Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

All the flavors of a classic cinnamon bun, but in a soft bite-size cookie form!

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Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

All the flavors of a classic cinnamon bun, but in a soft bite-size cookie form!

Thursday October 20, 2022

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Baking Powder Brown Sugar Butter Cinnamon Cream Egg Flour Powdered Sugar Salt Sugar Vanilla

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I've said it before, and I will say it again, my husband's favorite dessert is cinnamon rolls. Naturally I had to combine this with cookies so we could both be happy! These cookies are soft, delicious, cinnamon spiced cookies that are finished with a perfect drizzle of glaze on top. They are one of my favorite fall cookies to make and share because they're just so cute!

stack of cookies with one leaning on the side

What are the ingredients in cinnamon roll cookies:

the ingredients are similar to all other cookie recipes:

  • flour - just the perfect amount to make the cookie stay together without being dry
  • baking powder - used to make a softer cookie
  • cinnamon - a pinch throughout the dough really helps add to the cinnamon flavor, and then more in the filling
  • salt - just a little to help enhance the flavors
  • butter - this is the fat source for the cookies, make sure its softened to room temperature
  • brown sugar - for sweetness, and to add a bit of moisture into the dough
  • eggs - to help hold everything together
  • vanilla - to help enhance the flavor of the cookies
  • granulated sugar - this is perfect for the filling
  • melted butter - to stick the filling to the cookie dough
  • powdered sugar - for the glaze
  • heavy cream - for the glaze (can also use milk)
ingredients needed for cinnamon bun cookies

How to make these cookies?

These cookies may look complicated, but I promise they're not that hard!

step one: stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, set aside

step two: beat the butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes

step three: add the eggs and vanilla and beat again until smooth

dry ingredients for cinnamon roll cookies in a bowl
dry ingredients for cinnamon roll cookies mixed in a bowl
butter and brown sugar in a bowl
butter and brown sugar after being beaten
eggs added to butter and sugar mixture
after mixing the eggs into the butter mixture

step four: add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 2-3 smaller addition and mix well after each

step five: prepare the cinnamon sugar by mixing together the granulated sugar and cinnamon

step six: divide the dough into two equal portions, then roll each into a 9x6 inch rectangle (should be about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick

flour added to the wet ingredients
cinnamon cookie dough in a bowl
cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl
cinnamon sugar
dough being rolled out
a flat rectangle of cookie dough

step seven: brush half the melted butters on each of the rolled doughs, then sprinkle each with half the cinnamon sugar

step eight: starting along the longer edge, roll the dough into a spiral, this is the hardest part so take your time and make sure you get a nice swirl in the cookie, you can use a sheet of parchment to help guide the dough

step nine: carefully wrap the dough with saran wrap, then allow the dough to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours

butter being brushed onto dough
dough after the cinnamon sugar has been added
dough half rolled into a log
a dough log

step ten: slice the dough log into 1/2" slices, keeping the seam side down to help avoid breaking the cookie swirl

step eleven: bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown, allow to cool completely

step twelve: prepare the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar and the cream until smooth, drizzle over cooled cookies

raw cookies on cookie sheet
cooked cookies on cookie sheet
cinnamon roll cookies on a cooling rack
cinnamon cookies after being glazed

Tips and tricks for the best cinnamon bun cookies:

  • cream the butter and brown sugar well to make sure these cookies are soft and light
  • scrape the bowl edges often to ensure the cookie dough has no streaks of butter through it
  • don't slice to cookies too thick, the edges may collapse during baking and while they still taste good they wont quite look like a cinnamon bun
  • make sure the cookie dough rests for the full two hours in the fridge so it is chilled all the way through
  • make the cinnamon sugar layer as even as possible to make rolling easier
  • roll the dough out on a piece of parchment to help making rolling the dough into a log easier, this way you can lift the parchemnt as you roll the dough to help make a tighter roll
a hand takes a cookie from a pile on a wodden board

What should the dough look like?

The texture of the dough is extremely important for these cookies to work. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. Sticky dough will be too difficult to roll into a log shape, and dough with too much flour will crack and break and not roll nicely. You should be able to press down and make a finger impression in the dough without it sticking to your hands; but it should not crack where you push or look dry

a cookie with a bite taken out is shown propped on top of other cookies

Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 30 Cookies
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)

Directions

Cookie Dough

dry ingredients in a bowl

1

Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until uniform; set aside

wet ingredients in a bowl

2

Combine wet ingredients

In a seperate large bowl, beat the butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes, then add the egg and vanilla and beat again

3

Add dry to wet

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 2-3 smaller additions, mixing well after each; set aside


Filling

cinnamon sugar in a bowl

4

Make Cinnamon Sugar

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until fully combined, set aside until needed


Glaze

glaze in a bowl

5

Make glaze

In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and cream until desired consistency is reached


Assembly

a dough rectangle

6

Roll the dough

Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll each into a 9x6 inch rectangle (about 1/4-1/2 inch in thickness)

cinnamon sugar on the dough

7

Add the filling

Spread half the butter on each of the dough rectangles, then sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar on each in an even layer

a dough log being made

8

Make a dough log

Carefully roll the dough into a cylinder, starting with the longer edge, to make a cinnamon swirled log, then wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours

cinnamon roll cookies on a baking sheet

9

Slice and bake

Preheat oven to 350 F, then slice the chilled dough into 1/2" slices and place onto parchment lined baking sheet, bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden

finished cinnamon roll cookies on a cooling rack

10

Cool and decorate

Allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely; drizzle the glaze overtop once cooled and allow to dry for at least 4 hours before stacking


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