Cinnamon Roll Cookies were one of the first popular recipes on Mama Loves Food – make them for your next cookie exchange!
Cinnamon Roll Cookies are the best part of breakfast and dessert all in one. Cinnamon, butter, and sugar in a chewy sugar cookie. Mmmmm, yes. (And if you love easy cookie recipes, definitely also try our chocolate cake mix cookies and our carrot cake cookies!).
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
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Cinnamon roll cookie ingredients
- Sugar cookie dough – You can use pre-made cookie dough from the refrigerator section or make some homemade sugar cookie dough.
- Butter – Salted butter, melted.
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon.
- Sugar – Light brown sugar.
- Icing – Powdered sugar, real vanilla extract, cream or milk, melted butter.
How do you make cinnamon roll cookies? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, roll out sugar cookie dough into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Lather with melted butter, sprinkle liberally with a layer of cinnamon, followed by a layer of brown sugar.
⭐ Next, roll up and wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Chill completely.
⭐ Then, slice cookies off roll and bake according to sugar cookie directions. (I found thin slices worked best). While baking, whisk together glaze ingredients.
⭐ Finally, allow cookies to cool on a wire rack, then drizzle with glaze.
Storage and leftovers
How long do cinnamon roll cookies last?
The baked cookies will last 1 – 2 weeks at room temperature in a cool/dry environment, when stored in a sealed airtight container. If you will not be able to finish them in that amount of time, they can be frozen.
Can you freeze homemade cinnamon roll sugar cookies?
Yes, they can be frozen before or after baking. If freezing the dough before baking, it’s best to freeze while the dough is rolled into a log. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap then again in a sealed bag or foil.
A frozen log will stay good for up to three months. After that time they will still be safe to bake/eat, but the quality will deteriorate.
To freeze after baking, allow the cookies to cool completely, then store in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
How do you defrost cookie dough?
For best results, defrost in the refrigerator overnight. To defrost cookie dough quickly, use a sharp knife to slice your frozen cookie dough into discs then place them on your lined baking sheet. The sliced dough will thaw quickly and then you can bake it.
Can you bake frozen cinnamon roll cookie dough?
Yes, place the frozen dough on a lined baking sheet and bake for 2 – 3 minutes longer than the recipe recommends.
Cinnamon Roll Cookies Tips
Make sure you get plenty of yummy cinnamon and sugar on your cookies – just like breakfast cinnamon rolls, we want these cinnamon roll cookies to be over the top with flavor and deliciousness. Definitely eat them with friends.
Everyone knows calories don’t count when you’re with friends.
Definitely refrigerate the dough for at least a couple hours (or freeze for a short time), this makes it much easier to cut. I prefer my cinnamon roll cookies on the thinner side, but feel free to go nuts and cut yours thicker!
The thicker you go, the longer you should freeze though, otherwise they may spread too much. Baking on a silicone mat will keep the cookies from sticking – important since the filling has sugar which P.S. is super sticky.
But P.P.S. is super delicious.
Cinnamon Roll Cookie Preferences
Would you eat these Cinnamon Roll Cookies for breakfast or dessert? Maybe lunch? I’m thinking dessert. As in dessert after breakfast, dessert after lunch, and dessert after dinner! Maybe even dessert after dessert. Is that a thing?
How would you make your Cinnamon Roll Cookies? Thick or thin? I like to make mine thin, almost crispy and then drenched in icing, because icing is so good. So. Very. Good.
My brother prefers his cookies thicker and chewy. You could even serve the icing separately as a dip for the cinnamon roll cookies.
More cinnamon roll recipes
More Cookie Recipes
- Sugar Cookie Peppermint Sticks – Perfect for the holidays! Use after dinner mints or leftover candy canes. They’re the perfect cookies for dipping into Peppermint Mocha Coffee.
- Vanilla Dipped Gingerbread Cookies – Another perfect cookie for your coffee! Or put a few in a mug and give them to a friend for Christmas!
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – You will not believe how ridiculously easy these cookies are – even my nine year old can make them on his own.
- Easy Ginger Molasses Cookies – Inspired by a dear friend’s Aunt Isabel, these are sweet, just a little spicy, and just thoroughly delicious. It’s the cookie folks ask for year after year!
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies – Peanut butter and jelly cookies are a fun take on your classic brown bag lunch!
