Cinnamon rolls are delightfully soft and pillowy, with a luscious sugar and spice interior and an oozy cream cheese topping. Imagine all that encapsulated in a cookie, and you’ve got cinnamon roll cookies.
The huge advantage of these cookies is that they don’t contain yeast and don’t need time to rise. They also have a chewy spiciness that makes them less indulgent and filling than a traditional cinnamon roll. However, they still hit the sweet tooth spot.
When temptation strikes, use one of these fantastic recipes:
1. Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe
Producing perfect spirals of cinnamon and cookie dough, these cookies are as pretty as they are tasty. This particular recipe is ideal for those who find cinnamon rolls a little rich and decadent. Here you can enjoy all the typical flavors of cinnamon rolls, with a delightfully crispy texture and a sweet glaze, without the yeasty dough and heavy frosting. Note that the dough needs to chill for about two hours, so plan ahead.
2. Apple Butter Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
Make these cookies for an indulgent fall breakfast to enjoy the seasonal flavors of cinnamon and apple butter. The recipe uses a straightforward sugar cookie dough filled with apple butter (jarred is fine), cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. The cookies require two stints in the refrigerator, so plan this cookie baking around other kitchen tasks.
3. No-Bake Healthy Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Healthy, one-bowl cookies that don’t even need baking? Yes, please! This recipe is suitable for anyone following a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, or keto diet. The cookies are made with almond and coconut flour, with a protein boost with vegan brown rice protein powder.
The dough is bound with cashew butter, sweetened with brown rice syrup, and then topped with two layers of frosting. The first layer is a cinnamon-rich protein glaze, while the second contains coconut butter. Totally guilt-free and nourishing, these are a holiday dream.
4. Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Cookies
The perfect cookie for Valentine’s day, strawberry cinnamon roll cookies look like the breakfast favorites but with a twist – there’s no cinnamon involved. Instead, these gorgeous cookies have a tender dough enriched with sour cream, which enfolds a filling of strawberry jam. The cream cheese frosting is replaced by a white chocolate drizzle and a powdered sugar dusting.
5. Cinnamon Roll Snickerdoodle Cookies
If you love the cinnamon simplicity of snickerdoodles, try this recipe for the softest, sugariest cinnamon roll cookies. Baked with a cinnamon-sugar nugget inside the dough, the cookies are rolled in sugar before baking, snickerdoodle-style. These cinnamon roll favorites spread out while baking and need a little smooshing together to thicken while cooling.
6. Quick Bread Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
Anyone can make these cookies, even absolute baking beginners. The recipe has three ingredients: a quick cinnamon swirl bread mix, an egg, and some melted butter. All you do is mix the dough and roll cookie balls. Bake for 15 minutes, and you’ve got a kitchen that smells like home and warm, sugary, spicy cookies.
7. Cinnamon Roll Cookies To Feed An Obsession
The most tender cookies with cinnamon swirled throughout will feed the passion of anyone obsessed with the spicy sweetness of cinnamon rolls. Although you roll the dough, spread it with cinnamon filling, and reroll it, there’s no need to chill the dough or cut intricate pinwheels. This recipe is for those who favor flavor over form and can’t wait to sink their teeth into cookie goodness.
8. Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Oil-free and vegan, these cookies have an exquisite shortbread texture and the heady flavor of your favorite cinnamon roll. They also have a rich butteriness from cashew butter, maple syrup, and almond flour. This dough is then sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut sugar, rolled, and sliced into beautiful spirals, which bake to a golden brown delight.
You can also adapt this recipe to make it nut-free, substituting sunflower seed butter for cashew butter.
9. The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Roll Cookies
These crunchy crowd-pleasers created by Ree Drummond look like slender slices of a cinnamon roll. With an unusual nutmeg undertone, the dough is fragrant and delicious, like a Christmas spice cookie. The dough is also very fragile, so don’t ignore the instructions to chill it twice, for an hour in total. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself patching and repatching rather than eating cookies.
10. Cinnamon Roll Shortbread Cookies
What could be better than combining the aromatic cinnamon of breakfast rolls with the buttery crumb of shortbread? This recipe offers a delightful twist on both cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll cookies.
