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Cinnamon- Vanilla Monster Cookies

I’ve been so good for so long… working out… eating salads… eating lean proteins… and eating everything else I like to eat in moderation! Seriously, I’ve been good. But I got a craving and I got it bad. That craving was for cookies, so picked out a yummy recipe and did the deed! I’m a very big, huge, HUGE fan of Snickerdoodles. But since I’ve made those a million times, I decided to go with something quite similar instead: Cinnamon- Vanilla Monster Cookies

These cookies are flavored of cinnamon and vanilla (think… cinnamon sugar cookie). They’re soft but they have a slightly crispy exterior.

And the recipe comes directly from this fabulous cookie cookbook:  Simply Sensational Cookies by Nancy Baggett.  If you love to collect baking cookbooks, here’s another one to add to your shelf!  There are all kinds of delicious choices, and many of them are one-bowl mixing.  Love it!

The dough is fairly soft.  It’s rolled into balls and smashed with the bottom of a cinnamon-sugar coated glass…

… and then it’s covered with even more cinnamon-sugar!

So because these were referenced as “Monster Cookies,” I totally went with that theme.  I made my cookies truly monstrous!  I got about one dozen super Monster Cookies out of the batch, but I’m sure you could stretch it into two dozen if you made them a bit smaller.

If you’re a fan of the classic Snickerdoodle, I’d say you’d probably like these too.  They don’t have that classic Snickerdoodle flavor (no cream of tartar in the recipe), but they’re a wonderful cinnamony sugar cookie indeed.

Yield: 1 dozen MONSTER Cookies (or 2 dozen smaller ones)

Prep Time: 25 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min

Cinnamon- Vanilla Monster Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 2/3 cups All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1/3 cup granulated white sugar combined with 1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment or silpat mats.

2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, oil, powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3. Beat in the egg and egg yolk and vanilla until well blended. On low speed, beat in half of the flour. Then beat in the remaining flour until well-blended. The cookie dough will be very soft. Refrigerate at least 15 to 30 minutes, to firm up the dough slightly. Put the cinnamon- sugar mixture in a shallow bowl.

4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out a generous amount of cookie dough, roll it into a ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Space cookie balls at least 3 inches apart on the baking sheet (I baked 3 or 4 at a time). Lightly coat a glass with a 4-inch bottom in oil, then dip in cinnamon-sugar, then use the bottom of the glass to flatten the cookie dough balls. Re-dip, as needed. Lightly sprinkle the cookies with additional cinnamon-sugar.

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are just light golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before using a wide spatula to transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Source: (via Simply Sensational Cookies by Nancy Baggett- reprinted with permission from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

42 Responses to “Cinnamon- Vanilla Monster Cookies”

  1. postedFeb 20, 2013 3:39 AM

    I love flattening cookie dough with the bottom of glasses. I like the process more than I probably should b/c I tend to over-flatten things 🙂 They sound great!

  2. postedFeb 20, 2013 3:47 AM

    I love making big cookies, and these are great Lori! Snickerdoodles and I get along quite well. good for you for sticking to your healthy plan!!

  3. postedFeb 20, 2013 4:16 AM

    I need to stick to a healthy eating plan better, but cookies just keep calling out my name! I love that you made these cinnamon ones so large!!

  4. postedFeb 20, 2013 5:52 AM

    Oh LORI! These cookies! Congratulations on being so good! I’m so proud of ya!

  5. postedFeb 20, 2013 6:44 AM

    These sound like a perfect cookie! I’m always a sucker for a big cookie!

  6. postedFeb 20, 2013 6:44 AM

    Mmmm…..those look perfect!!!

  7. postedFeb 20, 2013 6:45 AM

    These look SO tasty, Lori! I LOVE huge cookies–so comforting and reminds me of my childhood begging my mom to buy me one at the supermarket bakery 🙂 cinnamon and vanilla … sign me up!

  8. postedFeb 20, 2013 6:53 AM

    Man, do those look good. I’ve been really good lately as well, and have had all kinds of cravings for things, but fight them off by drinking water.

    I love the glass smash idea – makes for even-sized cookies (and baking time) for every delicious bite.

  9. postedFeb 20, 2013 7:12 AM

    Jon David LOOOOOVES Snickerdoodles…they are his favorite!! I need to make these for him, he’d probably like them even better. What kid doesn’t love a cookie the size of his face?

  10. postedFeb 20, 2013 7:24 AM

    Looking forward to making these this week with my son.

  11. postedFeb 20, 2013 7:45 AM

    Love, love, love these, Lori! They look absolutely perfect!

