Cinnamon Swirl

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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.

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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

dry ingred

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy

butter and sugar butter and sugar creamed

Beat in egg, coffee and vanilla

adding egg, vanilla, coffee egg etc mixed

Stir in dry ingredients until well-combined

add dry ingred

Place dough on large piece of seran wrap

dough 1

Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick;  wrap tightly with additional seran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour

dough 3

Once dough is chilled, uncover and brush top of dough with coffee

dough 4

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Combine sugar, cinnamon and melted butter

brown sugar mix

Spread mixture evenly over dough

brown sugar mix 2

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 dough rolled 1

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 dough rolled 2

Once dough is chilled again, unwrap and slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick

dough on sheet 4

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

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside
  2. Beat 1 stick butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
  3. Beat in egg, 1 tablespoon of coffee, and vanilla
  4. Stir in dry ingredients until well-combined
  5. Place dough on large piece of seran wrap and roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick
  6. Wrap tightly with additional seran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour
  7. Once dough is chilled, uncover and brush top of dough with remaining coffee
  8. Melt remaining butter (2 tablespoons)
  9. Combine sugar, cinnamon and butter
  10. Spread mixture evenly over dough
  11. Allow dough to come to room temperature so that it is soft enough to bend without braking
  12. Carefully roll dough tightly from one long end to the other
  13. When dough is rolled like a long cinnamon bun, wrap tightly with seran and chill again in refrigerator for 1 hour
  14. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  15. Once dough is chilled again, unwrap and slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick
  16. Bake on baking sheets lined with parchment paper until the center of cookies is no longer wet, about 15 minutes

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42 Responses to “Cinnamon Swirl”

  1. Kristina February 25, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I use cinnamon for everything, I love it! SPice up your life! These look really gooooooood

  2. Madison M February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Adorable cookies! I’ve been meaning to tell you for a week now how much I love the new site design. Looks great, dear!

    • KeepItSweet February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      Thank you:-)

  3. megan @ whatmegansmaking February 25, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    so cute! I’ve made something similar before, but I added a glaze on top :) These look great!

    • KeepItSweet February 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      I kept thinking that a glaze would be so perfect for them!

  4. Maria February 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    What fun cookies!

  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    They’re so pretty! I would totally want to eat these for breakfast…

  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    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 :)

  7. Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    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.

  8. Susan February 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    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!

  9. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    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! :)

  10. Cookin' Canuck February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    These would be so fun to make with my kids.

    • KeepItSweet February 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

      What a good idea!

  11. Joanne February 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    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!

  12. Veronica February 26, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    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!

    • KeepItSweet February 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

      Ooooh a cream cheese glaze would be fantastic! I was thinking of that because it reminds me of the Cinnabon icing:-)

  13. Veronica February 26, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    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.

  14. debbie c February 26, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    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!

  15. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 26, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    These cookies look and sound just delightful. I use cinnamon in lots of things. Mainly my coffee. :)

    • KeepItSweet February 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      I love cinnamon in my coffee! My parents sometimes will make a pot with a cinnamon stick in with the grinds.

  16. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 26, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    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.

    • KeepItSweet February 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      oh, yum!

  17. Mary February 26, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    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

  18. Jenn {Cookies Cupcakes Cardio} February 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    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.

    • KeepItSweet February 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      These were the first rolled cookies I have made and it was fun:-)

  19. Terra February 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    These cookies are adorable! They look sooooo yummy too:)

  20. Stephanie February 27, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    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!

  21. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen February 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Cinnamon is so yummy! These cookies look so impressive, I bet they taste great! :)

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    These look great and so fun to make! Awesome post

  23. erica@fashionmeetsfood February 28, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    What a great recipe and how darling do these look! I am thinking I definitely need to give this recipe a try!

    xo

  24. Lori @ RecipeGirl February 28, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    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?

    • KeepItSweet February 28, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      Oh, most definitely!

  25. Lauren (PB&G) February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Congrats on the move! These look delish! Cinnamon roll cookies.. mmmm!

  26. briarrose February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Adorable cookies…love it!

  27. Jessica February 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    These look delicious! Love the flavors!

  28. WalkTheSand February 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    THIS is what I’m up to the rest of my holidays… I LOVE cinnamon!
    x

  29. Aimee February 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorites foods ever, and these look fantastic!

  30. Kirbie February 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    These sound delicious. I love how they look too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen cinnamon swirl cookies before.

  31. Joy February 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    That looks great. Hmmm cinnamon rolls

  32. Cristina - Teenie Cakes March 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    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. ;)

  33. Christina March 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    These look so delicious

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