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Monday, December 12, 2016

Cinnamon Bun Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

If you love cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies, you are going to love this delicious marriage of the two. They are a hit every time I make them!

pile of cinnamon roll cookies with drizzle of cream cheese glaze

     I think these are our new official shower cookies.  I have made them for two showers now.  We threw a Bun in the Oven Shower for my cousin Cori that had to have some cinnamon bun cookies.  They got such rave review there that I knew I had to make a batch for my sister's Bridal Shower Brunch as well.  There were no complaints that they were served again by those who attended both. ;-)

   For my cousin's shower these cookies acted as our little take away.  Each place setting had a little celophane bag with a few cookies in it.  

   Nothing like a couple of cinnamon buns for the road!  My aunts loved them. 

    They couldn't wait to get home to try them.  They kept telling me "if these aren't on the blog, they need to be!"  

   So now they are!  Since very few cookies actually made it out the door at my cousin's shower, I skipped the step of bagging them for my sister's shower and just left them on plates on the tables for people to grab and eat.  No worries about having to bust through the bags to get to them that way! 

bench scrape cutting log of cinnamon roll cookie dough

     Luckily they come together really easily.  I just made a half batch of my go to sugar cookies, and smeared them with melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  

   What isn't to love about that?  They you just roll them up, slice them and bake them. But wait... that isn't all.  To top it off there is a cream cheese glaze.  

   Yep, cinnamon buns with cream cheese glaze in cookie form.  The glaze even hardens enough to stack and store them.  Perfect!

platter of cinnamon roll cookies

    Though these are now our official shower cookies, they are really perfect for just about any occasion and would be great on your holiday cookie trays as well.  They are something a little bit fun and different and they are easy to put together! 

cinnamon roll cookies, cinnamon sugar cookies
Yield: 48 servings

Cinnamon Bun Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

Cinnamon Bun Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

If you love cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies, you are going to love this delicious marriage of the two. They are a hit every time I make them!
prep time: 1 H & 30 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 1 H & 60 M


Cookie Dough
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk


How to cook Cinnamon Bun Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until completely incorporated
  3. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
  4. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour, longer is fine.
  5. Roll dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 
  6. Mix together filling ingredients. Spread over dough. Cut into manageable rectangles and roll tightly like you would a cinnamon roll dough.
  7. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate another 1/2 hour or longer.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 F
  9. Removing one log of dough at a time (you want the dough to be as cold as possible when it goes in the oven), slice the rolled cookie logs in 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Arrange on cookie sheet an inch apart.
  10. Bake for 7-9 minutes. 
  11. Cool on the cookie sheet for two minutes, then remove to the cooling rack until completely cooled.
  12. For glaze: Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Stir in vanilla, powdered sugar and enough milk to get a thick glaze consistency.
  13. Dip top side of cookie into glaze or drizzle glaze over cookies and leave out until completely set. Once set all the way through, move to an air tight container until ready to eat.
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  1. Oh wow! What a neat idea!! They look delicious too!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. They were so good and perfect for a bun in the oven shower! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Love, Love, Love this idea! Perfect for the "bun in the oven", and that you used your "go to" recipe. Perfection!

  3. Hi Carlee,
    Wow your cookies look so good.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe to make them at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

    1. Thank you! I was so glad they were a hit at the party. I have really been enjoying doing little bags of cookies as "party favors." Thanks so much for hosting!

  4. 'Bun in the oven' - adorable! These look really delicious and simple to make! Thanks for sharing! #wednesdayshowcaseparty

    1. It was so much fun to plan a shower around baked goods! That is my kind of party theme ;-) Thanks for hosting!

  5. Oh yum! This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week, so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thank you! They were a lot of fun to make and share!

  6. Oh these look SO good! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

    1. They were a delicious treat for our shower guests! I love that they fit the theme! Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. What a great idea for a baby shower. These cookies look awesome. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to come along.

    1. It was so much fun! I will certainly be back on Thursday!

  8. Yum!!! I love the cream cheese glaze. Thanks for sharing at #WednesdaysWisdom

  9. I LOVE cinnamon buns, I have never seen them like this, I am sure they are delicious. Thanks so much for bringing them to Fridays Blog Booster Party #25

    1. They really were good and a fun little treat for people to take home from the party! Thanks so much for hosting!

  10. Yum! I love cinnamon buns! These sound so delicious! I appreciate you sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Have a great week!

  11. So adorable!! My youngest loves cinnamon rolls so he is going to love these cookies! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays

    1. Thank you! They were really easy to make and so much fun for the party! Thanks for hosting!

  12. Oh my Carlee, these sound wonderful. Thanks so much for hosting this fun event. Loved it.

    1. Thanks for baking around the world for us! It was so much fun to see all of the cookies!

  13. Your Cinnamon Bun Cookies look amazing! Hope you have a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I'm sure these are as fabulous as they look. Such an adorable! idea for a Bun in the Oven theme - LOVE.IT! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!

    1. Thank you, Marsha! These have been a hit every time I've made them!


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