Cinnamon roll cookies are a sweet treat to make for the holidays. The cookies are slice-and-bake with a 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 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!
How to make cinnamon roll cookies
Cinnamon roll cookies start with a sugar cookie base. Use flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Whisk the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
The next step is to split the dough in half and roll each half out into a 9-inch by 7-inch rectangle that is no less than 1/4-inch thick. You can do this between two pieces of parchment paper or by flouring your work surface and rolling pin.
Once the dough is rolled out, brush each rectangle with 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar. Very slowly roll up the dough into a 9-inch log. You will have two logs of dough. Wrap and refrigerate both for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 F and use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 1/2-inch thick disks. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are set. While the cookie cool, make the icing. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the cookies and enjoy!
Can you freeze cinnamon roll cookies?
Yes. Roll the dough up into a log and cover it tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let the dough defrost in the refrigerator before slicing and baking.
You can also slice and bake the frozen cookie dough if you have a sharp enough knife and strength to cut the frozen dough (be careful!) Baking time will be closer to 14 minutes.
Once the cookies are baked, you can freeze them, but do not add the icing. Place them in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature.
Baked goods with cinnamon
Looking for more desserts that call for cinnamon? Try these recipes…
- Snickerdoodle cookies
- Cinnamon swirl zucchini cake
- Banana cinnamon muffins
- Mini Cinnamon Scones
- Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon roll cookies wouldn’t be complete without icing! This drizzle will have you licking your fingers after every bite. Try the recipe and tag @ifyougiveablondeakitchen so I can see your creation!
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups (280 g) all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (170 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons (15 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup (150 g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated. Turn mixer on low and gradually add in flour mixture. Mix until combined.
- Divide the dough into two equal parts. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out into a 9″x7″ rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Remove top piece of parchment paper. Spread one tablespoon of melted butter onto each rectangle. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon together then sprinkle evenly over each.
- Slowly roll up each rectangle tightly into a 9-inch log, peeling the dough off of the bottom piece of parchment paper. It’s okay if the dough cracks slightly, smooth out any cracks with your fingers. Cover the dough log in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove dough logs from the refrigerator. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1/2″ thick slices. Place slices onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on the sides. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the Icing
- In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Start with two tablespoons milk and if the consistency is too thick to drizzle, add another teaspoon or two. Using a spoon, drizzle icing over the cookies and serve.
- Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Dough log can be refrigerated for up to two days and frozen for up to 3 months. If you freeze the dough, allow it to defrost in the fridge overnight before slicing and baking.
This recipe was last updated December 2019.
Inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction.