Cinnamon Dusted Orange Icebox Cookies are a great choice for cinnamon lovers and a perfect cookie for late fall, when orange is coming into season, people are craving cinnamon and when the cookies can also be made ahead for holiday cookie tins! Creative Cookie Exchange has you cinnamon lovers completely covered this month, so keep scrolling for more awesome cookies! Affiliate links have been used in this post to link to items I am discussing.
I cannot be alone in plotting and planning my Christmas cookies already, can I? I adore this time of year–I get through the hell that is Halloween (sorry! Not a fan of dressing up, costumes or even trick or treating really), and then I get super excited! And stressed! Why must good things invariably also come with stress? What will I make for Thanksgiving, what will I post for the various holiday themes, when will I find the time to decorate the house, etc etc.
It is frazzling and wonderful all at once.
Which is why I knew I would be choosing some kind of make ahead cookie for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange. Bake off a few now, enjoy, photograph, and then save the rest of those babies for Holiday tins!
Now Alex–who did end up liking these cookies–thought I was crazy for pairing cinnamon with orange, but I think they play off of one another very nicely. If you want a stronger cinnamon flavor, add a little to the orange icebox cookie dough too, but I was happy with them exactly as they are.
Just as I cannot be the only person plotting Christmas cookies, I cannot possibly be the only person obsessed with collecting the Holiday special issue cookie magazines. It is a terrible weakness, especially because after a while you realize much of it is regurgitated year after year. But anyway, for these cookies, I started with a plain vanilla slice and bake cookie from the 2012 issue of Christmas Cookies (Americas Test Kitchen).
- For cookies:
- 2¼ cups (319 g) AP flour
- ½ t fine sea salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks, 226 g) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup (149 g) granulated sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- ½ cup (57 g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 t orange extract
- For dusting:
- 3 t cinnamon, preferable Vietnamese
- ¾ cup (84 g) granulated sugar
- Whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in the granulated sugar. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and add the orange zest. Beat again, this time until fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium-high speed.
- Repeat the scraping and add the powdered sugar. Beat again until fluffy, another 3 minutes on medium high speeds.
- Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl in between. Beat in the extracts.
- With the mixer on slow speed, stir in the flour mixture. When it is all incorporated and starting to clump, quickly kneads the dough just a few turns to create one large lump of dough.
- Cut the dough in half, and roll each dough into a log on plastic wrap. You are aiming for about 8 inches long.
- Wrap each log tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours (or wrap in second layer of heavy duty foil and freeze).
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325 F. If the logs are frozen, remove them for the freezer so they can begin to thaw.
- Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a wide bowl.
- When the oven is ready and when the logs are slice-able, slice off cookies, about ¼-inch thick, and dip one side into the cinnamon sugar. Place on the prepared cookie sheets and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar if desired.
- Place the cookies ¾-inch apart on the cookie sheets (they will not spread really).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. The cookies are done when they brown around the edges.
- Let cool on the cookie sheets for 3-5 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack. The cookies will crisp completely as they cool.
Are we the only ones who start craving cinnamon when the weather gets colder? We can’t be! And we are talking anything sold under the word cinnamon–cassia, “true Cinnamon”, Ceylon Cinnamon, Vietnamese Cinnamon–if it is sold as cinnamon it is what we want! Check out all of our cinnamon cookies below! Hint: A lot of them could be used for your holiday cookie table!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made (special thanks to Renee of Magnolia Days for creating the list this month!):
- Browned Butter Snickerdoodles by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Cinnamon Chocolate Star Cookies by Baking Yummies
- Cinnamon Crunch Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Cinnamon Dusted Orange Icebox Cookies by The Spiced Life
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Glaze by Our Good Life
- Cinnamon Pecan Elephant Ears by Noshing With The Nolands
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies by A Baker’s House
- Cinnamon Sugar Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Cinnamon Waffle Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Cinnamon Walnut Icebox Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Cookies by Food Lust People Love
- Polvorones by Oven Delights
- Speculoos (Dutch Windmill Cookies) by Upstate Ramblings
And for the collage lovers….