  12. postedFeb 20, 2013 8:38 AM
    Connie Landwehr

    THANK YOU for a recipe for cookies without chocolate. My husband does not eat chocolate but want cookies around all the time. After 41 years I am tired of the same ones….we will try these soon.

  13. postedFeb 20, 2013 9:09 AM

    Gorgeous cookies! I love huge sugar cookies, and I’m adding that book to my to-buy list!

  14. postedFeb 20, 2013 9:18 AM

    These cookies look incredible! Such a great combination of flavours.

  15. postedFeb 20, 2013 9:20 AM

    These are just plane evil!

  16. postedFeb 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    I love how big these are! I must make them.

  17. postedFeb 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    I love the cookies but I can’t keep my eyes off that cake stand!

  18. postedFeb 20, 2013 11:53 AM

    Holy huge cookie! These look incredible… I’d say I’d dunk them in a glass of milk, but I don’t think they’d fit into the glass, haha! Great recipe, Lori.

  19. postedFeb 20, 2013 6:47 PM

    Monster cookies are always the best way to go! These look fabulous!

  20. postedFeb 20, 2013 7:58 PM

    I love all things cinnamon! These sound so wonderful! 🙂

  21. postedFeb 20, 2013 8:36 PM

    What a great cookie and the cookbook looks gorgeous.

  22. postedFeb 21, 2013 3:49 AM

    OMG! What a great big MONSTER cookie! I love it! One of my favorite combos is cinnamon and vanilla! Yummy!

  23. postedFeb 21, 2013 6:32 AM

    These are not very healthy at all, I am a raw food vegan and I can make tasty raw cookies, no need to fill our bodies with poisons that are known to cause diseases.

  24. postedFeb 21, 2013 7:08 AM

    Thanks so much for reminding me that I have this wonderful cookbook and for inspiring me to bake a batch of these this morning. They are divine! I love chocolate, but these hold a candle to any of my best CCCs. I made them smaller: I will bring them to work tomorrow, and there are lots of folks to feed.

  25. postedFeb 21, 2013 7:19 AM

    Big cookies are the best! These look incredible!

  26. postedFeb 21, 2013 8:31 AM

    I love that they are giant!! They look perfect

  27. postedFeb 21, 2013 9:08 AM

    You just rocked my world. I am such a sucker for a big cookie… and this sounds amazing!!!

  28. postedFeb 21, 2013 9:38 AM

    You deserve a cookie every now and then! These looks like the ultimate treat, my cinnamon loving son would go crazy for these!

  29. postedFeb 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    Oooh, these are huge! Love Nancy’s book. So many amazing recipes to try and Todd and Diane’s photography is always stunning.

  30. postedFeb 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Make, bake, and freeze. My boys would LOVE these. Thanks Lori!

  31. postedFeb 21, 2013 9:32 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    I love HUGE cookies and these look so good! Can’t wait to make them!

  32. postedFeb 22, 2013 6:24 AM

    Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside is the best!

  33. postedFeb 22, 2013 11:56 AM

    Huge cookies!! And I want Nancy’s book — love the title and the fact that Diane and Todd shot the photos 🙂

  34. postedFeb 23, 2013 10:49 PM

    I absolutely adore these- so huge and perfect-looking. Anything Cinnamon-Sugar-Vanilla is a winner in my book! 🙂

  35. postedFeb 24, 2013 2:18 PM

    LOVE all of Nancy’s recipes, Lori! Have been collecting her cookbooks and baking from them for years. Always dependable, reliable, good-working and tasty recipes. YUM! Too funny…I’m featuring a recipe from her book soon as well! Wrapping it into a theme week…a first for my new blog. Thanks for sharing the recipe! xo

  36. postedFeb 25, 2013 8:29 AM

    Total comfort food…and totally yummy! Can’t wait to try them out myself!

  37. postedFeb 25, 2013 1:10 PM

    A cookie the size of my head? Yes please!

  38. postedFeb 25, 2013 5:07 PM

    Love sugar cookies, love cinnamon… NEED these cookies. And the size of my face? even better….

  39. postedFeb 28, 2013 6:39 PM

    I just made them and the taste is fantastic! The consistency, though, is very dry…drier than s shortbread. My son tried them and said they are powdery. Are they supposed to be dry? I can’t stop eating them, regardless. They taste awesome!

  40. postedMar 2, 2013 11:15 AM

    wish we had gotten a chance to talk at todd/diane’s party – i’ve always loved your site and man oh man do i want a cookie now…

  41. postedMar 6, 2014 9:30 AM

    Would you happen to have a recipe for monster peanut butter cookies?
    Should I use my paddle attachment for mixing?
    Can I bake on parchment lined paper?

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