Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe and Red Ape Organic Cinnamon Giveaway!

It’s too bad you can’t smell my house right now. The boys and I have been baking Snickerdoodles and the whole house smells SO GOOD!!! 

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It seems that my boys think sitting on the
countertop is the best way to bake.

Last week I received some of this yummy organic Red Ape Cinnamon from KestrelGrowth.com. I don’t know why I’ve never tried to make a healthier version of Snickerdoodles. But…when my Red Ape Cinnamon came in the mail that’s the first thing I knew I wanted to make!

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1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sucanat or rapadura
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons sucanat mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Stir together melted butter and sucanat. Add egg, vanilla, baking soda and cream of tartar, stirring well. Mix in flour. Cover bowl and chill dough in refrigerator for one hour. Roll dough into one inch balls. Roll balls in the sucanat/cinnamon mixture. Place balls about two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.

These cookies turned out SO good!! Now, I want to use my new cinnamon in Applesauce Bread and Cinnamon Swirl Bread!! I love baking in the fall…

This week, just in time for YOUR fall baking, KestrelGrowth.com is offering to give one of my readers a FREE jar of Red Ape Cinnamon!! Leave a comment here letting us know why you’d love to win!

I’ll draw a random winner on Tuesday, September 15. Woohoo for Red Ape Cinnamon!

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  1. says

    I’d love to win because I’m trying to eat more cinnamon to lower my cholesterol and we eat only organic! So this would be an awesome thing to win!

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  2. Jackie says

    Oh this would be wonderful. I use cinnamon a lot in baking and cooking ethenic foods. We love cinnamon! Especially how it makes your house smell!

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  3. Laura says

    I’ve never had organic cinnamon before… I would love to see if it tastes any different/better than what I’ve been using :)

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  4. Sara Taylor says

    Mmm, I’d love to win some to get the full ambiance of fall. YUM! Plus I really want to try your snickerdoodle recipe!

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  5. Zoey says

    A new batch of cinnamon would be a small blessing to my kitchen which is really feeling the effects of my husband’s 9th month of job searching with no results. I am a new reader as of a couple weeks now, and I can’t tell you how much fun I have had exploring this site and the encouragement I have received.

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  6. says

    I’d love to win it because I love to bake and am on a new journey learning how to bake more healthy for my family and those around us. This would make a great addition to help me do that :)

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  7. Sherry says

    I love the smell of cinnamon baking in the house too. We have also never tried organic cinnamon so would love to taste the difference.

    I just recently found your blog a month ago and have been scouring every post and loving the healthy ideas. I am having fun trying new recipes and finding new healthy ways to cook. I have a 1 1/2 yr old girl and a 2 1/2 year old boy. I just started this fall working on the alphabet, colors, shapes and bible memory verses with my son. I love reading what you have to say about homeschooling.
    I am so blessed by reading HeavenlyHomeakers.com. Thank you so much.
    Sherry from Alaska

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  8. says

    I am trying to use more natural products for my family. Your snickerdoodle recipe sounds like just what we need to try. I would love the cinnamon to go in them! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. says

    I love baking anything with cinnamon. I have been wanting to try an organic cinnamon and this would be a great kick in the pants. (-;
    Soooo what is the difference between sucanat and that other sugar you use (can’t remember the name)?

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    Laura Reply:

    Rapadura. Oh yeah…I forgot to mention that in the recipe, so I went back in and added it. :)

    Rapadura and Sucanat are the same thing, I’ve learned recently. Except that sucanat tends to be cheaper! Plus, my last batch of rapadura was REALLY strong tasting and we didn’t like it. Sucanat seems to taste milder and we really like it.

    Be careful though! If it’s not organic sucanat, it may just be sugar with molasses added back in. Organic Sucanat is truly “dehydrated cane sugar juice”…sugar in it’s whole form!

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  10. Shanda Palsulich says

    I would love to win their cinnamon. Why? Because all of your recipes that I have tried have been wonderful and you endorse this product so it must be good.

