Cinnamon & Sugar Crackers

in Cookies, Desserts, Snacks

Let’s talk my favorite holiday subject: presents!!

Look, I know I’m supposed to act all adult-like and humble and and be like, “Me? Nah…I don’t need a present. Don’t get me a present. I have everything I need…”

But can we be honest? I love presents. And sure I do have most things I need, but I still have wants. Duh.

I like that someone got in their car, went somewhere, picked something out just for me. I like that someone wrapped something, put a bow on it…just for me. Presents–when thoughtful–feel warm and sweet, and are just plain awesome.

If someone baked me something, put it in a glass jar, learned how to make a pom-pom (just for me!) and gave it to me…swoon. Seriously, can we get friend married?

The only thing better than getting presents (maybe?) is giving presents.

The art of gift-giving is one of my all-time favorite things ever.

A few years ago, when I worked at a production company, the executives learned of my strange talent and assigned me the challenge to find the weirdest most interesting, lavish gifts for our high-profile, celebrity clients.

I have to say that shopping for celebrities with a near limitless budget was one of my greatest memories at that job.

Since I’m on a serious budget, like, all the time due to my shoe habit, I say we bake gifts. They’re cuter. More thoughtful.

And seriously, if you teach yourself to make yarn pom-poms then it just tips the entire cuteness level over the edge. Am I right?!

These specimens you see below are like if a shortbread cookie and a cracker birthed out a kid.

Kinda like a snickerdoodle cracker or something. DELICIOUS.

The dough comes together in less than ten minutes. LESS THAN TEN MINUTES!! And they bake up in about 12 minutes.

They’re crumbly, the perfect amount of sweet, cinnamoney and snappy…the way a homemade cracker should be.

I’ve been dreaming of making these little creatures for months! Months, I tell you. And here we are…in December. Sometimes the timing of my procrastination works out perfectly.

P.S. I totally put the leftovers of these crackers in a bowl and then poured milk over them. Am I a little cray? Yes. You know this. Was it amazing and interesting. Duh.

Cinnamon & Sugar Crackers

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 tablespoons half & half

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a food processor, combine the butter, flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Pulse for about 5 seconds and until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.

3. On a lightly floured surface, using a heavily floured rolling pin, roll the dough roughly into a 13 by 7-inch rectangle that is 1/16-inch thick. With a pizza cutter wheel, trim off the sides into a 12 by 6-inch rectangle. Next, cut the dough into 1 by 1-inch squares.

4. Using the blunt end of a skewer make a hole in each cracker. This will make sure the cracker doesn’t over puff when baking. Gently transfer the crackers (I needed to use a sharp knife to get them off the table) to a parchment lined baking sheet. The dough may sag or may break occasionally in the transfer, but don’t be concerned — just do your best.

5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon and sugar and mix. Liberally sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture all over the crackers.

6. Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the baking sheet on a rack to cool.

Recipe adapted from these

Yields 50 crackers

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Let Me Eat Cake December 7, 2011 at 3:48 am

cinnamon sugar anything makes me happy! baked gifts are always the best gifts ;)

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Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab December 7, 2011 at 4:00 am

Those are sooo cute! I love giving baked goods to people too!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

this is such a fun and unique way of making crackers…i always think in terms of savory, but i love the sweet addition!

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katie December 7, 2011 at 4:50 am

these are the sweetest little crackers ever!! what an adorable gift they would make and an excellent snack for my kiddos – who I can imagine going nuts over these!
I can’t wait to try them!

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Rebecca December 7, 2011 at 4:52 am

Mmm! Like cinnamon sugar-its : )

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Adrianna December 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I LOVE that. Cinnamon Sugar-Its!

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Ashleigh @ ashleighskitchen December 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

YUM! No you are not crazy these look like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but way better I’m sure!

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen December 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

These look so tasty! Also…now I want to destroy all the bows I’ve put on presents that I’ve already wrapped, and replace them with yarn pom-poms. Those are too cute.

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Katrina December 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

Oh my! These sound like little gems!

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Jessica @ How Sweet December 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

cutest things ever!

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Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño December 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

oh heaven these look good. Ive always seen pita chips but not crackers, i love this. and they look so simple to make. yay, love it.

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Bev Weidner December 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

These make my eyeballs so happy.

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I definitely thought I was going to read this recipe and get all excited and then see some sort of crazy complicated ingredient list. But no….these are SO EASY. Aka I have no excuse not to make them like rightnow. Love.

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Adrianna December 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

So so simple.

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Kelsey December 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

cute cute.

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Cassie December 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Everyone loves presents! I love these crackers…cinnamon sugar is a winning combo, these are perfect!

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

these look delish! and I love your nail polish. and I love getting and giving gifts too…it’s so fun to find that perfect gift for someone!

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Maggie December 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

this recipe has FIVE ingredients, and I have every single one. perfetto!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats December 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

These crackers are so cute!!! I like presents too…if someone claims they don’t, they’re lying.

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Lauren @ FoodIsTherapy December 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm

These look so yummy! You’ve inspired me now to make something yummy for my co-workers for Christmas presents!

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Maria December 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love making homemade crackers! Love these!

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Amanda (onceuponarecipe) December 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

These are beyond adorable and totally remind me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal! Definite cute gift idea. I’m making a bunch of homemade gifts this year, to save money and be cute (of course)! Plus, in my opinion, homemade gifts are so much more meaningful than store bought.

