Doesn’t that sound like a line from a soap opera? Scene: Eleanor, finding the door to boyfriend Jonathan’s apartment unlocked, steps inside, only to find Jonathan making out with Alexandra. Alexandra having fled the scene, Eleanor confronts an embarrassed, red-faced Jonathan in his entirely unkempt kitchen.
Eleanor: A year of dating and this? That? You with that woman? My God, Jonathan, I’ve done all I could for you – sat with you as you wept over Jane Eyre, drove you to the bakery every morning when your car was in the shop so you wouldn’t have to live a day without Josie’s bagels, didn’t laugh at the stupid things you said after your wisdom teeth were taken out. I made puff pastry for you from scratch! I slaved over that eighteen-layer cake for your mother’s birthday! I browned butter for you, Jonathan. And there you were, with that tramp who can only make cookies from refrigerated cookie dough.
Maybe I should be a writer.
Anyways. I’m still having a love affair with my mini muffin tin, because mini muffins and small cups of various baked goods are automatically 50 zillion times more delicious than any standard-sized or jumbo counterparts. Size matters. And what’s better than cookies baked in a mini-muffin tin? And what’s better than cookies covered in cinnamon and filled with caramel in a mini-muffin tin? (Your boyfriend eating them is even better, actually.)
I’m a big fan of this recipe…but I wanted cups. So I searched the internet and found a recipe for maple snickerdoodle cookie cups…but, the addition of maple was overwhelming. Brown butter? (Everyone says browned butter smells nutty. To me, it smells like pancakes.) Vanilla? Cinnamon? Caramel? And you want me to add maple? No. Can’t do it. Maybe next time, when my caramel fiend of a boyfriend won’t be around.
After tweaking with reckless abandon (sort of), the results are…delicious. And perfect. Also, delicious.
#1 rule of baking: always “accidentally” add more vanilla extract than necessary. Oops, my hand slipped. Better let the overflow happen.
#2 rule of baking: there is no such thing as too much cinnamon.
Add the maple if you want. Fill with chocolate if you want. What-ever you want.
Go forth and enjoy. Before any significant others consume them before you get the chance.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
For the cinnamon-sugar coating
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray or line with muffin liners.
- Brown the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, stir constantly until it turns brown with a nutty aroma.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the browned butter with sugars and cinnamon. Set aside and allow the butter to cool.
- When butter/sugar mixture has cooled, beat in the egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the butter until well combined.
- Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating in a small bowl. Roll about a tablespoon of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place into the mini muffin pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned.
- Allow the cookies to sit in the pan for 15-20 minutes before removing and cooling completely. Devour.