True to the namesake of her bakery, Christina Tosi of Milkbar has a particular affinity for things cereal and cracker related. Her cookbook contains several recipes for a category of concoctions she calls “the crunch.” Operationally defined, crunches are a an array of recipe add-ins whose primary ingredient is most often derived from snack foods including cereals, crackers, chips and pretzels.
Among these little nuggets of nirvana I discovered a formula for homemade cinnamon toast crunch, crunch. Well, she had me at the first crunch.
The technique involves browning butter in the microwave. ‘Go ahead she says, it’s easier than stovetop.’ Apparently not for my microwave. Oh, I got brown butter. I also got an appliance covered in a layer of butter so thick you could grease toast with it for years. But, maybe your microwave is better behaved.
The next ingredient is white bread. I can’t tell you how odd it was to walk down the bead aisle looking for plain white bread. We don’t eat a lot of bread in our household. Whenever I buy a loaf I have to keep it in the fridge because left in the pantry, it’ll go moldy before we even get halfway through. Of course, the mold may have something to do with the fact that I buy fairly gross good-for-you grown up bread that doesn’t have a lot of preservatives. So buying white bread was a bit of a wonder (uhm…see what I did there…wonder…bread).
Off with the crusts and into 1/2 inch pieces.
A gentle toss with the brown butter and a cinnamon sugar mix and it’s time to get toasty.
Out of the oven, this stuff is ridiculous. Seriously…crunchy and buttery and cinnamony.
But wait. Remember the mother snickerdoodle recipe from last week? Well, Christina does encourage the reader to experiment. So, what do you think might happen if we chopped up the cinnamon toast crunch crunch into smaller bits.
Then carefully folded them in to the snickerdoodle dough and rolled each ball of dough in cinnamon and sugar before baking?
You get a snickerdoodle on steroids my friends.
You know you want to make these.
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Snickerdoodles on Steroids
Adapted from Milk, Christina Tosi
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crunch
- 1/4 (100 g) white sandwich bread
- 1/3 C (115g) brown butter (instructions below), just warm
- 1/2 C (100g) sugar
- 1/2 tsp (2g) kosher salt
- 1 tsp (2g) ground cinnamon
- To brown butter. Place 1/2 C unsalted butter in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a microwave-safe saucer and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes. The butter will melt and then start to pop. If you are the TMH’s microwave, it’ll then explode leaving you with about 1/3 of a cup of browned butter. Set butter aside to cool.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Tear or cube the bread into 1/2 inch pieces. Put it in a bowl, douse with the brown butter and let soak for about a minute.
- Add the sugar, salt and cinnamon to the mix and toss well. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
- Pull from oven and break-up with a spatula. Bake an additional 5 minutes.
- Cool the cinnamon toast crunch crunch completely. Chop into crumbs a little bigger than orzo.
- Snickerdoodle dough
- 1/2 recipe cinnamon toast crunch crunch
- 1 C sugar combined with 1 tsp cinnamon
- Go here for the base snickerdoodle recipe and follow directions but swap-in 1/2 of the cinnamon toast crunch recipe for the birthday cake crumbs.
- When scooping dough, roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture, set on parchment lined baking sheets and flatten a bit with the bottom of a cup (about 3″ diameter).
- Follow the remaining instructions for the sprinkle cookies.