Cinnamon Sugar Figure-Eight Cookies

Your kids will love to make—and eat—these simple but delicious cookies!

Cinnamon Sugar Figure Eight Cookies

My toddler, Aja, has been nagging me all day to let her make her favorite Cinnamon Roll Cookies all by herself.
A little too advanced for a three year old!

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

 Click here for Orna’s Cinnamon Roll Cookies recipe >>

I remembered these Cinnamon Twists, fondly referred to by Sam (hubby) as Mrs. Sniderman Cookies—after the sweet family friend, Audrey, in his home town of Calgary, Canada, who thoughtfully sent a care package of his favorites with his parents, when they visited LA.

Brilliant! Kid-friendly, and no need to soften the butter or buy ingredients.

Orna & Aja rolling dough

Aja had a blast mixing, rolling and shaping the cookies “all by herself.” This was a great exercise for me in completely giving up control.

Egg Mixture

Mixing in the Flour


Exhibit A - my figure-eights

Exhibit A – my Figure-Eights


Exhibit B - Aja's cookies (ok, I made the rolls, but that's it!)

Exhibit B – Aja’s Any-Shapes (ok, I made the rolls, but that’s it!)

Now that Nana and Zaida live nearby, Aja can take over from Mrs. Sniderman making daddy’s favs! (As if he wasn’t already smitten.)

I forgot that she likes to eat cinnamon sugar by the spoonful. That apparently still wasn’t enough sugar for her, because she still insisted on icing the cookie with the only (chocolate) frosting I had in the pantry. (Note: This is not recommended by me!)

Aja eating frosted cookie

As I was posting this recipe, I was happy to discover that it originated from Norene Gilletz—well-renowned Canadian cookbook author, of whom I’m a huge fan. She has been very supportive of my blog, and is always quick to answer my cooking and baking questions on Norene’s Kitchen—her fabulous Facebook group.

Click here to see Norene’s Kitchen on Facebook—a place for foodies, bakers and cooks >>

Cool Tools

Small Cookie Scoop, Parchment Sheets

Cinnamon Sugar Figure-Eight Cookies
Yields 48
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
100 calories
10 g
12 g
6 g
1 g
1 g
21 g
8 g
4 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 12mg
Sodium 8mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 large or extra-large eggs
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar, lightly packed
  3. 1/2 - 3/4 cup canola oil (I used 1/2 cup to lighten them up a bit, but Norene's recipe calls for 3/4 cup)
  4. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. big pinch of salt
  7. cinnamon sugar: 1/2 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl to combine; set aside.
  3. Combine eggs, sugar and oil in a large bowl; mix well with a spoon.
  4. Add flour mixture; mix just until flour disappears. (Do not over-mix or cookies will be tough.)
  5. Use a small cookie scoop to portion about a tablespoon of dough. Place the dough on a board and roll with the palm of your hand into a pencil-thin rolls. (They will puff up quite a bit, so don't make them too thick.)
  6. Coat in cinnamon sugar and shape into figure-eights, alphabet letters—or whatever shape your mini-baker desires!
  7. Place one inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, depending on the shape and thickness of the cookies.
  8. Transfer parchment to wire racks after 2 minutes and allow to cool completely. (If your little baker can wait that long!)
  1. They freeze well.
Adapted from Cinnamon Twists by Norene Gilletz of

Author: Orna

Orna Purkin is the creator of OrnaBakes—where healthy meets yummy. As a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador, her passion is to inspire others with her healthy recipes, favorite food finds, and weight-loss tips — with the odd confession here and there!

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