Today's Snack: Here's a great recipe that you can
make for a special occasion, such as Mother's Day. What a memorable gift it
would be to give Mom the day off in the kitchen! She might want to help you
with these, or your dad or another helpful adult or older sibling could show
you the ropes.
Although there's milk in today's recipe, below, not much
else is very nutritious. So for a well-rounded snack or meal, add a little
protein - a strip of bacon, a fried egg - and a large bowl of cut-up fresh
fruit, plus a glass of fruit juice alongside a glass of milk. Sweeeeeet!
Recipe ingredients (see below) plus:
Measuring cups and spoons
Wire cooling rack
2 C. Bisquick Original baking mix
2/3 C. milk
Flour or additional Bisquick
Margarine or butter, softened (about
¼ C. white, granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Wash and dry your hands!
3. Grease the 12 muffin cups in your muffin pan with shortening. Dab a little shortening
onto a paper towel, and spread it on the inside of each cup so that no dry
surfaces remain. You will probably use about ¼ C. of shortening altogether in
the greasing step.
4. In a mixing bowl, mix 2 C. Bisquick baking mix and 2/3 C. milk. It will make a soft dough.
5. Sprinkle flour or more Bisquick onto a clean surface such as a kitchen
counter or breadboard. The flour keeps the dough from sticking. If it does
stick during preparation, sprinkle more flour onto the surface or onto the
rolling pin, if you're using one.
6. Put the lump of dough onto this surface. Pat a little flour or extra Bisquick onto your
clean, dry hands. Roll the dough around, three or four times, into a ball. Then
That's pronounced "need." To knead dough, you press down on
it briefly and flatten it out somewhat, then fold one end over the other, and
give it a quarter-turn. Then you knead it again.
7. Knead your dough, quickly and with
some muscle power, 10 times.
8. Then, either with a floured rolling
pin or by patting it with your floured hands (does "patty-cake" sound familiar?
this is where the line of that old nursery rhyme comes from), form it into a
rectangle that's about 12" long and 7" wide.
9. Hold a ruler above your rectangle to check that it's about as thick as
it's supposed to be.
10. Now spread the top of the dough
with softened margarine or butter,
as you would spread peanut butter on a piece of bread. Use probably about the
same as one stick of butter or margarine, or ½ C.
11. In a small bowl, mix ¼ C. sugar and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
12. Then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter
layer on top of the dough.
13. Now comes the fun part! Roll the
dough up tightly, starting at the 7" end of the rectangle - the long end, not
the wide end. Try to make it as tight as you can. Now can you see why we call
these treats "rolls"? You literally ROLL the dough to form them!
14. With your fingers, pinch the
edges of the roll of dough to seal it, to keep the sweet stuff inside.
15. With a sharp knife (and you
might need an adult to do this part), slice the dough into 1" slices, or
rounds. Each one will be a circle, with spirals of cinnamon-sugar inside.
16. Put each slice into a greased
17. Bake about 15 minutes, or until
Oooooh! It'll smell good!
18. Using a hotpad, and again, you
might want an adult to do this step, remove the muffin pan from the oven, and
set it on a wire rack to cool.
Now eat. Mmmmmmm!