Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

 

Stop right now if you're still serving slice-and-bake cookies to Santa, and surprise him with these incredible, cinnamon roll-inspired cookies instead

What you will need

1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for an hour

2 ounces cream cheese (1/4 of a standard cream cheese package)

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of a standard cream cheese package), at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

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