Cinnamon Bun Cookies

When I was little, my mother used to make ‘pie dough cookies.’ She took leftover pie dough, rolled it out, spread butter and cinnamon & sugar, rolled it up, cut slices and baked. That was some good stuff. Love the memory of it too. Thanks Mom.

Cinnabon fan?
Schedule time at the gym now so you can plan to sample several of these.
That’s how delicious these cookies are: Cinnamon Bun Cookies.

Not made with pie dough, but the concept is the same as cinnamon rolls… vanilla cookie dough rolled out, sprinkled with cinn/sugar and rolled back up into a log. The log is then wrapped up and frozen. I froze mine overnight, but you could certainly freeze it for a longer period of time… or just a couple of hours might be ok too. 

The log needs to be quite firm so that when you slice it- it’s firm enough that it will maintain its round shape. Half inch cuts will produce about 2 dozen cookies.

My husband ate half a dozen of these before I could manage to tell him that there was icing to go on top (he defended his gluttonous actions by explaining that he consumed fewer calories). They were perfectly delicious without the icing, but the icing really turned them into ‘wow’ cookies.

The icing was delicious and did harden if made as directed, but I didn’t like that it took away from the attractive, swirly nature of the cookie. I tried to thin it out a bit with additional whipping cream, but then the icing wouldn’t harden. I’d make these again in a heartbeat, but would choose to drizzle this glaze with a bit of added cinnamon. That would give it a delicious icing and still maintain the visual appeal of the swirl.

I’ve made a lot of cookies. I’ve sampled a lot of cookies. And this is one of the better ones. We loved these cookies. When the mood for cinnamon rolls strikes…

This recipe can be found HERE.

58 Responses to “Cinnamon Bun Cookies”

  1. postedDec 10, 2008 4:08 PM
    Happy cook

    I have neve rhad this cookie, but i am sure i will love them.
    Looks really yummy delcious.

  2. postedDec 10, 2008 4:20 PM
    Snooky doodle

    oh anothere great recipe. I m crazy about cinnamon and these will surely satisfy my cinamon craving πŸ™‚

  3. postedDec 10, 2008 4:26 PM

    Looks yummy to me! I’ll have a few! I never ate breakfast and I’ve been scrounging around at my desk for food – all I found was a package of oyster crackers. Lunch can’t get here soon enough! lol

  4. postedDec 10, 2008 5:02 PM

    Wow, these cookies look amazing. Who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls? πŸ™‚

  5. postedDec 10, 2008 5:18 PM

    Wow, those really look like cinnamon rolls! I’m bookmarking this one! I’m enjoying your cookie posts!

  6. postedDec 10, 2008 5:38 PM

    I love these cookies, I love the look of them , the idea of little cinnamon rolls in cookie form, this is a keeper!

  7. postedDec 10, 2008 5:50 PM
    Barbara Bakes

    I’m really craving cinnamon cookies lately. I’ve got to make these cookies!

  8. postedDec 10, 2008 7:21 PM

    They look delicious! These are going on my Christmas bake list, YUM!

  9. postedDec 10, 2008 7:36 PM

    Oh hello there yummy yum yummyness!

  10. postedDec 10, 2008 8:47 PM
    That Girl

    My mom never made her own pie dough, but I had a friend’s mom who would make pie dough cookies with jam!

  11. postedDec 10, 2008 9:16 PM

    Yay, I have pie dough sitting on a shelf in the frige! That icing looks to die for! Thanks for sharing!

  12. postedDec 10, 2008 9:33 PM

    Just stumbled upon this.. they look delicious!

  13. postedDec 10, 2008 10:36 PM

    Wow – these look downright sinful. I bet they are better for you than eating an actual cinnabon though.

  14. postedDec 10, 2008 10:53 PM

    Yum. I needed a great cookie for a party this weekend. My question: is the baked cookie soft or crispy?

  15. postedDec 10, 2008 11:42 PM

    Oh my goodness! I have to make these. That glaze, you know how much I love glazes!

  16. postedDec 11, 2008 1:34 AM

    I hadn’t thought about it in a long time, but my Mom used to do the same thing with leftover pie crusts. We looked forward to the cinnamon “rolls” as much as the pie!

  17. postedDec 11, 2008 2:08 AM

    I LOVE cinnamon. I can’t wait to try these. I’d be like the hubby, eating them before they got iced!

    nandecke (verification word)

  18. postedDec 11, 2008 2:31 AM

    A marriage made in heaven! Love, love, love!

  19. postedDec 11, 2008 2:38 AM

    You are just the cookie queen! I think I would leave out the icing, too.

  20. postedDec 11, 2008 3:05 AM

    These cookies look FAB! For some reaso I am always scraed to make rolled cookies!

  21. postedDec 11, 2008 3:26 AM

    Beautiful!!! I think you’re right about the icing – why cover up those lovely swirls?

  22. postedDec 11, 2008 3:39 AM

    These are so imaginative, pretty, and sound delicious! As for the icing thing, you may also consider dipping the bottoms and drying them upside-down on parchment to preserve the design πŸ™‚

  23. postedDec 11, 2008 3:44 AM

    i love it!! what an adorable idea!!

  24. postedDec 11, 2008 3:45 AM
    noble pig

    These look fun, I wish I would have seen this earlier as I threw away pie scraps today!

