the baker upstairs: Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

10.21.2016

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

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Cinnamon roll sugar cookies - buttery cinnamon sugar cookies topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So amazingly delicious!

Cinnamon roll sugar cookies - buttery cinnamon sugar cookies topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So amazingly delicious!

I know, right? These cookies are ridiculous. Ridiculously delicious, that is! Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors to eat all through the fall, and it really could not be put to better use than in these cookies. I started with my favorite sugar cookie recipe, added a little cinnamon to the dough, and topped them with a luscious cream cheese frosting. They taste just like a cinnamon roll, but in cookie form!

Cinnamon roll sugar cookies - buttery cinnamon sugar cookies topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So amazingly delicious!

I love that the dough stays so moist and tender, and the cookies are so thick and rich. The cream cheese frosting complements the cinnamon in the dough so well. They are incredibly flavorful and delicious. Perfect for enjoying with a glass of milk or a cup of warm cocoa!

Cinnamon roll sugar cookies - buttery cinnamon sugar cookies topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So amazingly delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

for the cookies:
1 cup (8 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons milk or cream (as needed)
additional cinnamon, for sprinkling

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and mix until a firm dough forms. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cookies in a spiral shape and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cinnamon roll sugar cookies - buttery cinnamon sugar cookies topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So amazingly delicious!

originally published on I Heart Naptime, May 2015

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