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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon is my favorite spice. It feels bold to type those words out on the page, but I sense it's the truth. Cinnamon reminds me of late autumn afternoons, when the sky is darkening, the air is crisp, and the leaves on the trees mimic the shades of the rainbow. Cinnamon reminds me of my mother's homemade rice dish—creamy, sweet, and covered with a thick layer of spice. Cinnamon reminds me of apple cider and spiced wine, close friends, and cozy evenings.

I'm finally ready for fall.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

There has been a long running debate in my house over cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls. It's a bit of a silly debate to have in the first place; either roll is welcome in our home and eaten without complaint. However, if push comes to shove, our opinions emerge and are freely given. My family prefers the richness of a caramel roll, drowned in a thick layer of its namesake, while I am fond of cinnamon rolls, tender and covered in a lovely cream cheese glaze. Homemade and hot from the oven, though, it's hard to go wrong with either option.

I told you it was a silly debate.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

The weather has been quickly in decline the last week, with cooler temperatures and windy evenings. Cool weather makes me feel like baking and, since I've been avoiding the oven for much of the summer, the yeast was calling me from the refrigerator. There is something about the feel of dough beneath my fingers and the scent of yeast hanging in the air that has a calming effect on me. Without much thought, I found myself whipping up a batch of cinnamon rolls. However, instead of leaving myself with a pan of large rolls I could never hope to enjoy all by myself, I cut the dough thinly and baked the rolls on their sides, turning the classic rolls into sweet cookies I can share with everyone.

A few seconds in the microwave elevate these cookies into a warm, sticky sweetness I adore.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies are full of sweetness and cinnamon and fall. The cookies are essentially cinnamon roll dough, cut thinly and baked. The cookies crisp up around the outside, but stay soft and tender on the inside resulting in a classic cinnamon roll flavor with a new texture. The cookies are made with yeast and do take a bit of time to put together, but I think the end result is definitely worth the trouble. The recipe is easily doubled if more cookies are on the menu.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Yields about 18 cookies

Cinnamon Roll Dough
1/4 cup (59 ml) lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup (56 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the yeast on top of the lukewarm water and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the melted butter, sugar, lightly beaten egg, and salt. Add the flour gradually until incorporated.

On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and knead until elastic (about 5-7 minutes). If the dough is too sticky to work with, add more flour until the dough becomes workable, but be careful not to add too much or the rolls will become tough. Alternatively, you may use a stand mixer to knead the dough using the dough hook attachment.

Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm location for 1-2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 15 by 12-inch rectangle.

3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and salt until uniform. Spread the cinnamon filling evenly over the rolled out dough, keeping a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

Begin rolling the longest sides of the dough rectangle towards the center so that they meet in the middle. Using a sharp knife, cut off the ends of the dough and toss. Continue cutting the roll into 1/2-inch thick segments.

Place the cookies on a parchment-covered baking sheet at least 2-inches apart and cover with a kitchen towel to rise until doubled in size (about 20-30 minutes).

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 degrees C).

Sprinkle cookies with granulated sugar and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are golden. Allow to cool slightly before digging in.

Reader Comments (19)

I love the idea of using your favorite flavors (or dough) in a different format. And I ADORE the palmier shape of these - when I see that shape on a plate in front of me, I always feel like this snack is going to be a charming little adventure. :)
My favourite pastry has always got to be a cinnamon roll, so a cookie version sounds amazing!

I'm ready for the cooler weather now too and getting cosied up at home, though the weather here in England at the moment is so temperamental it's a soup and fruit crumble day one minute followed by an ice cream day the next!
09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
I love everything with cinnamon in it.
I can almost smell autumn here :-)
09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie
...and of course making them smaller means you can eat twice as many without feeling piggy, yes? :D
09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
These cookies are absolutely gorgeous (as always)! Definitely on my to-bake list!
I'm ready for fall too, and these cookies are the perfect way to get going! Awesome recipe!
Mmmmm!!! Increibles :-)
09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterYlenia
YUM! I`ve made something similar and loved it! :) And, I totally agree with Ellen.
09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynna
Oh my goodness. I would have never thought of turning a normal cinnamon roll recipe into a cookie. I actually would't think it could be done. Now I know differently. These look so yummy :)
saw them on FG and they are just...both adorable and stunning and delicious looking!
I love cinnamon rolls, just thinking about them makes me start to drool, haha! I love how you turned these into cookies (so similar to Palmiers with leftover puff pastry--getting a little nostalgic about culinary school as I write this), awesome idea.
These are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to try them!
09.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
yom! looks soooo soo good! I would love to try these.

09.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterneena noel
Love these cinnamon-y cookies. Just the thing to have with your evening coffee.
they remind of me palmiers that I made a few months back.
lovely writing, it puts me in a good mood
09.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenteranita
These cookies look amazing. Bookmarked. I love anything cinnamon :)
Yum, yum, yum. And I love how they look a bit like owl eyes. Or spectacles for owl eyes.
09.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica
your blog posts are so creative! who would've thought to pair recipes with quotes?? and oh yeah! those cookies look delicious too
09.14.2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor
I have never had a cinnamon roll cookie but I need these. And let me just say, cinnamon rolls win hands down in my house. Forget the caramal, there's just something perfect about cinnamon rolls.
09.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkita
This is a delightful recipe and the pastry are lovely!
09.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

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