Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Satisfy your cinnamon roll craving with my healthier Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies recipe. They’re topped with cinnamon butter and then a swirl of cream cheese cinnamon frosting. They have delicious flavor from the almond flour and oat flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup & cane sugar.

Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting on a kitchen counter.

Satisfy your cinnamon roll craving with my healthier Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies recipe with a cream cheese frosting. They have delicious flavor from the almond flour and oat flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup & cane sugar. They’re topped with cinnamon butter and then a swirl of cinnamon frosting. The best part is they’re made without any refined white sugar or white flour.

This homemade version is our favorite recipe and they look like they came right out of the Crumbl bakery. But with fewer calories and nutrient-dense ingredients. This gluten-free version is my family’s favorite cookie to satisfy our sweet tooth any time of year. But especially during the holidays and our Christmas cookie exchanges.

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Why You’ll Love This Crumbl Copycat Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting on a kitchen counter.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free copycat Crumbl cinnamon roll cookies:

Unsalted Butter: Use a dairy-free margarine or vegan butter.

Organic Cane Sugar: Use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or a sugar substitute of your choice.

Maple Syrup: Replace with honey or agave syrup if preferred.

Almond Extract: Use artificial or pure vanilla extract as a 1:1 replacement.

Egg: For an egg-free version, try using a flaxseed or chia seed egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water).

Almond Flour: You can use all oat flour, but it will affect the taste and texture. You can use a gluten-free flour blend, but you will need to adjust the amount until you get a soft, fluffy cookie dough.

Oat Flour: You can use all almond flour, but it will affect the taste and texture.

Tapioca Flour: This is also called tapioca starch. Arrowroot flour or cornstarch can be used as alternatives.

Cane Sugar: Coconut sugar, brown sugar, or a sugar substitute can be used.

Molasses: You can omit and replace with honey or maple syrup.

Cream Cheese: Use dairy-free cream cheese for a dairy-free version.

Organic Powdered Sugar: You can replace it with the powdered sugar of your choice.

Vanilla Extract: Substitute with vanilla bean paste or the seeds from a vanilla bean.

Lemon Juice: You can omit.

Cinnamon: You can omit or replace it with a smaller amount of ginger, cloves, or all-spice to taste.

Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting on a kitchen counter.

How to Make My Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Step 1: Make the Cookie Dough

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl with a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter, organic cane sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract until light and fluffy.

Add egg and mix until incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl, including almond flour, oat flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Bowl of cookie dough.

Step 2: Make the Cinnamon Butter Topping

In a small bowl, mix together the butter, cane sugar, cinnamon, oat flour, molasses, maple syrup, and salt until well combined.

Mixing cinnamon butter topping.

Step 3: Form and Bake the Cookies

​Use a medium cookie scoop and scoop the cookie dough onto a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet. Allow space in between the cookies.

Wet your fingertips and gently shape each cookie. Smooth down the sides and press a flat spot on top of the cookie dough balls.

Drop 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon butter on top of each cinnamon cookie.

Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Shaping cookies on cookie sheet.
Dropping cinnamon butter on top of a cookie.

Step 4: Make and Apply the Cream Cheese Frosting

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt until smooth and creamy.

Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition until the frosting is smooth. Place the bowl of frosting in the fridge while you bake and wait for the cookies to cool.

Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread or pipe the cinnamon cream cheese frosting over the tops of the cookies with a plastic sandwich bag or piping bag with a round tip.

Allow the frosting to set and enjoy!

Bowl of whipped cream cheese frosting.
Piping cinnamon frosting on to a cookie.

Healthier Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe Notes

Cookie Dough Shape: Scooping the cookie dough with a cookie scoop will leave a rough texture around the outer edge of the cookie. It is optional to smooth the edges with your fingers. Either way, you will want to press a flat spot on top of the cookie so the cinnamon butter doesn’t run off the cookie too quickly while baking. You can adjust the amount of dough to make large cookies.

Cinnamon Butter Consistency: If your prepared cinnamon sugar mixture cools and becomes firm before you have a chance to add it to the top of the cookies, warm it up in your microwave for 10-20 seconds to melt the butter and make it easier to drop on each cookie.

Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the cookies during the baking process. Depending on your oven, baking times may vary slightly. The edges should be lightly golden brown for a perfect texture.

