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Monday, September 5, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Okay, not sure how many of you remember when I made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies, which I loved, but I said back then that they looked like mini-cinnamon roll cookies and I wanted them to be so!  So, I worked on the idea of a cinnamon roll cookie, and this is what I came up with.  It is the same idea as the peanut butter chocolate swirl cookies, where you roll out the dough and put a filling inside and then roll it into cylinders and freeze it before you slice it into the cookies and bake it.  Guys: these are delicious.  I basically made a regular cookie dough, like I would make for chocolate chip cookies and added cinnamon.  Then I made a filling of cinnamon and sugar and coated the cookies.  As the final touch, I made cream cheese frosting (like the kind that goes on regular cinnamon rolls) and put it on top of the cookies.  (I couldn't leave off the ooey gooey frosting; it is one of the best parts of cinnamon rolls).

1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1 tablespoon
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon water

1.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.  

Ready to be creamed.
2.  Add the flour slowly and mix to make a cohesive dough.

Flour Added.
3.  Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in saran wrap, and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.

Ball o' dough.
4.  Roll the dough out on a piece of parchment paper.  It should be rolled to about 9x12 inch rectangle.  Make sure you don't roll the dough too thin though.

Flattened Dough.
5.  Make an egg wash - which is the egg white combined with the water.  Whisk until foamy.

Foamy egg wash.
6.  Combine the remaining cinnamon with the granulated sugar.
Cinnamon sugar mixture.
7.  Brush the flattened dough with the egg wash.

Brushing the egg wash.
8.  Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the egg washed dough.

Dough is ready to roll.
9.  Roll the dough into a cylinder.

The roll.
10.  Cover the cylinder in saran wrap and keep in the freezer until firm - about an hour.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Ready to freeze.
11.  Once the dough is firm, remove from freezer and slice the cylinder into cookies and set onto a baking sheet.


12.  Bake the cookies 12 to 15 minutes, until they are a light golden brown.  The cookies taste good like this, but I recommend adding the frosting.

Baked cookies.
To the frosting!

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

13.  Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixture until smooth.

Ready to mix. 
Frosting ready!
14.  Spread the frosting on the cookies.  Makes 30-35 cookies.  Enjoy!

The final product.
Mouth watering.
TIP: Put the frosting on while the cookies are still warm so it melts in.
Pile of YUM.
Recipe inspired by Heat Oven to 350 blog.

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