Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I love cookies and I adore cinnamon rolls, so when I stumbled upon this recipe for cinnamon roll cookies on Nicole’s food blog, Heat Oven to 350, I immediately bookmarked them. If you like cinnamon rolls you’ll love these cinnamon roll cookies! Delicious vanilla shortbread cookie dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, rolled and  cut into bite-sized morsels. If you can wait long enough for them to cool to add some of the simple icing, you are a better person than me. Once little cookie turned into two, then three…then finally I got around to making the drizzle. They taste great without the drizzle, but as soon as that simple drizzle is added, these cookies seem to disappear on their own. I promise they won’t last long. In fact, you better hide them. From everyone. Maybe even yourself! There is no self-control with these little babies! 🙂

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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For the Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the Icing:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the powdered sugar, butter, salt and vanilla. Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Roll out into a 9×12 inch rectangle. Whisk egg white with water until foamy, and brush on the surface of the rolled dough.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it evenly over the dough. Starting with the long end, roll the dough into a log, sealing the edge. Wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Remove the dough from the freezer and unwrap from the plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, gently cut into 1/2-inch slices. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the cookies 12 to 15 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. To make the icing, in a small bowl mix together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth and desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes

Source: adapted from Heat Oven to 350, originally from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

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29 Responses to Cinnamon Roll Cookies

  1. Yum! I need to make these tonight cause I’ve been having a serious hankering of cinnamon rolls. I can’t wait to try them in cookie form! 🙂

  2. So cute and shortbread rolled up with cinnamon sugar has got to be good.

  3. The Teenage Taste says:

    These sound fabulous! Anything with cinnamon is A-OK in my book! 😀

  4. Sugarbakers says:

    Bookmarked, thanks!

  5. Michael Ann says:

    OMGosh, these look AMAZING. I do love cinnamon rolls and I do love cookies 🙂

  6. My husband would devour these!

  7. Tony says:

    The dough is chilling in the freezer now. If the cookies are half as good as the dough …

  8. Totally one of those people that cannot wait for the cookies/cake/anything sweet and delicious cool down before shoveling them in my mouth! These would be no different, they look amazing!! Yum!!

  9. danielle says:

    I am in love with your recipes! I’ve made several and they’ve always turned out awesome! Pumkin scones, garlic naan/chicken marsala just to name a few. Thank you for putting this all out there so people like me look like rockstars in the kitchen!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    You’e an expert at taking the familiar and re-making it. Cinnamon roll cookies, French toast muffins, and snickery squares, just to name a few. 🙂

  11. susie says:

    I could eat a bunch of these…. YUM! Love cinnamon rolls and even better that it’s a cookie. 🙂

  12. KamalKitchen says:

    yummm..i can almost smell these…

  13. These are ridiculously cute. I adore cinnamon rolls too. It is the one treat I never turn down.

  14. Love cinnamon….thanks for sharing!

  15. RavieNomNoms says:

    These look amazing! What a lovely idea!

  16. Half the time mine get eaten before adding the drizzle, too. 🙂

  17. Hi Christina! Say no more, you got me at cinnamon 🙂

  18. Kiri W. says:

    These are so cute! I adore cinnamon, so I am sure these would be a lovely treat for me 🙂

  19. Those look so good! I love just about cinnamon anything!

  20. Oh.. they totally needed that drizzle (not just for flavor) but because they actually now look like cute little miniature cinnamon buns:) Adorable!!

  21. Oh wow these look amazing! I love cinnamon rolls. I will definitely have to try these.

  22. Jilliang says:

    Hi! I love these cookies! Do you ever have an issue with the dough slices crumbling a bit when you slice them? Or could you offer some tips to avoid that?

  23. Sylvia says:

    These are wonderful cookies, I will be keeping this recipe to make often, I even had one for
    breakfast this morning, Thanks for such a nice treat.

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