Butterscotch Cinnamon Whipped Cream Pie

I believe in signs, not necessarily divine ones, but just little occurrences that try to nudge you in the right direction. Take for example my most recent trip to the grocery store when the bags of butterscotch chips caught my eye. I almost never cook with butterscotch, simply because I forget about it. But what […]


Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Cereal Bars

One of my big daily dilemmas is that I love to snack, but snacks aren’t often satisfying. I’ll wind up eating nearly a whole container of hummus in one sitting, or devouring a bag of chips, just in an attempt to feel full. It doesn’t help that I have an insatiable appetite to begin with, […]


Cinnamon-Vanilla Cashew Butter

Does anyone else think that nuts are laced with nicotine? I mean, why else would they be so addicting? Some people can’t put down a bag of greasy potato chips, but my drug of choice is a jar of salty mixed nuts. If you supplied me with an endless vat of them, I’d never stop […]

Easy Applesauce Cookies

Have you ever looked at a recipe and immediately felt skeptical? I have. Did you then say things to the recipe like, “What? Are you sure?” I have. Did the recipe talk back? …neither did mine. Anyway, I had one of those experiences when I looked at the recipe for these Easy Applesauce Cookies. There […]

Sweet & Simple: 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Contrary to what some people may think, having a food website does not mean you cook and bake elaborate eats every single day. In fact, with life constantly forging ahead at full-speed, I usually wind up eating quick and simple things more than I do the fancy and indulgent. This is especially the case when […]

Thanksgiving Dessert: Personal Pumpkin Poke Cakes

When I say “personal,” I mean these cakes could easily feed two people, but why would you ever want to share? Having your own personal cake allows you to either indulge in the whole sweet treat in one fell swoop or pace it out and prolong the enjoyment. The choice is yours, my little cookies. […]

Seriously Cereal: Cascadian Farm’s Organic Cinnamon Crunch Cereal

Seriously Cereal is a new series to The Smart Cookie Cook. It explores all things cereal & is devoted to all you cerealists (cereal-enthusiasts) out there. We’ve got to stick together! I’m sure that many cerealists like myself will agree when I say that General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of the greatest cereals […]

Apple Cider Pound Cake w/ Sweet Cinnamon Glaze

There are many kinds of cakes in this world. I’m not talking about vanilla, chocolate, sponge cake, pound cake, birthday cake and the like; I’m talking about the overall demeanor that a cake possesses: mighty, intimidating, tall, enormous, elegant, petite, dainty, light, dense, sophisticated…you get the picture. It’s that feeling that halos a cake when […]

Sweet Cinnamon Glaze

Cinnamon is sweet, sinful, and warm. It’s the coziest spice in existence. But beneath that warmth is a bit of kick, the spicy side of cinnamon. That, my little cookies, is what makes cinnamon such a sultry sweet spice. We find cinnamon sizzling in all kinds of recipes. But when we really start to see […]

Cinnamon Roll Almonds

Nuts are a funny thing, you either love ’em or you hate ’em. Personally, I don’t understand how anyone could hate nuts (unless you’re deathly allergic), but hey, to each his own. Me? I love ’em. I think they make just about any dish better, but they’re also deliciously addictive on their own. Nuts are […]