I love cinnamon. I use it in my oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese and even to season my sweet potatoes. Cinnamon supposedly increases your metabolism, but at the rate I consume it, that means I should be burning fat like nobody’s business. Hmm, not so much. Regardless, it tastes delicious and is especially delightful in the form of cinnamon rolls. When I started thinking of cinnamon rolls, I imagined a perfect morning where I’d wake up to a fresh-out-of-the-oven giant gooey cinnamon roll accompanied by a rich cup of coffee. Then I freaked out at the thought of yeast started thinking of cookies.
Although I used strong coffee throughout the recipe, the flavor didn’t quite come through. I’ll have to play with it again, but luckily, despite the lack of coffee flavor, this cookie is delicious. This Cinnamon Roll Cookie is a rich and chewy sugar cookie wrapped around a light but gooey cinnamon swirl filling. For now, I’ll just have to dunk the cookies in coffee as I eat them.
The recipe is pretty easy, but you need to give yourself time to chill the dough. Plan for about ~3 hours from start to finish.
Start by sifting flour, salt and baking powder; set aside
Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
Beat in egg, coffee and vanilla
Stir in dry ingredients until well-combined
Place dough on large piece of seran wrap
Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick; wrap tightly with additional seran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour
Once dough is chilled, uncover and brush top of dough with coffee
Combine sugar, cinnamon and melted butter
Spread mixture evenly over dough
Allow dough to come to room temperature so that it is soft enough to bend without braking
Carefully roll dough tightly from one long end to the other
When dough is rolled like a long cinnamon bun, wrap tightly with seran and chill again in refrigerator for 1 hour
Once dough is chilled again, unwrap and slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick
Bake on baking sheets lined with parchment paper until the center of cookies is no longer wet, about 15 minutes; cool cookies on cooling rack
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, separated
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons, separated strong brewed coffee
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside
- Beat 1 stick butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
- Beat in egg, 1 tablespoon of coffee, and vanilla
- Stir in dry ingredients until well-combined
- Place dough on large piece of seran wrap and roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick
- Wrap tightly with additional seran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour
- Once dough is chilled, uncover and brush top of dough with remaining coffee
- Melt remaining butter (2 tablespoons)
- Combine sugar, cinnamon and butter
- Spread mixture evenly over dough
- Allow dough to come to room temperature so that it is soft enough to bend without braking
- Carefully roll dough tightly from one long end to the other
- When dough is rolled like a long cinnamon bun, wrap tightly with seran and chill again in refrigerator for 1 hour
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
- Once dough is chilled again, unwrap and slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick
- Bake on baking sheets lined with parchment paper until the center of cookies is no longer wet, about 15 minutes
What do you do with cinnamon?
I use cinnamon for everything, I love it! SPice up your life! These look really gooooooood
Adorable cookies! I’ve been meaning to tell you for a week now how much I love the new site design. Looks great, dear!
so cute! I’ve made something similar before, but I added a glaze on top :) These look great!
I kept thinking that a glaze would be so perfect for them!
What fun cookies!
They’re so pretty! I would totally want to eat these for breakfast…
Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! We are totally meant to be friends because I put cinnamon on everything too! In my smoothies, even in my coffee! It’s a miracle spice! These really look fantastic :)
I made something similar, but they didn’t turn out nearly as pretty because I tried to cram too much cinnamon-sugar and cocoa powder into them as I could. I used the best 5-6 for blog photos…
Also, it was decided that since they were like cinnamon rolls, they were perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast.
I used to hate cinnamon but for some reason when I got older, I made a total change from my young unknowing self! I love cinnamon now – esp with sugar – especially in a cinnamon roll/cookie!
I have a cinnamon addiction too, it’s my absolute favorite. These cookies look sooo insanely good. I would love to eat them all for you! :)
These would be so fun to make with my kids.
What a good idea!
I totally wish the myth about cinnamon being a metabolism booster were true. Then I would eat these with every meal. They look so good!
I love cinnamon roll sugar cookies with a cream cheese glaze! I won 1st place for them at the fair, but it wasn’t my recipe–I got it from Picky Palate. (Jenny has great sweets recipes if you aren’t already acquainted with her site). I like your idea of a coffee flavor profile…maybe it would be stronger if you used it in the dough too…or ground up instant coffee crystals in a coffee grinder or magic bullet and added that to the sugar mixture on the inside. They look so perfect!
Ooooh a cream cheese glaze would be fantastic! I was thinking of that because it reminds me of the Cinnabon icing:-)
P.S. I use cinnamon in everything! Apple cake, apple pie, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, applesauce/butter, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie, the usual. I also make pie crust cookies with it (that actually have the same look as cinnamon roll sugar cookies) b/c I always have extra pie dough after making pie so I re-roll the extra, spread butter, cinnamon and sugar on it, roll it and cut it into little cookies and bake! I usually add raisins and pecans to mine too. My Grandma taught me to do that.
I think one of my all time favorite things was making a cake that had a cinnamon whipped cream spread over the buttercream frosting! That was sooo good!!!!!
These cookies are beautiful and would add a festive flair to any table!
These cookies look and sound just delightful. I use cinnamon in lots of things. Mainly my coffee. :)
I love cinnamon in my coffee! My parents sometimes will make a pot with a cinnamon stick in with the grinds.
These are gorgeous! Very impressive! I put cinnamon in so many foods, but especially in chili! It’s an unexpected touch that add a lot of flavor.
Your cookies really look remarkably delicious. I use a great deal of cinnamon in my baked goods and it is starting to make inroads into my entrees as well. Not because I believe it has special properties, I simply love its taste. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary
YUM! Your rolled cookies look so cute! For some reason, I have complete adoration over rolled cookies! They are a lot of work time wise, but I love cutting the dough roll into slices. Weird, I know. I can’t wait to try these.
These were the first rolled cookies I have made and it was fun:-)
These cookies are adorable! They look sooooo yummy too:)
I love cinnamon too (my bunny is even named after the spice)! Combining cinnamon rolls and cookies is a fantastic idea. Can’t wait to try these!
Cinnamon is so yummy! These cookies look so impressive, I bet they taste great! :)
These look great and so fun to make! Awesome post
What a great recipe and how darling do these look! I am thinking I definitely need to give this recipe a try!
Love this cookie idea! These look fabulous. I did a cinnamon roll cookie a long time ago but mine had a little swirl of icing on top. You can have these for breakfast, right?
Oh, most definitely!
Congrats on the move! These look delish! Cinnamon roll cookies.. mmmm!
Adorable cookies…love it!
These look delicious! Love the flavors!
THIS is what I’m up to the rest of my holidays… I LOVE cinnamon!
Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorites foods ever, and these look fantastic!
These sound delicious. I love how they look too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen cinnamon swirl cookies before.
That looks great. Hmmm cinnamon rolls
Love the idea of cinnamon roll cookies. I could eat all of these to myself. I’m with you about loving cinnamon – I didn’t know that it helps increase metabolism – even another reason to luv it! Thanks for sharing – need to make these. ;)
These look so delicious