Cinnamon buns

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In a food post a few weeks ago, several of us began sharing memories of easy things we remembered our families making up.   When I mentioned a cinnamon bun quick fix we’d done when I was growing up, there were a few figurative sighs.

That easy recipe is still around, and here it is.


1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
3 c. Bisquick
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tsp. cinnamon

Heat oven to 350°F.

Beat egg, add Bisquick and milk. Stir to make soft dough.

Knead lightly, just until smooth. Pat or roll out into rectangle 10 x 8 inches. Spread with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up tightly beginning with wide side. Seal well by pinching edge of dough into roll. Place sealed side down on ungreased baking sheet.

Make cuts with scissors almost through roll at 1 inch intervals. If desired form roll in crescent.

Bake 15-20 minutes. While warm, glaze top with mixture of 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 2 teaspoons warm water.

Makes 10 to 12 slices.

In my memory, we used string instead of scissors, and pulled it quickly through the dough.

There are lots of us who were working moms, but when I was a child it was unusual.   The things that were easy for moms to do when they had all day to do it in, our mom found ways to whip up sometimes.

The smells of baking cinnamon buns will always be worth whatever it takes, to the kids.

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.