These soft Cinnamon Roll Cookies are a cinnamon-lover’s dream come true! Take some cinnamon roll filling, swirl it into some Snickerdoodle dough, dunk it in more cinnamon-sugar, then die and go to heaven. This Cinnamon Cookie recipe is easy and so delicious! Originally published September 25, 2021.  

soft cinnamon roll cookies with cinnamon swirl on parchment paper.
Table of Contents
  1. Cinnamon Roll Cookies = HEAVEN!
  2. Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe Ingredients
  3. How to make Cinnamon Cookies
  4. The spoon trick for Cinnamon Roll Cookies
  5. Do I glaze this Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe?
  6. How to store Cinnamon Cookies
  7. Cinnamon Cookie Recipe FAQs
  8. More cookies to craze over!
  9. The BEST Cinnamon Cookie Recipe Recipe

You guys, have you been to the women’s clothing section at Target lately?

I don’t know WHAT is going on, but it’s like walking into the past. The DISTANT past. The past that none of us were a part of. The past where people wore petticoats and chopped their own wood.

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soft cinnamon roll cookie with cinnamon swirls with a bite taken out of one.

What is this, pioneer chic?? The name of one of the dresses I saw actually has “Balloon Sleeve” in the title. It looks like it’s straight out of Little House on the Prairie! (Or do you remember Anne’s puffed sleeves from Anne of Green Gables?)

My girlfriends and I have a group text and every time one of us goes shopping, we send each other more evidence. It’s quite horrifying to think that if this trend keeps up, I will be wearing these ugly dresses in 3-5 years.

cinnamon roll cookies with cinnamon swirl on a baking sheet

At least that’s what happened with skinny jeans. Remember those? I resisted that trend for YEARS back in the early 2010s. I rocked those boot cut pants and slightly flared jeans much longer than I should have, because I was so resistant to the idea. These days? I LOVE my skinny jeans and am horrified that all these millennials are telling us they are out of style. (And now pioneer dresses are in? What is WITH YOU GUYS??)

hand picking up cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies

But if we don’t resist as a society, this is my fate. Balloon sleeved pastel pioneer dresses with tiny floral print. I am beholden to the whims of Target fashion. We must resist!! WHO’S WITH ME??

Cinnamon Roll Cookies = HEAVEN!

In other news, my tongue is completely numb and has been for hours. It’s because I’ve eaten literally nothing but Cinnamon Roll Cookies all day today.

soft cinnamon roll cookies stacked up with bites taken out

Does this happen to anyone else?? Or am I the only one with a mild cinnamon allergy. It’s never enough to stop me. We are not talking anaphylactic shock over here, just a weird numb feeling. I will eat Cinnamon Rolls, Snickerdoodles, and cinnamon toast all day long…and eventually just lose feeling in my tongue.

It’s all been worth it though. I bring you…the world’s most cinnamon-sugar-glorious cookie! (Can you tell I had a hard time picking a title, ha.)

cinnamon roll cookies recipe stacked on a baking sheet

This recipe all started when I went to create the perfect Snickerdoodle. I tried all kind of things to incorporate even MORE cinnamon flavor into the cookies (I’m a glutton for punishment, what can I say. Look at all this tongue numbing I’ve endured for you!)

Cinnamon Rolls are everyone’s favorite, so I whipped up some of the filling and swirled it into a Snickerdoodle to cookie-ify it. The result is FANTASTIC.

cinnamon snickerdoodles with cinnamon swirl with a bite taken out

I love them so much that I made a whole different post for them, even though they are very similar to these Perfectly Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies that I just posted.

Because the truth is that the cinnamon roll filling changes the whole flavor profile of the cookie. They don’t taste like Snickerdoodles anymore, they taste like glorious cinnamon rolls.

They are super easy to make, you just need a few minutes to freeze the cinnamon roll filling. Let’s jump in!

cinnamon roll cookies on a pan layered together from overhead

Basic pantry ingredients! Full recipe instructions are in the card below, as always.

  • Salted butter, softened
  • Brown sugar, packed
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Cream of tartar

How to make Cinnamon Cookies

  1. First we’re going to start by mixing up the cinnamon roll filling. Take some softened butter and beat it with cinnamon and brown sugar.
soft butter, cinnamon roll filling in a bowl with spatula
  1. Then use a spoon to make little balls of filling, about the size of a marble. Line them up on a pan or a plate that will fit inside your freezer. It’s kind of like we’re making our own chocolate chips! Except they are cinnamon roll chips. YUM.
small marble size balls of cinnamon roll filling on a baking sheet
  1. Once your dough is mixed together (see my Snickerdoodles recipe for more step-by-step photos on making the dough!), fold in the frozen cinnamon roll filling. Don’t use the mixer, it will beat them up too much. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently fold them in, trying to keep the cinnamon roll filling intact in little balls. We want those big swirly spots of cinnamon in our cookies.
snickerdoodle dough in a stand mixer bowl with cinnamon roll filling balls mixed in
  1. After that, shape them using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop. I like to make them about 2 inches across. When you scoop the dough, your cinnamon will swirl into the dough a bit, that’s okay.
cinnamon roll cookie dough being rolled in cinnamon sugar in a white bowl
  1. Roll the balls of dough in cinnamon sugar, just like a Snickerdoodle.
raw dough balls lined up on a baking sheet, shot from overhead

