You love cinnamon rolls? Okay, then yes, these cookies are for you. And, if I say so myself these cookies were incredible. My secret ingredient? Orange zest. Yes. It just makes the cinnamon pop.

Note: This recipe was adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s recipe.



  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 1/2  sticks of  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium-sized orange zest


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract



  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Then, add the egg and the vanilla until fully combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until fully combined.
  • Shape into a ball and wrap with cling wrap. Cool for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Once your dough ball feels sturdy, using a silicone mat or a clear surface, flour the surface and roll the dough into a rectangle Trim away uneven edges.
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  • Using a pastry brush, butter the rectangular dough and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Sprinkle the orange zest.
  • Roll the dough carefully and wrap in cling wrap and chill for an hour.
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  • 10 minutes before taking your dough-logs out of the fridge, preheat the over to 350F.
  • Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the your dough-logs into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Put slices in prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned.
  • Let the cookies cool in the baking sheet for about 10 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the cookies cool, make the icing and whisking the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Drizzle the icing on the cookies.
Posted by:Aisha Pectyo

Astrophysicist turned data rockstar who speaks code and has enough yarn and mod podge to survive a zombie apocalypse.

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