Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Cinnamon Bun Cookies. Yummy!

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

FOR THE FILLING
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
1/4, plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

FOR THE ICING
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS
To make the cookies: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until just combined. Add the vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add half of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until thoroughly combined, scraping the bowl as needed. Scrape the dough into a ball in the center of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes, or the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Once the dough is chilled, divide it into two equal halves.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Place one half back in the bowl and put it back in the refrigerator for now. On a large piece of plastic wrap, pat the first half of the dough into a rectangle about nine inches by twelve inches, and about half an inch thick.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Place half of butter on the dough and spread it all the way to the edges.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Sprinkle half of the brown sugar evenly over the buttered dough and press the sugar into the dough.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Finally, sprinkle half of the cinnamon evenly over the dough.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Use the plastic wrap to tightly roll the dough into a log.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Place the log in the freezer for 30 minutes or the refrigerator for at least an hour. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough and filling ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

After the dough has chilled again, slice each log into half inch slices (about 24 per log). Place on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

To make the icing: In a medium bowl, combine the butter and instant espresso powder. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and whisk until it just comes together. Next, add the milk, one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. It should be thin enough to drizzle, but thicker than a glaze.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

With the cookies on a wire cooling rack set over parchment paper, drizzle the icing over the them with your whisk. Allow the cookies to set up for about an hour before stacking or storing.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Enjoy!

3 Comments

  1. September 18, 2011 / 4:40 PM

    Thanks for dropping by Karen. This type of project is great to do as you can use so many things already in the drawer. Good luck with your own project.

  2. September 18, 2011 / 11:59 AM

    These look delicious. I love cinnamon buns, but these are much cuter.

  3. September 17, 2011 / 11:49 PM

    Those sound and look sooo good!! I will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

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