Happy Election Day dear readers! In the spirit of vote-casting, we at Teaspoon of Spice are running our own little spicy popularity contest: Cinnamon vs Smoked Paprika? While we don’t have “I voted” stickers to distribute, your friends will be able see you voted through our comment section below.
It all started when I recently noticed that the two most popular spices in our cornucopia of site recipes are cinnamon and smoked paprika. Deanna and I both seem to gravitate toward cooking with these warm flavors when we want to spice things up; we even (somewhat unintentionally) had our site designed in warm colors.
Interestingly, Deanna uses a lot of smoked paprika – which tends to match her bold, fresh, super-modern cooking style. (I just bought my first jar of smoked paprika this summer.) I tend to gravitate toward using more cinnamon in a cooking/baking tendency that loves to look back in time (and back at vintage recipes) to find new favorites…like this recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Monster Cookies. I’ve been making these since I was a kid (like 8 years old – really – I remember pulling out a bowl almost as big as me to mix up 18 cups of oatmeal!) I’ve adapted the recipe significantly by cutting down on the white sugar, brown sugar and corn syrup, cutting back the amount of fat and swapping out butter for canola oil. With the addition of oil, the amount of sugars and fat can be drastically reduced without sacrificing the incredible chewy texture that makes these cookies a favorite. And this time when I made them, this dietitian was super excited to get my kids to part with big wads of leftover Halloween candy to add to the cookie batter. (And magically the candy that didn’t make it into the batter will never be seen again.)
This Election Day, please vote for your favorite spice in the comment section below: Smoked Paprika vs. Cinnamon! And check out our recipe round-ups here:
Click here for: Complete Smoked Paprika Recipe Round-Up
Click here for: Complete Cinnamon Recipe Round-Up
What’s your favorite spice? Cinnamon or Smoked Paprika