Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week Two of Christmas Cookies: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

These cookies were made with a lot of love, and a little profanity.  Really.  Let me explain... these cookies have been made a million times in the blogging world - we all know there are many variations.  I just so happened to choose a difficult one.  Picture this:  it's 11:00 p.m. and I am at the kitchen counter cursing at the dough as I am desperately trying to roll it up without it breaking.  Grrr.  I am not a baker, by any stretch of the imagination.  I think the thing that bugs me about baking is that a recipe has to be followed to the letter, and even after it is, sometimes it just doesn't come out right.  (This, fortunately, was not one of those cases.)  I don't know enough about the chemistry of food to adjust baking recipes.  I love to cook - I can add, delete, substitute, and change ingredients until my heart is content.  When I cook, I don't usually curse at my food... unless I drop it on the floor.  All that being said and all baking-headaches aside, these turned out FABULOUSLY.  They are every bit as good as they look.  I asked my husband if they were worth the headache, his response:  "They weren't a headache for me."  Of course not, all you did was eat them.  Silly me.  It only took me two days to make them....
Next year, at this time, you will probably find me at my kitchen counter, cursing the dough.  They are that good.  Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Cinnamon Roll Cookies

2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 c. sugar
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon

3 tbsp. whole milk
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
chopped pecans (my addition to the recipe)

1.  Mix 2 tsp. of cool vanilla with the dry yeast.  
2.  Cream the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla-yeast mixture with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until fluffy.
3.  Turn the mixture on low, add the salt, and slowly add the flour.  Mix until combined.
4.  Shape and press the dough into a flat disc on plastic wrap.  Wrap it up and allow it to cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours. 
5.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. 
6.  Cut the dough in half, leaving half in the fridge.
7.  FLOUR your rolling pin and wax paper well, then roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 1/4 inch thick and 7*18 inches in size. (Trim the edges to make a rectangle.)
8.  Sprinkle half of the cinnamon and brown sugar on the dough.  Leave area on the edges of the dough clear.  
9.  Slowly, roll the dough up and seal the end seam.  Wrap and place the dough back into the fridge to chill (it makes it easier to cut).  
10.  Repeat with the other set of dough.  Then, cut the rolls into 1/2 wide cookies.  
11.  Place the cookies on a sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.

12.  Allow cookies to cool completely, the mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make the glaze.  Dip the face of each cookie in the glaze, then sprinkle with pecans (my little addition).  Set them to dry.

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Corey @ Family Fresh Meals said...

Oh man! I love cinnamon rolls.... and you made them into COOKIES! LOVE IT! The cookies look so amazing. Great recipe Little Mommy :)

Screaming Sardine said...

They look incredibly delicious! I'll probably be cursing, too, but I think it'll be worth it to make these yummies!

Tracy Screaming Sardine

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These really looks wonderful! Stopping from Mom Loop!

Wendy said...

And this is why drop cookies rule (at my house anyway)! But these look good, Kim. Like a thin version of my favorite food group, Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon buns.

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Suzy said...

I make something very similar and they are a fave. No icing that about yours!

Winnie said...

cinnamon rolls cookies are one of my favorites
your look great!!

redfly said...

You have such a fun blog! I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try these cookies, but I do love cinnamon rolls......... maybe.........

Becoming a follower to keep up on all your great posts.

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Lori said...

OK - these look MUCH too good! Sigh.

Anonymous said...

These look so yummy! Not to mention cute:-) I don't know that I will try them though... sounds like it would be too frustrating. If you make them again send some my way, OK?

adventuresindinner said...

They look fabulous! I have a French Canadian version that we always make coming up next week that is super easy.

So glad to have you at our Pin'Inspiration Party this week.

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Donna said...

Mmmmmmmm...I love all things cinnamon and these just looks fantastic! I wish I had one right now:)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

For someone who's not a baker, you certainly produced some great looking cookies. I am totally not a baker either - just didn't get the gene (and I absolutely believe there is a gene for it). Definitely more of a cook, and I don't even curse when I drop it on the floor - two second rule applies! Baking on the other hand almost always elicits a great deal of cursing!!
Sue :-)

Miz Helen said...

These are great cookies, sure wish I had one, well maybe two right now! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

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Kristen said...

Combining cinnamon rolls and cookies has got to be one of the most brilliant baking moves. They look and sounds amazing!!

OneMommy said...

Okay, I am so not a baker, but those look so good..... I might need to give them a try. But first this week I promised the kids we'd make sugar cookies.... I can see the sprinkles everywhere now!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

These are gorgeous, like little baby danishes! They look so yummy too. Thank you for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch.