28 April 2015

cinnamon roll cookie sandwiches

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I know 'cinnamon roll cookie sandwiches' sounds like too many words.  Your brain is all, 'whaaaaat?!'  But listen, bitches love cinnamon rolls, so why not extend that concept as far as we can, eh?

Do you have a coworker who is perpetually on some kind of diet, but always searching Pinterest for pictures of food to quell her deep, all-consuming love of food?  Is this coworker actually you and now you've closed all your browser windows because you're ashamed?  Don't be.  There's no judgement coming from me.  However, I know your coworker (you) would just lose her (your) shit over these.  I MEAN IT'S A CINNAMON ROLL, BUT ALSO A COOKIE.

So now that I've proven that I know you inside and out, take my hand, my little koala bear, and let's make these.

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INGREDIENTS
for the cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

for the frosting
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
for the cookies
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This should take at least a minute, usually two. Thoroughly scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl and beat for another few seconds to incorporate anything stuck to the sides.

Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add the flour in three sections. Mix until combined. Divide dough in half; form into two 3/4-inch-thick disks. Wrap each in plastic; refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

After they're chilled, place one disk on a well floured surface and roll out to an 1/8-inch thickness, lightly dusting dough with flour as needed. Then, cut the dough into long strips about 1/4 inch wide. Once all your rolled dough is sliced, sprinkle it with cinnamon. Then take each strip and gently (it'll be fragile) roll them into snakes. Then coil each snake into a spiral shape. Coil them pretty tightly and push the end of the snake underneath the cookie so it won't come apart when baking.

Preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicon baking mat. Then bake them until edges are golden, 10 to 15 minutes. If you know your oven bakes unevenly sometimes, rotate your cookies at 7 minutes and set your timer for 3 more. If they need a couple more minutes, give them 2-3. Cool cookies for 1 minute on the baking sheet, and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

for the frosting
While your cookies are baking, you can throw together your frosting. Take your cream cheese and butter (which are at room temp - if they're not, microwave them on 50% power for about 15 seconds) and beat them together using an electric mixer. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to incorporate anything unmixed bits. Then add your vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Little by little, add your confectioners sugar until you get a frosting that has some stickiness to it, but can hold shape. Place into a piping bag, or a ziploc with the corner cut out, to prepare it for frosting your cookies.

Then once your cookies are totally cool, pipe in a circle starting in the middle on the bottom of the cookie. Place a similarly sized cookie bottom side down onto the frosting. Repeat this until you have a bunch of delicious sandwich cookies.

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If you want to share with your coworker, don't put them in the break room for all to watch her grab one. Sneak it onto her desk. It's the right thing to do.

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