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Recipe: Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I’m so excited for the cookie baking stage of the holidays to begin. Last year, one of my favorite cookie creations were these Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Vanilla Glaze. How can you not love a cookie with a cinnamon roll twist? So good!

When Pillsbury sent a call out to a few bloggers to turn a favorite cookie recipe into one that can be made using their Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, I jumped on board. I love making the cookies from scratch but am also the first to love a good shortcut when it’s available.

These Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies are so easy… just a few ingredients and quick to make, you’ll want to make sure you make room on your holiday cookie tray for this tasty treat.

Recipe: Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Recipe: Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Incredibly simple cinnamon roll cookies


  • Recipe: Simple Cinnamon Roll Cookies
  • Cookies:
  • 1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • warm water, if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon and granulated sugar and set aside
  3. Roll out Pillsbury sugar cookie dough onto a lightly floured surface into a 9x6 rectangle
  4. Spread cinnamon and sugar mixture over the surface of the cookie dough, gently pressing into the dough
  5. Carefully roll dough lengthwise, jelly roll style
  6. Sprinkle dough with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture
  7. Slice dough into ¼ inch thick slices. Place 2 inches apart onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Let sit for 2 minutes then remove from the baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
  9. In a small bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. If needed, add warm water to thin, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  10. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
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Disclosure: I was compensated by Pillsbury for my time and ingredients to create the recipe. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Easy and perfect! I love cinnamon rolls…and cookies. And that this has a big shortcut…perfect for busy times!

  2. Oh, these do look easy! Maybe too easy, if you know what I mean.

  3. Easy, sweet, and delicious these have my name written all over them! Bookmarked, thanks Kristen!

  4. Oh I love this idea Kristen!! Allison likes to help with cookies, but gets bored if it’s too involved – these would be perfect for her to make!

  5. Look at that! Skinny rolls! I can probably dig on this, now….

  6. I love it. And, since they are like cinnamon rolls, they are acceptable for breakfast, too. Right? :)

  7. It looks like a simple but tasty recipe – perfect for the busy holiday season!

  8. Mmm……cinnamon rolls in cookie form sound so good.

  9. you had me at cinnamon roll cookies! yummmmmm!

  10. Perfect! I just love cinnamon rolls, love how simple these sound!

  11. I love these! I bake so many cookies during the holidays and need a short cut here and there…this is definitely a creative and delicious one :) Except…how do you stop yourself from eating only cookies for breakfast with coffee? :)

  12. I make so many cookies during the holidays that I have started using this short cut too. I can’t wait to add these cookies to my list. I am having a cookie exchange with my daughter and some of her friends and this cookie will be my “New special” cookie. Yummy!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  13. Kristen – I’m going to have to try this icing next time I make a batch of snickerdoodles. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Although my hubby doesn’t care for cinnamon, I absolutely love it…I’ll have to make these for sure.

  15. yum. these look awesome!

  16. What a fun idea! Love the cinnamon roll flavor without rising bread! :)

  17. Oh Lordy Kristen, those look amazing! Wait till I show my daughter these heehee

  18. I love cinnamon rolls and having them in a cookie form sounds too good not to try it!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe to these sinfully looking cookies Kristen!

  19. My wife recently made some of these using a slightly different recipe she picked up from the Picky Palate blog. Phenomenal. We brought them to my work and my co-workers devoured them and begged for the recipe. Anyway, I love them. I’ll send her the link for your recipe and have her try it out. Thanks!

    -Art, Chief Taste-Tester: skizzlebakes.com

  20. These look so good! I love cinnamon rolls. They are my absolute favorite food. I would eat them every morning for breakfast if I could.


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