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  11. says

    I love cinnamon, but one of the best things about this wonderful spice is that it is good for you. I am desparate to try to cook more healthy and use natural ingredients. Desparate, I tell you. I need to JUST DO IT. :)

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  12. says

    I would love the cinnamon because I LOVE SNICKERDOODLES! I can’t wait to try this recipe. But I’m sure it would be much better with you cinnamon too!

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  13. Angela says

    I am just begining the process of getting my family away from refined sugars and artificial ingredients. I would love to try organic cinnamon and that snikerdoodle recipe!!!!!!

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  14. Jilann says

    I’ve never tried it, and my cinnamon is running low, so I’d love to win! I’m going to have to give these cookies a try.

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  15. Jen says

    I’d like to win because after seeing that pic of those snickerdoodles and reading about how good they are and how great they smell… I MUST MAKE THEM! :)

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  16. says

    Snickerdoodles are my daughter’s favorite. I love making them with the kids because there’s a step they get to do alone (roll in the sugar) and they love making them because their hands get all sugary.

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  17. says

    It is so funny that your boys were making Snickerdoodles because I had just told my hubby that I thought my boys should make some to take to our reunion this weekend! I guess hungry boys think alike! I bet the organic cinnamon was awesome!

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  18. Janet says

    I love cinnamon! And, I love fall baking, too. Hoping to can some homemade applesauce this fall, and the cinnamon would be a perfect addition! Thanks!

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    Janet Reply:

    It turns out, after reading this post, I couldn’t stop thinking about snickerdoodles, so my boys and I made some this morning! Thanks!

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  19. Melissa says

    I would love to win I am out of cinnamon and it is one of my favorite spices to cook with, especially in the fall!

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  20. Rebecca says

    Our two faithful apple trees are just ready to pick now, so send the cinnamon ou way! :) We’d love to win some! We are studying Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) just now in our homeschooling. He’s super interesting. Have your boys read about him I wonder…. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  21. says

    Um…because who DOESN’T love to bake with cinnamon!! :-) We love cinnamon swirl bread, cinnamon on fruit salad and it’s really good for your health too. When my hubby was diabetic (praise God he’s healed from it!) we were told that cinnamon helps keep blood sugars level…or something! But for whatever reason…its just makes the house smell yummy!!

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  22. Suzanne Tomb says

    I would LOVE to try this. We use so much cinnamon in our house- it is one thing that we all love!
    Nothing says fall like the smell of cinnamon!

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  23. says

    We use sooooo much cinnamon in our cooking and baking, year round, but especially in fall. Snickerdoodles are my husband’s all time favorite cookie. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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  24. says

    We love cinnamon and use sooooo much of it in our baking and cooking year round, but I especially love the smell of it in the fall!! Snickerdoodles are my husband’s all time favorite cookies. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

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  25. Sharon says

    Just once in my life I’d like to win something I can use! I’ve won things in the past that I had absolutely no use for. Cinnamon is great for helping stabilize blood sugar, and we’ve got blood sugar issues, so this sounds great!

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  26. Megan says

    I would love to win because with the fall weather creeping in, I can’t wait to make spiced apple cider and pumpkin bread and all sorts of cinnamon goodness!

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  27. Cara says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    Cinnamon just equals a fall smell, doesn’t it? I use this spice in cooking all the time…and who doesn’t enjoy getting something free?!

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  28. says

    I would LOVE to try Red Ape cinnamon! I try to use cinnamon as much as possible for blood sugar control (lots of diabetes in the family). It is amazing how God provides us with these amazing foods that can do so much!

    I’m tiring of the Walmart special cinnamon – little flavor, not organic, just not good!

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  29. Jackie says

    ummmmm…because free stuff tastes better?? :)

    thanks so much for your blog…your recipes and menu plans have been very very helpful!

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  30. Melody says

    My family would love to win so that we can enjoy even healthier cinnamon treats. We will also make some to share with friends and spread the RED APE name!

