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Auntie Ruth's Cinnamon Brownies

Cinnamon Brownies

I admit it.  I’m a brownie snob. I have no interest in brownies from a boxed mix because they lack personality and usually taste like chemicals.  But with that being said, there are four boxed mixes I love.  They are from a small business I owned in the 1990’s called Auntie Ruth’s. The brownies taste home-made because there are no preservatives, and to make the brownie mixes, you add melted butter and real eggs. Plus, my mixes included a flavorful frosting mix.  I never made money from the business, and eventually stopped production of the mixes. Since my recipes made ten batches of brownies, I only made them for special occasions after I stopped production.

A few years ago, I wanted to make my brownies and looked for the recipes. I couldn’t find them anywhere and think the recipes had been in a box I took to the shredder.  I had also saved them on an old floppy disc that is long gone.  It doesn’t really matter, I don’t have a computer that could open the disc.

I figured out the recipes as closely as my taste buds remember and am sharing one of my favorite flavors.  It’s a cinnamon brownie with my secret ingredient – a hint of white pepper which gives it a very complex taste.  The cinnamon taste comes through the frosting, so don’t leave it off.  My taste buds are watering just thinking about those buttery sweet chocolate  brownies with a bit of spice. They are so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever made brownies from a box.

Meet my Alamo Annie Brownies – guaranteed to make a brownie snob out of you, too.

Cinnamon Brownies
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An easy to make melt in your mouth brownie with a fudge-like cinnamon frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 - 20 bars
  • Brownies:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs*
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sifted unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  1. Brownies:
  2. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl, add to dry ingredients and stir well.
  6. Spread the mixture in the greased pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool.
  9. Frosting:
  10. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  11. Add the butter and milk, stirring well.
  12. Frost the cooled brownies and cut into desired size. ( I am rarely that patient. I often frost the brownies while they are still warm.)
  13. * Two eggs produce a cake type brownie. If you prefer a fudge like brownie, use just one egg.


Pumpkin Pie Spice No Bake Oatmeal Cookies


Pumpkin Pie Spice No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Recipes for oatmeal no-bake cookies have been found in cookbooks since the time of the Depression when ingredients were scarce.  They’ve been called by many names such as Depression cookies, Preacher cookies, Cow Pies, Boil cookies, and Oatmeal Fudge.  The recipes are all very similar and call for boiling a mixture of sugar, milk, cocoa and a fat such as butter for a minute or so, and then taking it off the heat and adding vanilla, oatmeal and often peanut butter.

I remember eating this cookie my entire life, and it was one of the first ones I learned how to make.  Yesterday, I decided to make them for a lunch with friends. I pulled out my trusty old family recipe and at the same time saw a jar of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter on my counter.  That got the wheels turning in my head, and I wondered if I could replace the peanut-butter with the cookie butter and just leave out the cocoa.  The cookies were a huge hit and disappeared rapidly.

I can’t wait for those if you who live near a Trader Joe’s to try these and let me know what you think.  They are so creamy and reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

By the way, after they were all scooped out and starting to dry on the waxed paper, I grated nutmeg on the tops and drizzled dark chocolate on them.  This was a fantastic inspiration and made them amazing!


Pumpkin Pie Spice No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Pumpkin Pie flavor in cookie form – Brilliant!


Pumpkin Pie Spice No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies
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A melt-in-your-mouth luscious cousin of the ever popular Chocolate No-Bake cookie, these Pumpkin Pie Spice No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies will remind you of Pumpkin Pie, Spice, and everything nice!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-40 cookies
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup milk of your choice (I used Almond milk)
  • ¾ cup Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
  • 3½ cups oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • Optional : ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup melted chocolate (I used dark)
  1. In a medium saucepan add the butter, sugars, milk and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Heat to a rolling boil and then boil one minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Take off heat and quickly add pumpkin pie spice cookie butter and oatmeal.
  4. Stir well and immediately drop by spoonfuls on wax paper.
  5. Make the cookies whatever size appeals to you. I used a small scoop. You can also press the mixture in a buttered 9x13 pan and cut into squares when cool.
  6. If desired, grate nutmeg over the cookie tops, then drizzle cookies with melted chocolate.
  7. Cool until dry - about ½ hour. If needed, put them into a refrigerator to speed up the process.
  8. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Pie Spice No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies