Mocha Cappuccino Cinnamon Cookies

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When you see this on your grocery store shelf, you act on it:

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Like really, really quickly. Because you already know you love Nutella. And this is taking it to a whole new level. I have reason to believe Jif knows I’m Skippy-loyal and is is slowly trying to break me down. I’m pretty sure it’s an entire conspiracy to take all of my childhood certainties and tear them away from me. Because why eat regular old peanut butter when you can have Jif’s Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread? I just couldn’t contain myself.

Besides eating half the jar with the spoon, I figured it was only right to do some baking with it. I decided to keep it simple and create my own little ode to Magic Middles, which are only the best cookies ever created (whyy can’t they come back??). So, I stuffed cookie dough with this spread and called it a day. A very happy day. I had some friends over for a little chili evening at my apartment this weekend and served these for dessert. And then spent the next day wondering if it would be weird if I dipped a cookie into chili instead of cornbread. Answer? Probably. But I still managed to fit both the chili and cookies into my day… Separately.

Mocha Cappuccino Cinnamon Cookies (makes about 2 dozen cookies):
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  • 1 C Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread
  • 3/4 C (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 t vanilla
  • 2 2/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt

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Since I had already opened the jar of Jif and ate some with a spoon (fine. My finger. I have no shame), I got worried that the spread was going to get really messy when I tried rolling it into the cookie dough. It was just too soft and ooey-gooey. So, I decided to dab 24 teaspoon-fulls of the spread onto a wax paper-covered baking sheet. I stuck the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes, so the spread would harden and be easier to work with.

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While that was chilling, I got started on the batter. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

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Add eggs one at a time, mixing to combine. Then mix in vanilla.

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In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

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Add flour mixture into batter, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.

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Now you’re ready to form the cookies. I sadly didn’t take a good photo of the process because my hands were super messy and there was no ideal moment to pick up my camera (which is already permanently covered in batter and frosting, by the way…). But basically take about a tablespoon of dough and flatten it into a disk in the palm of your hand. Place one of the chilled Mocha Cappuccino spread teaspoons in the middle and form the cookie dough in a ball around it.

Place on a parchment or Silpat-covered cookie sheet. I wasn’t sure how much the cookies were going to spread, so I gave a good 2-3 inches between mine.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes until slightly golden.

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Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, before removing to baking rack to fully cool.

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They look like regular ole’ cookies, eh? Well, bite into them and you’ll get a little surprise.

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Just like my old favorite Magic Middles! But all grown up since they involve Mocha Cappuccino. And hazelnut. And I’m pretty sure as a kid, I would have been like, huh? Just gimmie my chocolate.

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I can’t decide if I wish these cookies were a little less flat or if I kind of loved how I could bite into one and have the mocha spread be perfectly sandwiched in between. My kitchen/apartment is insanely hot (seriously. It’s Boston. And we have barely turned our heat on at all this winter. Windows are currently open) and I probably should have chilled the dough a bit before baking.

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But I think I mostly love these. They were soft. And wonderfully chewy.

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The cinnamon gave them a bit of a Snickerdoodle-y taste. Also that Mexican flare that I wanted.

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While Jif will obviously never be the classic Nutella, I give them kudos for hopping on the hazelnut train and “breaking out of their shell” as their website says. Why let the Italians have all the fun, right? Hazelnuts for all!

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The spread is also quite fabulous on toast. And combined with peanut butter on toast. I forced my Jif Hazelnut Spread and Skippy Peanut Butter to play nice and become one on a slice of whole wheat bread. They succeeded and I’m so, so proud.

Happy Monday! The Bachelor is on tonight! Joy! 🙂

Are you a hazelnut spread lover?


20 Responses to "Mocha Cappuccino Cinnamon Cookies"

  1. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    Alright, I need to track some of this down. I’m thinking Target…they always have a really good peanut butter selection! I’m so excited for the Bachelor too, even though I broke down and looked up the winner on RealitySteve…No willpower here! I’ll happily stare at Sean’s abs for two hours even though I read spoilers 🙂

  2. Victoria says:

    Ohmigosh. I want that spread so badly! I’m currently dairy-free, but the minute I can have milk again this is going in my shopping cart. And yes, those cookies look amazing too!

  3. LisaR. says:

    Cookies look so yummy! I will try to make these!

  4. Simply Life says:

    oh wowowow! i want that! I haven’t seen this spread before and know I will love! And in cookie form…yum!

  5. Katie says:

    The cookies sound great; I haven’t seen that spread yet either but I can’t wait to try it!

  6. leslie says:

    Ohhh yes. I have some of that in my pantry right now. Love it.
    love your cookies too!

  7. I would be willing to put hazelnut spread on just about anything!

  8. Shannon says:

    wowza, these cookies! they look fantastic. especially with the cinnamon 🙂

  9. Gia Grossman says:

    I need to get my hands on that spread. I hadn’t heard about it until I saw this post and then right after saw a commercial on tv. Crazy! I loved Magic Middles too!

  10. kate says:

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this at home.

  11. my friend & i were talking about this spread the other day. so so good! i love this cookie idea. will have to try soon!

  12. sara says:

    Lovely! I’ve seen this spread on the shelf at the store but haven’t grabbed a jar…clearly I need to! 🙂

  13. Um, I need to find this JIF. Like, now.

  14. Bree {Skinny Mommy} says:

    Seriously I am not a cookie eater but THESE look amazing. I love the mocha flavor. YUM!

  15. Kathy says:

    Those look amazing. I’ve seen the JIF hazelnut spread but not the mocha cappuccino. Can’t wait to try it.

  16. Odetta says:

    In officially on the hunt for this!! These cookies are a dream and perfect with morning coffee- right??

  17. Amazing impulse purchase… and good call on freezing the hazlenut-moch globs first… I’m sure I wouldn’t have thought to do that and this would have turned into a gooey but delicious mess!

  18. Megan says:

    I wish I had read this before we went to the grocery store tonight. I so need that in my life. The cookies look awesome!!!!

  19. Reeni says:

    Those are INSANE! I can’t wait to try the spread! And make those magic middle copycats!

  20. k8 says:

    I ran out of mocha and filled the rest with Jif’s “all natural” peanut butter (also frozen teaspoons). Peanut butter flying saucers!

    The “low fat” peanut butter is too salty for the cookies.

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