If you don’t stop to eat some now, are you even human? Real talk. By the way, you can take these balls of dough and toss them right in the freezer to bake later. See recipe notes.

The spoon trick for Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Now it’s time to bake. Here they are just out of the oven.

cookies just out of the oven on a baking sheet

Oh no! Failure cookies! They have spread out too much and are running into each other and will collapse into pancake cookies with too-crispy-edges and no textured height in the middle! You should be shedding actual tears at this point.

cookies on a baking sheet being pushed into themselves with a spoon

But wait! A couple of spoons save the day. Just use your spoon when the cookie is still HOT, like within 30-60 seconds of removing it from the oven, and smoosh the cookies together a little bit. See my Snickerdoodles recipe for lots of details on this technique!

smooshing a cookie in on itself with fingers, to make the cookie chewy

Basically, we are smooshing to get more height and chewiness in our cookies (read: SOFT cookies), and to solve the problem of the spreading cinnamon filling. It only takes a minute to do and the results are pretty amazing! Almost every cookie that comes out of my kitchen these days gets spooned.

cinnamon roll cookies recipe on a baking sheet shot from overhead

That’s it! Only about 35 minutes from zero to hot, gorgeous Cinnamon Roll Cookies in your mouth! I know I say this every time, but I really do think these are my new favorite cookie. Am I crying wolf? Cinnamon is just the best, okay? (Even with the numb tongue. That’s how you know it’s true love guys.) One last thing, for all you cookie newbies:

cinnamon roll cookies with bite taken out on a pan with cinnamon sprinkle

Do I glaze this Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe?

What’s a cinnamon roll without a little glaze, right? Well when I shot this recipe, I was making it as a variation of these Snickerdoodles and originally was just going to throw this idea into that post, like here’s what they look like with a little cinnamon filling. But they tasted SO good, and SO much like cinnamon rolls, that I decided to create an entire other post and call them Cinnamon Roll Cookies. I completely forgot about a glaze and to be honest, don’t feel that they need it. I love letting that dark cinnamon swirl shine. BUT! If you want a glaze, use the one on this Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies recipe. For that recipe you roll out sugar cookie dough and roll it up with cinnamon filling, just like cinnamon rolls. Yes, I now have TWO Cinnamon Roll cookie recipes on my site. I told you, I love cinnamon 😉 No regrets!!

cinnamon roll cookies on parchment paper shot from overhead

How to store Cinnamon Cookies

I keep my cookies on the counter in a container with a lid. They never last long this way, not because they are going stale but because we are eating them all. If you aren’t a cookie monster like me and won’t devour them in 2-3 days, freeze them! Just pop them in a ziplock. They’ll last a month or so. Warning, they are still great straight from the freezer (though I like to microwave them for a few seconds to simulate oven-warm goodness). 

Can you freeze this Cinnamon Roll Cookie recipe?

Yes definitely! Just toss them in a ziplock bag and seal completely. Let them thaw at room temperature. They will keep for 3-4 weeks!

You can also freeze this dough and bake later! I like to shape the dough into balls, roll them in cinnamon sugar, and store them in a ziplock bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. I never thaw cookie dough before baking. Just bake straight from frozen and add a couple minutes to the bake time. Voila!

What makes your cookie soft and chewy?

The secret to a soft and chewy cinnamon roll cookies is actually the cream of tartar. It acts as a leavening agent which makes the texture of the cookies so soft! Don’t skip it!

Why do my cookies get hard after they cool?

The cookies are naturally going to set up more as they cool off. That is precisely why we take them out while they are still slightly underdone! If you bake them too long, you’ll end up with crunchy cookies once they cool. 

I also recommend pulling the cookies off of the baking sheet pretty quickly after they’re done. Otherwise, they’ll continue to cook on the hot pan. I let them sit for 5 minutes so they don’t completely fall apart, then I transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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4.89 from 299 votes
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 36 minutes
Servings: 33 cookies
These soft Cinnamon Rolls Cookies are a cinnamon-lovers dream come true! Take some cinnamon roll filling, swirl it into some Snickerdoodle dough, dunk it in more cinnamon-sugar, then die and go to heaven. This recipe is easy and so delicious!


