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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This recipe for cinnamon roll cookies is simple to make and will have you looking like a total baking rock star. You won’t believe how delicious these cookies are!

frosted cinnamon roll cookies on counter
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Frosted Cinnamon Cookies

This dessert combines two of my favorite sweet treats — cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies. I mean, does it get any better than that? I’m happy to report that combining the flavor of cinnamon rolls and cookies turned out better than expected! These cinnamon and sugar cookies are so good!

The texture is almost cake-like and is super soft and delicious. Then it’s topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Pure heaven!

Although these are one of our favorite Christmas cookies, this treat tastes festive year-round too. I love that pop of flavor you get as you sink your teeth into them. Seriously to die for!

frosting cookies on cooling rack

Frosting

My favorite part of any cinnamon roll is always the icing. Did you know that you can buy just the icing at those cinnamon roll kiosks at the mall? People would always ask for extra icing, and eventually, they wised up and started charging for it. This helps me know I’m not alone in my icing addiction! :)

Thankfully, these cookies have an easy to make cinnamon roll frosting on them that’s better than anything you can get from a mall. Plus, since it’s your cookie, you can put as much or as little icing on it as you’d like. I say the more the merrier!

Ingredients:

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Milk (or cream)
  • Cinnamon

Instructions: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Then add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in vanilla and milk as needed until desired consistency is met. Beat until light and fluffy. Then pipe the frosting onto the cooled cookies and add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

frosted cinnamon roll cookies

Baking tips + tricks

As you’re making this cinnamon roll cookie recipe, keep these tips and tricks in mind to help you get the best results possible.

  • Use softened cream cheese. There are two easy ways to do this: you can either leave out the cream cheese at room temperature for about 45 minutes or microwave it on high for about 15 seconds.
  • The butter also needs to be softened. It’s important that the butter is soft, not melted. For this reason, I skip the microwave. Instead, you can cut your butter into small cubes so they soften in an hour or less. If you need to soften it quickly, you can put your butter in a double boiler and pour boiling water in the bowl underneath the bowl holding butter.
  • Flatten the dough with a drinking glass. Once the dough is made, you’ll roll it into 1″ balls before placing them on the parchment paper. Then, grab a clean drinking glass and use the bottom to flatten each cookie to 1/2″ thickness.
  • Cool before frosting. Make sure your cookies are completely cool before adding your frosting. It’s hard to wait, but otherwise, they might melt the icing rather than hold its fluffy form.
  • Frosting. Instead of a thick frosting, you can drizzle on a cream cheese glaze if preferred. A cinnamon buttercream or sour cream frosting would also taste delicious on top.
stacked cinnamon roll cookies on counter

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

4.86 from 62 votes
This recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies is simple to make and will have you looking like a total baking rock star. You won't believe how delicious these cookies are! 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill Dough: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk or cream , as needed
  • Ground cinnamon , for sprinkling

Instructions

Cookies

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until a firm dough forms. Chill 30 minutes.
    flour in bowl
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool before frosting.
    cookies on sheet pan

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy.
    mixing buttercream frosting in glass bowl
  • Pipe onto cooled cookies (you can use a 1M tip or snip off the top of a zip-top bag) in a spiral shape. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar. Store in a covered container up to 3 days.
    frosting cookies on cooling rack

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Notes

Freezer instructions: Allow cookies to cool completely. Place on a baking sheet and then freeze 30 minutes. Once the frosting has hardened you can stack in a covered container. Take out 1 hour before ready to serve. 
Variation: You could also serve these cookies with a cinnamon buttercream or drizzle with a cream cheese glaze

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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Originally written by Alicia from The Baker Upstairs for I Heart Naptime.

stack of cinnamon roll sugar cookies with a bite taken out

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