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Monday, December 9, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze




I've been up my eyeballs in cookie lately.

Life always seems to happen like that for me, things will be uneventful and all sorts of smooth and then without warning, a whole bunch of stuff just shows up on my doorstep one morning smiling with coffee all set to overwhelm me.

That is what the past few weeks have been like.

Before I had kids I loved periods like that, it always pushed my creative limits and allowed me to do and try things in order to broaden my horizons and if I wanted I had the option to nap in-between. But now with three little ones underfoot, most of the time I just want to sit on the floor and cry because it all gets to be too much.

But something wonderful came out of my busy "moment" a new cookie recipe.

Well it's more of an inspired recipe as it's beginnings came from the Cinna-Bum roll out cookies from Sweet Hope Cookies. When I tried the roll out version last year for cookies for some Christmas tree cookie pops I had made. from that moment on all I did was dream about these cookies. They are that good. The only problem for me was that they were a roll out cookie, whose purpose in my mind begs to be decorated, which as much as I LOVE to do, can't find enough time to make them. So I don't typically make them unless I am making a decorated cookie.

But the flavor combo and the possibility of a cookie never stopped gnawing at the edge of my mind. So I made it into a drop cookie and you know what. They are just as awesome. 

Cinnamon roll cookies with cream cheese glaze.


This is what you will need.....

For the cookies...
2 1/3 Cup All Purpose flour
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp.Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Package vanilla instant pudding (3.5 oz)
1/2 Cup of Cinnamon Baking chips divided.
1/2 cup of white chocolate baking chips divided

Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the brown butter and sugars. Add in vanilla extract and eggs and mix well. Add in pudding and mix well. Add in baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix again. Add in the flour a little bit at a time until fully incorporated.

Now this is an important step before adding in the assorted chips. Take half of the divided cinnamon baking chips and white chocolate baking chips and chop them finely. You could even throw them in the blender and let it do it's magic. This step is important and also something I did not come up with all by myself, as this is an important step in making those wonderful roll outs I spoke of earlier. As the cookies bake they melt away into the cookie, providing a lot of flavor. Mix in the remaining chips whole.

I use a Tbsp. measurement and scoop them all onto a baking sheet into rounded scoops. You can flatten them a bit if you like. Bake for 9-10 minutes. I took mine out of the oven at 10 minutes and they still were pretty soft on top, that is how I like them, if you want them baked a bit longer give them another minute or so. Also keep in mind that all ovens have some variables, so at around 7-8 minutes keep an eye on them to see how far you want to go with baking them.


After they have completely cooled you can get them all lined up to be ready to be glazed. I placed them on a wax paper lined baking sheet, to catch any of the overflow from the glaze.


For the glaze....
  • 2 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk or heavy cream to thin the glaze to a consistency you like.
In a bowl mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and well combined. Stir in milk or heavy cream to slowly to create a  glaze thin enough to drizzle over the cookies. Let them set for a bit before packaging or stacking.


But  for eating, you can do that immediately.


These are a prefect cookie to add to your holiday baking schedule, as these are now a favorite and will be a permanent addition to my holiday baking!!

So before you go let me know, what's you favorite holiday cookie???



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