Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

by - January 17, 2020

I am a huge fan of cinnamon rolls.  One of my very favorite memories growing up was that when we were shopping at the mall, my mom and I would always stop by Cinnabon and get a cinnamon roll to share.  It was just the two of us and I loved that time together.  Well, the days of getting cinnamon rolls in the mall are long over for the both of us as we both have Celiac but that hasn't altered my love of them.  One of the first things that I wanted to conquer when I decided to start a blog was cinnamon rolls.  I am pretty happy with my recipe that I created a few years ago and if you are looking for a good one my gluten free cinnamon roll recipe is absolutely delicious.  I just love the flavors and when I was thinking about cookies for the holidays, I thought a cinnamon roll cookie would be perfect. 
If you have worked a lot with gluten free flour then you know that it is not as strong or as workable as regular wheat flour.  Gluten is what makes the wheat flour so stretchy and strong so when you are trying to work without that gluten, it can make things quite difficult.  Sometimes it can break easily, fall apart to just disintegrate in your hands. (I have had all those happen to me.) I wanted to make sure this dough would hold up and would work when you tried to roll it up because I wanted them to look like a cinnamon roll.  I was really pleased with how these turned out.  They have a great swirl and it wasn't too difficult to roll them up.  In this recipe you need to chill the dough twice and you really don't want to skip those steps.  Chilling the dough keeps it firm for when you are rolling it out and cutting them out.  You really want the dough to hold it's shape so that it is easier to work with. I also rolled them out on a piece of parchment paper which I really recommend doing.  It made it much easier it roll up and I used parchment paper to get a tight roll.  If you just rolled them out on the counter, it might not work and you might be stuck with a very big mess.  Just watch the video down below if you need any help with that part.  
The glaze for this cookie really makes a big difference as well.  I wasn't sure if they would need a glaze but I thought that they would look better if they had one so I tried it out.  I ate them with and without and the glaze is so good and adds just the right texture and flavor to make these cookies a knock out.  I really recommend using the glaze and not skipping it.  I put it into a piping bag and just quickly piped the glaze onto the cookies but a fork or a spoon would work good too to drizzle it on.  You could also dip the cookies into the glaze if you want to do that as well.  There are lots of options to get the best cookie for you

 If you are a big cinnamon roll fan, then these cookies are a must for you to make.  They might look difficult but if you follow the steps that I laid out and used some of my recommendations then you will be whipping them up in no time.  My advice to all gluten free baking is to be patient and to not rush through steps.  Whenever I do that, I am bound to make a mistake and will have to start over so be patient and go slow until you really get the feel of what you are doing.  Let me know how yours turn out. I love to hear from you guys about all your baking adventures.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
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Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

If you love a good cinnamon roll, then you will love these cinnamon roll cookies. They are a buttery and delicious sugar cookie rolled up to look just like cinnamon rolls. They taste like them too and you will wow all your friends and family with these amazing cookies.
prep time: 1 H & 30 Mcook time: 14 Mtotal time: 1 H & 44 M

ingredients:

Cookies
  • 3 cups gluten free 1 to 1 flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Filling
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Glaze
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

instructions:

How to cook Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Once chilled, divide dough in half and and on a piece of parchment paper, roll each piece of dough into a rectangle about 1/4" thick.
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Brush rectangles with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Tightly roll up each rectangle into a tight log.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. 
  5. Slice into 1/2"-thick slices and transfer to prepared baking sheets, spaced 1" apart. Bake until lightly golden on the edges, 12-14 minutes.  Let cool.
  6. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar with milk and place in piping bag and drizzle over cookies or drizzle with fork or spoon over cookies.
  7. Let glaze dry and serve immediately. Store in airtight container.
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