Soft Cinnamon Roll Cookies

If a fluffy, chewy sugar cookie and cinnamon roll could have a baby together these cookies would be it! , Like, 4 real! The taste is a bit like a fluffy, chewy sugar cookie but with gooey swirls of cinnamon sugar and cream cheese glaze like a cinnamon roll. It’s such a perfect pairing and they go so well with coffee omg!
If a fluffy, chewy sugar cookie and cinnamon roll could have a baby together these cookies would be it! , Like, 4 real! The taste is a bit like a fluffy, chewy sugar cookie but with gooey swirls of cinnamon sugar and cream cheese glaze like a cinnamon roll. It’s such a perfect pairing and they go so well with coffee omg!

INGREDIENTS
COOKIE
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

SUGAR CINNAMON MIXTURE
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING (see note)
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk (may need more or less to achieve desired texture)
  • vanilla extract, splash

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make the cookies, cream together sugar, butter, and shortening.
  3. Mix in egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until a soft dough forms.
  6. Place dough in a plastic bag and flatten.
  7. Refrigerate for 1-hour or longer. (This step is a MUST. Overnight is best.)
  8. Meanwhile, make the cinnamon mixture by combining brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  9. When the dough is chilled be ready to work quickly. (The dough gets sticky as it warms up. It must remain super cold while handling)
  10. Mix together 1 tablespoon of flour + 1 tablespoon of powder sugar and generously flour a nonstick work surface (like a silicone baking mat or parchment paper) with some of the mixture. Be sure to also coat your hands and rolling pin.
  11. Roll cold dough out into a 12X 9 rectangle about ¼-inch thick. (Be sure to keep your hands and the rolling pin coated well in the flour-sugar mixture.)
  12. Brush the surface of dough with melted butter.
  13. Immediately sprinkle on brown sugar mixture in an even layer. Press it down into the dough just a bit.
  14. Starting with the longest side, gently, but quickly roll dough into a tight log. (keep your hands floured and add more flour mixture to the nonstick surface if needed)
  15. Roll log in plastic wrap and place on a pan/tray.
  16. Freeze for 30 minutes or until the roll is firm enough to cut without squishing when you cut it.
  17. Carefully slice the cookies about 1-inch thick using a serrated knife. ( I cut off the ends first since they are never pretty)