Cinnamon & Sugar Crackers

Cookies, Desserts, Snacks

Let’s talk my favorite holiday subject: presents!!

Look, I know I’m supposed to act all adult-like and humble and and be like, “Me? Nah…I don’t need a present. Don’t get me a present. I have everything I need…”

But can we be honest? I love presents. And sure I do have most things I need, but I still have wants. Duh.

I like that someone got in their car, went somewhere, picked something out just for me. I like that someone wrapped something, put a bow on it…just for me. Presents–when thoughtful–feel warm and sweet, and are just plain awesome.

If someone baked me something, put it in a glass jar, learned how to make a pom-pom (just for me!) and gave it to me…swoon. Seriously, can we get friend married?

The only thing better than getting presents (maybe?) is giving presents.

The art of gift-giving is one of my all-time favorite things ever.

A few years ago, when I worked at a production company, the executives learned of my strange talent and assigned me the challenge to find the weirdest most interesting, lavish gifts for our high-profile, celebrity clients.

I have to say that shopping for celebrities with a near limitless budget was one of my greatest memories at that job.

Since I’m on a serious budget, like, all the time due to my shoe habit, I say we bake gifts. They’re cuter. More thoughtful.

And seriously, if you teach yourself to make yarn pom-poms then it just tips the entire cuteness level over the edge. Am I right?!

These specimens you see below are like if a shortbread cookie and a cracker birthed out a kid.

Kinda like a snickerdoodle cracker or something. DELICIOUS.

The dough comes together in less than ten minutes. LESS THAN TEN MINUTES!! And they bake up in about 12 minutes.

They’re crumbly, the perfect amount of sweet, cinnamoney and snappy…the way a homemade cracker should be.

I’ve been dreaming of making these little creatures for months! Months, I tell you. And here we are…in December. Sometimes the timing of my procrastination works out perfectly.

P.S. I totally put the leftovers of these crackers in a bowl and then poured milk over them. Am I a little cray? Yes. You know this. Was it amazing and interesting. Duh.

Cinnamon & Sugar Crackers

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 tablespoons half & half

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a food processor, combine the butter, flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Pulse for about 5 seconds and until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.

3. On a lightly floured surface, using a heavily floured rolling pin, roll the dough roughly into a 13 by 7-inch rectangle that is 1/16-inch thick. With a pizza cutter wheel, trim off the sides into a 12 by 6-inch rectangle. Next, cut the dough into 1 by 1-inch squares.

4. Using the blunt end of a skewer make a hole in each cracker. This will make sure the cracker doesn’t over puff when baking. Gently transfer the crackers (I needed to use a sharp knife to get them off the table) to a parchment lined baking sheet. The dough may sag or may break occasionally in the transfer, but don’t be concerned — just do your best.

5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon and sugar and mix. Liberally sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture all over the crackers.

6. Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the baking sheet on a rack to cool.

Recipe adapted from these

Yields 50 crackers

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  • Reply Monica February 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    This is just pure genius. I can imagine the warm smell from the oven, thank you for sharing!

    Monica
    http://mamabeesimple.blogspot.com

  • Reply Mrs. Smartskey October 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I am ever so pleased I found this wondrous recipe. It is so simple but so simply scrumptious! It is really a great gift to give to people! Thanks for making this extraordinary entry Ms. Adarme!

  • Reply Shoobles November 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Hoorah! Just discovered your website and this particularly scrumptious entry – I now know what I’ll be giving everyone I know for Christmas. Woop, and thank you so much! Happy Sunday night from (a very cold!) London x

  • Reply Eric Everhard September 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Jesus everyone here is a bitch it’s like a lezzie party and shit no dudes bake i see

  • Reply Cathy May 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hi :)!!! Fabulous recipe and I am not even a fan of sweet food (lol) yet I HAVE to make these! I just have one question: unfortunately I don’t have a food processor (sheds a tear ;)) and was wondering if I could ‘chop/mix/blend’ in my mini ‘processor’ or possibly my blender (although I am thinking the mini would work better). Many thanks for letting me know!

    • Reply Adrianna May 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I used a 4-cup “mini-processor” for this and it worked out great. And people have said they’ve used it without a food processor, too! 🙂

      • Reply Cathy May 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Thanks so much :)!!! I will try it!!! BTW – I must say amazing response time, very impressive!!! I really do appreciate it! Have a wonderful evening … I am going to peruse the rest of your site :)!!!

  • Reply las artes December 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Up until I got these handy gadgets, I had generally avoided making pom-poms. Now that I have these, I’m back in love with pom-poms. Using cardboard as my base was tricky, because the cardboard sometimes bent if it wasn’t stiff enough or it would snag the yarn as I tried to remove the yarn from the cardboard. I’ve also used the Lion Brand donut-shaped pom-pom makers, which work well, but looping the yarn through the center of the makers can be tedious, because you can’t do it in one fluid wrapping motion as you can using a cardboard “maker”. So along comes the Clover pom-pom makers using the best of both worlds….1) fluid wrapping of yarn and 2) ease of removing the pom-pom. Not only that, it has a way of indicating when you have wrapped enough yarn…you simply fill up the C-shaped “arms”. No more wimpy-looking pom-poms. The Clover makers work similarly to the donut-shaped makers, in that two pieces are held and wrapped together with yarn, then the yarn is cut between the pieces and pulled apart. But the Clover gadgets differ from the donut-shaped makers in that there are two “half donuts” (or arms) to wrap. The two halves are snapped closed before cutting the yarn to form the finished pom-pom. Sounds strange, but it works really well. I highly recommend checking out Cloverneedlecraft’s “how to” video on YouTube. Also I recommend use of small sharp scissors for cutting the pom-pom yarn. I have bought both the Large set and the Small set of makers, which gives me four different sizes to play with. Back in love with pom-poms.

  • Reply Lara December 20, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I’ll be making these this weekend to bring with me to an all day Christmas snack fest/gathering of great friends/we stayed in town to be with each other rather than family and we’re fine with it!

    I may need to double or triple the recipe — I see these disappearing in a heart beat!

  • Reply Katherine December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I have to ask a dumb question… what is half and half? I want to make these! These look delish!

    • Reply Adrianna December 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Not a dumb question. Half and half is half whole milk and half heavy cream. If you don’t have it, heavy cream or milk will work just fine!

  • Reply Valerie December 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Loved this recipe so much that I had to make them right away! Sooo good with milk!

  • Reply Bonnie December 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I am SO HAPPY that I found these. Tonight I was racking my brain for some good things to make people for Christmas and here we are! Perfect! Thank you!

  • Reply Kasey December 11, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Oh my, these are the cutest! Must make these soon.

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