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Cinnamon Rolls-- but in cookie form!

These adorable cookies are shaped, and taste, just like cinnamon buns! These Cinnamon Roll Cookies have a traditional sugar cookie base, a cinnamon sugar swirl, and of course sweet icing on the top. This recipe is super easy and the design is unique yet very forgiving. This is another recipe featured in my upcoming book Audra Leigh's Cookies. Please subscribe to my site to get updates via email. I hope you enjoy today's recipe and be sure to try them at home!


Cinnamon Roll Cookies

 

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yields: About 30 cookies


Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups of flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk (whichever you prefer, I used 1%)

Steps


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.

  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Divide the dough in two equal parts.

  5. On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough into a large 1/4 inch thick rectangle (about 8x6 inches).

  6. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Melt 1 tablespoons of butter. Brush the two rectangles with butter and sprinkle the sugar mixture generously over both rectangles. Taking your time, roll each rectangle into a tight cylinder. If the cylinder is not super tight, it may unravel in the next step.

  7. Use a sharp knife to slice cylinder into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place slices on lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Bake until the edges are golden, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for about a minute, then remove to cool completely.

  8. When cookies are no longer cool to the touch, it is time to decorate. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar with milk and use a spoon to drizzle over cookies in desired pattern. Let icing harden and enjoy!



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