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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Six cinnamon roll cookies on a wire baking rack

Cinnamon Roll Cookies are a playful recipe that gives you the swirl of a cinnamon roll in a cookie bite.  These darling cookies look like cinnamon rolls, taste like a crunchy version of cinnamon rolls, and use a lot of the same techniques as you would in making actual rolls (minus the yeasted dough obviously!).

It is the cinnamon swirl and the rolling of the cookie dough that may be tricky steps. As you’ll notice, I succeeded in the swirl category but my spacing between the cinnamon layer and the dough layer was not tight enough. As these baked, the cinnamon layer bubbled up and the dough spread slightly.

Other than my cookies not looking exactly like the original recipe’s photo, this difference was not really a problem. The cookies kept the overall shape and tasted really good. I may have liked the plain version even better than the final, iced version.

It’s possible that I have never said those words before– I like icing by the spoonful right out of a bowl!– but these flavorful, cinnamon cookies were just fine without the sweet icing on top. The icing does put a nice finishing touch on the overall cinnamon roll theme so, go ahead, you won’t be disappointed either way.

Want to make actual cinnamon rolls? Try this recipe for gluten free cinnamon rolls

Four photos showing steps to roll dough for pinwheel cinnamon cookies
Slice and bake the cinnamon cookies then add the icing for the final touch!

I followed the recipe from and did not change a thing. I’d love to hear if you try the same recipe and have good results. Next time I will roll the dough in a tighter spiral but even my lack of skill in that step didn’t take away from the enjoyment of these swirled, cinnamon treats.

Here is the list of ingredients. Please click through for the original published recipe instructions.

Yield: 32 cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon rolls cookies on wire cooling rack

Cinnamon Roll Cookies are a playful recipe that gives you the swirl of a cinnamon roll in a cookie bite.



  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • 5 Tbsp plus 2 tsp (2/3 stick) unsalted butter, soft
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp water


  1. Please click through to the original recipe here on the Cooking Channel .

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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