Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Fresh Strawberry Center

Tomorrow is my friend and future roommate’s 22nd birthday. She left me a hint two weeks ago that she wanted me to bake her these cookies she found on I wash…you dry. I’m pretty sure she forgot about them, but I didn’t. At first I thought cinnamon in chocolate chip cookies seemed strange–not to mention the strawberry center. Surprisingly, they were delicious like traditional chocolate chip cookies with a kick from the cinnamon and a nice freshness from the strawberries.

Makes 15-20 cookies/I wash…you dry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 15 small strawberries, stems removed (I used half as many and just cut them in half)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl (or with a standing mixer), combine butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Slowly add the eggs and vanilla, and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, still beating until the dough forms.  Add the chocolate chips and fold them into the dough.

Take a small amount of cookie dough and place in the corner of a cookie sheet.  Flatten it slightly and lightly push a strawberry into the center.  Top it with another piece of dough and seal the edges around the strawberry.  Do this to the rest of the dough and strawberries.

Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until your preferred doneness.  Let the cookies cool for 3-5 minutes on the sheet pan and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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