A Thanksgiving feast has been created with ingredients like chocolate and butter, but it’s also got a little extra help.
The best thing about Thanksgiving is the food.
But there’s one ingredient that’s missing: cinnamon.
“I really don’t like cinnamon,” says Andrew Cressey, a chef at the Chicago-based Tasty Kitchen.
“And I’m a big fan of apples.”
So he made a cinnamon cookie.
It’s not as good as it sounds.
Cressell, a vegan, says that he’s trying to avoid using the sweetener as much as possible because he doesn’t want to add sugar to his recipes.
But he’s not alone.
“You need cinnamon to make it tasty,” says Lisa Tarr, who works at The Kitchen Table, a restaurant in Austin, Texas.
Tarr’s recipe calls for cinnamon, but a recipe on the website of the American Dietetic Association says that the sugar content should be less than 1% of the final product.
It also recommends that cinnamon-based desserts be sweetened with maple syrup.
“It’s not about the sugar, it’s about the way the recipe is written,” Tarr says.
“If it’s a low-sugar recipe, then that’s not going to work.”
The problem with cinnamon, says Tarr and others, is that it’s one of those foods that just tastes too good.
Tarshos, who runs a wellness blog called Tasty & Co., has been using cinnamon as part of her recipes for years.
“The cinnamon in the cookies is the perfect balance of sweet and savory,” she says.
But Tarshots recipe calls the cinnamon cookie “light, but savory.”
“It has a lot more cinnamon than it should,” Tarshop says.
Tashima, who has also written recipes, says she wants her recipes to be healthy and tasty.
But that doesn’t mean she’s always willing to sacrifice some of the flavor for the extra cinnamon.
When she makes cookies with cinnamon in them, she adds maple syrup to the mix to make them a bit more sweet.
“When you put in a lot [of sugar], the cinnamon goes to the back of your throat,” she explains.
Tasha Lipscomb, a nutritionist at the National Association of Food Analysts, also agrees with Tarshops that cinnamon isn’t always the right choice.
“Cinnamon is often a sweetener that can be a problem when it comes to reducing calories,” she tells The Salt.
Lipschmidt, who also writes a cookbook called How to Be Healthy and Delicious, says it’s important to find out what kind of sugar is in your favorite treats before you add it.
She suggests using applesauce, honey or even plain honey in the recipe.
“Sometimes, you just need to be honest with yourself and say, ‘I want this sweet, but not this sweet,'” she says, adding that cinnamon and applesauced treats can work well together.
Tessa Hahn, an author and blogger at the Huffington Post, recommends that people make their own cinnamon cookies, but she warns that they might not be as good or as healthy as Tashas cookies.
“A lot of people will just go for the cinnamon ones, and that’s fine,” Hahn says.
She advises people to add some fresh applesauces to their recipes, but warns that cinnamon can be hard to taste.
Tressa Ladd, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, agrees with Hahn that it may be best to go with cinnamon.
But she says the association has been recommending cinnamon in cookies for decades, and it’s not something that has gotten rid of the sugar in cookies.
The good news, Hahn adds, is the number of health experts who are calling for cinnamon to be added to foods like applesaucks.
“People are eating more and more fruit, and so is cinnamon a better choice for them than applesauck?” Hahn asks.