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  31. says

    I use cinnamon a lot in various things. Baking, teas, cocoas. We also love it in brownies to enhance that decadent chocolate flavor. I like the fact that it is all natural and the purchase helps out the “red ape”. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  32. says

    I would love to use it in;
    cinnamon rolls
    your cinnamon graham crackers
    cinnamon swirl bread
    raisin bread
    oatmeal
    fried apples
    pumpkin pie
    pumpkin muffins
    spice cake
    granola
    apple cider

    And this recipe!

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  33. Sarah K says

    I just read a great recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls, and I’d love to use the Red Ape cinnamon to make several batches as gifts for the holidays.

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  34. Tia says

    I love cinnamon any time of the year. I put it in lots of things, usually in greater quantities than the recipe calls for. Also, I’ve never tried organic cinnamon before. I’ve always just purchased the little $.50 canister from Walmart. I wonder how organic would taste compared to cheap? :-)

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  35. micah says

    I would love to try Red Ape cinnamon.

    I have never heard of this brand before, we southerners maybe missing out on something gooood!

    Oh, I hope I win :o)

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  36. JeannaMO says

    Tis the season for using cinnamon as it is already fall-ish here in Missouri. The trees are actually starting to change colors on the tips! Amazing.

    I would love to win. It would definitely inspire a “baking day” at my house!

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  37. Kristen says

    mmmm…I love the smell of cinnamon in the fall! Living in Florida I miss out on ‘true’ seasons, so we make up for it by baking and pretending that there is a crisp coolness in the air!

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  38. says

    Snickerdoodles bring back memories from my childhood. Thank you! I also love baking in the fall although we are still having a lil heat here in WI so I haven’t started quite yet. I am in the process of making healthier choices for my family as I bake and cook and organic cinnamon would be a great addition to this. I am off to make cinn rolls now mmmmmmmm!

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  39. Trisha says

    I’d love to win this :) Just in time for me to go on my marathon baking spree for Thanksgiving. Everyone gets apple pies this year if I win!

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  40. says

    Oh, I want to win the cinnamon! We just moved to a
    place where fall is going to only be a state of mind. I can use all the fall baking supplies I can get to make me believe it’s really a change in season.

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  41. Marie says

    I was a little sad to see summer come to an end, but now I’m embracing fall and the wonderful baking and crafts that come with it! Every year, I make large batches of apple dumplings, apple butter, apple pie filling, and applesauce. That cinnamon would be wonderful!

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  42. Jeanene says

    I love fall because of cinnamon and pumpkins. This is my favorite time of the year. Winning some free cinnamon would get my favorite season started just right.

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  43. says

    Why would I love Cinnamon? Wait…ORGANIC cinnamon? Because we go through it like crazy at our house. Between Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bread and all my other baking I fly through cinnamon. I’ve never tried organic and would love to give it a chance.

    I’m working towards a generally more organic and/or local diet for my family and myself. It isn’t easy, but we are making baby steps. And canning and freezing like crazy in order to make it easier this winter!

    Thanks for your inspiration and here’s hoping that we have more cinnamon on the way soon :)

    Heather

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  44. says

    Funny thing! I JUST made Snickerdoodles for my husband this last weekend. This is his favorite kind. Unfortunately, I was not brave enough to make it using my rapadura. I used Organic Cane Crystals instead because I wanted the lighter color. Of course, if I won this cinnamon, I’d make MORE snickerdoodles and try the Rapadura.

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  45. Greta says

    Thank you! I was just thinking a batch of cookies needed to be made around here, and this recipe is just what I need! :) As for the cinnamon, I’m all for buying organic. I could use this on a yummy fruit salad, or to season a piping bowl of oatmeal in the coming winter months.

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  46. Ann in Scotland says

    We use cinamon all the time in porridge and also in apple crumble (apples from the garden just about ready). We’d love to try some of this

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  47. Pam says

    We love cinnamon! And because of my son’s food allergies, I have to bake all goodies myself. I add cinnamon to most of my baked goods, just for that special touch. Thanks for offering this!

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  48. Stephanie says

    My dear hubby LOVES cinnamon so I try to cook with it often. Happy hubby, happy wifey? Regardless of whether I win, I think I may look into Red Ape. =)

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  49. Kathy Shaner says

    Well, for one thing– I want to use it in this snickerdoodle recipe! I don’t think I can wait, though. I’m going to make them tonight and then later– with my new jar of Red Ape– make some more!

