The Best Chewy Cinnamon Cookies are thick, soft, and have all the flavor of a cinnamon roll but in the form of a delicious cookie!
They are perfect for enjoying as a sweet treat with a glass of milk, for sharing during the holidays, or any time of year is perfect!
Original Recipe: October 2020 | Update: April 2023
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS CINNAMON COOKIE RECIPE
- The best of two worlds, cinnamon rolls, and cookies together.
- This recipe is a match-up of my favorite soft, chewy snickerdoodle cookies and cinnamon roll icing creating a fun cinnamon roll cookie.
- They are quick and easy to make and have the great flavor of cinnamon rolls, including a homemade powdered sugar glaze.
- You'll love the great texture of these soft cookies.
- If you are a cinnamon lover, these delicious cinnamon cookies are for you!
If you love cookies, try my Pumpkin Pecan Cookies with buttercream icing.
- Butter - Unsalted butter is preferred. You can omit the salt in the recipe if you use salted butter. I also always use butter that is room temperature.
- Brown Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tartar
- Powdered Sugar
HOW TO MAKE CHEWY CINNAMON COOKIES
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, mix white sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar and beat until creamy. This should take approx. 4 minutes on medium speed.
STEP 3: Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
STEP 4: Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. (Flour, Cream of Tartar, Salt, and Baking Soda)
STEP 5: Shape the dough into 1" balls and roll through the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
STEP 6: Bake time will be between 10-12 minutes. The lighter in color the chewier the cookie. While the cookies cool, make the icing.
STEP 7: Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Add milk until you get the desired consistency. Drizzle icing over the cookies.
WHAT CREATES A CHEWY COOKIE
Cream of tartar prevents the sugar in the cookie dough from crystalizing, keeping the dough soft and creating a chewy, delicious cookie.
TIPS FOR MAKING CHEWY CINNAMON COOKIES
- Cool cookies before icing. It's hard to wait, but adding the icing too early will cause the icing to melt into the cookie instead of sitting on top as a pretty drizzle.
- The butter should be softened. Leave butter on the counter to soften. You can cut the butter into small squares and spread it out on a plate to make softening quicker. I recommend using unsalted butter for this recipe.
- Bake until they are light brown. Do not over bake.
- Be sure to cream the butter well. Most people rush this step, but you should not it's important to create a light airy cookie. This will take about four minutes with either an electric mixer or a stand mixer.
WANT TO SAVE FOR LATER? HERE'S HOW...
For best results store in an airtight container. To keep the cookies fresh, freeze until ready to serve. Add the icing after they have thawed.
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Chewy Cinnamon Cookies
For the Cookies
- 1 c Butter Room temperature is best
- ½ c Brown Sugar
- ½ c Granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 c Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
For the Sugar Mixture
- ½ c Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
For the Icing
- 1 c Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 - 2 Tbsp Milk
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon and set aside.½ c Granulated Sugar, 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. It should take approx. 4 minutes. Next, beat in the egg and the vanilla.1 c Butter, ½ c Brown Sugar, ½ c Granulated Sugar, 1 Egg, 1 tsp Vanilla
- Mix in dry ingredients.¼ tsp Salt, 2 c Flour, 1 tsp Baking Soda, 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
- Shape the dough into 1" balls and roll through the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes. The lighter in color the chewier the cookie.
- While the cookies are cooling make the icing. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Add milk until you get the desired consistency.1 c Powdered Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla, 1 - 2 Tbsp Milk
- Drizzle icing over cookies.
- Cool cookies before icing. It's hard to wait, but if you add the icing too early it will melt into the cookie instead of sitting on top as a pretty drizzle.
- The butter should be softened. Leave butter on the counter to soften. You can cut the butter into small squares and spread out on a plate to make softening quicker.
- Bake until they are just brown and light in color. This will keep them good and chewy!
This is the best cookie for cinnamon bun lovers!
Yes indeed! Thanks for the comment!
Amanda Marie Boyle
I tried a small batch and they were really good. Adding these to my holiday cookie basket.
So glad you liked the cookies. Thanks for the comment!
These are perfect with my afternoon coffee.
Yes, yes, yes!!
These Cinnamon Roll Cookies are perfect! My sons will totally love this.
Thank you! I just baked up a batch for my son who is away at college. He adores these cookies!
Such a quick and easy dessert that everybody loves. I bring these to all my parties and they are always a crowd favorite!!
My dough never looks like cookie dough, it’s always runny I don’t know what I’m doing wrong
Hi Alicia. It's best to use room temperature butter for this recipe. Are you using butter or margarine? I'll add some specifics to the post now.