Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cinnamon-stuffed rolled sugar cookie dough, topped with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting.
cinnamon roll sugar cookies

Did I tell you I had a baby 4 months ago? Lack of sleep – I can’t remember if I told you, but I’m pretty sure I did. I also am pretty sure I mentioned that I gained 40 elbees during my pregnancy. 20 of it went as soon as I had the baby, but I’m kinda workin’ on the rest. And workin’ I am; changing diapers, feeding every couple of hours, playing, picking up the older one from school, teaching, drawing, feeding again, bathing… You know the story.

Sometimes I get to hop on the treadmill and enjoy a walk or even a run. That’s very rare, but I do it as often as possible. I now have lost another 12 pounds. Yay! Only 8 more to go to get back to my pre-preggo weight. Not bad, eh?

cinnamon roll sugar cookies

So. I decided that I was going to treat myself with a gain of 2 pounds and round up that number to 10 pounds left to lose. Fair? I think so. And what better way to do that than with a cinnamon roll sugar cookie. I even wrapped it up like a present and gave it to myself. I deserve it.

I hope you do the same. You deserve it, too.

cinnamon roll sugar cookies

These cookies were so good. Please make these. You’ll love yourself for it. And, take your time when making them. The only issue, really, is when rolling the dough into a log. Just follow my directions and you will do great.

Then there’s the cream cheese icing. Oh MY Word! It’s almost the same as the Cinnabon Icing.  You can find it Spicie Foodie’s Awesome Christmas Cookie Recipes. Try not spooning it into your mouth. I dare you. Especially since you’ll only use about half of it for the cookies. The other half can go straight to your belly.


Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

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WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 125


For the Sugar Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1 tablespoon butter , softened
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (I use 1 tablespoon because my husband prefers less cinnamon)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

For the Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (half package)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract


For the Sugar Cookies

    You can also use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use a store-bought roll.

    • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
    • Pour in the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.
    • Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    • Take out a large piece of aluminum foil and flour it.
    • Take the dough out of the fridge and place it on top of the foil.
    • Roll it out into a rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick.

    For the Filling

    • Using your hands, spread the butter over the entire dough; sprinkle with cinnamon; sprinkle with light brown sugar.

    Roll into a Log

    • Holding onto the corners of the foil, those closest to you, begin to roll the dough away from you. Work slowly.
    • Roll to the end of the foil.
    • Wrap the rolled cookie dough in the foil and place it in the freezer for 45 minutes

    For the Icing

    • Place the cream cheese and the butter in a mixing bowl.
    • Beat until creamy.
    • Gradually add in the powdered sugar; beat until smooth, about 4 minutes.
    • Pour in the vanilla extract and lemon extract; continue to mix until well incorporated.


    • Preheat oven to 350.
    • Take out the cookie dough, unwrap it, and cut the cookies off the roll, about 1/4-inch thick.
    • Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
    • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they begin to brown around the edges.
    • Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
    • Once cooled, frost with icing.
    • Frosted cookies will keep several days in an airtight container.
    Nutrition Facts
    Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 125 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 2g3%
    Saturated Fat 1g5%
    Cholesterol 13mg4%
    Sodium 35mg1%
    Potassium 29mg1%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 0g0%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 90IU2%
    Calcium 13mg1%
    Iron 0.5mg3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    28 Responses
    1. Karen

      I made these and they are absolutely amazing! Took them to work and the staff LOVED them. Thank you for this recipe. A definite keeper.

    2. Shelley

      How important is the lemon extract in the icing and could I substitute lemon juice for it?? I have everything to make these cookies except that darn extract!!!

    3. Holly

      Hey! these cookies were great(the second attempt) The first go round, I used pillsbury dough and they turned into blobs. I tried freezing them longer thinking that might work, but it didn’t change. Just thought I would let you guys know to not use store-bought dough. From scratch is always better!

    4. Averie @ Averie Cooks

      These are awesome and love the rustic burlap, the wood boards, gorgeous photography and props to go with great cookies! (and frosting!)

      I CANNOT BELIEVE you are pulling this off…from the cooking to the posting to the photography, etc with a 4 mo old. Omg. Only a new mother AND a blogger knows what that means. My hat is off to you. I didnt start blogging til my ‘baby’ was about 18 mos old. Never could have done it at 4 mos!

    5. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

      Haha! You are too funny. But I think you totally deserved these cookies! Just waking up in the morning and wrangling two munchkins puts you on the “deserve a cookie (or 12)” list.

      And these sound like an amazing cookie to have treated yourself with!

    6. Terra

      They sound fun to make…..and looks DELISH!!!! I bet you look fantastic, so don’t worry about a few extra elbees:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

    7. Emily @ Life on Food

      OMG amazing! I will most definitely be making these soon. I say yes to the plus 2. Everyone needs presents to themselves. I take this very seriously and make sure I get it done at least once a month.

    8. Liz

      These sound decadent and delicious! I have a feeling a few spoonfuls of icing would make their way into my mouth…all for quality control purposes, of course! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    9. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

      Congrats on the weight loss–you definitely deserve a treat and I can’t imagine anything better than these cookies. They’re so pretty and I love how you styled them here. The cream cheese frosting takes them over the top (in a great way)!

    10. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)

      these cookies look amazing. I’m sure you’ll get to you pre baby weight soon just keep lifting both your kids you’ll be back in no time.

      Gorgeous photos Kate

    11. Ramona

      You’re doing better than most of us since you just had your baby…. I had mine almost 6 years ago and I could still use to lose another 20lbs. 🙂 These cookies do look fabulous. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

    12. Kristy

      Congrats on all the weight loss! That is fantastic!!!! I always gave myself a year after the kids were born. I figured I deserved the extra calories with the constant baby feedings. LOL. I actually need to get back on my exercise horse and drop a few too. Work picked up over the summer and is quite insane lately. It’s making finding extra time for things (outside of work and the family) a bit more challenging. Time to get back it at though. But first, I think I might have to enjoy these cookies. (And enjoy them I would!)

    13. Dijana

      These look great,just in time for the holidays! I hear ya on losing those remaining pounds postbaby, just joined the gym down the street 🙂

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