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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Calling all cinnamon roll lovers!!! Have I got a cookie for you?!? Clear your schedule  because you need to put “Bake Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies” at the top of your to do list. From the very first batch all I could think was WOW…these cookies really are something special. These super adorable bitesize cookies look and taste just like a homemade cinnamon roll, but in a mini size. The recipe is so much fun to make and even more fun to eat…obviously!! Seriously I dare you to try to eat just one. Absolutely impossible! These little guys are meant to be eaten like 5 at a time…minimum. Let’s get this show on the road. The faster we make them, the faster we can taste them.

Here’s all you’ll need: brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, cream cheese, white sugar, egg, vanilla, orange zest, all-purpose flour, baking powder, dry active yeast, salt, confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies ingredients list #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well blended. Set this mixture aside. We’ll be using it a little later to create that delicious cinnamon swirl!

Cinnamon and brown sugar mixed together in a small mixing bowl. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Next add the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. I usually soften my butter in the microwave cause I’m a little bit of a cheater like that. 15-20 seconds should do the job! Just keep in mind, we’re going for soft not melted.

Then beat in the egg and orange zest. The orange zest gives this recipe just the slightest hint of orange and in my opinion is the perfect touch. Orange zest is the colorful peel of the orange and adds a bright citrus note to recipes. To create orange zest, run the skin of an orange against a grater.

Butter, cream cheese and sugar are creamed together in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Add in the baking powder, yeast, and salt and mix to combine. Now add the flour to the creamed mixture. Mix it in about a half a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. The end result should be a soft cookie dough.

baking powder, yeast, salt, and flour are added to the creamed mixture to form a soft cookie dough. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Next divide the dough into 2 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into an 8X10-inch rectangle (see below). Sprinkle each rectangle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Don’t worry too much about those brown sugar lumps. They’ll melt right into the cookies while they’re baking.

The cookie dough is rolled into an 8X10-inch rectangle and covered with the cinnamon sugar mixture. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Starting with one of the long sides, roll up tightly jelly-roll style. Pinch the edges slightly to seal. Then cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. And yes, you can absolutely leave this cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight. So if a cookie baking marathon is in your future feel free to prep this one the day before.

The cookie dough is rolled up jelly roll style. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

When you’re ready to bake, remove the cookie dough logs from the refrigerator. Cut the dough crossways into 3/4″ slices. Place the cookie dough slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Parchment paper = no mess no stress which I love! It also prevents sticking and reduces browning both resulting in better cookies. Now’s also the perfect time to reshape those cookies into better shaped circles if you need to.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. Now I already know what you’re thinking…how can I tell if the bottoms are lightly browned? Well you’re going to have to sacrifice a cookie or two and carefully check until you hone in the perfect baking time for your oven. For perfect cookies every time I always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. Use the top and middle racks in the oven, never the bottom. And then about halfway through baking time swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly and will yield the very best results. Every. Time.

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies slices on a parchment lined baking sheet ready to go into the oven. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

While the Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies are baking we can whip up that tasty glazed topping. Mmmmm-mmm! In a small bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract whisked together in a small bowl. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Remove the cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let the cookies stand and allow the glaze to set if you plan on stacking or saving some for later. Otherwise dive right in!!!

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet covered in glaze. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Now isn’t that just the cutest cookie that you’ve ever laid eyes on?!? It surely won’t stop me from devouring it! And since you’re baking up a storm you might as well try our Cappuccino Cookies or Toffee Cookies too.

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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

December 5, 2019
: 36 cookies
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2-1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well blended. Set aside.
  • Step 2 Add the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and orange zest.
  • Step 3 Add in the baking powder, yeast, and salt and mix to combine. Mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added to form a soft cookie dough.
  • Step 4 Divide the dough into 2 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into an 8X10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle each rectangle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover.
  • Step 5 Starting with one of the long sides, roll up tightly jelly-roll style. Pinch the edges slightly to seal. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Step 6 Remove the cookie dough logs from the refrigerator. Cut the dough crossways into 3/4″ slices. Place the cookie dough slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. Remove the cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE:
  • Step 8 In a small bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let the cookies stand and allow the glaze to set. Enjoy!

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Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

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What to Eat at the Toronto Christmas Market

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Toffee Cookies

Toffee Cookies

One bite of our Toffee Cookies will leave you thinking OMG!! Where have you been all my life? Seriously I’ve been reflecting how truly delicious these little nuggets are and I’m feeling a little guilty for not sharing them sooner. Toffee Cookies are the absolute perfect indulgence. These chewy, buttery cookies are jam-packed with chunks of toffee and just melt right in your mouth. I mean who doesn’t love that?!? I love to bake them most in the Fall because English Toffee bits fit in perfectly with all my favorite Fall flavors. This cookie dough is simple, but I promise if you add them to a cookie platter or bring them to a cookie exchange they’ll be the star of the show!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, vanilla, flour, and toffee bits.

Toffee Cookies ingredients list

If you learn one thing from this blog, my hope is that you’ll be able to make a darn good cookie! And this recipe is a great place to start. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it’s light and fluffy. You can soften the butter by leaving it out on a counter top or you can “cheat” a little if you need to and nuke it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. We’re going for softened not melted.

Butter and brown sugar whipped together with a hand mixer in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer. Now if you’re really serious about cookie baking then I highly recommend investing in a kitchen aid mixer. I absolutely love mine but only break it out for cookie baking marathons! It’s really nice to have.