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Nelle December 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Um, can I just tell you how much I love your blog?
You are adorable and hilarious, and all your recipes look delish!
I just stumbled across you when I was searching for cheddar jalapeno cornbread and I have been blog-stalking you ever since.
Just thought you ought to know :)

p.s. cinnamon sugar crackers=brilliant

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nicole {sweet peony} December 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

i completely agree with you! i loooove giving gifts, but it’s awesome receiving them too :) these little snickedoodley crackers are so adorable! my first thought was to eat them as cereal & then i read that you actually did that! love these!

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Katie December 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

These look delicious ~ can’t wait to make them!!

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Rachel December 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

A snickerdoodle cracker?!? I’d make these as gifts but I’m afraid I’d eat all of them myself!
I’m trying to go the homemade route as much as possible this year. I think a little bit of presents mixed with a lot of homemade love is a good balance.

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Travelingthispath December 8, 2011 at 2:10 am

Oh, I definitely want to make these! What a delicious little treat.

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Dana B @ thebakingbooth December 8, 2011 at 3:20 am

Sounds like homemade cinnamon toast crunch! yum!!! :)

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Sook December 8, 2011 at 7:37 am

I’ll be making these this weekend! Thanks for sharing!!

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Shreya December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Love your blog! These look amazing and I would TOTALLY eat them as cereal ;) Quick question though: how much cinnamon/sugar goes in the dough and how much goes sprinkled on top? I think the recipe just says “divided.” Thanks!

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Adrianna December 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Ahhh!!! It’s fixed now. :)

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Nicole @cookingafterfive December 10, 2011 at 1:07 am

What a fun idea! Cinnamon and sugar anything always makes me happy. Looking forward to trying these.

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easyfoodsmith December 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Love these cute little crackers…they look awesome! Bookmarked them :)
http://www.easyfoodsmith.blogspot.com/

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Kasey December 11, 2011 at 3:44 am

Oh my, these are the cutest! Must make these soon.

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Bonnie December 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

I am SO HAPPY that I found these. Tonight I was racking my brain for some good things to make people for Christmas and here we are! Perfect! Thank you!

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Valerie December 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Loved this recipe so much that I had to make them right away! Sooo good with milk!

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Katherine December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I have to ask a dumb question… what is half and half? I want to make these! These look delish!

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Adrianna December 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Not a dumb question. Half and half is half whole milk and half heavy cream. If you don’t have it, heavy cream or milk will work just fine!

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Lara December 20, 2011 at 1:26 am

I’ll be making these this weekend to bring with me to an all day Christmas snack fest/gathering of great friends/we stayed in town to be with each other rather than family and we’re fine with it!

I may need to double or triple the recipe — I see these disappearing in a heart beat!

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las artes December 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Up until I got these handy gadgets, I had generally avoided making pom-poms. Now that I have these, I’m back in love with pom-poms. Using cardboard as my base was tricky, because the cardboard sometimes bent if it wasn’t stiff enough or it would snag the yarn as I tried to remove the yarn from the cardboard. I’ve also used the Lion Brand donut-shaped pom-pom makers, which work well, but looping the yarn through the center of the makers can be tedious, because you can’t do it in one fluid wrapping motion as you can using a cardboard “maker”. So along comes the Clover pom-pom makers using the best of both worlds….1) fluid wrapping of yarn and 2) ease of removing the pom-pom. Not only that, it has a way of indicating when you have wrapped enough yarn…you simply fill up the C-shaped “arms”. No more wimpy-looking pom-poms. The Clover makers work similarly to the donut-shaped makers, in that two pieces are held and wrapped together with yarn, then the yarn is cut between the pieces and pulled apart. But the Clover gadgets differ from the donut-shaped makers in that there are two “half donuts” (or arms) to wrap. The two halves are snapped closed before cutting the yarn to form the finished pom-pom. Sounds strange, but it works really well. I highly recommend checking out Cloverneedlecraft’s “how to” video on YouTube. Also I recommend use of small sharp scissors for cutting the pom-pom yarn. I have bought both the Large set and the Small set of makers, which gives me four different sizes to play with. Back in love with pom-poms.

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Cathy May 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hi :)!!! Fabulous recipe and I am not even a fan of sweet food (lol) yet I HAVE to make these! I just have one question: unfortunately I don’t have a food processor (sheds a tear ;)) and was wondering if I could ‘chop/mix/blend’ in my mini ‘processor’ or possibly my blender (although I am thinking the mini would work better). Many thanks for letting me know!

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Adrianna May 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I used a 4-cup “mini-processor” for this and it worked out great. And people have said they’ve used it without a food processor, too! :)

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Cathy May 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thanks so much :)!!! I will try it!!! BTW – I must say amazing response time, very impressive!!! I really do appreciate it! Have a wonderful evening … I am going to peruse the rest of your site :)!!!

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Eric Everhard September 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Jesus everyone here is a bitch it’s like a lezzie party and shit no dudes bake i see

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Shoobles November 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Hoorah! Just discovered your website and this particularly scrumptious entry – I now know what I’ll be giving everyone I know for Christmas. Woop, and thank you so much! Happy Sunday night from (a very cold!) London x

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Adrianna Adarme November 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh so glad you found me! Thanks for saying hi!

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Mrs. Smartskey October 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I am ever so pleased I found this wondrous recipe. It is so simple but so simply scrumptious! It is really a great gift to give to people! Thanks for making this extraordinary entry Ms. Adarme!

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Adrianna Adarme October 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Fantastic!

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