Frosting Texture: Adjust the powdered sugar quantity in the frosting to achieve your preferred sweetness and consistency. Add more for a thicker frosting or less for a lighter drizzle.

Room Temperature: Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Ensure the container is sealed tightly to maintain freshness.

Freezing the Cookies: These copycat Crumbl sugar cookies are freezer-friendly. To freeze, arrange the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a sealed container or a zip-top freezer bag. Label with the date for easy tracking. Cookies can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing Frozen Cookies: When ready to enjoy frozen cookies, allow them to thaw at room temperature for about an hour or gently warm them in the microwave for a soft, gooey texture.

Separate Layers: If stacking cookies in a container, place sheets of parchment paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.

Frosting Considerations: Take into account that the frosting may slightly soften or change texture after refrigeration. If needed, re-whip the frosting or allow it to come to room temperature before spreading on the cookies.

Avoid Moisture: To maintain the cookie’s texture, avoid storing them in places with high humidity. Moisture can affect the quality of the cookies over time.

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can! The cinnamon cookie dough and frosting can be prepared in advance and stored separately. Refrigerate the dough and frosting, then bring them to room temperature before baking and assembling.

Can I roll this cookie dough like traditional cinnamon rolls?

No, this recipe is designed for drop cookies and is too moist to roll.

Can I freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the soft cookie base for up to 3 months. Wrap it in plastic and store it in an airtight container.

How can I make these cinnamon roll cookies dairy-free?

Yes, To make a dairy-free version, use dairy-free margarine in place of butter, and opt for a dairy-free cream cheese alternative in the frosting.

Can I omit the molasses in the cinnamon filling?

Yes, you can omit the molasses or substitute it with honey or maple syrup for a slightly different flavor.

How should I store the cookies with cream cheese frosting?

Store frosted cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving for the best texture.

Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting on a kitchen counter.

Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Satisfy your cinnamon roll craving with my healthier Gluten-Free Copycat Crumbl Cinnamon Roll Cookies recipe. They're topped with cinnamon butter and then a swirl of cream cheese cinnamon frosting. They have delicious flavor from the almond flour and oat flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup & cane sugar.
5 from 4 votes
Servings 36
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Ingredients
  

Cookie Dough:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1-1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Butter Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups organic powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    In a large mixing bowl with a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter, organic cane sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract until light and fluffy.
    Add egg and mix until incorporated.
    Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl, including almond flour, oat flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the butter, cane sugar, cinnamon, oat flour, molasses, maple syrup, and salt until well combined.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop and scoop the cookie dough onto a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet. Allow space in between the cookies.
    Wet your fingertips and gently shape each cookie. Smooth down the sides and press a flat spot on top of the cookie dough balls.
    Drop 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon butter on top of each cinnamon cookie.
    Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
    Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt until smooth and creamy.
    Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition until the frosting is smooth. Place the bowl of frosting in the fridge while you bake and wait for the cookies to cool.
    Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread or pipe the cinnamon cream cheese frosting over the tops of the cookies with a plastic sandwich bag or piping bag with a round tip.
    Allow the frosting to set and enjoy!

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Notes

Cookie Dough Shape: Scooping the cookie dough with a cookie scoop will leave a rough texture around the outer edge of the cookie. It is optional to smooth the edges with your fingers. Either way, you will want to press a flat spot on top of the cookie so the cinnamon butter doesn’t run off the cookie too quickly while baking. You can adjust the amount of dough to make large cookies.
Cinnamon Butter Consistency: If your prepared cinnamon sugar mixture cools and becomes firm before you have a chance to add it to the top of the cookies, warm it up in your microwave for 10-20 seconds to melt the butter and make it easier to drop on each cookie.
Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the cookies during the baking process. Depending on your oven, baking times may vary slightly. The edges should be lightly golden brown for a perfect texture.
Frosting Texture: Adjust the powdered sugar quantity in the frosting to achieve your preferred sweetness and consistency. Add more for a thicker frosting or less for a lighter drizzle.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cinnamon rolls, cookies, cream cheese frosting
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4 Comments

    1. Ha ha…I know…right!? I’m so glad you love this recipe too! And thank you for sharing this with me 🙂

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