Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

When I was little, my mother used to make 'pie dough cookies.' She took leftover pie dough, rolled it out, spread butter and cinnamon & sugar, rolled it up, cut slices and baked. That was some good stuff. Love the memory of it too. Thanks Mom.

Cinnabon fan?
Schedule time at the gym now so you can plan to sample several of these.
That's how delicious these cookies are: Cinnamon Bun Cookies.

Not made with pie dough, but the concept is the same as cinnamon rolls... vanilla cookie dough rolled out, sprinkled with cinn/sugar and rolled back up into a log. The log is then wrapped up and frozen. I froze mine overnight, but you could certainly freeze it for a longer period of time... or just a couple of hours might be ok too.

The log needs to be quite firm so that when you slice it- it's firm enough that it will maintain its round shape. Half inch cuts will produce about 2 dozen cookies.

My husband ate half a dozen of these before I could manage to tell him that there was icing to go on top (he defended his gluttonous actions by explaining that he consumed fewer calories). They were perfectly delicious without the icing, but the icing really turned them into 'wow' cookies.

The icing was delicious and did harden if made as directed, but I didn't like that it took away from the attractive, swirly nature of the cookie. I tried to thin it out a bit with additional whipping cream, but then the icing wouldn't harden. I'd make these again in a heartbeat, but would choose to drizzle this glaze with a bit of added cinnamon. That would give it a delicious icing and still maintain the visual appeal of the swirl.

I've made a lot of cookies. I've sampled a lot of cookies. And this is one of the better ones. We loved these cookies. When the mood for cinnamon rolls strikes...

This recipe can be found HERE.

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57 comments:

Happy cook said...

I have neve rhad this cookie, but i am sure i will love them.
Looks really yummy delcious.

Snooky doodle said...

oh anothere great recipe. I m crazy about cinnamon and these will surely satisfy my cinamon craving :)

HoneyB said...

Looks yummy to me! I'll have a few! I never ate breakfast and I've been scrounging around at my desk for food - all I found was a package of oyster crackers. Lunch can't get here soon enough! lol

Sara said...

Wow, these cookies look amazing. Who doesn't like cinnamon rolls? :)

Patsyk said...

Wow, those really look like cinnamon rolls! I'm bookmarking this one! I'm enjoying your cookie posts!

Bunny said...

I love these cookies, I love the look of them , the idea of little cinnamon rolls in cookie form, this is a keeper!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm really craving cinnamon cookies lately. I've got to make these cookies!

Reeni said...

They look delicious! These are going on my Christmas bake list, YUM!

Erin said...

Oh hello there yummy yum yummyness!

That Girl said...

My mom never made her own pie dough, but I had a friend's mom who would make pie dough cookies with jam!

Ingrid said...

Yay, I have pie dough sitting on a shelf in the frige! That icing looks to die for! Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

ko0ty said...

Just stumbled upon this.. they look delicious!

Culinarywannabe said...

Wow - these look downright sinful. I bet they are better for you than eating an actual cinnabon though.

Melanie said...

Yum. I needed a great cookie for a party this weekend. My question: is the baked cookie soft or crispy?

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness! I have to make these. That glaze, you know how much I love glazes!

Karen said...

I hadn't thought about it in a long time, but my Mom used to do the same thing with leftover pie crusts. We looked forward to the cinnamon "rolls" as much as the pie!

gigi said...

I LOVE cinnamon. I can't wait to try these. I'd be like the hubby, eating them before they got iced!

nandecke (verification word)

Cakespy said...

A marriage made in heaven! Love, love, love!

Aimée said...

You are just the cookie queen! I think I would leave out the icing, too.

Leslie said...

These cookies look FAB! For some reaso I am always scraed to make rolled cookies!

CookiePie said...

Beautiful!!! I think you're right about the icing - why cover up those lovely swirls?

Manggy said...

These are so imaginative, pretty, and sound delicious! As for the icing thing, you may also consider dipping the bottoms and drying them upside-down on parchment to preserve the design :)

Heather said...

i love it!! what an adorable idea!!

noble pig said...

