! Glad to have found our blog.

  2. Kelly - Thanks for checking us out!

  3. How long did you cook the sticks for? I am making them right now and am guessing, but others might want to know!

  4. Patricia - Good catch! Time should be roughly 8 to 12 minutes. Thanks for letting me know!