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Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Cookies of Christmas: Day 7

Welcome to the 7th day of the 12 Cookies of Christmas!  Today is also national "Bake Cookies Day".  Here's a little background: cookies first came to America in the 1600s.  They got their name from the Dutch who called them "koekje" which translates to little cake.  Over time, the name changed to cookies.

My family is a BIG fan of cinnamon rolls, so today's cookie has quickly become a favorite.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

For the cookies:
3/4 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 powdered sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

For the cookies, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy
Mix in eggs and vanilla
Slowly add in four, salt and baking powder
Mix until the flour is just incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft
Divide dough into thirds and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon
Working with one third at a time, roll out dough to about 10 inches by 5 inches
Gently spread butter on top of the dough and sprinkle with 1/3 of filling mix
Starting with the 10-inch edge, roll into a tight log
Slice the dough into roughly 1-inch slices and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, or greased
Bake for 9-11 minutes, cool for 1-2 minutes on pan then transfer to wire rack to cool

Prepare the glaze by mixing milk and powdered sugar together
If you like a thicker glaze, add less milk; for thinner, add more milk
Drizzle over cookies

Missed out on the other 12 Cookies of Christmas?  Check them out here!

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