- Monkey Bread – Although Monkey Bread seems to have been around for ages, you might not know it by that name. Some recipes call this “pull-apart bread” or “pinch bread” or “bubble bread”.
- See all our cookie recipes!
Tools we love
- Silicone Baking Mats – These baking mats are like permanent parchment paper. Nothing sticks to them! They’re an absolute must have for cookie baking.
- Classic Wooden Rolling Pin – Of all my rolling pins, my inexpensive wooden rolling pin is my absolute favorite. It’s something everyone needs in their kitchen.
- Baker’s Half Sheet – We have a half dozen or so, and if there was more room in my kitchen I’d have a full dozen bakers half sheets!
- ‘Home Made’ Cookie Stamps – I’m a little obsessed with cookie stamps. You can stamp shortbread cookies before baking, or softer cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. So fun!
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How to make Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- 1 batch sugar cookie dough you can make your own, or just buy a roll from the refrigerated section of the market
- ¼ stick butter melted
- light brown sugar
- flour for your rolling surface
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon milk or cream
- ½ tablespoon butter melted
- Roll out sugar cookie dough into a large rectangle (flour your rolling surface to avoid stickage!)
- Lather with melted butter
- Sprinkle liberally with a layer of cinnamon
- Sprinkle liberally with a layer of brown sugar
- Roll up and wrap in foil or plastic wrap
- Chill for two hours (or place in freezer for 30 minutes)
- Slice cookies off roll and bake according to sugar cookie directions. (I found thin slices worked best).
Drizzle with glaze & enjoy!
- Glaze Instructions:
- Mix liquid ingredients.
- Very slowly drizzle butter/milk mix into confectioner's sugar, stirring constantly until you get desired consistency
Um… yum? That's about all I can say on this…
Another post… sorry! I just tried making these. I used homemade sugar cookie dough (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/detail.aspx); I refrigerated the dough overnight, and I didn't have a problem with it (other than a little bit of sticking, but I'm kind of bad about that). My problem came when I had the cinnamon and everything else on the dough and was trying to roll it up. It wouldn't roll. Well… it would, but I couldn't move it. It was rolled so loosely that when I tried to move it at all, it fell apart, and I ended up with just a huge mass of cinnamon sugar cookie dough, because it wouldn't hold together with the cinnamon and brown sugar on it. Are there any tips for the rolling part that you would have? I'm going to try them again soon (not today, I've got more baking to do and don't feel like fighting with it). Any advice would be well received, because these look delicious and I really want to make them.
@kgirl06 I flatten my dough out on foil and then use the foil to help roll it back up into a tight long roll. Also make sure to freeze or refrigerate your roll before slicing, otherwise it will fall to pieces 🙂 Hope that helps!
Oh my goodness. How on earth did you come up with these?
Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares says
Serious yumminess! Will someone send me some?
These are just like cinnamon rolls but flat! I'm impressed, I have to make some really soon.
Not Supermom says
I've totally just stumbled upon this recipe… and I'm battling the urge to run to the grocery store right.now.
These look delish!! What are the measurements for the glaze ingredients??
Oh yummmm!! I love the icing and how it looks just like a cinnamon roll!! Such a great idea!
YES! This is what I'm talking about! YUM!
Food Lover says
Lovely, yummy, easy shaping cookies! Thanks for sharing 🙂
These look awesome! I love that you can make them from store-bought dough too if you're running short on time but need a good dessert.
so i just got through making these, and i must say, this was one of the hardest things i've ever baked. maybe it was the kind of cookie dough i was using, it was betty crocker sugar cookie dough, the kind you have to add butter and eggs to. the first batch was a big sticky mess, it was impossible to roll up, and i tried putting them on parchment paper on the pans to bake. they ended up gooey melted blobs that were absolutely GLUED to the parchment paper. the parts i was able to pry off tasted amazing though. my second batch i tried chilling the dough before even rolling it out, and instead of parchment paper, i just sprayed my pans with cooking spray. they look a little better. haven't tried to get them off the pans yet, but they look nothing like the beautiful picture on this site. i'm dissappointed. they taste so good but are almost impossible.
shoot the cookie.
Mmm these cookies look so good!
Ohh, that butter looks mouth watering.
shoot the cookie yeah :))
Amy Oram says
I make these all the time and my kids just love them. Thanks for the delicious recipe.