I have my friend Kim to thank for these cookies. You see, I had not prepared adequately for the great “Snowpocalypse” we had a couple of weeks ago and….ran out of butter. It was horrible. Being snowed in your house for 4 days without any butter?! A nightmare!! However, I whined enough about it on my facebook page that a nearby friend, Kim, came to my rescue. She brought me FOUR boxes of butter, y’all. FOUR. I was so happy I immediately got in my kitchen and made these cookies. They look good, huh? Well they ARE!
I got the recipe from the lovely Darla of Bakingdom not too long ago and it was the very first thing I turned to when I finally got some butter! I’m so glad, too! These were really fun to make- a little more involved than average cookies, which I thought was a nice change of pace. The cookie itself is crumbly and buttery and just loaded with warm, spicy cinnamon; but the icing is what pushes these cookies over the top. It has espresso powder, so it’s got a wonderful coffee flavor which I just LOVE! These were such a treat on a cold day with a hot cup of coffee- I can’t wait to make them again!
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
For the cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
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
To make the cookies: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
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. 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. 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. Place half of butter on the dough and spread it all the way to the edges. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar evenly over the buttered dough and press the sugar into the dough. Finally, sprinkle half of the cinnamon evenly over the dough. Use the plastic wrap to tightly roll the dough into a log. 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 Silpat mats or 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. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.
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.
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 a few minutes before stacking or storing.
Recipe source: Bakingdom