This cinnamon sugar cookies recipe takes your traditional sugar cookie recipe and bumps it to the next level with a double helping of cinnamon. These cookies melt in your mouth, and the cinnamon in the dough and on the outside makes you forget you’re eating a simple sugar cookie. This recipe pulls together with ingredients straight from the pantry.
Cinnamon sugar cookies recipe assembles in minutes and are perfect for cookie trays, afternoon coffee, or dessert. You and your family are going to love cinnamon cookies from now on!
Let’s get baking!
I love this cinnamon sugar cookies recipe! It takes plain-Jane sugar cookies to the next level. Here are a few other fantastic things about it!
- Makes a big batch
- Buttery, cinnamony taste
- Super simple to make
- Chewy, light texture
I love the simplicity of sugar cookies. Here are a few more tips to help you make this cinnamon sugar cookies recipe the best it can be.
Avoid Overbaking- The number one reason for dry, brittle sugar cookies is overbaking. Pay close attention to the time, usually 9 minutes, but remember every oven is different.
Take them out when they are just starting to get brown around the edge. Then, leave them on the sheet for another minute or so to finish up.
Butter- Don’t try to substitute margarine for butter. You want to use high quality, full-fat butter for best results. Also, don’t skimp on the chill time.
The butter needs it to solidify before being rolled into balls.
No chill sugar cookies often call for very cold butter, and the key to making them successfully is to handle the dough as little as possible. The chill time in this cinnamon sugar cookies recipe is essential for best results.
Cinnamon- There are four different types of cinnamon. Most of the cinnamon in the US is Cassia but most traditional dishes, like Mexican cinnamon sugar cookies, were originally made with Ceylon.
If you can find different types or a blend, give it a try! You’ll be surprised by how different they taste!
Cinnamon sugar cookies will dry out and go stale if left out too long. Make sure that once they are completely cooled, you store them in an airtight container. They’ll last about 3-4 days at room temperature.
Can You Freeze These?
This cinnamon sugar cookies recipe freezes beautifully. To freeze the baked cookies, be sure to allow them to cool completely. Store them in a well-sealed container for about 6 months in the freezer.
For the dough, follow the instructions, but instead of putting the cookies into the oven, pop them into the freezer for at least an hour. Then, put the frozen balls of dough in freezer bags for up to 3 months.
Make Ahead Tips
My cinnamon sugar cookies recipe is perfect to make ahead of time. Store in a well-sealed container until you’re ready for it.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, the dough will hold 1-2 days in the fridge.
Sugar cookies have been made across the globe for generations. They can serve as a base for endless variations!
What Holidays Are Best To Serve Sugar Cookies?
It’s not Christmas without Christmas sugar cookies decorated by the kiddos! They’re always the first ones gone off the cookie tray! Italian Christmas cookies add lemon and ricotta to the traditional base and are another holiday favorite.
Christmas isn’t the only holiday for sugar cookies. Any holiday can be celebrated with fun cut out sugar cookies, but Halloween sugar cookies are so much fun to make!
Can I Add Fruits In These Cookies?
I wouldn’t suggest adding fresh or dried fruit to this cinnamon sugar cookies recipe. The addition will alter the consistency of the dough too much.
However, fruit flavor can definitely lift up simple sugar cookies. My two favorite flavored sugar cookies are Lemon Sugar Cookies and pumpkin sugar cookies.
Can I Add Sprinkles?
Sugar cookies were made to have sprinkles, though this cinnamon sugar cookies recipe might be best with just the cinnamon-sugar coating. The famous Lofthouse sugar cookies usually have both frosting and sprinkles on top of their cake-like cookie. You can go all out sprinkles with Funfetti cookies made from the popular Funfetti cake mix.
In my house, as soon as I start rolling out the dough, I’m surrounded by eager decorators ready to turn them into sprinkle cookies under a deluge of multi-colored sugars and sprinkles. Nothing brings the family together like decorating sugar cookies!
What Other Ingredients Can I Add To These Cookies?
Everything is better with chocolate, and chocolate sugar cookies are no exception. Another popular creation is sour cream cookies. The sour cream brings moisture and adds fantastic texture to the baked cookie.
How Can I Make This Into A Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe?
This cinnamon sugar cookies recipe makes a soft chewy cookie. The key to a good soft sugar cookie recipe is plenty of fat and moisture and not overbaking! If you want a bit of a challenge, you can cinnamon roll cookies.
These chewy treats are made just like cinnamon rolls except with sugar cookie dough.
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups sugar divided
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a bowl; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed, until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture on low speed. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Using a small cookie scoop shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 9 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
Everybody has their own idea of the perfect sugar cookie. Here are some more takes on this timeless classic.
- Drop Sugar Cookies – no need to roll and cut with this simple recipe
- Cut Out Sugar Cookies – call the kiddos and get the sprinkles out
- Sugar Cookie Bars – All the yumminess of sugar cookies without the cutting
- Brown Sugar Cookies – Brown sugar brings a new depth of flavor to this twist on tradition
- Amish Sugar Cookies – Simple ingredients transform into a light, melt in your mouth cookie
I know you’re going to love this buttery, soft, chewy cinnamon sugar cookies! It’s a delicious addition to any cookie tray, family party, or Sunday supper. I can’t wait to hear how these work for you.
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