    By the by– I found a yummy syrup-y way to use cinnamon, the raspberries from our yard, and peaches from our tree… to stretch our maple syrup. It’s so simple, but ingenious. If you haven’t seen it on the Kitchen Stewardship blog, here it is:

    http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/08/04/kitchen-tip-tuesday-how-to-stretch-your-real-maple-syrup/

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  50. says

    We love cinnamon in our house – seems lots of others do, too! It smells great and tastes yummy on applesauce, in cookies, even sprinkled in coffee. We’d love to try a healthier, probably tastier, cinnamon!

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  51. Rebecca says

    As everyone else here, we LOVE cinnamon! We use it all the time. I have not had a chance to try organic and can’t wait to try some. Trying to run out of our huge Sam’s club, probably irradiated, one.

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  52. Deja says

    We use cinnamon regularly around here…and just TONIGHT in the snickerdoodles! My only complaint about the recipe…it didn’t make enough cookies! Another winning recipe from Heavenly Homemakers.

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  53. Jen says

    I just ran out of cinnamon and would love to try this. Snickerdoodles are one of my mom’s favorites, so I had them all the time growing up, but haven’t had one in years!

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  54. dina turner says

    I would love to try the Red Ape Cinnamon! We have been trying to buy and use more organic spices and ingredients in our family. Cinnamon is one of my favorite things to add to my morning coffee!( Which I really must have prior to starting school with the children!)

    Dina

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  55. HeatherC says

    I would love to win. My 3 year old son likes nothing better than putting on his chef costume and baking with me. Cinnamon would be a welcome addition to our baking! :)

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  56. says

    Why I would like to win the Red Ape Cinnamon…hmm!
    Cinnamon (I just found out) is great for reducing belly fat! It is the one spice I am ALWAYS running out of. I am in the process of switching my kitchen to a more healthy kitchen and organic cinnamon would be a nice touch. My girls LOVE to bake so we could make some of these YUMMY sounding Snickerdoodles. My list could go on but I think you get the idea that I would LOVE to win. :D
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  57. Melissa says

    I’d love to give this brand a try. I use a TON of cinnamon and usually get mine from the grocery store or online in bulk.

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  58. Michelle says

    We love cinnamon– I just put 4x the cinnamon called for in a recipe, and I’m not sure my husband will think that’s cinnamony enough

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  59. Donna says

    Cookies sound really good. I would love to win the cinnamon as my husband is diabetic and uses it on his morning oatmeal every day and also puts it on his cottage cheese & fruit salad. It is good for diabetics. We use a lot of it at our house.

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  60. angie says

    Love, love, love your blog, Laura. I’d love to win this Red Ape Cinnamon because I’m sure it would would make all the breads, cookies and muffins I’m making this fall taste even better. I’ve always used the cinnamon from the grocery and would love to taste “real cinnamon.”

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  61. says

    I just made your snickerdoodle recipe. My boys love it. All of us at the cookies in one day. I have to admit it’s an easy smeazy recipe and I like even better the chocolate chip recipes (now that is saying alot!!).

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  62. Tiffany says

    Because there is nothing better than the smell of cinnamon!!! I LOVE the fall and everything it brings, especially the fall scents – pumpkin, apple, cinnamon & spice. I would love to try the Red Ape Cinnamon! :)

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  63. says

    I didn’t know so many others loved cinnamon as much as I do! Wow! Anyway, not very original, but I want to win because I *love* cinnamon! I also really like the name of this brand.

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  64. JulieVW says

    After a long summer in a hot apartment (where I did NOT want to turn on the stove!) I am looking forward to baking again – cinnamon swirl bread, apple crisp, and cinnamon rasin bagels are all on my list – and it’d be great to have some high quality cinnamon!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Monica says

    My husband eats cinnamon on everything – eggs, meat dishes, beans and of course the breads. I have never heard of Red Ape, but would love to see if we can taste a difference. I appreciate the chance to win!