The dough contains cornstarch, an essential ingredient that inhibits gluten formation and results in the crumbly shortbread consistency that’s so moreish. Topped with a cream cheese glaze, these are a delicious hostess gift over the holidays.
11. Wholewheat Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Enjoy the tempting flavors of a cinnamon roll with all the health benefits of chewy oats and hearty whole-grain flour. The cookies are made with pure maple syrup, cutting down on refined sugars. They also contain coconut oil and are topped with reduced-fat cream cheese. These cookies are a one-bowl dessert that makes a delicious treat and is good for your family.
12. Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Whether you call them cinnamon bun cookies or cinnamon roll cookies, you’ll enjoy a mouthful of delectable sweetness. This recipe is inspired by the baker’s childhood memory of leftover pie dough being sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. However, the dough is based on a vanilla cookie recipe with a fragrant filling and creamy topping.
Ensure that your dough is moist enough to roll and that it has been chilled until firm to create perfect cinnamon swirls.
13. Cake Mix Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Use a classic white cake mix with a twist for the quickest, most delectable cinnamon bun cookies. You divide the batter, flavoring one half with cinnamon and leaving the other half plain, and combine the two into a thick, toothsome cookie.
What levels these cookies up is the knob of cream cheese you hide inside the cookie to ooze out meltingly when you bite into it. Restrain yourself from eating these hot from the oven to avoid burning your mouth. They are delectable warm, though.
14. Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
These ultra-buttery sugar cookies make some of the best cinnamon roll alternatives. With a rich filling and luscious icing that you can drizzle or dip, these crunchy cookies will become a favorite. The dough can be a little crumbly, so if you’re finding it tricky to roll and fold, pop it in the fridge for half an hour or in the freezer for a shorter time if you’re in a rush.
Use parchment paper to help you roll the perfect log to have beautiful, crisp cookies.
15. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies
The ultimate fall cookie, these sugar cookies are wrapped around a luscious brown butter, gooey pumpkin center, and drizzled with a moreish caramel glaze. To stop you from collapsing with guilt, they are made with whole-grain flour and brown sugar.
The filling contains pumpkin butter, and you use not only cinnamon to spice the cookies but also that fall favorite, pumpkin pie spice. They’re fragrant, crunchy, and utterly delicious.
16. Grain-free Cinnamon Roll Cookies
There is no reason to miss out on cinnamon roll cookie goodness if you avoid grain and gluten. Made with almond and coconut flour, the cookies are soft and tender, with a dose of healthy fats and protein. The dough contains coconut oil for extra moisture, while the filling combines cinnamon, organic sugar, and butter. These are delicious with a plain vanilla glaze or flavorsome cream cheese frosting.
17. Cinnamon Roll Blondie Bars
Bar cookies baked in a sheet pan are a great way of whipping up a low-effort batch of cookies. Start with a simple one-bowl batter containing aromatic cinnamon to intensify the flavor. After spreading the batter into the pan, sprinkle over a crackly, crunchy cinnamon sugar layer, feathering it with a butter knife like marble cake. Bake the bars until tender but slightly squidgy (they are blondies, after all). Once cool, top with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting.
18. Keto Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Low-carb, grain-free, and sugar-free, these cinnamon roll cookies are the ideal choice for keto enthusiasts and those with gluten or sugar intolerance. There’s no flavor sacrifice, though. Rich with almond milk and almond and coconut flour, the cookies contain whey powder for a protein punch. They’re sweetened with erythritol powder and have the same gorgeous flavor as giant, yeasty cinnamon rolls.
19. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies
Think of a marriage between Cinnabon and your favorite oatmeal cookie, and these morsels of deliciousness are the baby. Two types of oats create healthy cookies’ chewy, wholesome texture, while maple syrup and coconut oil add sweetness and moisture. The cinnamon is baked into the dough, so there’s no fussing with rolling and spreading.
Top the cookies with Greek yogurt cream cheese flavored with stevia, and you’ve got a marriage made in heaven.
20. Betty Crocker’s Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Many of us turn to Auntie Betty for help when baking, and these amazing cookies are no exception. You can mix these up in a minute using a pouch of Betty Crocker’s sugar cookie mix. They need half an hour in the fridge to firm up the dough but think of the time you’ve already saved. Top with a powdered sugar and milk glaze, and you’ve got dessert in under an hour.
21. Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust Cookies
Why choose between pecan nut pie, spice cookies, and cinnamon rolls when these tasty cookies combine all three in a nutty, crunchy, buttery treat? Making cinnamon roll pie crust cookies is as easy as spreading a ready-made pie crust with a nutty cinnamon filling and rolling it up. After chilling to firm up, the dough gets sliced, baked, and glazed. The ultimate creation that will please everyone!
22. Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
When you’ve got a hankering for Crumbl’s cinnamon cookies, you don’t have to head out to the store. This recipe creates the same toothsome cookies with distinctive cooked cinnamon topping and creamy icing. There’s no need to roll up and slice these cookies as you build them in layers. First, bake the soft, tender cookies, taking care not to overbake. Next, spread each cookie with its gorgeous cinnamon layer and top with cream cheese icing.
23. Danish Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Inspired by the citrus-infused cinnamon buns you enjoy in Copenhagen, these cookies are rich in orange zest. The cinnamon layer is particularly thick, luscious, and fragrant. Note that the dough is very brittle and tender, so needs refrigeration before slicing into perfect miniature cinnamon buns. Finish with a light glaze.
24. Cinnamon Twists
This quick recipe uses cinnamon roll dough but bakes it into twists that come out somewhere between a bun and a chunky cookie. Instead of baking it as cinnamon rolls, divide the dough into five sections. Unwind the dough and stuff it with shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, and finely chopped nuts. Twist, bake, and top with cream cheese frosting, serving with extra frosting for dipping.
25. Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookies
These chewy, home-style cookies are what you want as a snack to go with coffee. Golden and gorgeous, these look like chocolate chip cookies. However, they contain crunchy pecans, white chocolate morsels, and a lashing of caramel to cover them. And they taste like cinnamon rolls. The combination is sure to become a family favorite.
26. Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cookie Dough Bites
Inspired by Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough chunks, these bite-sized treats are like mouthfuls of cinnamon roll flavor. The dough is simple, containing only six ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and salt.
Top the rolled dough with cinnamon and coconut sugar, roll it into a log, and chill. Slice off tiny morsels of the cookie dough and freeze for an afternoon snack, dessert topping, or indulgent addition to your breakfast oatmeal.
27. Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies
This recipe makes life easy by using a standard sugar cookie dough as the base for your cinnamon roll cookies. They’re delightfully sweet, topped with vanilla icing, and are irresistible straight from the oven. The dough must rest for a couple of hours, so consider that. These cookies also freeze well.
28. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Spice cookies and cinnamon rolls create a fragrant flavor that makes the house smell like the holidays. And these cookies combine the two bakes into an unusually tender cookie that will blow your socks off.
The recipe has two secret ingredients. First, the dough contains cream cheese, which adds a lovely tang, strengthens the dough, and allows the cookies to puff up like miniature cinnamon rolls. The second addition is active dry yeast. The trick is not to activate the yeast but to enjoy the flavor it infuses into the dough, making your cookies taste like puffy buns. The combination is fabulous.
29. Cinnamon Sugar Pillow Cookies
These delicious cookies are called pillows as they have a filling inside the tender, billowy “pillow case.” Sugary and spicy, the cinnamon-flavored nibbles will remind you of Danish pastries when you bite into them. Inside each cookie is a moist, luscious mouthful of cream cheese that takes you straight into cinnamon roll territory. The recipe offers adaptations for vegans and those avoiding sugar and gluten.
30. Martha Stewart’s Cinnamon-Swirl Cookies
This classic recipe for cinnamon-swirl cookies comes from one of America’s domestic goddesses. These cookies stand unadorned, without any glaze or frosting, and are fragrant and delicious. The dough has a mild citrus undertone, and the filling is rich with cinnamon and walnuts, so they’re not plain.
However, the dough requires two resting periods, so plan to make these over two days or while you’re busy with other holiday baking.
