Taking a New Spice Route
By Janet Tharpe


Taking a New Spice Route
Robyn Fischesser's Snickerdoodle Muffins


Growing up I learned to waste not, want not. That was simply our way of life. Now as an adult, I challenge myself every day to be careful with pennies and use only the smallest amount of an ingredient necessary to get the desired effect. This is especially true with spices, which can tend to be expensive and, at times, hard to find.

Recently, though, I made a discovery that has liberated me from my habit of conserving spices. Are you ready?..

Cinnamon does, in fact, grow on trees!

A type of evergreen tree, to be exact. And if I can't grow money on trees, I'll happily take a cinnamon tree any day of the week! This little kernel of knowledge about the origins of my favorite spice has done nothing to change its cost or value, but I smile now each time I wantonly toss an extra pinch into my mixing bowl. Oh, the decadence...

One of my favorite cinnamon-y treats of late comes from Robyn Fischesser of Dry Ridge, KY. Her Snickerdoodle Muffin recipe is always a big hit... each muffin capped with a delightful dusting of cinnamon and sugar.

Another great way to get your day off to a sweet start is with Shauna Farr's Monkey Bread recipe. Even the non-cinnamon eaters in my life ask for me to make this one for them. (Yes, there are actually people who don't like cinnamon, unbelievable I know.) Sweet, sticky and with a silly name, this one is perfect for kids of all ages to lend a hand on. I'd make it every day if I could... because after all, monkeys grow on trees too!

Help me spice up the Test Kitchen with some cinnamon recipes of your own! Have one you think we should try?

By the way, my cinnamon studies were inspired by a member's post on the Just A Pinch Facebook page. Have you checked it out yet? Oh, and I'm Twittering now, too. Come on over - We'd love to become your friend!




19 Comments

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DORIS HENDERSON doris
Mar 2, 2010
never have tried monkey bread but i think i would like it alot. DORIS HENDERSON
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Kathy Sterling Kster2033
Mar 3, 2010
I have not had Monkey Bread in years and am looking forward to making it again for my grand children.
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Judy Corea JudyCooks
Mar 4, 2010
This IS a delicious and fun dessert. I've found it's always best when served right out of the oven and enjoyed while still warm and sticky! My large family just loved it recently and I had to admit how easy it was to make.
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NADINE REID NADINE
Mar 4, 2010
I've just found this site and am looking for cupcake and muffin ideas. I am on a "Quest" to match the things I love (but cannot afford) at our local coffee shop/bakery. I think I am about to discover that Snickerdoodle is more than a funny name!
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Marie Cordalis mariecc
Mar 4, 2010
The Snickerdoodle muffins look great! Can't wait to try them. My husband loves the cookies and I'll bet he'll snap up the muffins also.
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Georgia Staten gms4love
Mar 4, 2010
I just joined this site. I'm a diabetic and would love a collection of recipes for diabetics.
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Steve Johnson BIGAPPETITE
Mar 4, 2010
I'm interested in gluten-free recipes for bread and pastas. How about a special collection??
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Debbie Skaggs cookinforever
Mar 5, 2010
I am looking for low carbohydrate recipes. Anyone have any delicious recipes?
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Diana Saucier oreen3
Mar 5, 2010
I just joined this site and I would like some recipes for low fat,low sugar meals.Thanks
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M L mcmaven
Mar 5, 2010
Just wanted to chime in that I've noticed there is a discussion group devoted to diabetic recipes over in the Town Square. You may want to check that out if you haven't already. It might be a good spot to get some ideas. I'm a member of several discussion groups and have really enjoyed them. Hope that helps!
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carol robbins carollee1947
Mar 6, 2010
I am new member and am looking for small meals for 2 or 3 people
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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Sep 22, 2011
I made these this a.m. and I wanted to add a note that I think should be in the recipe. Be sure and spray your muffin papers and sprinkle some cinnamon/sugar in the bottom of paper before adding batter or they will stick. I also added some cream of tartar and nutmeg to the dry ingredients. They were a light muffin and not too sweet, which is what we like.
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Amber L Amblurp
Sep 28, 2011
Donna Brown how much cream of tarter did you put in? What does the cream of tartar do to the recipe? I want to make this recipe, but your alterations sound good. :)
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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Sep 29, 2011
Hi, Amber. On the recipe itself, someone suggested in the comments to add cream of tartar as that was in the original snickerdoodle cookies, so I added about 1/4 teaspoon. It is a powder that is actually an acidic salt that makes food items creamier and gives a fluffier texture.
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Amber L Amblurp
Sep 29, 2011
Ahhh, thank you Donna, sounds great! I cannot wait to try this. Yummm