Monday, December 19, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I love cinnamon.

So it should be no surprise to you that when I saw saw these cookies online I new I had to make them.  I saw this recipe on "In Katrina's Kitchen".  The original recipe calls for a glaze and I really wish I did not skip it.  I was in a time crunch and was not able to make it, but I really think it would have kicked it up a notch.  The original recipe also suggests using sugar cookie mix.  I decided to make my homemade sugar cookie dough (which added to my time crunch), but think you could really use any recipe.  These cookies would be great with tea or left for Santa.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies
recipe adapted from In Katrina's Kitchen

Sugar Cookie Dough (recipe from Baked Perfection)
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 almond extract
2 eggs

Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until fully absorbed. Separate dough into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

Filling and Icing
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk

Divide the dough into two halves. On a floured surface, roll each half of dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Brush with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over dough. Begin to roll up dough, starting at the long side. Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes (until firm – not hard).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take dough out of freezer and begin cutting into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies (making sure you have aluminum foil or waxed paper underneath cooling racks to catch excess icing).


  1. This was the worst cookie recipe I've ever tried!
    I'm a food blogger myself and love to try out other people's blogs, but this was an utter disaster. I made this recipe for a party and because of the time crunch chilled it for about 2 hours rather than up to 24, and figured that was why my dough turned out so soft and sticky. I added more flour, and it did nothing. It did not budge no matter how much flour I added to the surface, and I actually had to throw the entire thing away. The next time, I tried it and chilled it for 2 days, and it still did the same thing. I followed the recipe exactly as it said, so I am confused as to why this isn't working. As a food blogger I try to ensure that my recipes are the best they can be for my readers- I hope that you improve this so nobody has to endure the same frustration and wastefulness that I did.

  2. I thought the dough was great. I just took my first batch out of the oven and the only thing I might have done wrong was roll out the dough too thick. But they sure look and smell yummy!

  3. I thought the dough was great! I just took my first batch out of the oven and they look and smell yummy. I might have rolled them out too thick but I hope they are as good as they smell!

  4. I've made these cookies two years in a row now and everyone always loves them! The dough was perfect and so yummy! They're the first thing to go when all of the desserts are brought out for the party!

  5. I have made these two years in a row and they are AMAZING! I've never had an issue with the dough. These cookies take time and patience so prepare ahead of time when making these. Last year I only let the dough cool for two hours but this year overnight... Both ways where fine.

  6. I have made these cookies for a couple of years. They are very yummy. They do take more time as do most cookies that have a swirl compared to a sugar or chocolate chip cookie. I like being able to make the batter in advance so I have less to do on baking day. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  7. I followed the recipe to the letter and this dough just fell apart when I tried to roll it up. Just a complete wreck. Do not attempt

  8. I had trouble rolling the dough up. It kept cracking on me and didnt want to stay together. So I rolled it up as best I could and then wrapped it in some wax paper to give it a really condensed squeeze before freezing. Other then some of the cookies being crumbly, they tasted amazing!

  9. I love cinnamon and will try these before the holidays.