Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cookies - 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats (Week 1)

This is going to sound strange, but I started baking for Christmas this week.  In September. Crazy? Maybe.  But really the idea is to not go crazy later, in December. Each week I'll make one Christmas treat and pack it away in the freezer.  Then, 12 weeks from now, on December 13th, my baking will be complete - just in time to hand some gifts and enjoy some cookies.  I heard about the idea on Meal Planning Magic and decided I would join in on the fun. Let's hope I can stick it out! Check back next Thursday for the next treat. Be sure to hop to the other blogs participating - links below!

One of my favorite things about Christmas Day is making homemade cinnamon rolls. I usually make the dough the night before, or get up very early and start them so the dough can rise and we can eat them before lunch. I have a feeling with an infant and toddler, this could be a very early morning kind of year. I'm pretty much ready to crash myself once they pass out for the night.

These cookies are fun to make, but require a bit of time as you need to chill the dough once, and then freeze again later.  But, it's very easy and well worth the extra time. They taste like a combination of a real cinnamon roll and a sugar cookie. This recipe made 2 dozen cookies and I'm already behind because we didn't freeze them! lol  So, lesson learned Week One - when you live with a Cookie Monster, make extra to sample, freeze the rest!

Source: A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock & Roll


  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 T. unsalted, soft butter
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
The Filling:

  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 2 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
The Glaze:

  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 T. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


1. Combine the dry ingredients and "sift" together with a whisk. Set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg white and vanilla.

3. Add the dry ingredients just until combined.

4. Roll between two pieces of parchment paper or wax paper to form a 12-inch square. Chill for about 30 minutes.

5. Carefully peel the bottom paper off the dough. Flip the dough and do the same with the other paper. Top the chilled dough with the maple syrup and then sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar.

6. Carefully roll the cookie dough up in a spiral and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze until firm.
7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

8. Slice into 1/4-inch slices and bake on a parchment lined sheet pan for 8-10 minutes. Place the sheet pan on a cooling rack and allow the cookies to cool on the sheet pan for about 10 minutes. Remove them from the sheet pan and continue cooling them on a cooling rack.

9. Drizzle with the powdered sugar glaze.


Pam@TheMeltaways said...

These would be a huge hit at our house! Putting them on my list for sure!

DNCWWO said...

I love anything with cinnamon in it. Cinnamon rolls in cookie form? I'm sold!

adventureofalife said...

Yum! And they look sort of friendly!

Jaida said...

Oh girl...these are dangerous!! As your little Cookie Monster demonstrates for us, eating them fresh out of the oven means they won't last long! Great recipe!

Louanne Bertrand said...

How inventive are these?!? Love this idea, and I know the husband would be insane over these (he loves cinnamon rolls)Pinned!

Marina Prins Hoiting said...

I definitely going to make your cinnamon roll cookies!

marina #6

Cara Peace said...

love this idea! Great cookie to start the fun!

Heather Lynne said...

These are so cute! Great idea for Christmas.

Trisha said...

Cinnamon rolls in cookie form, i'm in! Can't wait to try this out.

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) said...

Now these are creative and look so yummy! I'm definitely going to put these on my list to try--cinnamon rolls are a bit hit in our house so I bet these cookies would be too! Glad you're part of the hop this year.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen said...

I think these are a superb idea. They look and sound incredible! So great for the holidays.

Kayla said...

These are too cute! I think you can freeze cinnamon rolls so maybe you could make them one week and freeze them so you just have to pull them out for Christmas?

Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction said...

Cinnamon Roll Cookies could be dangerous. I think these would disappear in a flash. Glad to be baking with you.

Avril said...

Hi! What an adorable name to your blog!! :-)

I have had these cookies on my 'must make' list for awhile...you have given me a push closer to making them with your fabulous post! Adorable helper too :-)

Tracy said...

Oh, yummy! I love the idea of cinnamon roll cookies. :) Glad to be baking with you!

Adam said...

I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner again. Where does the time go! Love the list of Christmas treats. It is making want it to be cold and snowy outside.

Anonymous said...

I hear your longing and your concerns. I'm in a similar space about having more: I know I would want and love more babies, but I also know that the parameters of my living situation aren't conducive to additional children. Also, I think my personal ability to give has been stretched to the limit. I'm hoping that in the future, when I'm really feeling like I need a baby, I can borrow one from a mom-friend who needs a break and thereby do us both a favor.
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