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Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe

Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe

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best Cinnamon Roll Cookie recipe
It’s time to bake the Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe... WHY? Because when the Holiday Season comes rolling around, as it does every year, and that means it’s time to start living according to the that stress free schedule. Up in the morning… get everyone dressed… get everyone fed… pack lunches…. wave good-bye! Then head back into the house for a cup of coffee and a day in front of the TV and naps.


The Holiday Season… this means my bank account begins to hemorrhage as we walk through the mall shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone I’ve ever met.

Ahhh… the Mall…. hoards of frenzied shoppers and that smell of cinnamon that wafts out of the Cinnabon Shop. Mmmmmmm cinnamon…. the perfect antidote for the the madness that swirls around me this time of year.

But.. Cinnabons are a calorie BOMB… over 700 calories for one. Sigh. I have to stride through the mall for hours to come close to working that off.

The answer? Cinnamon Roll Cookies… they are small, but packed with flavor. (Truly, this really is the BEST Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe … I’ve tried them all!) Now.. I’m not suggesting that these are a diet food (unless you are living on a diet of butter and sugar, and after days like today, I’m seriously considering it), but a few of these won’t wipe out your daily allowance of calories.

This simple cookie is made in a food processor… flour, sugar, butter and a bit of maple syrup… then rolled up around more sugar, and some cinnamon. Mmmmm.

I took some of these along in for the schools annual Holiday Concert… they VANISHED!

Added bonus… they are easy to make, and you can set the dough up ahead of time to just slice and bake as needed.

Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe

Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Category: Cookies & Brownies, Shaped Cookies

Servings: 3 dozen

best Cinnamon Roll Cookie recipe

Cookies for breakfast? Why not? These cookies taste like Cinnamon Rolls.. but without all the bulky mess. Very Yummy, and easy to transport. I've used both real Maple Syrup, and that stuff that passes for Maple Syrup. Officially you should chill the dough in the fridge for 1 hour after making, and another hour after rolling up. I have been known to cheat a bit... and I stick the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes instead. So... if you are in a hurry.... go ahead. Just don't leave it in too long, or you'll have to let it thaw a bit before rolling.


  • 2 cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • cubed
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbl Milk


  • Make the Dough-
  • Stick the Flour, Sugar and Butter in a food processor, pulse a few times until it looks like sand.
  • Add the Maple Syrup, let the processor run until it comes together as a dough.
  • Cut the dough in half... wrap each half in plastic wrap... flatten to a disc - this will make it easier to roll later.
  • Stick the dough in the refrigerator for an hour (or freezer for 15 minutes)
  • While it's chilling... make the Filling
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together
  • Put the egg white in a small bowl, beat it a bit to break up the eggy strands
  • Take the one of the Dough rounds from the fridge, lay it on the counter or table on a big piece of plastic wrap, cover with another (trust me, the plastic wrap makes it easier to roll out, and then wrap up later), and roll to a 10 by 15 inch rectangle (no, you don't need to get a ruler... just eyeball it)
  • Trim the edges up a bit... add the bits to the ends.... roll flat... about 1/4 inch thick
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the egg white lightly on the dough. This helps the roll stick together (yes, I've tried leaving it out... it makes a mess... bits fall off, so just use it.)
  • Sprinkle half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mix on the rectangle. Spread it evenly to the edges.
  • Roll the dough up from the short end. Use the plastic wrap to help you roll it, and keep it tight.
  • When it's all rolled up, wrap in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge again for an hour (or freezer for 15 min)
  • (yes... it's a lot of steps, but these are really good cookies, so plug away)
  • Repeat with other disk
  • Now..go read a magazine...
  • preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
  • Cover 2 baking sheets with Parchment Paper
  • Take your roll out of the fridge... slice (with a sharp knife) into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Lay the slices on the parchment paper
  • Use a pastry Brush to brush the cookies with Maple Syrup
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.. you want light brown... go 20 if you want a crisper cookie ( my friend loves them that way... she's a dunker though)
  • Take them out of the oven,and put the parchment onto a cooling rack
  • When cool...
  • Mix the Powdered Sugar and Milk to make Icing...you want the consistency of Elmer's Glue
  • Put the icing into a baggie, clip the corner, and drizzle the icing on the cookies.... you can do a Jackson Pollack painting if you want... I tend to go in one direction.
  • Let it set
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 Cinnamon Roll Cookies… Step By Step

Wrap the Dough in Plastic Wrap

best cinnamon Roll cookie recipeA square disk is good… makes it easier to roll later

Now put it in the fridge or freezer

Roll Out to Rectangle approx 10 by 15 inchesbest cinnamon roll cookie recipeTrim the sides and add to the end

Brush With Egg White… Then Sprinkle with Brown Sugar/ Cinnamon Mix

best cinnamon roll cookie recipe

Spread it evenly

Roll Up the Dough

best cinnamon roll cookie recipe

Use the Plastic Wrap to Help You

Wrap Up the Roll

Stick it in the Fridge or Freezer

Slice the Dough Log

best cinnamon roll cookie recipe

About 1/4 inch thick



Put the Cookie Rolls On Parchment Paperbest cinnamon roll cookie recipemaybe 1 1/2 inches apart

Brush Cookies with Maple Syrup

best cinnamon roll cookie recipeReal is great, imitation will work

Bake Until Lightly Browned… maybe 15 to 16 minutescinnamon roll cookies

If you want them crispy… go 18 to 20

Put the Icing in a Pastry Bag or Plastic Baggie… Clip the Corner… Decorate the Cookies

best cinnamon roll cookie recipe


Kids love doing this… they love to splatter icing

Plate and Eat

or just eat….cinnamon roll cookiesThese are GREAT Take-Along Cookies

These cookies are a hit at potluck breakfasts…. bake sales…. luncheons…. teas…. any time you need to take a cookie

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best cinnamon roll cookie recipe



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