Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe are loaded with ribbons of cinnamon sugar

Cinnamon Roll Cookies are thick, soft, buttery cookies, swirled with cinnamon sugar and topped with sweet icing. All the flavors of a cinnamon roll in a EPIC cookie recipe!

Cinnamon Roll Cookies Are Going to Be Your New Favorite Cookie Recipe!

Oh friends, you are in for a real treat today, a real treat indeed. I have been thinking about the idea for these Cinnamon Roll Cookies for quite a while. And I will tell you there was some trial and error to get them how I imagined. Let me explain.

We LOVE Cinnamon Sugar desserts. From the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies ever to exist, to Cinnamon Roll Cake to Churro Bars and literally everything in between, I have so many cinnamon sweet treats here on my site. But these cookies, OH these cookies…they might be my best creation in a while. I know I say that a lot, but these are just truly epic cookies. You guys are going to LOVE them.

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe is buttery, thick, and topped with icing

What Makes These Cinnamon Roll Cookies SO Great?

Like I’ve said, I have had the idea for this cookie recipe in my brain for a bit of time. And getting them exactly right took some trial and error. I knew I didn’t want a Cinnamon Roll Cookie that looked like mini cinnamon rolls. I’ve seen those all around the internet and they are so cute, but it wasn’t what I was going for. I didn’t want a fussy looking cookie, AND I wanted to make sure that my recipe made THICK, ultra-soft cookies with a slightly crisp edge, and melty, buttery centers, with ribbons of cinnamon sugar in every bite.

After 7 different batches, that were *almost* right, I nailed it on the 8th try. And then I tried them again 2 more times to makes sure. It’s been a cookie filled week, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

These Cinnamon Roll Cookies were worth every.last.calorie.

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Let’s Talk About How To Make Cinnamon Roll Cookies

There are a few easy tricks to make these cookies. They aren’t fussy or difficult, just a few instructions to ensure success!

  1. Make the cinnamon sugar filling first (as per the instructions). The recipe calls for melted butter, so it’s easy to mix, but as it sits for a few minutes while you make your cookie dough, it thickens back up as the butter cools making it easier to spread than when the butter is completely melted.
  2. Don’t worry about making things perfect. The beauty of these cookies is that they are rustic and non-fussy looking. When the cookie dough is made, spread it out into a large rectangle. I gave the measurements 10×15, but don’t get too hung up on this. This is a guideline, you don’t have to get out your tape measure. You just want the dough to be thin enough to roll up, and give you enough space to spread out the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Also I just used my hands to press the dough into the rectangle shape. You CAN use a rolling pin, but it’s just as easy to press it into shape. It’s a pretty sticky dough, but you don’t want to add too much flour rolling it out, as that will change the texture of the cookie.
  4. When you roll the dough up into a log, cut the pieces into 10 equal slices. You can absolutely make more than 10 cookies if you don’t want large cookies, just adjust your bake time down a few minutes.
  5. Once you make the slices, pick up the slice and roll it into a ball! You want the ribbons of cinnamon sugar filling to swirl throughout the cookie in all directions. This also helps seal in the cinnamon sugar mixture, which contains a healthy amount of butter, and it can potentially leak out a little bit (which is fine) but rolling it into a ball helps seal it!
  6. Place the dough balls into the freezer for 20 minutes before baking and while your oven is preheating. This helps keep the cookies on the thicker side. BUT while the first batch is baking place the remaining dough in the fridge. You don’t want the dough to be completely frozen, just cold.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe topped with sweet icing

Tips on How To Make Cinnamon Roll Cookies Pretty!

I feel like these are a stunner of a cookie…especially when you break one in half and see all those cinnamon sugar swirls! But I get asked a LOT how I make my cookies look so pretty, and here are a few tips for not only these cookies, but most cookie recipes!

  • Make sure all the cookies are the same size. Using a cookie scoop, a scale, or in this case, cutting the slices into equal portions ensures that the cookies are all the same size, which makes them bake evenly. If you have a small cookie and a larger cookie on the same baking sheet, clearly the smaller cookie will bake quicker than the larger.
  • As soon as the cookies come out of the oven grab a spatula and form them into the perfect circle. Sometimes cookies can spread in strange ways. This could be because of an oven that doesn’t heat evenly, ingredients that are different temperatures, dough that wasn’t mixed thoroughly, or in this case, the cinnamon sugar mixture is inside (and by design, isn’t completely uniform) which could cause it to spread more on one side than the other making non-symmetrical cookies. Using a spatula is a simple fix to form the cookie back into shape. This only works as soon as they come out of the oven when they are hot. As they cool they become less malleable.
  • The icing in this recipe is an easy way to make these cookies pretty. You can either dip the entire top into the icing to coat the surface, or drizzle it on top. I did it both ways, and it’s completely a personal preference. If you do dunk the entire top of the cookie into icing, you might want to make it a little thinner, adding an extra tablespoon of milk into the mixture. If you prefer to drizzle the icing in stripes, make it a little thicker. Don’t get too hung up on this step. If you on accident make it too thin, just add a little more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more milk. You really can’t mess it up!

