Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Why I Love This Recipe
In the last year I've really gotten into baking. I've always loved the activity & learned all the basics from my mom, who is an excellent cook.
Somehow I stumbled into a part time baking teaching opportunity. The next class I am teaching is to the theme of Holiday Cookies. Everyone loves cookies during the holidays - maybe because of the memories of childhood...or maybe just an excuse to indulge one's sweet tooth!
These cookies are so fantastic. They're pretty to look at & delicious to eat!
Ingredients You'll Need
For the Dough:
3 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 sticks Butter
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
For the filling:
1/2 cup granulated Sugar
2 TBSP Cinnamon
For the Icing:
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp powdered egg whites
Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl & set aside.
Combine all dough ingredients, except for sugar & butter, in a small-medium bowl. Set aside. In a larger bowl, combine butter & sugar until smooth. Add vanilla & eggs & combine until smooth.
Gradually add the flour mixture just enough so that you have a solid, cohesive mixture. Do not over mix.
Lay out a large piece of waxed paper & pat the dough, with your hands, into a long rectangular shape. Place a second piece of waxed paper on top, flip, and peel the original waxed paper off of the dough (this will allow you to roll the dough more easily in a few steps).
Dust the dough with about 1/2 of your filling. Make sure that you do not use too much filling, or it will be hard to roll your dough.
Next, roll your dough long ways so that you create a circular pattern similar to that of a cinnamon bun. Dust your roll with the remaining filling & refrigerate until your dough has hardened & is easy to work with (similar to when making sugar cookies) - 1-2 hours.
Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove dough from fridge & slice into 1/2 inch slices (you can decide the thickness of your cookies). Place the slices on your cookie sheets. These cookies don't expand too much, so an inch to and inch and a half between cookies is fine.
Bake in the oven 8-12 minutes (depending on the oven) so that your cookies are firm but soft to the touch. Remove & allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
While your cookies are cooling, mix together your icing ingredients. Sprinkle the icing across the tops of your cookies to give them the desired cinnamon roll affect.