Cinnamon Bark Cookies

Cinnamon Bark Cookies
There are some ingredients that go hand in hand with the holiday season, and cinnamon is at the top of that list for me. Sprinkle it on a dollop of whipped cream that tops a cup of hot chocolate, mix it with sugar crystals that dust a snickerdoodle, or just use the cinnamon sticks as a holiday garnish.  When I came across a recipe for Cinnamon Bark Cookies in my local paper, they looked so festive I just had to make them.  While the ingredients seem simple enough, there is a bit of a learning curve when making these. 

Let's just say my first few attempts to assemble these cookies, resulted in a pathetic mess that you would definitely not want to leave out for Santa.  I quickly disposed of those, too embarrassed to capture my failure on camera, and set about making another batch.  After about the third or fourth batch, I finally got the hang of it, and was able to produce a few that weren't too shabby.  These little cookies are crispy and a little buttery, with a hint of cinnamon.  Yum!

Cinnamon Bark CookiesCinnamon Bark Cookies
Printable Recipe

8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar, plus 1/4 cup
2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon extract
10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup heavy cream
brown gel food coloring
2 tsp cinnamon

Heat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicon baking mat.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whisk together the egg whites and 2 cups of sugar until foamy. Add the flour and salt and mix to incorporate. Add the cinnamon extract, butter and cream, then beat again until completely smooth. In small amounts, add the brown food coloring a drop at a time until desired color is reached, stirring thoroughly between additions. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon.

Scoop a teaspoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a small offset spatula spread the batter thinly and evenly into a rectangle about 2-by-5-inches. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, you should be able to fit 2 to 4 cookies on at a time.

Sprinkle each rectangle lightly with the cinnamon-sugar. Bake the cookies for about 5-8 minutes, or until the surface looks dry. The edges should not be browned.

Working quickly and as soon as the baking sheet comes out of the oven,  use an offset spatula to flip each rectangle over. Tightly roll both long sides of each rectangle toward the center, similar to forming a scroll. Set aside to cool and repeat in batches with remaining dough.

* These cookies must be shaped into the rolled cinnamon stick as soon as they come out of the oven.
* Only cook 2-4 cookies at a time, or the rest will cool too quickly before you can roll them.
* For best results use a silicone baking mat, but if you don't have one use a well greased baking sheet.
* To remove the cookies from the sheet, use an offset spatula.
* Spreading the batter thinly ensures even baking of this cookie. Working with the delicate cookie while still warm and pliable is essential.

Cinnamon Bark Cookies  (adapted from Springfield News-Leader, December 2010)


Holly said...

These look really pretty and sound yummy!!

Blog is the New Black said...

Lovely presention, original idea, and just wonderful!

Mike said...

Looks delicious and simple, which is a great combination.

I was wondering if you use any particular brand of cinnamon?



Belinda @zomppa said...

Oh, these are SOOOOO cool!! So creative - gorgeous.

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie said...

Beautiful pictures! They look so delicate, do they crumble easily?

Leanne said...

These look well worth the effort!

Unknown said...

Mike - I don't use any particular brand of cinnamon, just whatever I have on hand:)

Makenzie - Yes, these do crumble fairly easily. They are definitely a dainty cookie:)

Chef Dennis Littley said...

wow!! those cookies look amazing!! I can only imagine how hard they were to perfect! Thanks for all your hard work on this recipe, those cookies certainly were worth it!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

wow! wow! wow! They look beautiful. So elegant! I would love to eat the together with some custard cream :)

Monet said...

I could only imagine how difficult these must have been to make! Good job persevering because the end result looks and sounds WONDERFUL. Thank you for sharing such great treats with me. I hope your week is full of love, joy and good food!

Hester aka The Chefdoc said...

Oh my... these are so lovely! They look like they can be gobbled up in no time :-) Thank you for sharing the recipe and the tips ;-)

Carolyn said...

Wow, I am impressed that you kept trying! Definitely worth it, these look really cool.

briarrose said...

What a unique little cookie. Love the shape.

Peggy said...

These look absolutely gorgeous! Definitely love the idea and will be trying these out soon!

Sprinkles of Parsley said...

Such a pretty dish!! Love how delicate these look... they would be such a great addition to a dessert table!

Evan @swEEts said...

These are gorgeous! When I saw them on my news feed I thought it was just a picture of cinnamon sticks but its the actual cookie! I'll let you know when I'm feeling adventurous and give them a try because I love everything cinnamon.

jenny @ melting butter said...

YUM! These look heavenly! great post :)

Lora said...

Just beautiful and original. Love them.

Anonymous said...

Very creative! Your pictures are gorgeous too!

Stephanie said...

These are beautiful! Cinnamon has a special place in my heart along with peppermint. I love seeing these wonderful flavors around the holidays!

Lynn said...

these look amazing!!!

Unknown said...

Awesome idea! How come I didn't think of that?!?! Thanks alot!

foodies@home said...

That looks so Yummy! Will need to try it next year!

Eileen said...

What beautiful cookies. Adding to next years "must bake" list. Happy Holidays!

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Amanda said...

I love these! What a great idea! Such a great presentation! These would be an excellent gift! Thank you for sharing.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

i love how gorgeous this looks!! yum!

Becky said...

Wow, I love cinnamon, but I don't know that would try these. I'm not a perfectionist. Yours are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

these are so pretty & festive! I made something similar except with chocolate- Peppermint Bark Lollipops :)

Magic of Spice said...

These are so pretty...and I am sure are delicious as well :)

Roberta Galea said...

So gorgeous, love the photography

CIA-Cooking In An Apron said...

These would go lovely on top of some vanilla chai cupcakes...YUM! Thanks for sharing!

Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said...

They look like fruit leathers! Such an original idea.

C&C Cakery said...

It seems like a lot of work, but it's totally worth it. I just tried this recipe the other day and people were amazed with it. The only bad thing about this recipe is that the cookies disappear really quickly. I have to take time to make them again soon.

Unknown said...

I'm so glad you had the chance to make them:) They are a bit of work, but the results are satisfying:)

CookTeen said...

these look awesome!! Such an interesting idea!

Anonymous said...

So excited that I stumbled upon your blog--your recipes look divine! Quick question: can you describe what brown gel food coloring is--maybe even sharing with us what brand you used? I've found a couple of different items at the store, but none of them match your description exactly.

Molly said...

Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

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