Cinnamon and Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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I was looking through my collection of cookie cutters and came across a dog-shaped cutter. If there's one thing you should know about me it's that I'm a huge dog lover. Growing up, my family had a Golden Retriever named Dude. This wasn't just any Golden Retriever, this 110 lb+ golden was my best friend. He was a small, rugrat-sized turned lion-sized dog that never left my side...we were the best of pals. Before Dude, I always knew I loved dogs but once we welcomed him into our family, my love for dogs stuck and grew by the day.

I always told my parents that I wanted six dogs when I was older. I had their breeds all picked out and their names. Trust me, I was deadset on having six dogs...all at once. Ask my parents and I'm sure they could rattle off a few of the breeds and names. I'm sure people thought that I was going to be a future cat dog lady.

As soon as we could, my husband and I adopted our first dog together, Caster. A move and and new city later, I had the sudden urge to adopt another dog. My husband refused, unless I could find another dog that looked just like Caster. He should've known better. Present a challenge to me and I become bound and determined to conquer the challenge. A few days later I was searching on PetFinder.com when I came across Caster's twin, Tugboat. I showed my husband and he was completely shocked. Right then and there he knew that Tugboat was going to be ours. I contacted the adoption facility, found out when we could meet Tugboat and a few days later we were driving home with Tugboat in our car. He was all ours.

We still only have two dogs but I keep telling myself that a third one would be a little ridiculous when living in a D.C. rowhouse. Until we move and have more land for the dogs to roam and explore, we'll be happy and content with our two furballs. They bring such love and joy into our lives and I could not be more thankful.

In celebration of my pups, I pulled out the cookie cutter and got to work baking these easy and fun treats that pair perfectly with a nice, big bowl of vanilla ice cream. They are coated in sugar, spice and everything nice...that's what dogs are made of...or something like that.

Cinnamon and Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 frozen pie crust, thawed
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unroll dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes into the dough using a cookie cutter, knife or pizza roller.
  • Brush butter over the dough. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle mixture over dough.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the dough is lightly browned.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.

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16 comments

  1. I have loved pie crust cookies since I was a little girl and my grandma made them from scraps of dough when she made pies. My girls and enjoyed the same tradition. And I admit...they will still stop by and want some...which is why I keep ready made dough in the freezer. But...I will not let them see this post lest they insist on me dragging out the cookie cutters too. SO cute.

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  2. Love this! How adorable and tasty!!

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  3. Aww such a cute tribute to your little furry beebies. Einstein says hi :)

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  4. 6 dogs? Wow. Well, if you ever need 2 more, despite the rowhouse, I have 2 to spare! (not really, I think I'd miss them!)
    These cookies look great, love the pics!

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  5. What a sweet story about you and your dogs. I can just picture you as a little girl, with Dude following your every step.

    I love the idea of these pie crust cookies. So easy and fun!

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  6. These are SO cute! As a brand new puppy owner I can say that these are the cutest cookies ever! :-)

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  7. Great idea and perfect for kids! We're featuring cookies this week at the M&T Spotlight and I would love for you to submit this! http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  8. What a quick treat idea really. And you could use homemade pie crust or even booboo pie crust, have a lot of that lately, thanks for the idea.

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  9. Oh my goodness! I can totally relate on the dogs... I actually only want three... I always wanted a lab "trio" - yellow, chocolate, and black. I already have a yellow lab named Yellowdog, and I still want a black lab named Martin and a chocolate lab named Nestle (since we live in Hershey, PA).

    Anyway, These cookies look tasty... My mom used to make cinnamon pinwheels with extra pie dough, so I'm sure they'd remind me of my childhood.

    Oh, and I think I have that same cookie cutter. :)

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  10. What a great cookie, and so easy! Will definitely have to try these soon with my toddler. I'm glad I found your blog :)

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  11. These are such a cute idea and look SO good! I'm thinking these might be dangerous for me to have around . . . I LOVE things that feature sugar and cinnamon . . .

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  12. Aw - these are so cute! And look super delish too :)

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  13. Jen - I'm a fellow dog (and pie crust cookie) lover! We have two little Border Terriers now. They have completely won over our hearts. I've actually lived your dream. I've actually had 6 (at least that many...and more when they had pups) dogs at one time when I was growing up. We lived on a farm and everyone dropped off their pets when they tired of them. Imagine that? Anyway, we took them all and I'd say we'd had 30 or more dogs over a 15-20 year period. I've got very fond memories of all those sweet dogs.

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  14. I found a post about making cut out cookies from pie dough and I thought my son would love doing it. I had everything ready to go and I tried to find the recipe.... opps, didn't bookmark it. I googled it and found you!!! I had to read the story twice because my cousins dog's name was Dude (also a huge golden)!! I live outside of DC in Northern VA so I think that it is fate that I found your blog :) I am going to quickly bookmark you before I loose it!

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