I know Christmas is over and all that jazz, but I wanted to post about these cookies I made in this years baking bonanza. Every year, I pull out my old copy of the Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book(this is the 2002 version, mine is from the 60′s sometime though) because I love the Chocolate Crinkles recipe. That one is a staple for sure! But this year as I was flipping through it, I saw the refrigerator cookie recipe and thought..hmmm.
The original recipe is for Vanilla Refrigerator Cookies, but it offers a bunch of different variations, one of which is Cinnamon. Hubby loves cinnamon stuff, so I decided to make those for him. I got sidetracked halfway through though and didn’t follow the recipe, so we ended up with Cinnamon Vanilla. Happy accident I say! This cookie is crispy, but not hard (be sure not to overbake!), and when topped with caramel sauce and chocolate..it’s cookie heaven. Really.
Cinnamon Vanilla Refrigerator Cookies
1 C. Shortening
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 t. vanilla
3 t. cinnamon
2 3/4 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
Mix shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla thoroughly. Blend dry ingredients together, then mix into shortening mixture. Make sure it is all mixed thoroughly, then press and mold into a long, smooth roll a little over 2″ around. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for several hours or overnight (this would be a great time to freeze some for later too!).
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut into thin slices (about 1/8″ thick or so, although I think most of mine were closer to 1/4″). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, these spread just a little bit, not much so take that into account. Bake 6-8 minutes or until they just start to brown. Let cool for a minute or so on the cookie sheet, then remove to a rack.
For the caramel/chocolate topping: I had made caramel sauce using this method which I initially saw on Pinterest (I had to know if it worked, and it totally did!!!). I spread the sauce on top of the cookie, then melted a handful or two of milk chocolate chocolate chips in the microwave. Drizzle on top, eat..then agree that it’s cookie heaven!
I so love old cookie recipes, if you have a favorite please share!!! I love to try new recipes!