Baking is something I find very fun to do and also kind of relaxing. Well, only relaxing if the recipe actually turns out the way I want to, otherwise it’s frustrating haha. One thing I love to bake are cookies. With cookies you can think of many different ways to make them. Sugar cookies with icing, chocolate chip cookies and more. When I found this cinnamon roll cookies recipe on Pinterest, I was so shocked by how pretty they looked, I saved the recipe for later to try. Well, later is now. For my mom’s birthday I was on a baking spree and besides a red velvet cake, I also baked these cinnamon roll cookies.
What you’ll need | 280 grams of flour, 175 grams of butter, 150 grams of sugar, half a spoon of baking powder, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, one large egg, a bit of salt and for the filling you also need two tablespoons of melted butter, granulated sugar and ground cinnamon (recipe inspired by If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen).
How to | Like I always do with baking, make sure to measure all your ingredients before you start so you don’t mess up and get to baking a lot quicker. After measuring everything, grab a bowl and mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together. Grab another bowl and in this one you’ll mix the wet ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract). Of course you can mix this by hand but if you find it easier, using a mixer can also be useful. Make sure the wet ingredients form a fluffy consistency and then you can gradually add the dry ingredients to this mixture. Just keep mixing it all together (I prefer to do this with my hands) until it’s fully combined and you don’t have any lumps in the dough.
Now you have your dough, it’s time to divide it in two equal parts. Put a baking sheet on top of your counter, place to dough on it and spread some flour on the dough. Now it’s time to roll it out into a rectangle. It took me some time to figure out but the rectangle doesn’t have to be very neat, you’ll fix that eventually. Make sure the dough isn’t too thick. I would stick to 1 to 1,5 centimeters. When you have your two rectangles, melt some butter and spread this over each rectangle. Then mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon is a cup (I kind of eyeballed this part) and spread this mixture on top of the butter. Push it down little to make it stick. Then slowly roll up both rectangles tightly but carefully. If you see cracks while rolling, don’t worry, just smooth them out and continue rolling. Eventually you end up with a rolled up log, which you’ll wrap into some plastic wrapping foil and let them both chill in the fridge for two hours.
After two hours you can remove the two logs from the fridge and get the plastic wrapping foil of. Because the logs chilled in the fridge for two hours, you can easily cut them into your cinnamon roll cookies! Decide yourself how thick you want to be and cut until the log is fully cut up. This is when you’ll first see the beautiful spiral in the middle, just like cinnamon rolls. The sides might not turn into the most beautiful cookies but just bake them because they are very tasty. Don’t forget to line your sheet with a baking sheet and place the cookies on. When you’ve cut both logs and the cookies are on your baking sheet, you can put the cookies in the oven (at 175 °C) for about 10 minutes.
I always make sure to check them before the 10 minute mark because you don’t want them to burn or be undercooked. In the end my cookies were in the oven for about 11 minutes. So, when you see them getting golden brown, you can turn your oven off and let the cookies cool outside of the oven. While you wait, you can already enjoy the amazing smell of cinnamon and fresh baked cookies around your house. If the cinnamon roll cookies are cooled down a bit (when they are a little bit warm, they taste the best), you can enjoy them! Cinnamon roll cookies are definitely worth a try. It’s a spin on normal sugar cookies and they look so pretty with the spiral in the middle. Definitely my new fave thing to bake (and eat of course)! And, are you a fan of cinnamon rolls? Are you going to try to bake these cinnamon roll cookies?