Chewy Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies Are a New Family Favorite

Chewy Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies

Cooking and baking is something that I love to do but I have not had the time or energy to do much of the past month with a newborn in the house. After generous and loving meals from friends the past couple of weeks, I have started to feel human again and was itching to get some cookies made to send my husband overseas. We had not sent him care package in well over a month and I always like to send him a “taste” of home. I was sent some ingredients from Fleishmann’s Yeast and Karo Syrup to put to the test in honor of their current Virtual Bake Sale to support Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign and I knew I wanted to bake something with the light corn syrup. It is not an ingredient I use often and I wanted to expand my repertoire and comfort zone a little to see what confections I could conjure.

The pie recipes online looked divine, but since that would be hard to ship I chose to make a modified version of the Alphabet Cookies recipe instead. This recipe caught my eye for its long shelf life, which is a big bonus when shipping confections overseas and I thought it would be fun to spell words with the kids. I used almond butter in lieu of peanut butter and I ended up rolling the cookies into balls rather than letters of the alphabet, because the dough was a little crumbly. This would be a really fun baking activity with the kids to do in the future, but I had a box to get shipped to Daddy, a newborn who would need to be nursed any minute and I just needed to get the dough in the oven. I think they may have an easier to handle texture if I had used the creamy peanut butter the recipe actually called for, so I will have to try this next time. The way these cookies turned out reminds me a little of Russian Tea Cakes minus the powdered sugar (although this would be a lovely addition) and are a nice, nutty bite to pop in your mouth.

Another cookie recipe I found in one of my own cookbooks that used corn syrup are the Chewy Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies pictured above, and we absolutely love them. I even had to make a second batch of dough while the first batches were cooking so that we would have enough to eat and share with Daddy. The dough and the cookies were easy to make and my kids devoured them. You cannot go wrong with chocolate and cinnamon sugar with my kids and I had never thought to put them together. Below is the recipe I used from my Old-Fashioned Cookies cookbook with a couple of my modifications:

Chewy Chocolate-Cinnamon Cookies

1 stick or a ¼ cup of butter, softened

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ cups white whole wheat flour

1/3 cup Cocoa powder

½ cup cinnamon sugar (approximately ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon)


1. Heat the oven to 350ºF. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper, cooking spray if needed.

2. Beat butter until creamy then add the brown sugar and granulated sugar. After blending these ingredients add the egg, baking soda, corn syrup, vanilla and beat well.

3. Stir the flour and cocoa together first, then add it to the butter mixture a little at a time. After all of the ingredients have been thoroughly incorporated, refrigerate the dough for approximately 30 minutes, so that it is easier to handle. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls (I like to use a small cookie scoop to evenly portion the dough before rolling) then roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

4. Place the balls 2-inches apart and bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the cookies are set ad the tops are cracked. After they have cooled slightly, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Do I have your mouth watering? My daughter loved having the job of rolling the dough in the cinnamon sugar and I am thankful she and my toddler liked them so much, because that meant I ended up eating less! We hope that Daddy likes our latest batch of homemade treats when they arrive, hopefully, next week. To help Fleischmann’s Yeast and Karo Syrup donate $200,000 to the No Kid Hungry campaign you can create a “Virtual Bake Sale” on the Fleischmann’s Yeast and Karo Facebook pages (to participate you must “like” Fleischmann’s Yeast’s Facebook Page).

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ACH Food Companies Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I want to doublecheck the quantity of butter. When you say “1 stick or 1/4 cup” are you talking about the old “stick” or the new “half-stick?” When most people say “stick” they mean 8 tablespoons or a 1/2 cup. The new half- sticks are 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup. That is a big discrepancy which could make or break the recipe if someone chooses the wrong amount.

  2. Jennifer T. says:

    I have all the ingredients and was goping to make the recipe today. So I did an online search and found a very similar recipe that called for 6 tablespoons of butter. Hope that helps!

  3. Jennifer T. says:

    These are excellent! the cinnamon is subtle not overwhelming at all. I made them with all-purpose flour and Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder because that’s what I had on hand. I used 6 tbsp of butter. It made about 3 dozen cookies.

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