CINNAMON ROLL COOKIES….I love cinnamon rolls, I also love cookies, so why not put them both together.
So these cookies are inspired by Crumbl Cookies. They once had a maple cinnamon roll cookie that looked very good.
I wanted to make something similar, but just without the maple. So here it is!
Breakdown of the process
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’re going to be doing to make these cookies!
- Make the cinnamon paste: we’re making this first.
- Make the cookie dough: once this is made, we’re going to gently mix the cinnamon paste into it.
- Leave the cookie dough to chill: before baking, the cookie dough needs to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Bake the cookies
- Make the cream cheese icing: this is optional, the cookies taste great without it but it’s a nice addition.
- Decorate: make sure the cookies are fully cooled before doing this.
The cinnamon paste
You might be thinking….what is a cinnamon paste?
Or maybe you’re not thinking this, it might be obvious. But let me explain anyway.
The cinnamon paste is what you would fill an actual cinnamon roll with.
To make it, it’s just butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and some corn flour mixed together.
I wanted to add this to the cookie, instead of only just adding t ground cinnamon to it. This way the cookie is more similar to an actual cinnamon roll.
I have seen a lot of people do this. But when they do it, they roll the cookie dough out, spread the paste on top, and then roll the cookie dough up. This gives the cookies a swirl, which looks like a cinnamon roll.
I didn’t do this, it seems like too much work. So I just put it into the cookie dough and gently mixed it in!
Ingredients for the cookies
Here the ingredients you’re going to be using to make the cookie dough!
- Unsalted butter: I like to use unsalted so that I can control the amount of salt in the cookies, but salted works too. Just make sure not to add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt that is in the recipe.
- Sugar: We’re using a mixture of granulated and brown sugar. The brown sugar gives the cookies great flavour.
- Ground cinnamon: I added some cinnamon into the cookie dough, as well as the cinnamon paste. Just to give them a more cinnamony flavour.
- 1 egg
- Plain flour: also known as all purpose flour.
- Baking powder: to help the cookies rise a little.
Do I have to leave these cookies to chill?
YES, you do.
Just for 30 minutes though.
These cookies will just spread way too much if you try baking them straight away. They need some time in the fridge to chill so that the butter can set up.
How do you get them so round?
I don’t. My cookies never bake perfectly round. Every picture or video you see of cookies that are perfectly round, they also probably don’t bake round.
Me and a lot of other people reshape them once they’re baked, to make them round.
To do this, you need something circular, I used a cookie cutter, a small bowl works too. Just make sure that whatever you use, it’s a little bigger than your cookie.
Straight away after the cookies come out of the oven, I swirl my cookie cutter around the cookies to reshape them. That’s all.
I’m not sure if I’ve explained this well, but in my video for these cookies, you can see me do this!
Can I made the cookie dough ahead?
Yes, you can. I do this a lot.
Once you get to the point where you have made the cookie dough balls. Instead of leaving it in the fridge for 30 minutes, you can leave them in there for up to 4 days.
Or you can also leave them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Then once you’re ready to make them, just bake them straight out of the fridge/freezer. They might just need a few extra minutes.
Side note, if you do this, the cookies might come out a little thicker. But I don’t mind this!