Brown sugar, baking powder and salt blended into the bowl with a hand mixer.

Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well combined. Mix in as much flour as you can with the hand mixer and stir in the rest by hand. I’d shoot for about 1-1/2 to 2 cups with the hand mixer. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get a little more hands on!

Flour is added to form a soft cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

Stir in the toffee pieces by hand as well. We used Heath Bits of Brickle which can be found in the baking aisle alongside the chocolate chips and all those goodies. There’s actually two kinds of Heath baking bits: Heath Bits of Brickle (which we used in this recipe) are just plain toffee pieces while Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits are covered in chocolate. I will never say no to chocolate so if you can’t find the plain toffee or just wanna get a little wild, then by all means use the chocolate covered pieces. All roads lead to deliciousness!

Heath bits of brickle are stirred into the cookie dough with a wooden spoon.

Shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I find that I get my best baking results with parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray. If you want to elevate your cookie game, I highly recommend trying it! A cookie scoop is another great tool to have handy. I typically use the 1 or 1.5″ size for cookie baking (unless I’m making some giant, monster sized cookies). This one simple tool will keep your cookies uniform in size, which means they’ll all bake at the same rate.

Toffe Cookie dough balls spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake the cookies in a 300 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are cracked and the sides are set. Keep a close eye on them so the edges don’t brown. For perfect cookies every time I always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. Use the top and middle racks in the oven, never the bottom. And then about halfway through baking time swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly and will give you the very best results. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool as soon as you get them out of the oven and can safely lift them off the cookie sheet with a spatula.

Toffee Cookies cooling on a wire rack.

What are your favorite cookies? Toffee Cookies are definitely in my top five!!! Perfect for coffee dunking! I bet you’ll love our Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Chewy M&M Cookies too!!

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Toffee Cookies

November 8, 2019
: about 40 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup toffee pieces
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it’s light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer.
  • Step 2 Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well combined. Mix in as much flour as you can with the hand mixer (about 1-1/2 cups) and stir in the rest by hand. Stir in the toffee pieces.
  • Step 3 Shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 4 Bake the cookies in a 300 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are cracked and the sides are set. Do not let the edges brown.
  • Step 5 Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Scones

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Rustic Apple Tart

Rustic Apple Tart

Happy Fall Y’all! I wanted to share this quick and easy Rustic Apple Tart with you before you get bombarded with all things pumpkin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this one’s gonna be for team apple. The delicious little Fall dessert starts with a homemade buttery crust, is piled high with loads of fresh apples, and then finished to perfection with a sweet and gooey caramel drizzle. I know what you’re thinking…homemade crust…but you said this was gonna be easy!?! Don’t worry, I’ll walk ya through it step by step and you know what else? I bet you already have most of these ingredients on hand in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!!

Here’s all you’ll need: all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract, apples, cinnamon, an egg and caramel ice cream topping.

Rustic Apple Tart ingredients list

Let’s just get that tart crust out of the way because really that’s the most work you’ll have to put into this totally worth it apple tart. Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly. Flour, sugar, and salt mixed together in a bowl. Butter is then cut into the mixture until it's crumbly. Next we’ll gradually add in the water and vanilla. Mix in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time. Full disclosure, I start the mixing process with a fork but always end with my favorite kitchen tool…..my bare hands. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

A ball of dough in a large mixing bowl.

Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle or a shape closely resembling a circle. This apple tart has “rustic” in it’s name so there’s no need for perfection. I’m so proud that you conquered that pie crust like the boss that you are!! But….if you’re short on time, or just plain can’t get the hang of it, I won’t be mad if you need to swap in for store bought. All roads lead to one delish dessert.

Tart dough rolled into a 14 inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

Now it’s time to prep those yummy apples! We used Granny Smith’s for this recipe but you can swap out for your favorite flavorful apple. I’m dying to go apple picking this year btw. Have you been yet? Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat. Pie fillings done. See, told ya this would be easy!

Apple slices tossed with sugar and flour in a large glass bowl.

Transfer the crust to a sheet of…you guessed it…PARCHMENT PAPER!!!! If you follow my blog then you know I preach about this stuff. It really does make baking SO much easier and yields tremendous results. Top with the apple filling and load this baby onto a baking sheet.  Be sure to leave about an inch or two around the edges because that’s gonna be our crust.

Apple filling piled onto the tart crust.

Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart. There really is no method to this madness, you just have to go for it. Pick a place to start and begin folding. Again don’t worry if it’s not picture perfect. I promise the taste will make up for it! Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Mmm…This is gonna be SO good!! Then whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.

Cinnamon sugar covers the apple tart filling. An egg wash is being applied to the crust with a silicone brush.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack to cool and then finish this baby off with a drizzle of your favorite caramel! Serve warm, or cold, or with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!!! I know I will. Looking for more apple recipe to get ya through Fall? Try our Apple Hand Pies or our Over the Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next.

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Rustic Apple Tart

October 1, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3 sliced peeled tart apples (Granny Smith is a good pick)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, warmed
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time, mixing with a fork as you go. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 3 Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle. Set aside.
  • Step 4 Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat.
  • Step 5 Transfer the crust to a sheet of parchment paper. Top with apple filling reserving about a 2 inch gap around the edge. Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart.
  • Step 6 Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.
  • Step 7 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack and drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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