Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

Cinnamon rolls and cookies combined? Yes, please! Get the best of both worlds with these super satisfying cookies.

Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies
Prep Time:
40 mins
Freeze Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
60 cookies


  • 1 recipe Basic Cookie Dough (see recipe below)

  • ½ cup salted and roasted mixed nuts, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • Vanilla Glaze (see recipe below)

  • Chopped salted and roasted mixed nuts (optional)

Basic Cookie Dough

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • 2 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 teaspoon milk


  1. Prepare Basic Cookie Dough. Between sheets of lightly floured waxed paper, roll dough into a 16x9-inch rectangle. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup mixed nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture clings together. Sprinkle mixture evenly over dough. Starting from a long side, roll up dough tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Freeze about 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Drizzle cookies with Vanilla Glaze. If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped mixed nuts. Makes about 60 cookies.

Basic Cookie Dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Makes about 2-3/4 cups dough.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.