Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

by Kate on December 13, 2012

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There are so many things to love about the month of December. Going shopping for a Christmas tree is always a treat. We make it a family affair with our girls, my husband’s parents and my sister-in-law and her husband. After we’ve all found the perfect tree, tied it to our respective vehicles we head back to my mother-in-law’s house for a nice family dinner. It’s one of my favorite things of the season closely followed by decorating the tree. While jovial Christmas music floated through the air, Maddy had fun putting decorations on and Molly had fun taking all the decorations off. It truly was a one step forward, two steps back type of operation.

We have plenty of other traditions too that I can’t wait for like decorating my father’s tree this on Saturday. Each year they wait for all us “kids” to come up to my dad’s house to decorate and share a big dinner together afterward. There’s also our annual family viewing of A Christmas Story. Although, I’ve mentioned to Mike that I’m not so sure this is a tradition meant for our little girls. This year we may have to watch it after they’ve gone to bed and perhaps institute a new family tradition. I vote for the first annual family viewing of The Polar Express. I don’t know that Mike would get behind that but I know that I could get the majority vote with the entire rest of the family. I think Mike would be odd man out on that vote because we all love that movie.

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I also love that in December baking cookies gets kicked into high gear. Obviously, I bake all year-long but I find that I rarely ever make cookies but once December comes along it’s all out those little nibbles. This year I made Rugelach for the first time and Linzer Cookies were a first as well but why stop there? I like trying new recipes and this one is no exception. These Cinnamon Swirl Cookies are ones that I have made A LOT of this year! I’m talking about 15 DOZEN. I kid you not!

One of the other things I absolutely adore about December is that our social calendar is pretty full and this year it’s been all about “Cookies & Cocktails” parties. I had never been to one and this year I’m attending two. My friend Amber hosted one this past weekend and let me tell you, she knows how to throw a party. There were plenty of cookies, my favorite being these Salted Caramel Butter Bars that Shelly made. Make them. Right now! I assure you, you need those in your life. Of course there were cocktails and quite the spread of meats, cheeses, crackers, dips and so much more. Wow! Not to mention, cookies to go. This weekend my friend, Mike and his wife are also hosting one and I can’t wait!

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Lightly spiced with cinnamon and sugar, these little cookies are thin, a little crisp with almost a shortbread consistency and I love their festive swirly appearance. They’re the perfect for a cookie exchange, a dinner party or just as a little treat after a family dinner. Oh and if you need to make an exorbitant amount, they’re perfect for that. You can make the dough the day before then just slice and bake the cookies the next day. Easy.

Enjoy!

~K

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

3 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 36

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

Crisp little cookies swirled with cinnamon flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon sanding sugar, plus more for coating

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Using a mixer, in a large bowl cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla just until combined. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.
  3. Split the dough in half and wrap half in plastic wrap.
  4. To the remaining dough, add the cinnamon extract, cocoa powder and food coloring and beat until incorporated. Wrap this dough in plastic wrap as well and refrigerate both pieces of dough until firm, about an hour.
  5. Roll each dough ball out to a 10x11-inch rectangle on a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour. Place the red dough on top of the plain dough and roll over once or twice more gently. Remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  6. Trim the edges to even everything up. In a small bowl, combine the ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sanding sugar and sprinkle evenly over dough.
  7. Starting from a short end, tightly roll into a log and then roll the finished log in sanding sugar. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice 1/4-inch thick slices and place them 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes until puffy and lightly golden on the bottom. Rotate and switch the pans from top to bottom and bottom to top halfway through the baking time.
  9. Cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to racks to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

Slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine.

http://foodbabbles.com/2012/12/cinnamon-swirl-cookies/

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

shelly (cookies and cups) December 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thanks for the link up! These cookies are so sweet!

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

You’re welcome Shelly! I have formed an addiction to them ;) After writing this post I actually ditched the idea of bringing more cinnamon swirls to the other cookie party and I’m making your salted caramel butter bars! I need to get another “fix.” Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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Judy P December 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

I don’t know why I can’t find the recipe for the Cinnamon Swirl Cookies. I can find all the other recipes.

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I’m so sorry Judy!! There were some issues with my site today but everything is up and running now so you should be able to see it without issue. Enjoy!

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies December 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

I’m sure Kate will get the ziplist thing fixed in no time for y’all to see the recipe. As one of the recipients of these delectable cookies, I can tell you they’re as good as Kate says they are. We ate a LOT of them here at home, and still had some left over to send to my husband’s work, where they were devoured in nanoseconds.

Thanks for your sweet words, Kate! It was a fun party, and I’m so glad you came and that I finally got to meet Mike and Maddy.

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for having us Amber! We had such a wonderful time.

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

Oooh pretty and delicious! winning!

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thanks Katrina!! :)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

oh! These are so pretty!!

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thank you Alice!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

How pretty! These would make a great addition to a Christmas cookie platter!

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Jessica!

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Mary Kay December 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I also got to try these babies out and they are delish! My little girls loved them too!

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Kate December 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed them and it was so great to see you again!

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ChristineM December 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

that looks great Kate! My sis and I have our baking marathon this Sunday, wish us luck. Sis broke her finger yesterday – :( we are gonna need luck for sure!

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Kate December 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Good luck Christine!! Hope you’re enjoying your baking bonanza today and that your poor sister’s finger isn’t hurting her too bad. Hope she heals quickly!

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ChristineM December 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks, she muddled through! we only had one recipe not turn out right but hey, at least we go through it!

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Kate December 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I’m so glad to hear that overall, things went well with the baking Christine! Wishing your sister a speedy recovery and a very happy holiday to you and your family.

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ChristineM December 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

you too Kate, I hope you and yours have a happy holiday !

Lisa December 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

These cookies are sooo pretty, Katem and the cinnamon extract must give them a warm, spicy punch. I’ve never tried cinnamon extract, but I’d love to make these cookies, so I’ll order some (haven’t seen it in my local markets). Also..I hope you do try the noodle kugel one day! Some think…sweet noodles? Eww..but it’s really amazing! Oh..love your family traditions! We always keep the Christmas Story marathon on TBS going :) Polar Express was a cute movie – great Pixar!

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Kate December 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

The cinnamon extract did up the cinnamon factor but not too much. I actually found mine in Wegmans, if you have one near you. And I definitely plan on making your noodle kugel one day this week. I can’t wait! I’ve had something similar one other time but yours sounds amazing. Thanks for posting it!

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Kate December 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Christine!

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