Thursday, April 4, 2013

2 bite Cinnamon Cookies

I just love these swirl cookies! They are like little cinnamon roll bites. While they are baking the whole house smells amazing. They aren't too sweet which is nice in a cinnamon cookie. They taste great with coffee and tea, and are a great afternoon treat for the kiddos.They didn't turn out exactly how I expected but they were tasty and worth a try. To achieve the swirl they need to be rolled out, then sprinkled with Cinnamon sugar and rolled up.  Very Similar to the Old Fashioned Chocolate cookies, and not as much work as Homemade Samoas and Tagalongs.
Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
adapted from Good Housekeeping
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4c Applesauce
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

In the bowl of a electric mixer add the butter, applesauce and cream cheese and beat on medium speed for about 2 min until creamy. Then on low speed add the flour and salt- trust me low speed is the way to go otherwise you will have flour all over you and the kitchen. Mix the dough till it's combined- if it's a little too sticky add a tbs or 2 of flour. Then toss the dough out on to a floured counter, and knead with your hands so the dough is no longer sticky. With a rolling pin roll it out to a rectangle about 12x15. 
Toss together the cinnamon and sugar- spread out all over the dough except for 1/4 inch along all the edges. Starting at the top  roll the dough up tight like a fruit roll-up. Once you reach the end dab a little water along the seam to seal it. Roll the dough into a sheet of parchment or plastic wrap. Let it set in the freezer for 30 min or so.
 Preheat the oven to 400. The dough will be firm enough to cut into 1/4 inch slices. bake for 10 min or until lightly browned turning the pan half way through. This dough can be made 3 months in advance and kept in the freezer- just pull out and slice when you're ready to bake. 
Yeild: 2 doz 2 bite cookies.


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