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Image: Canadian Living | Holiday Baking 2014

The alluring flavours—and aromas—of sticky cinnamon buns are packed into these easy bite-size cookies. They're guaranteed to become a family favourite.

  • Portion size 35 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014


Cinnamon Sugar:
Cream Cheese Filling:


In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions just until combined. Roll by 1 tbsp into balls.

Cinnamon Sugar: In separate bowl, mix brown sugar with cinnamon. Roll dough balls in mixture to coat.

Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Supporting opposing sides of 1 ball with 2 fingers, press opposite index finger into centre to create deep well. Pinch together any cracks around edge. Repeat with remaining balls. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until edges are dry, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Filling: Meanwhile, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in milk and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar until smooth. Spoon or pipe heaping 1/4 tsp of the filling into well of each cookie. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Sodium 43 mg
  • Sugars 8 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 104.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 22 mg
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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