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There are so many different types of cookies. Many of them are delicious, but not too many are memorable. I still remember the first time I bit into one of these cinnamon roll cookies. My aunt brought them to a gathering and I was instantly hooked! I have a feeling you’re about to have the same memory.

Maybe it’s a bit sad that these cookies make such a lasting impression that you remember the time and place you first encountered them. But they are just that good! The cinnamon is perfect for that cozy fall feeling and the roll component makes them amazing for a brunch, snack, or… well, anytime!

Close up top down view of cinnamon swirled cookies sitting on wire cooling rack with other cookies beside

These cinnamon roll cookies are seriously are a one-of-a-kind cookie that anyone and everyone will love! Be prepared to become the new best friend of everyone you give one to!

Cinnamon roll cookie with white creamy frosting on top sitting on wire cooling rack with other unfrosted and frosted cookies all around

Watch how to make these cinnamon roll cookies

Once you make these cookies, make sure to do two things:

  • Leave me a comment letting me know how they turned out for you.
  • Leave a recipe rating (right down there by the comment section) so I know how many stars you’d rate this cookie recipe!
Top down view of little cinnamon roll cookie swirls some with white frosting all sitting on wire cooling rack

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

4.56 from 54 votes
Swirls of cinnamon and a sweet icing on top make you think these cinnamon roll cookies are the real thing! They're simple to make and you don't have to feel bad eating a few!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 48 cookies


For the cookies

  • 2 ¼ tsp (1 pkg) instant yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups scalded milk scald and allow to cool slightly
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

For the frosting

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter as would be done for pastry dough.
    2 ¼ tsp (1 pkg) instant yeast, 4 cups all-purpose flour, ¼ tsp kosher salt, ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • In a separate bowl, combine beaten eggs, vanilla, and scalded milk. Mix together to combine wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together. The dough will be very shaggy and wet. If worried, do not fear! It is unlike any other yeast dough.
    1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, 1 ¼ cups scalded milk
  • Once mixed together, cover the bowl tightly and place it in the refrigerator for at least eight hours (up to 10 hours). Once the dough has rested in the refrigerator, it will have risen slightly and be much easier to handle.
  • When ready to make cookies, in a bowl, mix together brown sugar, and cinnamon and set aside.
    1 cup light brown sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • On a lightly floured surface, separate dough into three sections. Working with one section, roll into a 12×15 inch rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with ⅓ cup of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, leaving a one-inch border on the long side.
  • Roll up as you would cinnamon rolls or a jelly roll. Slice into one-inch cookies and place on a greased cookie sheet. Press lightly with floured hand and place into preheated 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will puff and brown slightly.
  • Once baked, let cool five minutes on pan then remove and place on a cooling rack.
  • For the frosting, combine all the ingredients and mix at high speed until smooth and creamy. Frost the cookies while they are still slightly warm so they are coated evenly.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp heavy cream


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 127kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking
Top down view of little cinnamon roll cookie swirls some with white frosting all sitting on wire cooling rack

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  1. I made these cookies are there so yummy. We all love them. Thanks. I’m a subscriber and don’t get no more of your emails on the new things u make now I’m not sure y… Thanks again god bless

  2. Hi kaleb! I was wondering if once these are made how do you store other than freezing? Concerned because the icing has dairy. I want to make to add to boxes at Christmas and want to know to tell the people receiving these luscious little bites. I have been following you at least or close to a year now. Enjoy everything you do inside and out 🙂

    1. Hi Kaleb!
      So I just mixed these babies up. I do have a question – the instructions in first step say to mix the yeast with flour etc. but the second step also has the yeast being mixed. Is there 2 separate amounts of yeast I need? I only added it to the dry ingredients. Thanks 😊 ❤️ Merry Christmas !!

      1. So glad you want to make these! Sorry about the typo. The recipe is no updated. You only need yeast once. Hope you love them!

  3. I loved watching your video on making these…. I am from a family that loves pecans…. I might add a few when rolling out!!!!

