Happy Thanksgiving everyone! God has given me myriads of things to be thankful for; and there’s so many that I can’t even think of!
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to cook some extra-special things, so in these next couple posts I’ll be sharing some of those things that we enjoyed baking!
Cinnamon Bark Sticks
8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar, plus 1/4 cup
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon extract
10 T. butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup heavy cream
Brown gel food coloring
2 tsp. cinnamon
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicon baking mat. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whisk together the egg whites and 2 cups of sugar until foamy. Add the flour and salt and mix to incorporate. Add the cinnamon extract, butter and cream, then beat again until completely smooth. In small amounts, add the brown food coloring a drop at a time until desired color is reached, stirring thoroughly between additions. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon. Scoop a teaspoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a small offset spatula spread the batter thinly and evenly into a rectangle about 2-by-5 inches. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, you should be able to fit 2 to 4 cookies on at a time. Sprinkle each rectangle lightly with the cinnamon-sugar. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes, or until the surface looks dry. The edges should not be browned. Working quickly and as soon as the baking sheet comes out of the oven, one at a time use a spatula to flip each rectangle over. Tightly roll both long sides of each rectangle toward the center, similar to forming a scroll. Set aside to cool and repeat in batches with remaining dough. Yield: 36 sticks
I have to confess, these were quite a job. And of course we didn’t quite follow the recipe. We didn’t have any cinnamon extract, so we used a combination of cinnamon oil and plain ol’ ground cinnamon. You can tell from the photo that we didn’t roll them all up like scrolls. You had to roll fast, or else they would harden and start breaking. We also found that too much cinnamon-sugar makes them harder to roll, as it crystallizes and makes the sticks crusty.
However, they are delicious. Delicate, crispy, pleasant cinnamon flavor. We will enjoy these this Thanksgiving.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!