The Best Cinnamon Roll Cookies

June 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Matt has a very specific sweet tooth (unlike me, for example – if it’s sweet, I’ll eat it).  Thus, I’m always on the lookout for sweet things to cook that I know will pique his interest.  One of those things, pretty much without question, is cinnamon.  When we first started dating, I used to make these cinnamon chip cookies, which were kind of a pain to make, but good.  Since then, I’ve made cinnamon coffee cake, cinnamon ice cream, and cinnamon rolls, but I’d never gone back to “cinnamon cookies” – until today.

Although there are a number of  “cinnamon roll cookie” recipes floating around the Internet, you won’t find anything easier than these little bites of heaven.  Their slight pastry texture will make you feel like you got a home delivery from your local Cinnabon on a lazy Sunday morning.  (Or in our case, Tuesday night.)

And they take about 10 minutes to make.  Literally, from start to finish, you could have them ready to eat that soon – even a canned roll of cinnamon rolls can’t give you that!

So here’s what you’ll need:

  •  store bought pie dough (or hey, make your own, but they won’t be ready in 10 minutes
  • shortening (depends on how many cookies you are making, but about 2 tablespoons tops)
  • cinnamon sugar – with white sugar (about 1/2 cup) and cinnamon (probably 1 tablespoon, depending on how strong you like your cinnamon sugar)

Now let’s get started!  Preheat your oven to 425.

On a clean counter, unroll your pie dough.

Cut your pie dough into a rectangle.  (You can use the excess pie dough to make another log of dough if you like.)

Spread with a thin layer of shortening.

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over top.

Now roll up the dough into a log.

Once your log is rolled, slice the dough into quarter inch thick slices.

And lay out your slices in a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with extra cinnamon sugar if you’re really serious.

Bake for 8 minutes.

And you’re done!

Was that easy or what?!


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  1. Oh these look so yummy! My husband would love these. Could you use butter instead of shortening?

    • I think that would be okay. Let us know how it works!

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