Cinnamon Roll Cookies + Video
Cinnamon Roll Cookies. Yes, you heard me, cinnamon roll cookies. Basically, this here recipe has two of the best things this world has to offer - cinnamon rolls and cookies - combined into one. Yes, this is real life. No, you aren't dreaming.
I may have mentioned before that I like cinnamon. Okay - I declared it emphatically. I also may have mentioned that I like cookies. Actually, I went so far as to say that I like cookies better than any other baked-good out there. What I have never mentioned though is that I really, really love cinnamon rolls. Like really. I haven't mentioned this only because I haven't had the opportunity yet to expound on all their virtues. Because I haven't posted a cinnamon roll recipe yet, and it would be a bit odd if I just threw out the fact that I love cinnamon rolls in a quinoa salad recipe. (Don't worry, an out-of-this-world cinnamon roll recipe will come - eventually.)
So, now that you know that I love 1- cinnamon 2- cookies and 3- cinnamon rolls, you can understand how much I love these cookies. And since this is not just your average cookie recipe where you make a dough, portion balls, and bake them, I created a little video depicting the process for you:
Or, watch it on youtube.
These cinnamon roll cookies are buttery (but the butter isn't too pungent, for those of you who, like me, don't appreciate the taste of butter in baked-goods), cinnamon-y, flaky, soft, and sweet. I bake the cookies till they're just golden on the bottom so they don't get too crispy and brittle-like. I prefer my cookies on the softer, chewier side. Always.
These cookies may contain the words "cinnamon roll" in their title, but don't be fooled - they're almost as easy to make as any old cookie recipe. But please be fooled about the words "cinnamon roll" with regards to taste. Because that's what they taste like, albeit with a different texture.
Here's how easy it is: after you make the simple dough, you roll it out, sprinkle it with cinnamon, roll it up, slice it, and bake it. Then, when the cookies are cooled, they get drizzled with a vanilla glaze. Just like a real cinnamon roll.
I use a simple confectioner's sugar and milk mixture for the glaze in this recipe, but I can only imagine that these cookies would also be incredible with a cream cheese frosting smeared all over them. Maybe next time.
In a way, these cinnamon roll cookies are better than real cinnamon rolls because they're so much easier and faster to make. No yeast, no rising, no wait, no fussy and sticky dough - it's just as quick as any other cookie recipe. Fine, maybe a minute longer because you have to roll the dough up and slice it.
Um hi, why are you still reading this? These cookies should be in your oven already.
cinnamon roll cookies
Adapted from Gringalicious
Yield: 4 dozen
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cinnamon for center
- Egg for sticking
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cream the butter and sugars till light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl as necessary.
Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix till fluffy again.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix till just combined. Divide dough into two.
Roll out first half of dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle on a floured surface. Sprinkle cinnamon all over the dough and spread it around evenly with your hands. Roll up the dough, lengthwise. Brush a beaten egg along the edge of the dough right before you finish rolling it up to ensure it sticks.
Cut the log into even, thinnish slices. Place them on your first baking sheet. Repeat process for 2nd half of dough.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookies are just golden.
Let the cookies cool, then combine glaze ingredients and drizzle it over each cookie with a fork.
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