After being invited to a cookie exchange party I scoured the internet looking for an easy and tasty cookie recipe. Since I don’t bake very often, I don’t really have a go-to recipe. Initially, I was going to find an easy bar cookie or some type of bark candy, both being easy to throw together and then cut/break after finished. But then I laid my eyes on these Cinnamon Roll Cookies on Picky-Palate’s cooking blog. Being a fan of anything with cinnamon, I opened the link and quickly scanned to see if it was something a non-baker could handle. The recipe seemed fairly straight forward, with pictures even. Sold! The ingredients were purchased after work on Friday, with plans to make the cookies Saturday evening.
My mom arrived this week and she and I spent most of Saturday downtown at the Renegade Craft Fair. It was a beautiful (actually on the warmer side in the sun) and leisurely day.
After some Christmas and personal shopping we headed home late afternoon. Before starting the cookies I took care of a couple of chores and walked the dog. The cookie recipe looked very straight forward, 9-11 minutes in the oven, no problem. So about 6 PM, the cookie baking began. At that time, I figured after about an hour, maybe two, the they’d be done.
I underestimated the time by HOURS! The base of the cookie is a fairly straightforward sugar cookie recipe. I whipped that up in my stand mixer and divided the dough into two rounds. Then I moved down to the next step in the recipe where the instructions said to chill the dough for 2 hours. Ummmmm…I hadn’t noticed that amount of time in my initial scan. So in the fridge it went, and now running 2 hours behind schedule.
On the bright side, a friend of mine who works for the CBS lent me an advanced DVD copy of the new movie, Last Vegas. The two hour delay gave us a chance to watch it, cookie baking free. It was cute. I wouldn’t recommend paying $15 to see it at the theater, but it’s definitely a fun at-home rental.
About 8:30, the dough was ready to work and I was ready to get started, again. The next step was to divide the dough and roll it into flat ovals. Then the ovals were smeared with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, rolled into logs, and sliced into the little cookies. Now, this was not hard in the least, but it was very time consuming. My initial, “Oh, it’s only 9-11 minutes for each batch,” turned into about 45 minutes from (start to finish) for each batch…and the dough made 6 batches.
Finally about midnight, the last batch of cookies was slightly cooled and frosted. I got them stored away for the night and fell into bed. To my (or the recipe’s) credit, they are delicious cookies, but to be honest, after 6 hours of preparing them the last things I want to do was see another cinnamon roll cookie.
They were a hit at today’s cookie party, but seriously, this is why I don’t bake. While I’m kind of a pro with time management in every other aspect of my life, baking always laughs in the face of my confidence.