Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookies

These Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookies drizzled with cream cheese frosting are super soft, super chewy and SUPER delicious.

Pecans. Cinnamon. Soft-baked cookies. Cream cheese frosting. Now that is the ultimate flavour combination. This has to be my new all-time-favourite cookie recipe!

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookies

How to make Pecan Cinnamon Roll cookies

There are 3 parts to this recipe, each one is really quick and easy to make.

1. Start with the cookie dough – you’ll start by making my go-to cookie dough recipe but with a few additions. For these cookies you’ll add ground cinnamon which gives the dough a lovely sweet and spicy flavour, and you’ll also add some chopped pecans, which pair so well with cinnamon and add crunch throughout the cookies.

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookie dough

2. Roll the cookies in cinnamon sugar – Just before the cookies go in the oven, you’ll roll them in cinnamon sugar. Made by mixing light brown sugar with ground cinnamon, this extra step will give the cookies a gorgeous crinkly top and a sweet sugary coating.

Roll the cookie dough in cinnamon sugar

3. Decorate with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting – just like classic cinnamon rolls are finished with a coating of icing, these cookies are finished with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting. You can either pipe the frosting over the cookies or use a teaspoon to drizzle it across. This step really is the icing on the cake…or cookie in this case!

Drizzle with cream cheese frosting

Other cookie recipes to try

Once you’ve mastered these cookies be sure to give another a go. Here are a few of my favourite recipes:

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Cookie recipe (makes 12)

Ingredients

For the cookies:
160g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
150g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium egg + 1 medium egg yolk, at room temperature
1 + ½ teaspoons cinnamon
250g self-raising flour
100g whole pecans

For the cinnamon sugar:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
30g light brown sugar

For the cream cheese frosting:
75g icing sugar
35g unsalted butter, soft at room temperature
35g full-fat Philadelphia cream cheese, cold from the fridge

Method

Start by making the cookie dough.

Melt the butter in 20-second blasts in the microwave until it turns to liquid. Add the light brown sugar and caster sugar, and mix together. Add the vanilla extract, whole egg and egg yolk and mix together.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and fold together until the mixture forms a dough.

Roughly chop the pecans, add them to the bowl and fold into the cookie dough. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and put it in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight for best results.

Bake the cookies.

Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and leave at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Make the cinnamon sugar by mixing together the light brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Take a heaped tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it into a ball and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar. Place on the baking tray. Repeat this step until all the cookie dough has been used up. Leave about 5cm between each cookie so they have enough room to spread out. I had 4 cookies on each baking tray and baked them in batches.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges and the middle is still soft. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Now make the cream cheese frosting.

Beat the butter until really soft and pale in colour. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the cream cheese and gently fold into the mixture until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix, as it can quickly become runny.

Time to decorate!

Transfer the cream cheese frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Pipe the cream cheese frosting over the cookies in a zig-zag motion. Alternatively, you can use a teaspoon to drizzle it on top.

Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 day, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce

Light toffee sponge made with black treacle and light muscovado sugar, coated in sticky toffee sauce and finished with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. A classic English recipe and one of my all time favourites, sticky toffee pudding is the ultimate comfort food dessert.

I’ve tried a lot of sticky toffee puddings over the years, basically if it’s on the dessert menu then it has to be ordered. One thing I’ve noticed is that they don’t always have dates in them, and to be completely honest I prefer sticky toffee pudding without dates. Controversial I know! So I have to caveat that this recipe is date-free, but it’s still perfectly sweet and full of flavour.

Ingredients (makes 4 individual sticky toffee puddings)

For the puddings:

50g unsalted butter, soft at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
90g light muscovado sugar 
1 large egg
2 tablespoons black treacle
110g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
120ml milk
Vanilla ice-cream

For the toffee sauce:

50g butter
60g light muscovado sugar
1/2 tablespoon black treacle
150ml double cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C Fan. Grease 4 small pudding moulds (contains 145ml each) or 4 holes of a muffin tray with a little butter.

Start with the puddings. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add the egg and black treacle and mix through. Add the flour and baking powder and fold together until combined. Pour in the milk and mix again until smooth.

Divide the mixture evenly between the pudding moulds. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and firm.

Whilst the puddings are baking, make your sauce. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce has thickened and darkened in colour. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm.

To serve, loosen the puddings from the sides of the tins with a knife before turning them out. Place them top-down on individual serving plates and pour the warm toffee sauce all over. Add a dollop of vanilla ice-cream to finish.

Carrot cake blondies

Chewy blondies flavoured with warming spices, grated carrot and chopped walnuts, finished with a cream cheese swirl.

A delicious modern take on a classic bake, this recipe is perfect for Easter, spring and autumn.

Ingredients (makes 12 blondies)

For the blondies:

170g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
170g unsalted butter
225g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium eggs, at room temperature
100g chopped walnuts
1 large carrot (approximately 150g), grated

For the cream cheese swirl:

1 teaspoon vanilla
1 medium egg yolk
50g caster sugar
120g cream cheese, at room temperature

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 23cm square baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Start by making your blondie mixture.

First combine the flour and spices together in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl melt the butter until it turns to liquid. Add the light brown sugar and mix until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix. Add the flour and fold everything together. Now add the grated carrots and chopped walnuts and fold together until combined.

Now make your cheesecake mixture.

Place the vanilla, egg yolk, sugar and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until smooth and creamy. If you have an electric whisk i’d recommend using it.

Transfer half of the carrot cake mixture into the baking tin. Drop spoonfuls of 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture over the top. Don’t swirl just yet! Drop spoonfuls of the rest of the carrot cake mixture on top of this and then follow with the remaining cheesecake batter. Using the tip of a knife swirl the two mixtures together.

Bake for 25 minutes. The edges will be brown and the centre should be set. Cool completely in the baking tin before removing and slicing.

Walnut, apple and honey Cake

Vanilla and cinnamon sponge, filled with chopped walnuts and apple and finished with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting and a scatter of chopped walnuts. Every bite of this cake tastes like Autumn.

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Ingredients (makes a 10inch cake)

For the cake:

190g unsalted butter, at room temperature
190g self-raising flour
190g caster sugar
3 medium eggs, at room temp
1 teaspoon baking powder
50g plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1cm pieces
1 tablespoon runny honey
100g walnuts, roughly chopped

For the frosting:

300g icing sugar, sifted
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g full-fat cream cheese*, at room temperature

*It is important to use full-fat cream cheese as the low fat options are too loose in texture and will result in a runny frosting.

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease a 10inch round cake tin with a little butter.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Break in the eggs one at a time*, mixing well before adding the next egg.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Add ½ of the dry ingredients into the batter and mix until fully combined. Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients.

Now add the yoghurt, vanilla essence and honey and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Finally fold in 80g of the chopped walnuts and the chopped apple.

Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 55-60 minutes and until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cake to completely cool before removing from the tin and transferring to a cooling rack.

To make your frosting, first beat the butter for a good 5 minutes until smooth and free from any lumps.

Now drain of any excess liquid from the cream cheese and beat into the butter until just combined, be careful not to over beat. Sift in half the icing sugar and beat together. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat again until light, fluffy and pale in colour. If the frosting appears too runny then put the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm it up.

Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top and sides of the cake and put in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up – this is your crumb coat. Take the cake out of the fridge and spread the remaining frosting all over the cake and finish by dotting the remaining walnuts on top.