For the filling

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

For the dough

  • 1 cup salted butter, 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 and 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

For rolling

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon


  • Make the filling first. In a large bowl or stand mixer, add 6 tablespoons softened butter. Beat well until it is creamy and smooth. Add 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon. Beat well, scraping sides down, until completely smooth.
    Line a baking sheet or large platter with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Clear out space in your freezer, if possible.
    Use a spoon to create small balls of filling, about the size of a marble. Line them up on the prepared pan, you should have quite a few (see photos). Place in the freezer if you can fit it in. Freeze for 20 minutes until hardened. If you only have room in the fridge, you will have to wait about an hour or two until they are firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a couple more baking sheets with parchment paper, or line with a silicone mat. (You can use the pan in the freezer to bake later, too)
  • Make the dough. In the same large bowl or stand mixer (no need to wash it), beat 1 cup butter for a couple minutes until smooth, scraping the sides and bottom a few times in between.
  • Add 1 and 2/3 cup white sugar. Beat for 2 minutes, taking the time to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl in between. Your butter and sugar should be light and fluffy with no chunks at all.
  • Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat well, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Make sure you beat it long enough that it becomes smooth and homogenous.
  • Add 3 and 1/2 cups flour but don't mix it in yet (make sure you spoon and level your flour).
  • Use a small spoon (I use my teaspoon) to stir in 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar into the flour. Gently beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Don't overdo it. There should still be flour streaks when you stop your mixer. Use a spatula to scrape down the edges of the bowl.
  • Continue beating just a few more seconds until all the flour streaks are gone. Do not over mix! You want to make sure all the ingredients are combined, but once that is done, stop mixing. Over mixing dough = tough cookies.
  • Mix in. Once your small balls of cinnamon filling are frozen and firm, you can add them to the dough. Do not use a stand mixer or hand mixer. Instead, fold them in with a wooden spoon or a spatula.
  • Use a large cookie scoop or a spoon to shape the dough. You want dough balls that are about 2 inches across. I used this cookie scoop. and overfilled it slightly for each scoop. See photos.
  • Roll the cookies. In a small or medium bowl, add 1/3 cup sugar and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon. Stir together. Roll the shaped cookies in the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
  • Place cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet with about 2 inches in between them. I can fit 12 cookies on an 11×17 baking sheet. But as you can see from the photos, they kind of run into each other. You can fix this with the spooning technique, but if you want to play it safe add 8 cookies to a pan.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 for about 11-12 minutes. These cookies are not going to look done when you take them out of the oven because the cinnamon filling will stay shiny. The edges of the cookies that DON'T have cinnamon filling pooling out the side should be firm but not golden. The top (white) part of the cookies should be matte (not shiny), at least on the outer edges. The cinnamon filling will be shiny and may or may not be spreading quite a bit. You might think these cookies are going to flatten out and crisp up and fail, but never fear, we have a plan:
  • Shape the cookies. Immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven (like seriously, within 30-60 seconds before the edges crisp), use a couple spoons to push the edges of the cookies toward their centers. Shape them back into the circle that they were meant to be. See photos! Scrape up all that oozing cinnamon sugar goodness and pack it into the edge of the cookies, pushing the cookies in on themselves. This makes the cookies thicker, chewier, and solves the problem of the cinnamon filling spreading everywhere.
  • Let the cookies set up on the pan for at least 5 minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack. Then eat one as fast as you can with a glass of milk! Cinnamon roll blissss!! Don't forget to try out my regular Snickerdoodle recipe sometime, it's almost the same recipe but instead of the cinnamon filling, it gets double dipped in cinnamon-sugar before and after baking. They are perfectly soft and chewy!
  • Freezer instructions: You can freeze this dough and bake later! I like to shape the dough into balls, roll them in cinnamon sugar, and store them in a ziplock bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. I never thaw cookie dough before baking. Just bake straight from frozen and add a couple minutes to the bake time. Voila!



Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 189
Keyword: 30 Minute Recipes, Cinnamon, Cookies, snickerdoodle
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  1. 5 stars
    I recently made your recipe and my family fell in love with it! Also, I added the cinnamon roll frosting and the taste was much better with it!
    But could you please add an option to the settings allowing the user to switch between units of measurement for the ingredients in the recipe? However, I think it would be better if there were a choice to convert the measurements to grams. This way, I can handle the recipe more accurately and improve it.

  2. 5 stars
    I am a Cinnamon lover so when I made these for fellowship I was just dying to try them but I can’t have gluten. Tomorrow I will attempt gluten free and continue tweaking until they are perfect and let you know! The smell of my house is divine!❤❤❤

  3. 4 stars
    These were kind of tedious to make but the flavour in the end was worth it.
    Mine came out a lot more puffy than the recipe, despite me following the recipe exactly as written. Not sure what I did wrong.
    Would probably stick to regular snickerdoodles next time (same flavour, less work)

  4. 5 stars
    Made these today and they are fantastic! My husband said “These won’t last long!” Absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe to a T, only thing I had to do was increase the cook time to 14 min for my oven, besides that followed everything perfectly and they turned out amazing!

