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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, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Bite-Size Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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nancy32408 239637
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

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

JessieGentile 239541
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Was a hit at the work party"

traceh 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 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 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 216923
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

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

my4sweetys 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 190499
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

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

Megoondas 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 126553
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

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

puffybloomers 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 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.)"

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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