Cinnamon Heart Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’ve been thinking about cinnamon heart candies for awhile now. Valentine’s Day is under one month away and I’m seeing those little candies everywhere.

I used to love these as a kid, then I went through an anti-cinnamon heart candy phase, and now we’re kind of friends again. If it was a Facebook status, I’d have to say “it’s complicated”.

Where was I? Oh yes…

I thought it would be fun to put those hot little candies into something, and I do love a good sugar cookie, so…

A delicious sugar cookie using cinnamon heart candies. Fun for Valentine's.
Why not right?

They turned out nicely but at the time I thought that there was no cinnamon candy flavour to them. It turns out they have a lot of flavour, I just couldn’t taste it because I was eating cinnamon hearts as I was baking so I kind of destroyed my ‘untouched’ palate.

A day later (and off the cinnamon candies for 24 hours), and I could taste them just fine. So I don’t want to hear that you just got them out of the oven and you can’t taste anything if you were snacking (read stuffing them into your face) while you were baking.

Cinnamon Heart Sugar Cookie
Yields 48
A hot cinnamon-flavoured sugar cookie using Cinnamon Heart Candies. A fun idea for Valentine's Day.
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 cup finely ground cinnamon heart candies (plus a little extra set aside for rolling)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix well on low to medium settings until well blended.
  3. Continue mixing and add egg and vanilla. Continue to mix on the lower end of medium until completely mixed.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and finely ground cinnamon heart candies (I use a mini processor to grind up the candies). Blend well.
  5. Gradually, add your dry mix to your wet mix in 1 cup increments while your mixer is running slowly until everything is added and mixed together.
  6. Make one-inch balls from your dough and roll in remaining powdered candy mix that was set aside.
  7. Put on baking sheet a couple of inches apart and bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes depending on your oven. I baked mine at 11 minutes. Cookies will puff up while baking but will flatten into the result pictured here.
  8. Let cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
  1. While the cookies are baking, cover your dough mix with a damp cloth so it doesn't dry out.
  2. Makes 48 cookies.
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Before and after. I ground these cinnamon heart candies in a small processor.

Before and after. I ground these cinnamon heart candies in a small processor.

Roll your dough into one inch balls, then roll in remaining ground cinnamon candy powder that you set aside.

Roll your dough into one inch balls, then roll in remaining ground cinnamon candy powder that you set aside.

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  • Avatar Adrienne Apr 17, 2016, 6:03 pm

    I made these for a pink-loving friend’s birthday and they were a hit! I found they were very forgiving when it came to baking time, some were browner than others but they all came out delightfully crisp yet chewy. The cinnamon taste comes through but they’re definitely sugar cookies – even people who don’t like the candies liked these. I made a second batch and tried upping the amount of cinnamon but those ones turned into sticky messes in the oven :'(. So be sure to follow the recipe!

    Thanks for the idea, I will definitely make these again!

    • Avatar Sheri Landry Apr 23, 2016, 10:59 pm

      Thanks Adrienne. I’m glad they were a hit for you.

  • Avatar Soozle Feb 3, 2015, 7:33 am

    Oooh what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing

    • Avatar Sheri Landry Feb 4, 2015, 3:50 pm

      You are welcome. They went really fast in our house, and it wasn’t me!