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Homemade Cinnamon Chips

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Cinnamon chips add a wonderful cinnamon flavor to muffins, scones, and cookies. They can also be hard to find in the store.

The good news is that with just a few ingredients you can make them yourself! Bonus – they only take a few minutes to prep. 

white ramekin filled with cinnamon chips

The texture of the homemade version is a little different from the ones you can buy. The store-bought chips are smooth, almost waxy, while mine have a texture that more closely resembles wet sand. When they are melted in baked goods, they remain a little coarse (but it’s not unpleasant).

Ingredients

Labeled ingredient shot of a cinnamon chip ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe, and they are almost all pantry staples: sugar, cinnamon, butter, light corn syrup, and vanilla extract.

Not all ground cinnamon is the same. If you go to a spice shop like Pensey’s, you’ll see that there are many varieties of cinnamon to choose from. Pick the cinnamon variety with the flavor that you like best.

Use light corn syrup, not high fructose corn syrup. It is sold in most grocery stores. (I don’t recommend using homemade corn syrup for this recipe.)

How It’s Made

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until they are well combined. The mixture should be crumbly.

Mixing cinnamon and other ingredients in a glass bowl with a fork

Place the mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and press on it with your hands until you have a blob that’s about 1/4 inch thick. It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth since it will spread and smooth as it bakes.

Tip: While I normally recommend using a silicone mat, parchment paper works best for this recipe.

Pressing brown sandy mixture onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet

Bake for 50 minutes or until mixture is melted and bubbly throughout.

Cool completely and chop into into chip-sized pieces.

Chopping cinnamon chips on a brown cutting board with a chef's knife

Expert Tips and FAQs

When using the chips in a recipe, be sure to fold them into the batter very gently. They can easily fall apart if not handled with care.

Some of my favorite recipes to mix cinnamon chips into are:

How do you store cinnamon chips?

Store cinnamon chips in an airtight container for several weeks or freeze them in a freezer-safe bag for months!

Can you make these with other spices?

Try switching up the recipe to make pumpkin spice chips – just replace the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice.

You can also make ginger chips (so good in ginger molasses cookies) by using ground ginger.

Can you use a silicone mat instead of parchment paper?

I’ve found that parchment works best in this case. They don’t crisp up as well with the silicone mat.

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white ramekin filled with cinnamon chips
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Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Homemade cinnamon baking chips are easy to make and work perfectly for scones, muffins, and cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 151kcal
Author Stefani

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 225 F.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until they are well combined. The mixture should be crumbly.
  • Place the mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and press on it with your hands until you have a blob that's about 1/4 inch thick. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth since it will spread and smooth as it bakes.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until mixture is melted and a little bubbly.
  • Cool completely.
  • Cut into chip-sized pieces.

Notes

This recipe makes 1 cup of cinnamon chips. Store cinnamon chips in an airtight container for several weeks or freeze them in a freezer-safe bag for months!
Try switching up the recipe to make pumpkin spice chips – just replace the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice.
You can also make ginger chips (so good in ginger molasses cookies) by using ground ginger.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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