Cinnamon Roll Cookies

These cookies were a bit challenging for me. Any recipe that calls for chilling, then rolling out and then rolling into logs is tough. This recipe takes a long time so please read the entire thing before starting. From start to finish it took me 9 hours. The majority of the time is chilling the dough, but just know beforehand that this isn’t a cookie you can bring to a dinner party that starts in an hour. So, let’s go! Challenge yourself and make this cookie! It’s so delicious and a perfect start to the fall season…

What you will need:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Optional icing:

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of milk

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add in eggs one at a time and then vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture until you get a nice dough.

Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Once the dough is chilled, have your melted butter in a bowl. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Roll out one half of the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Brush with the melted butter and then sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar over that. Roll into a log starting with the longest side. Wrap with plastic wrap and put in freezer while you do the same to the next half of dough. Freeze both logs for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take out one of the cookie logs from the freezer and cut into cookies, about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden on the bottom.

So pretty, right?! Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Next, make the icing. This is optional because the cookies are delicious without it, but it does take them to another level. I only frosted half of mine. But in a bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies. Enjoy!

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