Is there a food in your life that’s packed with memories? These Cinnamon Roll Cookies are mine. My Grandma Ida used to make them out of leftover pie dough. She made LOTS of pies so whenever we went over for a visit, there was always a pie cooling on the counter and a pie tin with 7 or 8 cinnamon roll cookies made with her leftover dough. They were SO good!!!
When I got older, I craved those cinnamon roll cookies and decided to make a batch without making a pie. That’s how this recipe was born. I don’t make them as often as I would like because I can’t eat just a few. You’ll see in the picture below that a few are missing from the time I took the pan out of the oven to the time I took the picture. I just couldn’t help myself.
So if you’re looking for a cookie recipe that’s a little different, give these a try. Maybe they’ll become a memory food for someone in your family!
- Pastry for 2 pie crusts (see download below for recipe)
- Butter or margarine
Roll pie dough into a 17×12 inch rectangle (doesn’t have to be exact). Spread generously with butter or margarine. Sprinkle with about half a cup of sugar (more or less depending on your taste and the size of your rectangle). Sprinkle with approximately 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
To make dough easier to handle, cut dough vertically from one 17-inch side to the other. Then carefully roll each section as tightly as you can. In the photo, you’ll notice my dough was a little ragged. For some dumb reason I decided to make my pie dough in my food processor instead of my kitchen-aid mixer. It seems easier but I always regret it. I have much better luck using my mixer. The dough was too soft so it was ragged. But it wasn’t a big deal – I just had to handle it more carefully.
After the dough is rolled, cut off the ends. They don’t usually have much of the good stuff in them. Then cut dough into half inch slices and carefully place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, put the cookies on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam. After you remove the cookies from the oven, let them sit a minute or two and then carefully move them from the cookie sheet to wax paper to cool. If you don’t remove them from the pan, they sometimes stick and are hard to get off the pan.
Refrigerate the cookies for about an hour and then bake at 375 for around 15 minutes. Cookies will be soft but they firm up as they cool. Enjoy.
You can download a printable copy here: Cinnamon Roll Cookie Download