Here’s a dilemma that I have often.. having to buy a large package of something when I only need a little bit! My most recent encounter with this was the other evening when we were craving Chinese food, Wontons to be precise. So, I don’t know if anyone else has ever bought a package of the dough, but it comes with way too many!!! It is only a dinner for two people! Point of all this is, I had a ton left over and decided to come up with another good use for those bad boys. Of course I think to turn it into a dessert. (yummy!) Let’s all set aside the bad stuff (I mean fried deliciousness) for a moment and I can tell you why you should add more cinnamon into your diet.
It is said that at one point in time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold! Which to us sounds crazy! The Egyptians used cinnamon for embalming and also for witchcraft rituals. In medieval Europe it was used for religious rites and also as a flavoring to their food. Later on it was the number one money-making spice in the Dutch East India Company trade. Now, cinnamon is mostly used for cuisine and is significantly popular in baked goods, It may not mean as much to you as gold, but it does have some pretty astonishing health benefits.
- Cinnamon contains manganese, fiber, iron and calcium, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, (B1,2 & 3), B6 and B12 , vitamin C, and many other nutrients.
- Helps to regulate blood sugar
- It has been shown to help reduce LDL (or the bad kind) Cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease
- It has natural anti-infectious compounds. In studies, cinnamon has been effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens
- Reduces pain linked to arthritis
- It is a natural food preservative
- IS DELICIOUS WHEN MIXED WITH SUGAR
I might have fibbed a little bit on the last one there. May not be that good for you when mixed with sugar, but it sure is delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wonton Wrappers, you just have to suck it up and buy too many, I know it gets on my nerves too! These are usually in the produce area by the tofu and salad stuff..
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar, I use Raw Cane Sugar!
- 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Vegetable Oil, enough to cover Wontons in a pan
- 1 Stick Butter
- Bowl of water for sealing dough
- Extra Cinnamon/Sugar mixture for dusting if you want to do it this way (Who wouldn’t?!)
In a food processor, or you can do this by hand. Add Cream cheese, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Sugar. Blend/Stir until well combined.
Now, get out some of your Wonton wrappers, and get your bowl of water ready. On a clean surface place 1 Teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto the dough. Dip your finger into the water and wet around only the edges of the dough. Bring all the edges together to form the Wontons, then squish down carefully to seal, and make them pretty! 🙂
Once you’ve filled all of the wrappers, time to cook! Heat vegetable oil and stick of butter over medium-high heat.. or about 375ishº. Drop in a few at a time, be sure not to overcrowd the pan. It is hard for oil to stay at the correct temperature if you add too many at once. Cook very briefly on each side, until the dough is cook and kind of bubbly looking. Be gentle with these, you don’t want them to break open!
Once the Wontons have finished cooking, spoon onto a paper towel, and then quickly into the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture if you chose to dust yours. Serve hot!
I learned a lesson here, I am not all that angry anymore, about having all of those extra Wonton wrappers. That just means I can make more of these!!! Look at all this delicious inside!
*If you want a super easy and quick thing to dip these in…. Mix powdered sugar with small amounts of water until it forms a thick icing… Making them even better!