Monday, November 16, 2009

Cinnamini's anyone?

My boys LOVE to have their afterschool snacks and I'm pretty good about having something homemade waiting for them on the counter. Ihave a nice-sized jar that I got for Christmas one year and it has a red top, which I love because my kitchen is red. Everyday, before they come home from school, I'll fill it with pigs-n-blankets, popcorn, grapes, cookies, etc. Today I filled it with homemade cinnamini's and they were ecstatic. Especially on a chilly gloomy day like today. Here is the recipe:


1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 TBS sugar
2 TBS shortening
1 large egg
1/2 tsp salt
3-3 1/2 cups flour
Brown sugar

Combine yeast and warm water in small cup and let stand 5 minutes

Combine yeast mixture will all other ingredients, except for 1 cup of the flour.

Mix with electric mixer using dough hooks until blended. Slowly add the rest of the flour until the mixture is soft. Roll the dough out onto a flour surface and knead a little big until you have a nice smooth ball. Place ball of dough into large bowl with a little bit of oil and cover and store in a warm place for 1 hour.

After an hour, punch down the dough and roll it out to a big rectangle. You want the short sides to big significantly shorter than the long sides because you want these to be CinnaMINI's. Paint softened butter all over the rectangle with a brush and then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon all over. Roll up the dough as tight as possible and then cut your cinnamini's in about half inch portions. Place on greased baking sheets and light rise again for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 until light brown. This recipe makes about 40 depending on how thin or thick you roll out your dough.

Drizzle with icing when cooled (I just mix powdered sugar and milk until I get desired consistency).

The wind is whipping through the trees and outside pets are hunkered down in their beds, but we're warm inside our house with a fire going in the fireplace, a cinnamini in one hand, and hot chocolate in the other.

Join us, won't you?

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