Pregnancy Cravings (and Cinnamon Swirl Cookies)

I would say that my husband is pretty lucky, from some of the stories I hear about pregnant women and their cravings. Through all the times I have been pregnant, I have only sent him out twice to get something special for me that I was craving and that was never in the middle of the night or during any major storm.

A couple of weeks ago, we were going to let my five year old choose what we had for dinner and she said she wanted Barbecue Hot Wings. I wasn’t craving hot wings prior to her saying that, but once the words were out of her mouth my own mouth was watering for hot wing. My husband and Kelly went to the store to get our dinner. In anticipation, I got the oven pre-heated and got the baking sheet all ready so that once they walked through the door, I could get the hot wings cooking right away.

Several minutes passed and Nick and Kelly walked in the door with their groceries. As soon as Nick pulled the groceries out of the bag, my face must have expressed my disappointment.  Instead of the tasty barbecued chicken wings I was now craving, out of the bag came Tyson chicken nuggets. Seriously? You can’t tell someone you are bringing home hot wings and then bring home chicken nuggets instead! Nick immediately said “Uh oh… ummmm… I’ll run back out and get some hot wings!” You can bet that I did not stop him.

Another craving hit yesterday but this time it was for cinnamon rolls. I had a class to facilitate last night and as tempting as it was to make cinnamon rolls, it just did not seem like the right thing for an evening class. I remembered reading about some cookies in Martha Stewart Living magazine that were inspired by classic cinnamon rolls. I decided to give Martha’s Cinnamon Swirl Cookies a try. First, let me say, the concept of these cookies is great and I can totally see their potential, but they just did not do it for me. The dough was delicious, but a pain to work with, and they were really hard cookies, not soft like I would anticipate a cinnamon roll cookie being like. The recipe says to bake the cookies for 19 minutes, which I think must be an error as my cookies were too brown after only 9 minutes. Either way, this is one pregnant craving that was not satisfied. Now, off to make some real cinnamon rolls!

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies from Martha Stewart Magazine

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Make the dough: Sift flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and orange zest with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture gradually, and beat until just combined. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight).
  2. Turn half the dough onto floured parchment. Roll into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle, then trim edges straight. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Transfer rectangles on parchment to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm but pliable, about 10 minutes.
  3. Make the filling: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Crumble mixture evenly over rectangles. Starting on a long side, roll 1 rectangle into a log, and wrap it in the parchment. Repeat with remaining rectangle. Refrigerate logs for 1 hour (or overnight).
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut each log crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, and bake until edges are golden brown, about 19 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

Tried and True cinnamon roll type cookies from around the blogosphere. Should have gone to you all first!

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  1. says

    Well, it sure looks cute!

    I only had a craving the first time I was pregnant and only once BUT it lasted 10 days. I craved chocolate to knock all cravings out of the ball park. I had something chocolate for breakfast lunch and dinner for 10 straight days. And then it was gone as if by magic. The boy that resulted from that didn’t enjoy chocolate until he was in his 20’s.

  2. says

    When I was pregnant, my husband figured out pretty fast to not show up unless he had exactly what I had requested.

    Congrats! I didn’t know you were expecting!

  3. Erin from Long Island says

    HAHAHA! You crack me up…Way to stick it to Martha….anyway, i hope the craving gets satisfied soon. I may have tyo break out my own version of these cuz now I want some too!

    As for the wings…never send a man out for something important without a written list!

  4. says

    It might have been the recipe. Martha has been off as of late. She was doing so good but then two flops I had in a row from here.
    The ones I made were crunchy as well but I knew that going into it.

    peabodys last blog post..Stress relief…

  5. says

    Know how you feel, managed to get myself pregnant, only 7 weeks gone though so still keeping it quiet even though I’m bursting to tell! I’ve been craving BBQ sauce (which I hate) and anything pork: salami, sausages, bacon (which I hate) and smoke salmon (on the bad food list!). No morning sickness yet 😀

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