Red Hot Sugar Cookie Roll Outs

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day.  A day for love, a day for flowers, a day for chocolates. A DAY FOR COOKIES.  Sometimes I get sick of the same old thing over and over and I want something new in the cookie department.

I love those little cinnamon hearts candies.  They have them year round, but are more prominently displayed during the Valentine season. I got a great idea to put them in the sugar cookie dough and see what happened.

red hot roll out

It was a happy experiment. These cookies turned out a little chewy with little crunchy bits. Plus they just had a nice kick of cinnamon, which I love.

A fun new twist on the same old sugar cookie roll out, the Red Hot Sugar Cookie Roll Out!

red hot sugar cookies roll out red hot sugar cookies roll out

A few notes:

These cookies aren’t as well behaved as a normal roll out recipe. They definitely have more going on topographically. (They aren’t perfectly smooth.) And they spread a little more than usual. So I wouldn’t use them for intricate decorating. But if you’re going to slap some buttercream or make some simple decorated cookies, then go for it!

You need to pulse your red hots in a food processor before adding to the dough. The big chunks will melt and leave craters in the dough. This is what mine looked like after I pulsed them several times. Still some pieces.

red hot roll out

I’ve learned that some red hots are hotter than others. If you want a little extra heat, add a little cinnamon extract to your dough. If you want it very subtle or your red hots are pretty powerful, then you can omit the extract.

Have fun decorating some red hot cookies today!


Red Hot Sugar Cookie Roll Outs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: about 24 cookies depending on size


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract, optional
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cinnamon red hots, pulsed in a food processor


  1. Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add the egg and extract(s) until well combined.
  2. Add flour and baking powder until the dough just comes together.
  3. Add the red hots and stir until well distributed.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes for best results.
  5. Roll out to thickness desired, I do 3/16" and cut. Chill for 10 minutes in freezer before baking.
  6. Bake 400 for 7-9 minutes depending on size of cookie on a sil pat lined baking sheet.
  7. Allow to cool for several minutes before attempting to remove from the pan.


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