I have a STRONG suspicion that you guys are gonna go nuts for these cookies. Like they are pretty amazing. I love it when I have an idea that comes together in the way I imagine!

If you love Cinnamon Sugar Desserts I have tons more! Try these:


Cinnamon Roll Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 10 large cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


These thick, buttery cookies have all the flavors of cinnamon rolls in cookie form!



  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cookie Dough

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12 tablespoons milk


  1. For the filling, in a medium bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the butter and the granulated sugar, mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, cream, baking powder, and salt.  Mix for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  3. On a lightly floured piece of wax or parchment paper, press the dough out into a 15×10 rectangle. This doesn’t have to be exact or neat.
  4. Spread the filling mixture on top of the dough, leaving about an inch at the edges. Roll the dough up tightly from the long edge.
  5. Cut the dough into 10 equal slices. Roll each slice into a ball and place on a lightly floured plate or baking sheet. Place into the freezer for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Place 5 of the dough balls onto the prepared pan, leaving space for them to spread. Place the remaining dough in the refrigerator while the first batch bakes.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the edges are lightly golden.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  10. For the icing, in a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, butter and 1 tablespoon milk. Whisk until no lumps remain. Add more milk if a thinner icing is desired.
  11. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the icing, or drizzle on top. Allow the icing to set.


Store airtight for up to 5 days.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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October 3, 2020 11:46 pm

Can I substitute the heavy cream for whole milk or buttermilk?

September 30, 2020 7:47 pm

Is it okay if I freeze the dough for more than 20 minutes? I’m trying to prepare them a few days ahead of an event, and then bake them the day of. Will that work, or ruin the dough?

Last edited 25 days ago by Leila
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September 26, 2020 1:23 pm

In love with this recipe, I just did 50% more filling the second time making them and loved the result! The filling leaked out a bit of a few and created a toffee-like border. Delicious

August 28, 2020 9:36 pm

If I live in Mexico, do I have to add something to the dough because of altitude?

July 29, 2020 2:25 pm

Awesome recipe! I am terrible in the kitchen but managed to make these and they were delicious!

July 28, 2020 6:54 pm

Hi! Could I leave out the baking powder?

July 11, 2020 8:56 pm

Hi…about to make these… how big are the 10 cookies? Can I cut in 12 and they will still be ok?

July 2, 2020 11:43 am

Wondering if you can substitute the dark brown sugar for light brown. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

June 20, 2020 6:08 am

Is it possible to do this cookie without a mixer?

Chay Carey
May 23, 2020 9:38 pm

Great recipe. Not too sweet at all! How do I store them?

May 12, 2020 9:14 pm

These were the best cookies i’ve ever made! I made these for mothers day and my family loved them and couldn’t stop talking about how amazing they are. I would highly recommend these! Even my fiance who doesn’t like any sweets loved them.

May 10, 2020 4:50 pm

Hello, the cookies are absolutely wonderful. I did have a question about the heavy cream. When you bake it do you throw the heavy cream in cold or do you set it out to get it to room temp first then mix it in? Thanks!

April 24, 2020 6:50 pm

Very good cookie light and moist, not at all heavy. I cut my roll to make 5 large as described and then cut the remaining in half to make a smaller bite. Cooked them separately to make sure of the time. They all turn out perfectly.

April 24, 2020 11:18 pm
Reply to  Barbara

P.S. on my cookie review the bigger cookie is much better than the small. Next time I will make the ten cuts. Lesson learned don’t mess with perfection.

April 12, 2020 12:16 am

Any thoughts on a possible substitute for the cream? I live on a fairly remote island and cant get cream

March 23, 2020 1:33 pm

Who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls?? If I freeze the dough would it be ok to bake from frozen?

May 21, 2020 3:46 pm
Reply to  Ssa

if you freeze the dough put it in the fridge the night before the day you plan to bake the cookies. By the morning it will be soften and ready to bake.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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