This recipe makes one giant cookie, about 8-9″ in diameter. It has fluffy buttercream icing and crushed red hots for a fun cinnamon-y twist!
1/2 cup real butter, very soft but not melted.
5 tablespoons (62 g) sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red hot candies (note: you’ll need some more to sprinkle on top)
1 egg yolk from large or extra large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour (152 g) lightly spoon into measuring cup and level
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, extra soft
1 1/2 cups (170g) powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1–2 tablespoons cream or milk
optional: cinnamon extract or cinnamon flavoring oil to taste
Topping: additional 1 tablespoon or so crushed red hots on top of frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and slip our printable template underneath the parchment. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in egg yolk and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder and salt all at once and mix to combine. Mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red hot candies.
TIP: Dough will look crumbly at first, that’s normal! Keep mixing, for longer than you think you need to and it will come together. When everything is well incorporated, you can use clean hands to pull it all together.
Form dough into one large ball.
Place dough ball on prepared baking sheet and gently press to 7″ in diameter. Smooth edges with hands so here are no craggily edges that can get overcooked. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until set on the edges and slightly soft in the middle. I feel this cookie is best just slightly underbaked so it stays soft!
Note: All ovens cook differently and baking time can vary depending on how you pressed your cookie down so set your timer but keep an eye on it and go by look over time!
Tip: If your edges are getting browned, it’s probably been in there too long!
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
While cooling, mix up all frosting ingredients until light and fluffy. Add as much liquid as you need (a tiny bit at a time) until it is the consistency you like and add cinnamon flavoring to taste, starting with just a few drops.
When cookie is completely cool, frost and sprinkle with additional crushed candies.