Monday, September 29, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

In case you thought that I only baked dog treats for the Town Benefit, surprise!!!  I made some human food too.  And they are pretty darn delicious, too, if I may say so myself.

Behold: the cinnamon roll that is actually a cookie.  Yes, these are cinnamon roll cookies.  The "bread" part is really sugar cookie, filled and rolled around cinnamon and sugar.  The recipe calls for a glaze, but I thought these were sweet enough as it was.

 I was pretty excited to go see them at the benefit and see how they were selling, and they were selling like hotcakes.  And I don't just mean that my mom was buying them... which she was!  To be honest, they were pretty, and when it comes to a bake sale or something like that, looks are 90% of it!  Luckily I am sure that no one felt screwed over buying my $2 bags of cinnamon roll cookies, because the taste was great too!


cinnamon roll cookies
from Baked Perfection

sugar cookie ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 almond extract
2 eggs
filling and icing:
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3/4 powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

1) Make the sugar cookie dough: mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.  In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at at imd, then stir in the vanilla.  Slowly beat in the flour mixture until fully absorbed.  Separate dough into two disks.  Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours of overnight.

2) Divide the dough into 2 halves.  On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.  Brush with melted butter.  In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle this mixture evenly over dough.  Begin to roll up dough, starting at the long side.  Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough in freezer for about 20 - 30 minutes (until firm but not hard).

3) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Take dough out of freezer and begin cutting into 3/4 inch slices.  Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden golden brown.

4) Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, them remove to cooling rack.  Cool completely.

5) In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth.  Drizzle icing over cooled cookies, making sure you have paper underneath racks to catch excess icing.

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