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Cinnamon roll cookies are a sweet treat to make for the holidays. Shortening helps the cookies hold their shape and beautiful cinnamon swirl!
Sweet, sweet cinnamon rolls in cookie form? Yep, that’s right. These cinnamon roll cookies are rolled with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with icing to make an unbelievably sweet treat!
Cinnamon sugar is one of my favorite ways to add flavor to desserts so it only seems natural to make cinnamon roll cookies. The swirl is so satisfying to make and eat!
To make the perfect cinnamon swirl, I needed a recipe where the cookies would not spread and hold their shape. Luckily, making sugar cookies with Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening (instead of butter) does just the trick!
Seriously though, these cookies kept their shape. Do you see that swirl? The cookies are thick and chewy, but also light and soft. In other words, the perfect balance!
This is because Crisco shortening has a higher melting point than butter, so the cookies spread less in the oven and cookies stay nice and thick! Just look at the difference between using Crisco and butter!
The cookie recipe I used is good for any type of cut-out sugar cookie (just wait until Christmas). The dough has the perfect consistency for rolling out on a floured surface.
To make the cinnamon swirl, I rolled out the dough, brushed it with butter, sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar and rolled it into a log. I wanted the cookies to hold a perfect circular shape and swirl, so I chilled the dough for a few hours before cutting the log into cookies.
Also, how cool is it that these are slice-and-bake cookies? It makes baking quick and easy when you’re busy, which we all seem to get around the holidays!
Cinnamon roll cookies wouldn’t be complete without icing! This drizzle will have you licking your fingers after every bite.
Try the recipe and use the hashtag #BakeItBetter so I can see your creation!