Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cinnamon-Sugar Knots

I love cinnamon. So much so, that sometimes I think I inhale way too much. Can it be? I don't think so. But the scent is so alluring & the taste... utterly yummy. We went to the mall this past weekend (something that rarely happens) but every time, the smell of Auntie Ann's Pretzels... Mmmmmm... it hits me &.I.need.to.have a cinnamon-sugar one. OK, need is a strong word but I do always get one!

Besides the instant gratification of that sweet, spice, the scent also brings me back. The very first thing I baked in 7th Grade Home Ec were these Cinnamon-Sugar Knots. And it was momentous. As we are all at the beginning of the school year, I hope teachers realize the impact they can have on their students! Mrs. Steadman apparently left a great, lasting impression! The first day of class, we all sat down at the tables-that-were-also-desks with our index cards we were asked to buy as school supplies (for recipes, naturally). We all thought, "hmmm, wonder when we'll get to cook? No way it'll be the first day." AND, lo & behold, Mrs. S. had us break into 4 groups, one per kitchennette... And we made these Cinnamon-Sugar Knots:

Cinnamon-Sugar Knots

  • 1/2 stick unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 canister Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (same as on roll canister)

Melt the butter. Back in Home Ec, we did it old school- on the stove, in a pan. But now, I'd nuke it!

Mix the sugar & cinnamon in a small bowl.

Pop open the canister of crescent rolls (Fun in & of itself!) Take off the "Box Top For Education" to donate!!! (If you need a place- send them to ME, please!)
1) Divide them into the demarcated 8 rolls. Take one in between your palms & roll it into a snake-form. Then "tie" it into a knot shape!

2) Dip the knot into the melted, cooled butter... 
3) Then immerse it into the cinnamon-sugar mix. 
4) Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the 7 other delineated dough triangles.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.

This one, little, easy peasy recipe did wonders! It was FUN, delicious, EASY, interactive, had a bit of a cooking lesson & that scent... ahhh~ Mrs. Steadman was brilliant! Plus this was just the beginning...

<3 Lishie

P.S.~ These are great for a small, home bridal shower... "tying the knot".


  1. This is the first recipe I ever made "alone". We made these in home ec or whatever it was called in middle school. I then made them for every family event until I was like 20 lol! This brought back great memories.

  2. I LOVE that you have a similar memory, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing. Food really bonds!

  3. my daughter is dying to eat this.....Amazing receipy....thank you