As I type this, I am preparing myself for the impending blizzard that is supposed to happen tonight. I have some movies picked out on Netflix, my coziest sweater on, and Bane has been getting my bed warm for me all day. In a bit, I'll get started on some snow cooking or baking. I am not a fan of snow or cold, so the best way I deal with a snowstorm is so get in the kitchen and keep my hands warm. If you have the same mindset, or if you could just use a delicious treat after your snow-ventures, get those ovens pre-heated because these cookies are perfect for the occasion.
I made these cookies a few different times this winter in an attempt to perfect the recipe. One night, I was on my way home from a friend's house who lives outside the city. I took the train and, on my return, I noticed (read: smelled) there was a Cinnabon in the station. The scent of warm cinnamon baked goods haunted me on my walk back to my apartment and, once there, I decided I needed something cinnamon-y. When I was baking artisan breads, I also prepared the pastries, which included cinnamon rolls. I perfected the art of tightly rolling and cutting cinnamon rolls, so that wasn't a problem. I didn't have any yeast. So it dawned on me.. I could probably make something similar, but in cookie form. They won't be the soft, pillowy deliciousness that is a warm cinnamon bun, but a nice, slightly crisp sugar cookie instead. Well, it fulfilled my cinnamon craving the first go, but there was still some work to be done before I considered the recipe 'blog-worthy.'
I had put off the recipe testing for a bit, until my roommate told me he had a dinner party to attend. The party was hosted by vegans, and asked if I could bake something for him to bring. Of course, I was delighted to test a new recipe on strangers and fellow vegans, so I agreed. I decided to give this recipe another go and they turned out great. He came home and told me that everyone loved them, there wasn't a single cookie left on the plate. I took that as a victory, mission accomplished. So now, I bring this vegan-dinner-party-approved recipe to all of you. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
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