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  66. says

    I have always loved cinnamon, but I really need to increase my intake of it to help regulate my blood sugars. A good quality cinnamon would make that a real pleasure!

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  67. Shelley says

    I LOVE baking with my kids. We are in the process of switching to organic items, and this would help us transition our spice cabinet too!
    Thanks so much for all of your upbeat and encouraging posts, as well as tons of useful info. I LOVE your site!
    Thanks!

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  68. says

    I would love to win a Red Ape Cinnamon because everyone in the household loves Cinnamon. You can you cinnamon in almost in baking or in cooking. I can use a jar of it in my fall baking and since is organic it would be even better..yummy :)

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  69. Becki says

    I would love to try some organic cinnamon, I have not used up all my spices yet, so I am not completely converted over yet, :)

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  70. Tracy says

    My favorite easy thing to use cinnamon on is cinnamon toast! Broiled in the oven is the best! And man oh man, you have a lot of fans looking for free cinnamon on this one! Wow. Did you know your readership was this good? That’s great!

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  71. Sarah says

    Yeah for Snickerdoodles! You are the second person this week to tell me they have made them. We always had them at Christmas time so it seems wierd to have them now. That’s ok, I love them, so anytime is a good time! I’ve never tried any organic spices, so I would love to try it out!

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  72. Sarah says

    I love using cinnamon and have used a bunch lately to help break up a chest cold/allergies that landed in my chest. It’s really good with hot water, lemon juice, honey and ginger to break up chest congestion :-)

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  73. Hattie says

    I would love to win that jar of Red Ape cinnamon to go in all my fall baking. I can almost smell it now! Count me in on the drawing!
    Thanks.

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  74. says

    Thanksgiving is coming up, and that means I will be baking pumpkin pies for days. I give them to friends and family members. And, of course, they require cinnamon!

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  75. Melissa N. says

    My husband wouuld love this! He loves anything that has cinnomen in it, I can’t use it b/c I’m allergic, so he has to make stuff with it alone. *lol*

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  76. Megan says

    Mine are finishing up right now. Red Ape Cinnamon will definitely be in my spice box one day (tiny apt with limited cabinet space).

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  77. Kim says

    When I made snickerdoodles this year with only butter they were see-through flat. What’s the secret?

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    Laura Reply:

    Only bake them until they are ALMOST done. They’ll stay softer if they are just a little bit under done. At least that’s how it works for me!

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  78. Leecel says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Snickerdoodles have been my favorite cookie since childhood and I’d love for my little ones to learn what a better-for-you homemade one tastes like. And of course some organic cinnamon in the spice rack would be cherished by this cinnamon loving family!

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  79. Angel Rodriguez says

    Do you think it would work to substitute coconut sap sugar for the sucanat/rapadura?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I did some searching and it would seem to work just fine. Let us know how it turns out if you try it!

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  80. Sarah G says

    I made these (cheated and used a little white flour) and my very picky 3 year old gobbled them down. He rarely eats the cookies I make and considering these were so much healthier I felt great. I really like your approach to cooking and eating. Your site is great.

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  81. Wendy says

    I made these cookies yesterday with my 2 children (8 & 5) and our home smelled sooo good! They couldn’t wait to try these. Their verdict? A big, cookie crumbed 2 thumbs up! My husband loves them too! Thank you for this recipe! We’re transitioning from processed foods to more ‘real foods’ and recipes like these make it oh so easy to do! Thank you! Thank you! :)

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  82. Wendy says

    Oh, and for anyone who ends up with their cookies running all over their cookie sheets or getting too thin, here’s a tip from BH&G cookbook (p.195): “Use isulated cookie sheets selectively. You may have trouble using them for cookies high in butter…b/c the butter may start to melt, leaking out before the dough is set. And b/c the dough spreads before it sets, cookies may have thin edges.” I have found this to be very true! My first ever batch of Giant Breakfast cookies, baked on insulated sheets, were so thin they fell apart into crumbs but the rest of the batch (on regular aluminum sheets) were normal. Good luck and happy baking! :)

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