Here are my two favorite things about this recipe. First of all, it takes one of my favorite things in the world, cinnamon rolls, and turns them into a cookie. A cookie! I thought I had reached cinnamon roll heaven when I made bacon cinnamon rolls, and believe me when I say I have to restrain myself on a regular basis from making those Very Bad (and by Very Bad I mean Incredibly Decadently Scrumptious) bacon cinnamon rolls every dang day. But then I saw these cookies, and new cinnamon vistas opened up for me. Vistas covered in cookies that had those swirls of cinnamon and frosting made of cream cheese and angel dust. Okay, cream cheese and sugar. You get the drift.
My second favorite thing about this recipe is that I found it when I was poking around for cinnamon roll recipes and found this one on the Picky Palate blog. Oh, this blog. It’s a lot of fun, and contains some of the most outrageously inventive sweet treats I know. Right now it has a recipe up for something involving Oreos and peanut butter and brownie mix. Yep, that’s the kind of fabulous blog it is, and so no surprise that Jenny from Picky Palate figured out that cinnamon rolls could become cookies. One day I hope I can thank her in person.
So, here you go. You pretty much make the cookies in the same general way you make cinnamon rolls, but without all that pesky yeast and rising and all that. You make an easy cookie dough, roll it flat, spread it with a cinnamon sugar butter mix, roll it into a log, slice it up, bake the cookies, cool them and frost them with an easy cream cheese frosting. Then secure them in a room with a padlock on the door so you don’t stand there and eat every last one yourself.
Now, if despite all this you are still a cinnamon roll purist, you might want to try my mom’s recipe, which you can find by clicking here. I’ve never actually made them myself because so far I have been able to get her to make them for me. Having a mama who will make you cinnamon rolls on request is pretty much as good as it gets.
So in between your next cinnamon rolls, give these cookies a whirl!
Recipe adapted slightly from from Picky Palate