Crispy Cinnamon Crackle Cookies | Cookies and Cups

These crispy, Cinnamon Crackle Cookies are pure holiday coziness! The combination of the citrus zest paired with the buttery, warm cinnamon spices pair beautifully with a cup of tea!

If you prefer a softer cookie, try my Brown Butter Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies!

Cinnamon Crackle Cookies on a wire rack

Cinnamon Crackle Cookies Are The Ultimate Cozy Cookie Recipe!

Today we’re talking about the ultimate holiday cookie recipe…the Cinnamon Crackle Cookie. This is for those of you who like a crisp, buttery cookie with warm spices and a subtle-citrus kick.

If you like a gingersnap cookie or a molasses cookie, this cookie will be added to your list of favorites. But even if you don’t prefer either of those cookies, I really think you will love these, because…well…there’s no molasses OR ginger in them, so you just have the hint of cinnamon spice.

Crisp, Buttery, And Perfect With A Cup Of Tea

Imagine how mulled cider, or Wassail tastes…this is the cookie version of that feeling. Of course there’s no apple, but you get the idea. And these cookies paired with Wassail or warm cider…oh wow, now give me a cozy blanket and a crackling fire and you’ve made my holiday dreams come true.

Stacked Cinnamon Crackle Cookies


  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • orange zest
  • lemon zest
  • cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • cream of tartar
  • kosher salt
  • all purpose flour

How To Store Cinnamon Crackle Cookies:

These cookies bake up crisp, so you don’t have to worry about them staying soft, which allows them to have a little bit longer shelf life. Store them airtight at room temperature for 5 days.

Can You Freeze These?

You can easily freeze these cookies after you’ve baked them as well, just let them thaw out at room temperature. This allows you to do a bit of holiday baking in advance!

You can also freeze the dough. Just follow the recipe as written, but when you roll the cookie dough balls in the granulated sugar, place them on a baking sheet and flash freeze them for 30 minutes. You can then place the balls of dough in a large zip-top bag and freeze for up to 30 days.

To bake from frozen , just add a 1-2 minutes more bake time.

A pile of Crispy Cinnamon Cookies

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