Friday, December 9, 2011

One Bite Cinnabon Cookies

It's a Cinnamon roll, it's a spiced cookie....No...It's a mini Cinnabon Cookie! Genius!
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2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 ¼ cups)
4 oz softened cream cheese
3 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1 tsp. dry active yeast
1 cup granulated sugar
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp Orange Zest (secret ingredient!!)
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ Tb. cinnamon
3 Tb. whole milk
1 cup powdered sugar

  • Mix 2 tsp. vanilla extract with 1 tsp. of dry active yeast
  • Cream the butter, cream cheese, vanilla with yeast, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy—2-3 minutes
  • Turn the mixer on low. Add the salt, orange zest, then slowly add the flour. Scrape the bowl and mix until well combined
  • Press the dough into a flat disk. Wrap and refrigerate the dough for (at least) 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl
  • Flour a piece of wax paper and roll the dough into a rectangle, approximately ¼ inch thick (you can work in batches of dough to make it easier)
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough. Starting on the cinnamon covered side, carefully roll the dough tightly toward the other edge.
  • Press the seam firmly, then cut the roll into 1/3-1/2 inch slices and lay on lined cookie sheets
  • Repeat with the remaining dough and cinnamon sugar
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes
  • Cool completely. Then whisk the powdered sugar, milk and remaining vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Dip the face of each cookie into the glaze and set on a rack to dry

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