Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Here’s an idea for your Christmas cookie baking…

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies 1  Cinnamon Roll Cookies 2  Cinnamon Roll Cookies 3

Sugar Cookie Dough:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Filling:
2 Tbl sugar, divided
2 tsp cinnamon, divided

1 Tbl butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 Tbl milk

For the cookie dough, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until dough comes together. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to a 6″x13″ rectangle. Mix half of the cinnamon sugar filling; 1 Tbl sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle filling evenly over dough, press down lightly with fingers on cinnamon sugar. Roll up as pictured above, wrap in wax paper, and put in freezer for about 20 minutes. Repeat with second half of dough. Heat oven to 375°. Remove each roll from freezer when ready, cut cookies from roll with sharp knife about 1/4″ thickness. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, make sure slices are round and end of spiral is pinched to secure. Bake 8 minutes. Mix icing ingredients and drizzle over cooled cookies. Makes approx 6 dozen.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

Some might think I am crazy, but I felt the need to somehow make one of my favorite “comfort foods” even more comforting. ;o) Or maybe just more fattening. Well, here we have it…chocolatetized cinnamon rolls. You be the judge. In my judgement, I think you might want to try it!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls 1

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls 2

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Chocolate Roll Dough:
1 cup milk
2 Tbl butter
2¼ tsp (1 pkt) dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp salt

Warm milk and butter to 110° in microwave. Pour into bowl of mixer. Sprinkle yeast over warm milk mixture. Sprinkle sugar over yeast and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Add flour, cocoa, and salt, mix well and knead. Turn into sprayed bowl, cover, and let rise in warm place for 45 minutes.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
6 Tbl butter, softened
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

In small bowl, stir together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa. On floured surface, roll out dough to 18″x10″ rectangle. Spread softened butter evenly over dough. Sprinkle filling evenly over butter. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over filling and gently press down. Roll up from long end to long end, pinch seam. Cut into 12 1½” rounds (I use thread, place under dough, cross ends over and pull quickly through dough), put in sprayed 13″×9″ pan. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30 minutes). Bake in preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Glaze:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix powdered sugar into butter, add enough milk to make desired glaze consistency.  Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

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