Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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If you ever wished you could enjoy cinnamon rolls with a little less guilt, I would highly recommend you try this recipe. Like now. We all know the New Year means New Year’s Resolutions, hence weight loss must be on that list somewhere, including myself. So here’s something you can look forward to after you lose all the weight! It’ll be like your prize or something, I don’t know. Or you can just treat yourself to some delicious goodies because life is short, and God allows us to enjoy ourselves a little, right? Nonetheless, these sweet, cinnamon-y treats will knock your socks off. Literally, cuz after you eat them you may say ‘screw it’ to the gym.

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Cinnamon from Vietnam, gifted by my sweet cousin. It can be found through World Vision 🙂
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Tip: Use two pieces of saran wrap to roll out the dough to avoid a sticky mess.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

INGREDIENTS

Cookies:
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • optional: dental floss (non minty)
Filling:
    • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the cookies, in a large bowl, cream together the 3/4 cup butter and granulated and powdered sugar for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix. Add one cup flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix just until flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft. Flatten the dough into a thick disk and cover in plastic wrap. Freeze for about 15 minutes.
  2. For the filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Separate the dough into two pieces working with one half at a time, roll it out to about 1/4-inch thick and about 15-inches by 4-inches or so. Gently spread 2 tablespoons of butter on top of the dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture and lightly press the sugar mixture into the dough. Starting with one long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Using a piece of dental floss (or serrated knife), slice the dough into 1-inch pieces, making about 15 cookies per log. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on lined (with silpat or parchment) baking sheets. Repeat with the second half of the dough and the remaining butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until set but not overbaked. Let the cookies cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Prepare the glaze by mixing together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until thick and smooth. You can do this with an electric mixer or use a blender. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Continue adding milk, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is thick but pourable. Pour the glaze into the corner of a ziploc bag (placing the bag inside a large glass helps as you fill it). Snip off the tip of the corner and drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

For the upcoming year [2014]

“. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” —Philippians 1:20

My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . .” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest— my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point— He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only— my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.My Unstoppable Determination for His Holiness. “Whether it means life or death-it makes no difference!” (see Philippians 1:21). Paul was determined that nothing would stop him from doing exactly what God wanted. But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide— for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.

utmost.org

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CINNAMON ROLL…WHAT?!
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PLEASE SIR, JUST A CRUMB!
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sad face- no cookie for me

 

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