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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

Intense cinnamon flavor fills this yummy cross between a snickerdoodle and a cinnamon roll. They taste best with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. —Mary Gauntt, Denton, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, 1 tablespoon honey and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape a heaping tablespoonful of dough into a 6-in. log. In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; roll log in cinnamon-sugar. Loosely coil log into a spiral shape; place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat, placing cookies 1 in. apart. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a small bowl, melt baking chocolate with remaining honey; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 189 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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muffbear74 248127
Reviewed May. 12, 2016 Edited May. 13, 2016

"These are good. I probably would not use the icing next time, as I think they are sweet enough without it."

paul3303 241095
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Very good cookie. Next time I will roll out the dough a little thinner to get more of a roll."

keely27 240457
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Very good cookies, but not particularly easy to make"

pmc3505 239987
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Recipe needs rewriting. Make sure you add flour slowly, you may not need it all. Chocolate baker bar, ha. Awful. What a waste! Whoever wrote this recipe is probably receiving money or items from bakers chocolate! I threw everything away after the clumping. Roll logs about 8 inches as they look much better. Overall, the cookie itself is tasty but needs tweaking. Chocolate needs revisited. Maybe just a simple doughnut glaze would be perfect. Whoever wrote this should reimburse for all the wasted chocolate bars. At least 2$ each. Insanely upset at the chocolate at this very moment. Infact, don't add the chocolate and honey drizzle at all. It's not needed. Hence, i am actually writing a review. You guys wait until i start writing the recipes. You'll be safe then."

ambiguity68 238943
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"Have had good luck rolling the cookies and they taste great. But putting honey in white chocolate makes it very strange. The first time, I put the tsp of honey in and ended up using about 1/4 cup before it would melt. The second time, I melted the chocolate first and added the honey and it solidified. I'm sure there's a food science reason. I'll just use melted white chocolate next time."

Cookemountain 237492
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I had no problems with the dough except I should have done a test cookie. I'm high altitude (above 3000 feet) and the cookies really spread. I should have added another 1/4 cup flour like I do for cakes, etc."

julyrn 232545
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"A gigantic mess of a dough! Stuck to everything - I tried chilling in the fridge, rolling between wax paper, freezing - nothing worked! Ended up putting all back in the mixer, with half the cinnamon sugar mixture, mixing it together and spooning it onto cookie sheets. Tastes good though! A typical snickerdoodle recipe will get you better results."

addycee13 215614
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"The dough came out perfectly! I can't help but remain confused as to how some felt this dough was tricky to work with. They rolled perfectly and taste great! However, I did without the white chocolate since that will DEFINITELY make them too sweet to eat."

Jackie0804 215590
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"These were wonderful. Adding to the list of must do each year. I used white disks and druzxled. The dough is hard to roll but not impossible to do."

nixgeek0 215045
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"I made these cookies recently, however I also found the dough was sticky. I used a silicone baking mat and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on the mat and rolled out the logs in the sugar. This worked extremely well and made it easy to roll up the cookies. I had to use a spatula to move the cookies onto the baking sheet, but they turned out great. I also skipped the white chocolate and just used a confectioners sugar glaze. Tastes just like a cinnamon roll."

leeknox 215035
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"This recipe looks wonderful in the picture and my son loves cinnamon rolls and told me I needed to find a cinnamon roll cookie recipe. And look what you have on your website. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. I am a Baker!! The directions are awful. FIRST, there is no way to roll these in a rope, then the sugar, then a spiral without the cookie breaking and looking awful. On my last tray, I rolled a rope, then a spiral and then coated in sugar-they did not break this way. I found the cookie had a funny aftertaste, but my son liked them. The white chocolate drizzle was too much and a disaster as well. I think if you want a glaze on these, maybe a light sugar or cream cheese glaze. I wish I would have read the reviews prior to making these as I see others had the same problems I did. Can anyone tell me what Christmas tastes like????"