  5. Recently baked these for Christmas – they’re tasty, but here’s some feedback:

    Try chilling or freezing the dough for better results and to avoid excessive melting.
    Add flour to the cinnamon chips to prevent them from melting too much.
    The recipe’s sugar amount is high; even halving it, the cookies were still too sweet.
    The suggested 11-12 mins cook time didn’t work; I had to bake for around 16 mins.
    I enjoyed them, but hope for an updated recipe soon! These tweaks could make it even better. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Hi! I made these last year and they were amazing! This year I’m not sure what I’m doing different but they are coming out way too puffy and not flat like they are supposed to be. Do you have any idea of what I’m doing wrong? Thank you!

    1. Hi Danielle! Cookies can sometimes turn out too puffy if you’ve added too much flour. To ensure I’m not adding more than I should, I like to use the “fluff and scoop” method: fluff the flour up with a spoon, scoop it into the measuring cup, then level off the top. I hope your next batch of these turns out perfectly!

    1. Hi Kim! We haven’t tried these with gluten free flour before, but if you want to try it, I recommend a 1:1 baking blend, like the one that Bob’s Red Mill makes. If you make them gluten free, come back and let us know how they turn out – we’d love to hear!

  7. 4 stars
    A suggestion: Do NOT mix the balls into the dough, but bury the cinnamon sugar ball in the dough completely, or even if you reroll them after baking, they are not pretty cookies.

    1. 5 stars
      Wow!!!! These cookies are amazing! This was a huge hit with my family and friends. Definitely recommend!! 😊

    1. 5 stars
      I appreciate that you included the measurements of ingredients in your instructions! That’s such a helpful thing when making these, which are amazing by the way! I did add some cream cheese frosting to half just to see how it works taste, a little sugar overload but my family sure loved them 😋😋

  8. Hi! I haven’t made these yet (going to today!!) but wanted to note that you need to update the ingredients to 1 cup salted butter at room temp for your dough. It doesn’t say that so this morning I only laid out one stick of butter to soften (for the filling). I’m about to lay out more, but that would be a good thing to note as I typically read recipes in advance so I can make sure what ingredients need to be room temp! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to make that suggestion Summer! We added that note to the ingredients in the recipe card. I hope your cookies turned out perfectly!

    1. Hi Elise! The cream of tartar is an important part of these cookies – it’s a leavening agent and it makes them super soft. If you don’t have any, I recommend making a different cookie. My cookie archivess have dozens and dozens of ideas, take a look!

      1. I just made these cookies and they burnt because the cinnamon sugar marbles melted out of the cookie and onto the pan :( there was one unburnt cookie and it was seriously amazing. I saved the rest of dough balls in hopes that you might have an idea of what I could do differently. Any ideas?

        1. Hi Amy, so sorry to hear they melted and burned! Were the cinnamon sugar marbles completely frozen when you added them to the cookie dough? When they’re frozen, they might ooze a little on the edges, but we haven’t had them burn before. If you still have dough balls I recommend freezing them before baking them to ensure that the butter in the cinnamon sugar marbles is very cold. I hope your next batch turns out perfectly!

  9. Any way to make this vegan? I wanna make these for thanksgiving but a few of my friends are vegan and would hate to exclude them!

    1. 5 stars
      I just made these vegan – and they turned out great! As Sarah (the one who created the recipe, not me :P) suggested, substituting vegan butter worked perfectly. I’ve been doing vegan baking for years and you can almost always successfully swap vegan butter for regular in typical cookie recipes. My toddler helped me to coat these in cinnamon and sugar, and now my whole kitchen is covered in cinnamon – totally worth it. :) What a smart recipe idea!

      1. Hi Sarah!! I’m so happy this recipe turned out well for you, veganified!! I’m glad you told me this because I have a vegan friend I bake Christmas treats for every year and I’m always looking for new ideas. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and review. by the way, I’m Karen, the creator of The Food Charlatan and this recipe, and Sarah is my best friend since college and now assistant! Between us we have 9 kids and we can totally appreciate a toddler-filled cinnamon-coated kitchen, haha! Merry Christmas!

      2. Yes! I also ended up just swapping out for vegan butter and it came out so yummy! Definitely gonna be one of my go to recipes.

    1. Hi Makayla! You didn’t do anything wrong. If you read through the recipe you’ll see photos and instructions about how to use two spoons to smoosh your cookies toward their center right after baking. You can also use a large drinking glass to gently push the edges in. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see cookies like those in the final photos. Try them again, they’re so worth it!

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