Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Not just a cinnamon roll. Not just cinnamon cookies. These, my friends, are Cinnamon Roll Cookies! Let’s pause and relish the idea.

Why? …you may ask. Why not leave things be and let a spice cookie be a spice cookie and a cinnamon roll be a cinnamon roll?

Well for starters, I’m an overachiever. (Haven’t you noticed?)

Second, cinnamon cookies and spice cookies are generally not that visually appealing.

Third, cinnamon rolls take all day to make.

Fourth, cinnamon rolls do not fit in your pocket.

…I knew you’d see it my way sooner or later.

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies Beautiful Cellini dishes from Villeroy & Boch.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies, however, are perfect for lunchbox treats and your holiday cookie exchange. They look as good and they smell, and taste EVEN BETTER.

There are two secret ingredients that takes these little beauties to the next level.

First, cream cheese because:

  • The cream cheese gives the cookies a light and tangy flavor with a tender texture.
  • It makes the chilled dough easier to roll out.
  • It helps the cookies to stand up a little–like cinnamon rolls!

Second, dry active yeast because it gives the cookies that underlying flavor that makes cinnamon rolls so irresistible. The goal here is to include the yeasty essence without activating it. So mix the yeast with cool vanilla prior to adding it to the dough. As long as it’s not warm, it will infuse with the vanilla, but shouldn’t foam and cause the cookie dough to rise more than needed.

  Cinnamon Spice Cookies

Make a batch and bake half the cookies now and wrap the other roll for later. You can slice and bake homemade Cinnamon Roll Cookies in minutes whenever you need them!

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Yield: 64-72 cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 ¼ cups)
4 oz softened cream cheese
3 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1 tsp. dry active yeast
1 cup granulated sugar
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ Tb. cinnamon
3 Tb. whole milk
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Mix 2 tsp. vanilla extract with 1 tsp. of dry active yeast.

Cream the butter, cream cheese, vanilla with yeast, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy—2-3 minutes.

Turn the mixer on low. Add the salt, then slowly add the flour. Scrape the bowl and mix until well combined.

Press the dough into a flat disk. Wrap and refrigerate the dough for (at least) 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Cut the dough in half and leave one half in the fridge while working with the first half.

Flour a piece of wax paper and roll the dough into a 7 X 18 inch rectangle that is approximately ¼ inch thick.

Sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar over the dough leaving 1 1/2 inches bare along the long edge. Starting on the cinnamon covered side, carefully roll the dough tightly toward the bare edge. You may want to cut the dough into two sections to make the rolling easier. *At this point, you can place the rolls back in the fridge and save for weeks if needed.

Press the seam firmly, then cut the roll into 1/3-1/2 inch slices and lay on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

Repeat with the remaining dough and cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 9-12 minutes. Cool completely. Then whisk the powdered sugar, milk and remaining vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Dip the face of each cookie into the glaze and set on a rack to dry.

Spice Cookie Recipe

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89 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Cookies”

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — November 8, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    Totally seeing it your way! So cute!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 8, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    Found you via Foodbuzz top 9! Love your blog and these cookies look amazing!

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    GourmetGetaways — November 9, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    These look gorgeous, and I do agree, cinnamon rolls are not usually so visually appealing. I can’t wait to make these cookies (plus have a spare roll in the freezer) :)

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    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — November 9, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    These are wonderful! I love any way to take cinnamon rolls and turn them into other things. What a great holiday idea these would be too! Great post!

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    dvanthiel — November 9, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    These are heavenly! I live in a country where pre-packaged cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies do not exist… I’m so happy to have this recipe!

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    Kiri W. — November 9, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    These loo to die for! I can sort of imagine them dissolve in my mouth in a perfect crumble :)

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    Steve @ HPD — November 9, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    cinnamon has been scientifically proven to be the most powerful aroma in the world. it both picks you up and relaxes you, makes you more alert without getting jittery, and makes everyone, from every culture, feel better about where they are. cheers!

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    Regina W — November 9, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I tried making cinnamon rolls and it was a disaster… my kitchen. The rolls were decent but not worth all the time I put into them. My brother-in-law can make awesome cinnamon rolls. I need to visit them more often :)

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    vianney — November 9, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    These are awesome, so tru roll take ALLL day to make..and anything that fits into my pockret is a winner, lol!!

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    Magic of Spice — November 9, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Oh wow! These are just heavenly and so darn adorable :)

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    Nisrine — November 9, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    Your cinnamon rolls are beautiful, Sommer and you make them sound so easy.

