Of all the differences between Canada and the United States, one that I dislike the most is how varied the selection of food is. The Americans have a lot of the same brands we do in Canada, but have more selections for flavours and options. One example: Hershey Cinnamon Chips. We simply don't have them. One Christmas, two or three years ago, Bulk Barn had a shipment of them, and the next year Zellers had them, once. But they are definitely not a regular in the grocery store, and they are unfortunately the kind of thing that once you have had them, you can't do without!
A dear friend of mine was recently in Pennsylvania visiting, and brought me back some Cinnamon Chips as a treat. It's win-win you see, because he usually gets some of the treat as reward for his forward thinking :) I wasn't the most original with this baking session -- I stuck to the recipe on the back of the package -- but if they post it on the package it is probably time-tested to be a good recipe, and will show off the chips in their best light. The only change I made was to swap out the all-purpose flour for white whole-wheat flour -- another 'treat' from my friend returning from the states.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies
Makes: 4 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 2/3 cups (10-oz pkg) Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
3/4 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350F.
Beat butter, sugar, and granulated sugar in a bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in oats, cinnamon chips, and raisins (batter will be stiff).