31. Cinnamon Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie
Instead of making a batch of cookies, create one giant, shareable cookie that slices like a pie. This fabulous giant cookie is a mixture of a cinnamon bun, a mocha cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie. The aroma of cinnamon engulfs you as you bite into it, but then the chocolate chunks overtake your tastebuds. Add an espresso hit, and you’re in mocha heaven. A taste sensation.
32. Buttery Cinnamon Roll Cookies
For fans of the gooiest cinnamon rolls, this recipe hits the spot. The buttery dough is best slightly underbaked so you can have the soft, fluffy center you love. They’re topped with traditional cream cheese icing for the whole cinnamon roll experience. The chilling time for the dough is an hour, which is essential to firm up the dough for cutting.
33. Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cookies
These cookies are sure to please everyone by blending the flavors and textures of cinnamon rolls, cheesecake pudding, and white chocolate. They’re also crazily easy to make, starting with sugar cookie mix and instant cheesecake mix. Once you’ve tossed in some cinnamon and white chocolate chips, you roll the dough into balls and bake. Just about an instant dessert!
34. Mardi Gras King Cake Cinnamon Roll Cookies
In New Orleans, king cakes come in every shape and form, from cake pops to ice cream. However, traditional king cake contains cinnamon, so cinnamon roll cookies are a logical development. These cookies jump on the celebration bandwagon, offering all the flavor of cinnamon rolls with far less effort.
Instead of plain sugar cookie dough, the recipe suggests adding butter and almond extracts for an intense flavor. The cookies have a buttery cinnamon roll filling and are topped with a richly flavored cream cheese frosting. Carry through the Mardi Gras theme by decorating the cookies with purple, yellow, and green sprinkles.
35. Rugelach Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Inspired by traditional rugelach, these cookies take on the spiral of cinnamon rolls rather than the crescent shape of the Yiddish version. Rugelach dough is enriched with cream cheese, ensuring a tangy, tender yet elastic dough that can stand up to shaping without losing its flakiness.
The filling contains cinnamon but has apricot jam rather than butter as a base and is stuffed with chopped walnuts. Once rolled and chilled, the cookies get a sugary glaze that bakes into a lovely browned topping.
36. Extra-Soft Cinnamon Roll Cookies
This recipe produces soft, almost cake-like cookies, which you cover with a greedy swirl of cream cheese frosting. The cinnamon roll flavors are all inside the cookie dough, so there’s no need to roll and spread the dough. Because it’s so soft, the dough needs 30 minutes of chilling, but baking time is quick, so you’ll have a pan of family-pleasing treats within an hour.
37. Cinnamon Pinwheels
Ideal for holiday cookie swaps, these old-fashioned cinnamon cookies are created with alternating layers of colorful dough. Plain sugar and bright red dough create the pinwheel effect, while the cinnamon flavor comes from crushed red hot cinnamon candies. You’ll need to chill the dough overnight, so the pattern isn’t lost when baking.
Another option is a green dough to contrast, flavored with pistachio nuts and almond essence and tinted with green food coloring.
38. Ultrathick Cinnamon Roll Cookies
While other cinnamon roll cookies look like miniature cinnamon rolls, these are ultrathick, puffy cookies that reveal their spicy secrets when you bite into them. With a rustic, homemade charm, these cookies are meant for grandma’s cookie jar and promise to fill your kitchen with the smell and taste of home. No rolling, no dough resting involved. These are ready in half an hour.
39. Football Cookies
Recommended as a delicious tailgate dessert, these cute cinnamon roll cookies are shaped and decorated to look like tiny footballs. They’re quick and easy because you start with a ready-made chilled pie crust. Cover the pie crust with cinnamon, sugar, and melted butter, then roll.
The trick to getting the shape right is gently squashing the rolled pie crust with the base of a glass to form ovals. Use a knife or cookie cutter to get a sharp football design. Once the cookies have been baked and cooled, pipe on a thick glaze or vanilla frosting to make the lace design.
40. Soft Amish Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
The softness of these simple yet tasty cookies comes from the generous amount of buttermilk in the dough. The cinnamon sugar gets sprinkled on the dough and cut in, creating swirls without the rolling and cutting. There’s no glaze or frosting, just wholesome, tender cookies that make a perfect breakfast with a cup of coffee. You can also use this recipe to make cinnamon swirl muffins.