Nurses4Ever 214797
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"I just made these cookies and they are too sticky to roll into a log. I scooped them and carefully rolled them in the cinnamon and sugar. After I put them on the cookie sheet I took a 1/8 measuring cup and pressed the bottom of it on the cookie to flatten. They were round just like the picture."

poopoopeepee 214569
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I just made these cookies. The dough did NOT turn out well, It was very crumbly and not dough like, and I even double checked to make sure I put in enough butter, etc. I tried to roll up some cookies--did not work out too well. I'm gonna just have to go to the store and get some cookies for my Christmas party today. But, the dough does have a good flavor...just didn't get that dough-texture."

pamsterhamster 148655
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Shared these with family & got rave reviews."

jswretired 192089
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"What a pain to make! The dough had to be chilled and then it was still sticky. I had to roll the log in the cinnamon and sugar and flour my hands to get the log roll. After all the fuss and muss they are nothing more than log-shaped snickerdoodles which, to be honest, tasted better. I never bothered with the white icing after all the trouble it took to make the cookies. Pass on this one"

MarlaSummers 130956
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"These were NOT good cookies. Normally cinnamon roll cookies have a cream cheese icing, but this white chocolate icing makes them have a weird taste. Had to use more flour than called for and the fork stuck to the dough so bad when putting on the print, I had to flour it too. Just not a good cookie to bake and waste all the ingredients over."

ekwendy 190842
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"We loved these cookies, but I didn't add the icing and we thought they were great. Next time, I will add the icing."

lwalker528 189862
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I wasn't a huge fan of these, and neither was the family. The dough was very difficult to work with, I had to add an extra 1/4 cup of flour and keep the spirals very small. For the trouble I had making them, they weren't any better than some of my easier cinnamon cookie recipes. And the white chocolate on top made them a little too sweet for our taste."

CStargardt08 175816
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Great recipe that was a nice addition to my Christmas cookie trays. I had a lot of trouble working the dough into the logs, then wrapping into the shape. I tried other reviewers suggestions, such as the refrigerating; I had little success. I rolled mine into balls, then in the sugar/cinnamon mixture, then flattened with a fork as I do peanut butter cookies - worked just fine. Loved the taste, as did those I gave them to!"

JoycemRhodes 121351
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"I baked these for my Sunday School class. They were well recieved . I did not have one until I got to class. I was really pleasantly surprised. They were much better than I thought they would be. I will bake them again."

tjpb4 190841
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"very tasty and a nice cookie to add to my baskets for gifts- they look and taste different than most xmas cookies and the boys just love them"

ojc0806 189861
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"the best!!! I used melted white chocolate chips for the drizzle. Everything else was followed exactly."

CEF1221 212053
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Dough is a little sensitive to handle, but cookies turned out great! Followed tip to cut into small pcs and roll into 32 balls, put in fridge and wait about 1 hour. Trick was to SHAPE into log gently and then form into 6" pcs . Gently roll up into circle while molding into place. Used cream cheese , 10x sugar, lemon juice and water combo for frosting- YUMM"

pixie56 189860
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Delicious! If you use real chocolate, don't add the honey - it seizes the chocolate."

amaryllisse 112276
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I used Crisco butter flavored sticks and got flawless results."

amaryllisse 190837
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"Delicious! Mine look just like cinnamon rolls. They almost look better than the picture, and I'm really not much of a baker. I yielded 4 dozen cookies and used melted cream cheese frosting instead of the white chocolate. Shortcut, I guess. And unlike everyone else, I found the dough unmanageably dry, so I added a glug of milk. They're perfect and delicious! I'll be making these a lot."

pbrtaken 212052
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"These cookies were a pain to make and they didn't taste like cinnamon rolls at all. The general opinion of everyone eating them were that the cookies were good, but they just tasted like Snickerdoodles. If all I'm getting out of a recipe are Snickerdoodles, then I'll just drop the cookies and bake instead of spending so much time rolling into logs (which often broke) and spiraling into round shapes. Photo looks nice, but they don't look anything like photo (and yes, I'm an experienced baker)."

