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.

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Jessica wrote:

    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?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • RecipeGirl wrote:

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

  • MorenaTejana wrote:

    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?

  • Gretchen Noelle wrote:

    Gracious! What a tempting cookie!!

  • ashley wrote:

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

  • Christine wrote:

    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)

  • Grace wrote:

    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. 🙂

  • What’s for Supper? wrote:

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

  • Helene wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your memories and this beautiful recipe.

  • Megan wrote:

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

  • Lori Lynn wrote:

    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!

  • Sara wrote:

    These cookies are almost too cute to eat!

  • Amy wrote:

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

  • Barbara wrote:

    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.

  • Stacey Snacks wrote:

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


  • Anonymous wrote:


    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


  • The Sugar Fairy wrote:

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