This old-fashioned recipe for Cinnamon Jumbles (aka Jubilee Jumbles) has been modernized (no shortening or evaporated milk) to make a soft, cake-like, cinnamon-spiced cookie with Browned Butter Icing. Both kids and adults love ’em!!
What kind of cookies did your Grandma keep in her cookie jar?
My grandma had a cookie drawer. These cookies taste similar to the ones I often found at her house. But these don’t look like hers did.
She dropped big blobs of dough on the cookie sheet. The blobs had a tendency to grow together as they baked. She evidently cut them apart in squares. They were kinda ugly–but still delicious.
Grandma’s original recipe was written in the back of one of her cookbooks. Looks like she called them “Jubilee Jumbles.” I found a similar recipe in a Betty Crocker Cookie Book entitled “Cinnamon Jumbles.”
I have updated this recipe with substitutions for shortening and evaporated milk. They taste even better in my opinion.
Try them for yourself. They are mild, cakey, soft and not too rich. Frosted Cinnamon Jumbles go down r-e-a-l easy.
IF YOU LIKE CAKE-LIKE COOKIES: Chocolate Cupcake Tops (aka Frosted Chocolate Cookies)
Valentine’s Day Cookies
Sprinkle the wet icing with colored sugar: Red or pink for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s, orange and black for Halloween.
Another way to switch things up is to use a different icing, such as chocolate or a plain white powdered sugar icing. Try adding food coloring to white icing to match your party theme.
Substitute eggnog for the yogurt or buttermilk. Instead of baking soda, use 1 teaspoon of baking powder. When making the icing, use eggnog in place of the cream. In addition to the cinnamon already specified in the recipe, add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
Variations abound on the internet. Take a look: Applesauce Jumbles, Coconut, Butterscotch, Orange Cream, and Chocolate Cream Jumbles. Some people add chocolate chips, dried fruit, and/or nuts.
How are these cookies different from Snickerdoodles?
Cinnamon is the star ingredient in both Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Jumbles. However, the differences are major.
- Snickerdoodles are chewy and crispy, especially when warm. They tend to flatten out as they cool. Cinnamon Jumbles are cake-like, soft, tender and hold their shape like a little teacake.
- My Cinnamon Jumbles always have icing, in this case, Browned Butter Icing. Not everybody ices these cookies, but I highly recommend it. The frosting dresses them up and makes them a bit sweeter.
- Traditional Snickerdoodles don’t have icing. They don’t need it since you roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before baking.
Are you a cinnamon lover? Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Coffee Icing
Ingredients and Substitutions:
Substitute bleached all-purpose flour for unbleached flour in a one to one ratio.
The original recipe in Betty Crocker Cooky Book called for hydrogenated shortening, as in Crisco. Since many people don’t want to use it these days, real butter works just as well and even tastes better. I don’t recommend using butter substitutes.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, try one of these substitutions:
Use plain unflavored yogurt (2% or whole milk). Add milk until it is the consistency of buttermilk and measure as you would buttermilk.
A well-known substitution for buttermilk is 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice added to enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir and let it stand for a few minutes before adding to the recipe.
Have some sour cream in your fridge? You have everything you need to make a buttermilk substitute! You can swap out buttermilk for a mixture of equal parts sour cream and water, whisked together until smooth. —Foodess.com
My preference is 100% granulated white sugar. As you can see in Grandma’s recipe, she used part brown sugar and part white sugar. Using brown sugar will make a darker-colored cookie and increase the moisture.
How to make Cinnamon Jumbles Cookies:
How to make Browned Butter Icing:
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 c. buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cream shortening, sugar, and egg.
- Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract.
- Blend in flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Combine until you can't see any flour.
- Chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes or 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Use ice cream dipper to drop 1 tablespoon of dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet or use parchment paper (or Silpat).
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. When barely cool, ice with Browned Butter icing.
Brown Butter Icing:
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine) in a small skillet using low heat on stove till golden brown. Be careful not to burn. If any solids turn black, start over. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Start out by adding about 1 tablespoon of milk into the butter. Stir in 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar and beat till smooth. Add milk as you go in very small increments until it is spreading consistency. Because icing becomes thick as it cools, stir in a small amount of milk if necessary to make icing spreadable. If you get it too thin, let it sit for a while or add more powdered sugar.
- Leftover icing is good on graham crackers or animal cookies.