debcrx 114587
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I made these especially for my daughter who loves cinnamon rolls in general. We do like them but even prefer them better without the white chocolate."

moneycakes 189857
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"Very nice cookie, I did not have problem making it. However the next time I make these delicious cookies I will probably use a cream cheese icing., My little grandson thought they were delicious!!"

meangladys 175628
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Just doesn't measure up to my snickerdoodle recipe."

micheleclow 180403
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Yum!!! This has now been added to my Christmas baking list."

cae1950 123127
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Just the right cripness, with softness in the inside."

cindalj 180401
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Admittedly I used margarine instead of butter but the dough was so sticky that there was no way I could have gotten them into ropes even after refrigerating. The dough does seem like it has a good taste but since I couldn't rope them I mixed the spices(with a little added ginger and nutmeg) into the dough. Tried to pipe them out into the shape but they lost it once they began to bake up. They still taste pretty good but aren't very pretty"

imabker2 175625
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Read some of the reviews - here's a hint - the dough won't be soft or tacky if you start with cold butter."

imabker2 121350
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Love this recipe! Made it once and tossed out my favorite snickerdoodle recipe! These are great when warm but better the next day - they stay soft thanks to the honey. My family loves them! Don't be intimidated by rope rolling - once you do it, it's simple. I drop them with a cookie scoop, roll into a rope, drop the rope into a pie plate with the cinn/sugar and shake it to coat. Transfer to a cookie sheet and swirl into shape - EASY!"

andrea JENKINS 108561
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"i made this cookie today and my husband said WOW ! ty"

amanda_matzke 192088
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"Tips: I rolled the dough into a large ball and cut in half until I had 32 chunks, then put them in the fridge to stiffen a bit. Take out 8 at a time to roll into logs. Otherwise the dough is a little too soft to work with. They turned out perfectly beautiful this way!"

northwestmom 180399
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"The dough was a bit difficult to work with but seemed to do o.k. as long as the log wasn't too thin or they would break when put into a roll. I have to say I was extremely disappointed with the chocolate drizzle. I ended up throwing away the first batch because it seized when I added the honey. I thought my chocolate was old, so we tried a fresh batch. It hardened when the honey was added, so my husband added a bit of shortening until it was a good consistency to drizzle. In the future, I would probably just make a powdered sugar glaze for them. We liked the flavor of the cookies and will make again... with a few modifications."

lyssierox225 189855
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"As other people mentioned the dough crumbled and it was a little confusing in the directions on how to assemble. But all in all they tasted pretty good, I'm not a fan of the icing and the cooking time for my oven just wasn't right so my cookies came out kind of crispy rather than gooey like expected. I wouldn't make again simply because of the irritation I got from the dough breaking so much and being such a hassle. Great taste and look though!"

gingerriss 193044
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"I didnt add the stuff on top and they still turned out really really good"

brantra1 189852
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made these Christmas eve for family and everyone loved them! Instead of using white chocolate for the drizzle, I made more of a typical cinnamon roll drizzle."

aorla846 175618
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"These cookies are a NIGHTMARE to make! Just like others said, the dough is way too crumbly and extremely difficult to roll into shape without breaking apart. The taste was fine but certainly no better than regular snickerdoodles. I finally begged my husband to help me finish rolling them and by the time we were done, we didn't even care about making the icing. Never making again!"

EMOrganist 180392
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"Fabulous flavor and just the right amount of cinnamon"

bingalls 193043
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I have alot of people to feed with a varied palate to impress- this cookie was a HUGE hit!!!! Thank you!!!!"

MY REVIEW 130955
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"A little like snickerdoodles. A delicious Christmas cookie... or anytime!"

craftymom77 114586
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"They actually do taste like mini cinnamon rolls! The dough kept breaking apart when I was rolling them into shape, but I kept working with it. I made my own icing instead of using white chocolate. Going to add the them to my holiday cookie baking list."

lsanders31 123126
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"OK I guess. They did not keep their shape: even though I refrigerated the dough on the second batch."

boomonk15 189850
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"Help , when I roll them into the log and I tried to twist them into a spiral it didn't work and then they were just really long and not cookie shaped???!!! What should I do, does anyone have a video on how do do it???!!!"

bethannapamer 108559
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"They weren't hard to make and were fabulous!"

