Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
Why This Recipe Works
For a cookie with cinnamon flavor from center to edge, we took an artful approach and spiraled a layer of cinnamon sugar into a butter cookie dough. After making a workable dough base—and chilling it to prevent sticking—we rolled it into a large rectangle. We then sprinkled the dough with our star ingredient, the cinnamon sugar, and sprayed the mixture lightly with water so it would adhere. We rolled up the dough into a log, jelly roll–style, and chilled it until it was firm enough to cut into cinnamon-spiraled rounds. You can replace the cinnamon sugar in this recipe with 2 tablespoons of colored sugar; or, for a flavorful variation, we also created a maple-pecan swirl cookie.