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On December 6th I will be teaching my first "official" class at the Boston Center for Adult Education. The topic? Holiday cookies! Growing up Jewish, my December was full of chocolate gelt & latkes...so I only got the occasional holiday cookie if friends baked them for my family or if I insisted on baking them :). Needless to say, baking cookies is one of my most FAVORITE things to do. I love combining new ingredients & playing with the shapes to make my cookies extra special. To me, Christmas really is the Cookie season :).
Between now and the 6th (and I'm sure long after) I will be testing different recipes for my class (and after the 6th, for my own amusement). I have been doing a ton of research, have purchased many magazines & books, in order to prepare for this class.
The first recipe I'm sharing with you comes from a holiday cookie magazine that I found at Borders with my dad a few weeks ago when I was on Long Island. These cookies are so cute & mighty tasty as well! I brought them into work today & have a few quotes for you, from my coworkers, to let you know how they turned out! Please enjoy this recipe & the awesome feedback I received:
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
(makes around 36 cookies)
For the Dough:
3 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 sticks Butter
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
For the filling:
1/2 cup granulated Sugar
2 TBSP Cinnamon
For the Icing:
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp powdered egg whites
*the egg whites aren't totally necessary, but they'll make your icing more solid
Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl & set aside.
Combine all dough ingredients, except for sugar & butter, in a small-medium bowl. Set aside. In a larger bowl, combine butter & sugar until smooth. Add vanilla & eggs & combine until smooth.
Gradually add the flour mixture just enough so that you have a solid, cohesive mixture. Do not over mix.
Lay out a large piece of waxed paper & pat the dough, with your hands, into a long rectangular shape. Place a second piece of waxed paper on top, flip, and peel the original waxed paper off of the dough (this will allow you to roll the dough more easily in a few steps).
Dust the dough with about 1/2 of your filling. Make sure that you do not use too much filling, or it will be hard to roll your dough.
Next, roll your dough long ways so that you create a circular pattern similar to that of a cinnamon bun. Dust your roll with the remaining filling & refrigerate until your dough has hardened & is easy to work with (similar to when making sugar cookies) - 1-2 hours.
Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove dough from fridge & slice into 1/2 inch slices (you can decide the thickness of your cookies). Place the slices on your cookie sheets. These cookies don't expand too much, so an inch to and inch and a half between cookies is fine.
Bake in the oven 8-12 minutes (depending on the oven) so that your cookies are firm but soft to the touch. Remove & allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
While your cookies are cooling, mix together your icing ingredients. Sprinkle the icing across the tops of your cookies to give them the desired cinnamon roll affect.
Enjoy these cookies warm or cooled...they're absolutely divine!
Don't believe me? Here is what my coworkers had to say:
"Jen, this is a really, really great cookie. I really like the density of it – if that makes sense. I’ve always preferred this kind of texture to the gooey, right out of the oven treats. I also like, because of the cinnamon roll theme, that I can talk myself into eating one for breakfast. That was very tasty, thank you."
"These are great. Thank you :) They are very dense. Making them small is a great idea. I don’t’ know how many holiday treats I would be able to have after one of these!"
"Another DELICIOUS creation, Jen."
"Really tasty…Loved the look of it and the texture, too…It’s really an adorable cookie."
"Hey, props on the cinnamon roll cookies. Delicious!"
"Hey, I tried your cookie and I liked it! It reminds me of Christmas"
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