  25. postedDec 11, 2008 5:00 AM

    These look and sound amazing…so good, but so bad, because I’d likely wind up eating them for breakfast πŸ™‚

  26. postedDec 11, 2008 6:12 AM
    Jerri - Simply Sweet Home

    These look delcious. My husband would just love them!

  27. postedDec 11, 2008 8:11 AM

    Mmmmm. Definitely, this is a “must try” recipe (it’s my cinnamon adiction speaking, of course).

  28. postedDec 11, 2008 12:12 PM

    Pie Dough Cookies?? Your mom was a GENIUS!! Holy yum. And those cinnamon bun cookies look delightful as well πŸ™‚

  29. postedDec 11, 2008 12:55 PM

    OMG are you kidding me?? Amazing, I have to try these! πŸ™‚

  30. postedDec 11, 2008 1:34 PM
    Peter M

    One of the most intoxicating smells has to be cinnamon baking and coffee in the morning…I am weak-kneed.

  31. postedDec 11, 2008 2:22 PM
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

    I like your tip to schedule time in the gym after making these! They look great, and I love cinnabon.

  32. postedDec 11, 2008 2:54 PM

    Those look like the perfect cookie! Yum!
    Bookmarked to make very soon.

  33. postedDec 11, 2008 3:09 PM

    that is one delicious recipe! I am debating if I should glaze the cookies or not when I make them. πŸ™‚

  34. postedDec 11, 2008 4:16 PM

    I’m a fan of all things cinnamon, especially this time of year :). And if they roll-up nicely, they’re even better πŸ˜‰

  35. postedDec 11, 2008 4:45 PM

    This sounds like a great recipe! I hope I have time to try it, and I am optimistically adding it to my Christmas list! πŸ™‚

  36. postedDec 11, 2008 6:52 PM

    Yum! I’m going cookie crazy here—and I love it!

  37. postedDec 11, 2008 7:14 PM

    what an awesome idea. i made swirl cookies recently, but cinnamon would have made them even more amazing!

  38. postedDec 11, 2008 7:16 PM

    Nice rendition of the recipe! I made something very similar:

  39. postedDec 11, 2008 8:46 PM

    I am glad I worked out today. I can go home and eat these up!! They look great!

  40. postedDec 11, 2008 9:33 PM

    I was planning on doing a cheesecake for my friend’s birthday this weekend, but now I may have to do these cookies instead. I absolutely love cinnamon and I can just imagine the smell of these cookies baking!

  41. postedDec 11, 2008 9:58 PM
    The Sugar Fairy

    Excellent! I make cinnamon scrolls with puff pastry so i’ll have to try this cookie version.

  42. postedDec 12, 2008 1:00 AM


    My mother made the same pie crust treats for us and now I continue with that tradition. Sometimes I make the pie crust just to have these gems. Mom and I don’t cut into slices though….we make 2-3 inch rolls. Yummmmm


  43. postedDec 12, 2008 1:38 AM
    Stacey Snacks

    I love these.
    I think the new name of your blog should be COOKIE GIRL!


  44. postedDec 12, 2008 1:57 AM

    My mother did the same thing with leftover pie dough.

    I love cinnamon rolls, so know these will make a hit for my Xmas cookies.

  45. postedDec 12, 2008 1:58 AM

    oh wow, oh thank you, oh YUMMMM! Totally making these! Thank you!!!

  46. postedDec 12, 2008 4:21 AM

    These cookies are almost too cute to eat!

  47. postedDec 12, 2008 4:51 AM
    Lori Lynn

    Really, one of the most brilliant cookie recipes out there! I trust your husband, but more than that, it is a very creative recipe, kudos to you!

  48. postedDec 12, 2008 5:51 AM

    Oh these were just moved to my must bake list! Thanks for sharing.:)

  49. postedDec 13, 2008 3:06 AM

    Thanks for sharing your memories and this beautiful recipe.

  50. postedDec 13, 2008 4:52 AM
    What's for Supper?

    I made these cookies today. SO DELICIOUS. They are a new favorite in our house! Thanks!

  51. postedDec 13, 2008 2:13 PM

    oh me. would you look at that glaze? my stars. the cookies are immensely appealing to me without it, but with it? methinks i’ll be adding a few more pounds to the ol’ hindquarters. πŸ™‚

  52. postedDec 15, 2008 8:33 AM

    Pffft! By the time I made the frosting for these cookies the cookies were gone! I’m really thinking that I either have to hide them or make a triple batch! Once again another great recipe! =O)

  53. postedDec 15, 2008 5:39 PM

    these look great! hubby would love them! i’ll have to add them to the list to try!

  54. postedDec 21, 2008 12:25 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    Gracious! What a tempting cookie!!

  55. postedFeb 4, 2009 3:30 AM

    Someone else asked the question, but I didn’t see a reply. Are these cookies soft or crispy? If crispy, how can these be made soft?

  56. postedFeb 4, 2009 5:51 PM

    I would not say they were crispy or cakey… kind of in the middle.

  57. postedSep 15, 2012 3:41 PM

    I am hosting a “Bun in the Oven” themed baby shower soon, and I am making these cookies to put in favor bags! If I make them on Friday afternoon, keep them in tupperware, then serve on Sunday afternoon, do you think they will still be good?

    • postedSep 16, 2012 6:06 AM

      Yes- but to be safe, I’d probably ice them on Sunday morning.

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