My Secret Recipe Club group is taking a break the month of December, but I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Secret Recipe Club Cookie Carnival 2014! Like the Secret Recipe Club, each participant was assigned a blog to secretly search through and try a recipe. Instead of picking any recipe on the blog, we had to choose a cookie recipe!
I was assigned It’s Yummi. Chef Becca, of It’s Yummi, is in a different Secret Recipe Club group than me, so this was the first chance I got to explore her blog. Chef Becca is a formally trained chef from Wisconsin who created her blog to provide healthy and fresh recipe ideas for those on a budget, with the occasional sweet treat thrown in. I obviously focused on the sweet treats for the Cookie Carnival. She has so many cookie recipes to choose from! I made these Cinnamon Roll Cookies for family visiting during Thanksgiving and by the end of the week, there wasn’t a single cookie leftover! Other great cookie recipes I have pinned for later include: Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies, Chai Snickerdoodle Cookie Bites, Finnish Almond Log Cookies, Strawberry Lemon Linzer Cookies, Molasses Crinkle Cookies, and Peppermint Meringue Pillow Cookies.
This is a great cookie dough for those who have children helping. No chilling necessary and the dough doesn’t easily fall apart. Evan loved rolling the ropes in the cinnamon sugar (he was a little on the overzealous side and the sugar may or may not have ended up in other areas of the kitchen too).
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
8 ounces white chocolate for drizzling, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease. In a wide bowl, combine cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks, honey, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar until smooth.
Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 6 inch rope. Roll the rope in the prepared cinnamon sugar and form the rope into a spiral. Place on prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart and repeat with remaining dough. Bake in preheated oven until set and golden on bottom, 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature on wire rack.
Once cool, drizzle the cookies with melted white chocolate. Allow to cool until set, then store in airtight container.