These look fun, I wish I would have seen this earlier as I threw away pie scraps today!

Maris said...

These look and sound amazing...so good, but so bad, because I'd likely wind up eating them for breakfast :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These look delcious. My husband would just love them!

morgana said...

Mmmmm. Definitely, this is a "must try" recipe (it's my cinnamon adiction speaking, of course).

VeggieGirl said...

Pie Dough Cookies?? Your mom was a GENIUS!! Holy yum. And those cinnamon bun cookies look delightful as well :-)

Amanda said...

OMG are you kidding me?? Amazing, I have to try these! :)

Peter M said...

One of the most intoxicating smells has to be cinnamon baking and coffee in the morning...I am weak-kneed.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I like your tip to schedule time in the gym after making these! They look great, and I love cinnabon.

Kristen said...

Those look like the perfect cookie! Yum!
Bookmarked to make very soon.

Mandy said...

that is one delicious recipe! I am debating if I should glaze the cookies or not when I make them. :)

Lore said...

I'm a fan of all things cinnamon, especially this time of year :). And if they roll-up nicely, they're even better ;)

jillian said...

This sounds like a great recipe! I hope I have time to try it, and I am optimistically adding it to my Christmas list! :)

Katrina said...

Yum! I'm going cookie crazy here---and I love it!

Katy said...

what an awesome idea. i made swirl cookies recently, but cinnamon would have made them even more amazing!

Jennifer said...

Nice rendition of the recipe! I made something very similar:

http://www.creativeconfectioneryblog.com/2008/11/cinnamon-roll-cookies-tis-almost-season.html

Maria said...

I am glad I worked out today. I can go home and eat these up!! They look great!

Esi said...

I was planning on doing a cheesecake for my friend's birthday this weekend, but now I may have to do these cookies instead. I absolutely love cinnamon and I can just imagine the smell of these cookies baking!

The Sugar Fairy said...

Excellent! I make cinnamon scrolls with puff pastry so i'll have to try this cookie version.

Anonymous said...

Lori,

My mother made the same pie crust treats for us and now I continue with that tradition. Sometimes I make the pie crust just to have these gems. Mom and I don't cut into slices though....we make 2-3 inch rolls. Yummmmm


Mamasue

Stacey Snacks said...

I love these.
I think the new name of your blog should be COOKIE GIRL!

Stacey

Barbara said...

My mother did the same thing with leftover pie dough.

I love cinnamon rolls, so know these will make a hit for my Xmas cookies.

Amy said...

oh wow, oh thank you, oh YUMMMM! Totally making these! Thank you!!!

Sara said...

These cookies are almost too cute to eat!

Lori Lynn said...

Really, one of the most brilliant cookie recipes out there! I trust your husband, but more than that, it is a very creative recipe, kudos to you!

Megan said...

Oh these were just moved to my must bake list! Thanks for sharing.:)

Helene said...

Thanks for sharing your memories and this beautiful recipe.

What's for Supper? said...

I made these cookies today. SO DELICIOUS. They are a new favorite in our house! Thanks!

Grace said...

oh me. would you look at that glaze? my stars. the cookies are immensely appealing to me without it, but with it? methinks i'll be adding a few more pounds to the ol' hindquarters. :)

Christine said...

Pffft! By the time I made the frosting for these cookies the cookies were gone! I'm really thinking that I either have to hide them or make a triple batch! Once again another great recipe! =O)

ashley said...

these look great! hubby would love them! i'll have to add them to the list to try!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Gracious! What a tempting cookie!!

MorenaTejana said...

Someone else asked the question, but I didn't see a reply. Are these cookies soft or crispy? If crispy, how can these be made soft?

RecipeGirl said...

I would not say they were crispy or cakey... kind of in the middle.

Anonymous said...

A company called Park 19 Cookies actually makes a cinnamon bun cookie-they have been doing it for a while and they are AMAZING!!