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Bite-Size Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

Bite-Size Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

If you love a cinnamon roll and a good spiced cookie, make this bite-sized version that combines the best of both types. Genius! — Jasmine Sheth, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:72 servings


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and orange peel. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, yeast and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Divide dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each into an 8x6-in. rectangle; sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons brown sugar mixture. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut dough crosswise into 3/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients. Dip tops of cookies in glaze. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 92 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Bite-Size Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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nancy32408 User ID: 4469798 239637
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"What yeast is to be used for this recipe, instant or active dry?"

JessieGentile User ID: 7041890 239541
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Was a hit at the work party"

traceh User ID: 5836067 238488
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Does the recipe really mean to use active dry yeast? I'm not sure how it would dissolve? Is this a mistake and it should be instant?"

tinarm User ID: 163179 217960
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Very good cookies! Turned out just like the picture. I had to chill the dough because of being short on time and rolled out the next day. I rolled them between two sheets of parchment paper. No problem rolling at all, went very fast. Will definitely make again."

BakerDeborah User ID: 1211561 217168
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"I made a batch for a cookie exchange, and quickly realized that I needed to make another for home! I especially liked the hint of orange. I did have to make double the glaze, though."

QueenoftheSloths User ID: 449256 216923
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"These were amazing! The hit of the holidays, by far."

my4sweetys User ID: 3051527 200326
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"FABULOUS! I put these in the goodies baskets I make each year for friends. RAVE reviews on these. Yes the dough is soft and a little tricky, but totally worth it!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 190499
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"Very good. Family loved them. I had to make twice the glaze."

Megoondas User ID: 7546837 196705
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"These cookies are delicious! The only issue I had was when it came to getting the dough flattened before rolling. The dough is very soft; I had to use a lot of flour and ended up just patting the dough with my floured hands. Rolling them up required a careful touch and some patience, but it all was worth it! They are so yummy, and definitely a keeper. I'm even going to try the dough recipe to make other types of cookies. In spite of the slight difficulties, it's a winning recipe for sure :-)"

clawrence User ID: 2396420 126553
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"WIth these I won Best Tasting at an annual cookie exchange of about 30 women."

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 190498
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"i didn't have a problem rolling them up. I use a clean sheet sprinkled with flour for all my roll outs. these are so cute and you do get around 70 something. some i glazed plain and some i sprinkled ground up walnuts"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 124403
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"These were such a booger to roll up - the dough is pretty soft - that I REALLY didn't want to like these, but....we all love them! (So I guess I'm going to have to learn to deal with the rolling issue :) These taste exactly like little cinnamon rolls. They don't even need icing, especially warm and straight out of the oven, but it just makes them even better. Somehow I got exactly 72 cookies (which rarely happens and I bake often) so I was able to send a few dozen to my out-of-town son and share with an elderly neighbor. I'm going to freeze the remaining cookies for the holidays so we'll see how that works. These are a soft cookie - they remind me of my Mom's sour cream cookies that she made every Christmas, same flavors. Delicious! They get a 5 star rating for flavor and a 3 for the rolling up thing, so a 4 star over all. (While they are difficult to roll out and roll up, the eases of slicing and baking the next day makes up for that.)"

GRAMMAJG User ID: 1015410 153319
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"these are pretty good for a quick cinn roll type but it doesnt say if they are suppose to be on the soft side or crunchy ,mine are on the softer side i figured when they slid off the pan they were done. i got 52 ,not 6 doz. i used the rest of the cream cheez and 1/2 cup butter and vanilla for frosting that way the cream cheez dosen't go to waste.would i make again ? I will see after the party what everyone thinks about them,for myself I still like the big cinn roll."

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