Cinnamon Crunch Cookies – #CreativeCookieExchange

Bake up your favorite cinnamon bun in a cookie. These Cinnamon Crunch Cookies are crunchy, sweet and simply irresistible!

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies pin | 2CookinMamas - All your favorite cinnamon flavors rolled into one crunchy cookie. Think cinnamon buns & Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

I love this time of month! It’s time for our Creative Cookie Exchange and I can’t think of a better time to share delicious cookie recipes with you than around the holidays. This month our group is celebrating cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices as it can be used for anything from savory, in a Chicken Mole, to sweet, like our Cinnamon French Toast Bake and everything in between. And, bonus, it’s so good for you too!

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies cutting|2CookinMamas

Cinnamon is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease. Holy cow! That’s a lot of benefits! But seriously, we like it because it tastes so good. 🙂

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies baked 2|2CookinMamas

It was really hard for me to decide what type of cookie to make where cinnamon is the star. Then I thought about one of my favorite cereals growing up – can you guess what it was? Yep – Cinnamon Toast Crunch – oh yum! So why not roll crumbled cereal up in a crispy cinnamon flavored cookie that’s been sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and really push the cinnamon quotient off the charts.

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies cooling 4|2CookinMamas

Bingo! This was one delicious cinnamon cookie! You’ll definitely be craving some way before they’re cool (I snitched & they’re good warm too). But you gotta wait, because you need to add that drizzle of vanilla icing as the perfect finishing touch. Did you notice how much they look like little cinnamon buns? Cute, huh?! Maybe that’s what makes them so hard to resist!

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies and cinnamon bun|2CookinMamas

I think you’d better hide these cookies, because they’re so delicious they’ll disappear before you know it. They’re perfect for the holidays too and ship well.

Want more ideas for the holidays? Don’t forget to check out all the other yummy cinnamon cookies from my blogger friends below.

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Bake up your favorite cinnamon bun in a cookie. These Cinnamon Crunch Cookies are crunchy, sweet and simply irresistible!

Servings: 3 -1/2 dozen
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cream
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth & creamy, approximately 4 minutes. 
  2. Turn down mixer and beat in eggs and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. 
  4. Add slowly to butter mixture until well incorporated.
  5. Shape into 2 logs, wrap in plastic wrap scattered with a bit of flour, place in refrigerator to firm up, about 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. 
  7. Crush cereal by placing in gallon sized ziploc bag and rolling with rolling pin. You want it to be crumbly. 
  8. Whisk egg white & water together until frothy. Now you are ready to assemble.
  9. Remove one log from refrigerator and roll into a large rectangle, about 1/4" thick. 
  10. Brush top with half of egg white mixture. Sprinkle with half of cinnamon-sugar mixture then sprinkle with half of crushed cereal. 
  11. Roll up jelly roll fashion in a tight roll and place on newly floured plastic wrap and return to refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Repeat with remaining log.
  12. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
  13. Remove 1 log from refrigerator and cut into 1/4" slices. Place on prepared cookie sheets.
  14. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then lift off with spatula and place on wire rack to finish cooling.
  16. Repeat with remaining log.
  17. When cookies are cool, prepare glaze.
  18. Mix all ingredients for glaze. Whisk until smooth. You can control the thickness of the glaze by adding more or less sugar. 
  19. Place in a plastic bag and make a small cut in corner or use an OXO Decoratoring Kit with small tip. Squeeze icing out in rows across cookies or swirl to make a iced top.
Recipe Notes

Prep time does not include chill time between stages.

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:

Cinnamon Crunch Cookies pin 1 | 2CookinMamas - All your favorite cinnamon flavors rolled into one crunchy cookie. Think cinnamon buns & Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.



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  • Reply
    12/03/2015 at 1:05 pm

    These look delicious! I love crunchy cookies.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/04/2015 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Anne! I’m sure if you like crunchy you will love these!

  • Reply
    Laura T (@TheSpicedLife)
    11/19/2015 at 7:52 pm

    I love that cereal! I bet these cookies are fantastic!

  • Reply
    11/18/2015 at 1:04 am

    Just the name of the cookie sound so crunchy and delicious, I bet they taste equally good as well 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/18/2015 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Deepti! They tasted so good that they were gone in a day! (my husband’s office not by me – lol)

  • Reply
    11/17/2015 at 10:40 pm

    What a fun little cookie! These would be fun for the kids to help make! Very creative!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/18/2015 at 11:22 am

      Kids would have a great time baking these cookies! And they could snitch those little toasted cinnamon crunch squares as they work. 🙂

  • Reply
    11/17/2015 at 6:57 pm

    My son ate cinnamon toast crunch just this morning! I bet he’d much prefer eating your cookie, though!

  • Reply
    11/17/2015 at 4:43 pm

    Those cookies remind me of a cookie that my mom would buy all the time when I was growing up, they look so good!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/18/2015 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Tara! They were really fun to make too!

  • Reply
    11/17/2015 at 1:55 pm

    Now this is a cinnamon cookie! Love the addition of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/17/2015 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks! Couldn’t resist the urge to add my favorite cereal! Perfect for every cinnamon lover!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    11/17/2015 at 11:50 am

    So basically, these are health food, right? Wonderful recipe, wonderful cookies!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/17/2015 at 2:40 pm

      Sure, I’ll go along with that! lol Hey, nothings wrong with cookies for breakfast, right?

  • Reply
    11/17/2015 at 10:02 am

    These cookies look delicious ! And I m all for crunchy cookies!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/17/2015 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Aksh! If you love crunchy, you’ll love these cookies.

  • Reply
    Robin @ A Shaggy Dough Story
    11/17/2015 at 9:32 am

    My daughter loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch when she was a kid and I bet she’d love these cookies too (so would I). Next time she comes for a visit, I think we’ll bake these together. Thanks for sharing them!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/17/2015 at 9:41 am

      A girl after my own heart! Hope she enjoys them!

  • Reply
    Renee Dobbs
    11/17/2015 at 8:47 am

    Yum! Now that’s some really nice cinnamon crunchy goodness.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/17/2015 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Renee! One can never get enough cinnamon right?!

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