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    Crystal Sawyer — November 9, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh these look so good!! I was needing an idea for simple dessert for our tailgate party this weekend!!
    I FOUND IT!!! Thank you!! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Aimee — November 10, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    These were really hard to roll out. I put them in the frig for 30min. but I am wondering if they needed to be in longer because the dough was not real stiff. Is that what my problem is? The dough is really good. I am baking a batch right now even though they do not look as cute as your picture. I can’t wait to taste one.

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    • Sommer — November 10th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

      Hi Aimee,

      Sorry you had trouble! I’m guessing the dough needed to be in your fridge a little longer. The chill time does seem to vary based on the fridge used and the shape of the dough when you place it in the fridge. Thin wide disks take less time–I’ll put a note above. I hope you enjoy them!

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      • Aimee — November 11th, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

        Thank you. The ones that I did bake (not very pretty) but they were wonderful. My kids really love them.
        I will try this recipe again with a little more frig. time.
        Aimee

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    Ally — November 12, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Wow… these are absolutely incredible looking. I LOVE cinnamon & I love how these cookies are even iced. Fantastic recipe!!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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    Monet — November 12, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Wow! What a great new cookie idea! I would love to add these to my holiday rotation. Thank you for sharing such an inspired treat! I hope you are having a lovely weekend :-)

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    Alaiyo Kiasi — November 13, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    You’ve just hit a nerve. These cookies are gorgeous, and I can practically spell the cinnamon. I’m putting these on my holiday-cookie-bake list. I love your bright, beautiful blog–and the photos are wonderful.

    Keep sending me your posts via StumbleUpon. I’m loving every minute!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 13, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    Since I am totally in love with cinnamon rolls I cannot help but want one of these cookies. Great idea!

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    Beth — November 14, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    What adorable little cookies! Looks like it makes a big batch, though. I’d definitely have to find someone to share them with!

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    christina17 — November 21, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Made these over the weekend and they are as delicious as they are cute. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Sheli — December 2, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    When I saw these I knew I had to make them. I just finished frosting them an they are sooo yummy! My icing is a bit thicker but they look as good as they taste, Tonight is my Bunco holiday ornament game, can not wait to hear the ohh’s and awwhh’s when the group taste these! Thanks for posting this recipe

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    Michelle — December 11, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Thanks for checking out MichDish! These cookies were definitely the hit of the cookie exchange party! What’s your trick to getting them to look so pretty?

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    Sandy — December 14, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Made these last night! SUCCESS and everybody at work loved them! Gone within an hour! The dough was alittle tricky to roll by itself, but the waxed paper helped without making a mess. Guaranteed to be an annual Christmas cookie! :-)

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    • Sommer — December 19th, 2011 @ 9:41 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! :)

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    Molly — January 7, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

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    Christina — March 31, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    would it ruin them if i made these with 2% milk and not whole milk?

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    marla — September 16, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    LOVE these!! Linked back to this fab recipe in my latest fall round-up :)

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    Lindsay — November 15, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    You hit the nail on the head! I have yet to make cinnamon rolls because of the time factor with the yeast. Yet I LOVE anything cinnamon and sugary. I have to try these – they sound amazing!

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    Erica — December 10, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    The recipe sounded great, but after giving it a try I found that my dough completely fell apart when I tried to roll it up. :o( So I ended up turning them into little cinnamon balls, still very tasty though.

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    • Christine — January 11th, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

      Erica – I am sorry that happened but so glad it did. I had the same problem. The flavor, however, was awesome! I am guessing I either had too much flour or the dough was too cold?

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    Sam — December 7, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    I have been looking for a good cinnamon roll cookie recipe for a while and I really thought I had found it this time since your instructions were so simple! The dough looked great, I let it sit for around 45 minutes until it was pretty stiff, rolled it out and put the sugar in, it was all perfect. I tried cutting it right away and the dough crumbled. I decided to throw it in the fridge for a bit thinking that it was too warm and cooling down may help… that didn’t work, it crumbled even quicker when I cut into it. I let it set for 15 minutes, then 30 then 45. I had two logs so I tried leaving one out and letting it get warm again before cutting and still all of the rolls crumbled.

    They smell amazing but the end product was a disaster. Maybe, after reading this, you could make some suggestions on where I may have gone off the beaten path? Any help would be welcome!! I still baked the crumbled dough and it was pretty good, I just wish that the shape would have held.

    Let me know your thoughts! Thanks :)

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