These cookies, made from only a few simple ingredients, are full of fragrant cinnamon. The smell permeates the Mellark Bakery and spills onto the streets of District 12, luring in customers in the autumn and winter. A recipe created by Peeta himself, we’re sure these are wrapped and tucked into a pocket for Katniss in the evenings.

By Samantha (admin) Published: August 13, 2013

    • Prep: 45 mins
    • Cook: 12 mins
    • Ready In: 57 mins

    These cookies, made from only a few simple ingredients, are full of fragrant cinnamon. The smell permeates the Mellark Bakery and …

    The Ingredients.
    The Method.
    1. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl until well incorporated and creamy.
      Raw ingredients for cinnamon cookies in bowl
    2. Add egg yolk and blend.
    3. Add flour, little by little, until a dough forms. Knead this (in the bowl), scraping the sides frequently. Form into a ball (for shaped cookies) or a 1" log (for round cookies) and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
      Cinnamon cookie batter with egg
    4. Place dough in fridge for at least two hours.
      Unbaked cinnamon cookies on parchment
    5. Preheat oven to 325. Slice log into 1/8" rounds OR Roll out dough to desired thickness and cut into shapes with cutters
      Baked Cinnamon cookies
    6. Space evenly apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If the dough has warmed, place it in the fridge for a few minutes before cooking - this will keep the cookies from spreading.
    7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies barely begin to brown on the edges. Repeat!
      Cookies wrapped for Katniss
    what people are saying.
    • Janine Reply

      I”m going to try that on monday :)

    • Alejandro Reply

      Best Cookies I’ve Ever Eaten. :D

    • Isabelle Reply

      Please post more recipes!! I want to try to make a whole Hunger Games themed feast for when Catching Fire comes out! <3

      • Samantha Reply

        There will be plenty by the time Catching Fire comes out! Please keep up with us on Twitter! :)

    • STEFF Reply

      I’ll do it tomorrow ;)

    • Sue Reply

      I can’t wait to make these for my son’s football team, we have been looking for some thing new to feed them

    • Jessica Reply

      The only comment I have about the entire site is I wish there was a print button that would cut out all the pictures!!

      • Aaron (admin) Reply

        That’s a good idea! I’ll get working on it and let you know when the feature is ready.

    • Ellie Reply

      We are making these right now! It smells so good

    • Stacy Martinez Reply

      A question: is the cinnamon amount a typo? 2+ tablespoons seems like lot.

      Also, this recipe does not indicate the number of cookies that the recipe makes. If not doing cut-out cookies, how many dozen can we expect?

      • Samantha (admin) Reply

        Nope, we used two tablespoons! If you’d like less of a cinnamon flavour, you can use less without altering the rest of the recipe.

        As for the yield, I’d say it depends on how thick you roll the dough into a log. We got about thirty-six.

    • jess Reply

      this is such a good idea. cant wait to try them out!! <3

    • Jacki Reply

      How long can you leave the dough in the fridge for?

      • Samantha (admin) Reply

        Well, for long-term storage of the dough, I would recommend double-wrapping it and putting it in the freezer. I wouldn’t keep the dough too long in the fridge, as it may dry out. No more than three days.

    • becky Reply

      I just made these; mine are darker in color but still taste wonderful. I think it may be because I used raw sugar and vanilla paste, both of which gave the dough a caramel color. They were fast, easy, and have a great crisp on the edges. Great recipe, and fun/interesting premise for a website!

    • Norwegian girl! Reply

      The cookies looks soo good! I am baking it right now, and try to make one more recipe from Panem Kitchen every weekend!

    • Fannie Garduño Reply

      I’m doing them right now!! Smells pretty good!!! :D

    • Elisa Reply

      Im baking these right now! Beautyful dough , easy to make and it smells sooo good! It would be so amazing if you guys could post more mellark bakery coockies! Im already a fan!

    • Isabelle Reply

      Hello, i’m baking this right now. I just made the dough but why are my cookies so dark? They look soo chocolatey. I followed the directions perfectly…

      • Samantha (admin) Reply

        It’s most likely that your cinnamon is simply a finer powder than ours. :) The one we us is fairly coarse, so it doesn’t mix in as much as a powdery cinnamon would, altering the colour.

    • Tina Reply

      I made this cookies last weekend and they’re just fantastic. You’re doing such a great job with this website, and I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes.

    • Lena Reply

      I made these cookies for a friend’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago, and they were all gone within ten minutes of my arrival!

      As a side note, mine never end up looking like the pictures… They are always more brown in color (even before baking). They still taste great, but I wonder if I might be doing something wrong?

      • Samantha (admin) Reply

        Hi Lena,
        You’re not the first person to mention this! :) My best guess is simply that your cinnamon is more “powdered” than ours. Our cinnamon that we used is fairly coarse (I like the texture!), but most storebought cinnamon is a more powdery consistency. This would cause it to blend more with the flour and you’d get a darker dough. Don’t worry!

        • Lena Reply

          That’s got to be it! Thanks so much! By the way, I LOOOOOOVE this site!

    • Youri Reply

      Wait I don’t understand the last 2 steps, you do it in the oven, fridge and than bake them in a cooking pan or oven?

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