Fatorfan 130949
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"I was pleasantly surprised with how good these cookies are! The dough was easy to work with and even though it is a little labor-intensive to roll them, it does work like it is supposed to! The only thing I won't do again is add honey to the chocolate for drizzling. When I added honey, the chocolate immediately seized. I salvaged it by adding shortening, but next time I'll use the white chocolate straight for drizzling. Yummy and cute for a Christmas cookie platter!"

AEJ 175814
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"We liked it better without the white chocolate. These have a lovely buttery flavour that's impossible to resist."

mumpy 112264
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"had my grandsons help me make these because they love shaping dough - and of course, eating cookies! the cookies were delicious, but i think next time, i'll divide the dough into the 30 portions and then chill the pieces so they'll be easier to handle.

like salty1, i used parchment (no problems with that) but i also let the cookies stay on the baking sheets for about a minute and a half before moving them to racks, because they were breaking when i tried to move them immediately. I also used a regular powdered sugar glaze instead of the chocolate, (didn't have enough chocolate)and my gang loved them, adults as well as kids. We will definitely be making these again....and i think next time, i'll try a tiny bit of honey in the glaze.
thanks for this's a winner!"

Irish One 175616
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I made these cookies according to the recipe and had no trouble at all. I thought they were very easy to roll into the log and then into the spiral shape. My husband preferred the cookie without the drizzle but I thought they were great with it. Delicious cookie I will definitely add to my collection of favorites."

adfaf 130948
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I made these with my cousins while i was babysitting and we all loved them! They turned out so cute in the cinnamon roll shape!"

majetta04 175615
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"I am not sure what went wrong. I followed this recipe to the T, but it came out very runny. I had add another 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of sugar and froze it for an hour to get it thick enough. White chocolate/honey drizzle was A LOT of work. Overall, not sure why my batch turned out so badly. Seems to be other similar cookie recipes that are easier to make and that are tastier."

DessertGal 192993
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I don't have much patience for cookies, but I really enjoy these for some reason. They are a welcome change from the standard every day chocolate chip variety."

lorast 189839
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"these were okay but were hard to roll and stay together. family did not care for. alot of work. snickerdoodles are easier and better."

salty1 121348
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I liked these cookies, however I decided not to melt chocolate for the top. I simply made a glaze and used a zip-loc bag with the corner snipped off to make the squiggles on top. I was surprised, however, that the cookies were so thin. Was my batter too warm? Also I used parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheet. Could that have made a difference?"

bthumann 112263
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I didn't roll these cookies in a log, and turn them like the recipe suggests. They were still a-mazing. My frosting wasn't nearly as cute as the picture, either. Something to work on for next time --- because there will definitely be a next time. :)"

supergranny57 193266
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"This is fantastic, I just received my magazine and I have already made it 3 times!"

NancyDirla 148654
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"My family loved these cookies. Next time I will use less baking chocolate and microwave at half power so the chocolate doesn't get hard."

sandramunson 114585
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"These were fun and easy to make. Next time, I will use less baking chocolate. I had a lot left over. I also got a lot more than 30 cookies. I got 56!!"

aug2295 114583
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"These are delicious!! I had trouble shaping them because the dough was very crumbly but they taste great even imperfectly shaped. I had to add a little cream to the chocolate to get it to drizzle."

Kathy H 112256
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"Love it!"

JBrianne 112255
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"We had a really hard time getting the drizzle to work out, we ended up doing something different. When the chocolate would mix with the honey it turned into a brick. Does anyone know what went wrong?"

shelleyjCA2AZ 108557
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"well that stinks doesn't it...but here you can see how much honey and when to use it...1 tablespoon in the cookie dough and the other in the drizzle..."

Rhonda Jackson 190835
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"I am unclear of honey requirements. in this month's issue it references honey but no listing of how much in tha magazine"

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