I found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday afternoon and made them yesterday evening.
What's great about this recipe is you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen. With the exception of cream cheese. Unless you're like me and have a stash in your refrigerator. ((hee hee))
1 cup (8 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons milk or cream (as needed)
additional cinnamon, for sprinkling
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and mix until a firm dough forms. Chill 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Bake 8-10 minutes (9 worked best for me) or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool before frosting.
To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cookies in a spiral shape and sprinkle with cinnamon.
**The only thing I did differently is I rolled them into balls, placed them on the cookie sheet and slightly flattened them first. Then I popped the tray into the refrigerator. Just a personal preference.**
I also cut the recipe in half and they came out just as delicious.
Here's a quick tip: If you don't have a piping bag, do what I do. Cut the tip off a corner of a plastic baggie. It definitely does the job.
So walk... no run to your pantry to see if you have the ingredients to whip up a batch of these tasty sweet treats. It's a perfect pick me up for a cold February day.