These easy drop cookies are a cinch to make but have a taste that's truly next level. After the dough gets mixed with a generous amount of cinnamon and vanilla, it's portioned out onto baking sheets and topped with a double coating of fine sanding sugar to create a crisp, crackly top once baked. 




  • Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture. Beat until combined.

  • Scoop dough using a 1 1/2-inch scoop (about 1 1/2-tablespoons); transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush and sprinkle with more sanding sugar.

  • Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are just beginning to brown at edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.