  4. I love cinnamon rolls and cannot wait to make these cookies this year. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  5. 5 stars
    They were very easy to make! Delicious as well.
    I am preparing to bake more of these cookies, as the first batch were eaten very quickly! Thank you Kaleb, I really enjoy watching and learning from your videos! I especially love your home’s interior design and landscaping is gorgeous!

  6. These look amazing! I see the iced cookies can be frozen. Can the rolled dough be frozen prior to cutting, then thawed when ready to be baked?

  7. 4 stars
    Made these today, what an easy recipe for such deliciousness! Thanks for giving me the incentive. I also made your pork and squash recipe, that was fabulous. Happy Holidays!!

  8. Does the frosting harden up a bit? I want to package these up and give them away but only if the frosting sets up a bit.

  9. I just made these cookies and they are so good! I have never made cinnamon rolls before but these were worth the little effort. Thanks for this delicious new cookie recipe.

    1. Did you end up testing it out? I was also wondering the same thing, whether the frosting sets or not but I think because of the butter it won’t. Might need to do a powdered sugar icing instead

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious. I love watching all your videos! Would you consider making a video on how you store and package all the goodies you make?

    1. Scalding milk is just before simmer stage do not let it boil. And cool to under 110 degrees so as not to kill the yeast.

  11. I came across your videos – each recipe is a reminder of my childhood. I have searched for this cookie for years. I remember making it as a child, but no one had the recipe or could remember it. Ta-Da! here it is. Thank you. Charm

  12. 5 stars
    These cookies are absolutely delicioius. I made them for Christmas and now for Easter. Definitely a keeper. Thank you Wyse Guide.!

  13. Can’t wait to try your cinnamon roll cookies
    We love the cinnamon cookies snicker doodles – hoping they are just as good

  14. 5 stars
    You are so fun!! I love your personality and your way with the camera. I have lived on a farm, lived in a historical home.Had to sell it last Christmas due to my husband’s health issues and inability to care for 2 homes.Christmas decor…my passion. I HAD 4 TREES 4 FIREPLACE MANTELS,archways and Railings.My tree is still up.

  15. 5 stars
    These cookies are AMAZING! Easy to make! My kids helped me roll them out, spread the brown sugar cinnamon mixture, jelly roll and cut them into cookies. They were also super helpful in gobbling them up! These cookies taste like a hug from grandma! I will make these again and again!

  16. My 13 year old son made these cookies this weekend and they are AMAZING! He is planning to make your pork with apples and squash recipe tomorrow. Thank you for inspiring my son to help me in the kitchen! Your recipes are delicious and I love that you use fresh ingredients. You are awesome!
    From a fellow Iowan,
    Holly Dolphin

  17. My ex-pat American friends have been having a Christmas Cookie party/competition for about the last 38 years . Every year we have to come up with different “winable” Cookie recipes. Imagine: 20 women x 20 different cookies every year! So… this year, 2021, I am going to make these cinnamon roll cookies. Will I win? We’ll see. I’ll let you know if your recipe gives me the crown as Cookie Queen. I’ll post a photo, too. Wish me luck.

  18. 5 stars
    I just had to try these as you were so enthusiastic while making yours. I think I need a bit of practice to get the roll tighter…..also, for me, the 1” slice was biggish, so I did more like 1/2.”. They are delicious tasting! Hope the church decorating crew enjoys them tomorrow! Merry Christmas to you and yours Kaleb!

  19. 5 stars
    I have made these cookies before and they are absolutely delicious. I plan to make them again this year, however, was wondering if the dough can be made ahead of time and be frozen. Could you please let me know…thanks and happy holidays!

  20. 4 stars
    My son loved these. I had a bit of difficulty getting them rolled tightly enough though. I love your videos. It seems we may have been raised by very similar women… mother never wasted a drop of ingredients and she also taught me how to properly measure flour!….and we used our deep freeze for cookies!!😊

  21. 5 stars
    I have a quick question for you. Is it okay to leave to dough longer than 10 hours. I have time today to mix but not bake the dough.

  22. 5 stars
    Kaleb , I made you chocolate covered cherry cookies, oh how awesome they are. So good I am adding them to my Specialty Gourmet Chocolate Boutique. Will keep watching your videos for more cookies and other delicious recipes. Thank You