Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cookie Countdown Day 2!


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Today's cookie is....well, not REALLY a cookie.
But one bite of these melt-in-your-mouth spirals of buttery goodness, and you'll agree that they need to be on everyone's favorite cookie list!

(this is me, Beth, with my mom waaayyyy back when!)

Often our favorite cookies have a great childhood memory behind 'em.  
This one sure does.
(Don't you love the old aprons that everyone wore back then? I had my own    
     little apron---here's a pic---when I helped my grandma bake. I still have's OLD!)
My mom and grandma were ALWAYS in the kitchen baking something. Every fall it was apple pies.  Not just one, or a couple.  I'm talking like FORTY or so.  To share with friends and family, and stockpile in the freezer.

And all that extra pie dough? Yep, that's what makes up these cookies.
'Cuz who doesn't love pie crust, butter, cinnamon & sugar?  Yum!
My sister and I would just wait until all those pie crusts were made, and it was time to make the CINNAMON ROLL COOKIES!

It's super easy.  Just roll out pie dough in a long rectangle, and slather with a thick layer of softened butter.  (Lots. Of. Butter.) and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. (LOTS of sugar!)
Roll up all that sugary-buttery goodness into a long tube, and then slice.
Plop them on a cookie sheet, and bake til the pie crust is done. All that sugar gets baked on and caramelized and crusty... mmm mmmmmm!

Not too technical of a recipe...but you get the idea.
You COULD take a shortcut, and use already prepared pie dough.  
But homemade is always better, isn't it?
Really, you should use my grandma's recipe.  It's the best.  


5 cups flour
2 1/2 cups shortening
1 tsp salt
(mix the above with a pastry blender)

1 egg
2 tsp vinegar
cold water
(mix the liquid ingredients to measure 1 cup. Mix into dough.)

Gently roll out to make 5 or 6 pie crusts.
(or just the right amount of cinnamon roll cookies!)

So when I DO bake pies (I do...sometimes!) then I always use THIS recipe, and I always make cinnamon roll cookies.

But sometimes, I just make the cookies.
And it always brings back great memories.

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  1. Those " cookies" look yummy! What a lovely posting...thanks for sharing all those precious memories and some great pics!

  2. Thank you for the recipe!
    I'm from the UK so I'm not sure what 'shortening' is?? butter?

  3. I'm sure I had a taste, but not THESE cookies. My parents rolled out the leftovers flat and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar and baked them into chips like that.. we loved them! Ahh the memories.

  4. Oh, so this is what I should have done with the crust dough leftover from the quiche I made last night. Fortunately, I have another hunk of dough in the freezer. I knew there was a reason to make a double-crust recipe.

  5. My grandmother used to make thes with left over pie crust. I have not tried this with my family, thanks for reminding me and sharing this recipe.

  6. I love the recipes that get handed down, they are just so much better. I don't have pie crust in my freezer any more, Thanksgiving cleaned me out, but I do need to make some soon for Christmas pies :)

  7. OH YES!! My grampa made these too, only flattened out and cut into strips!! Can't wait to try the rolled up ones...w/LOTS of BUTTER &SUGAR!!!!! Thanks!! ~deb~

  8. Those cinnamon roll cookies sound great and with homemade dough are probably the best. thanks for the pie crust recipe.

  9. Yummy, yummy, yummy!! My family also has a baking tradition, but it's bread instead of pastry. My mom & aunt used to bake bread all the time when we were little, back in the early 60's, and my aunt would always have some spare dough that she would flatten out onto a cookie sheet and make her version of pizza; she'd slather it with ketchup and cover it with slices of american cheese and bake it. Most people today would find that "yucky" but we had no idea what real pizza was so this was an awesome treat for us!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  10. This recipe sounds very good. I will have to try it. Thanks for the fun hop.

  11. sure! we made pie crust cookies, too. spinkled a sugar/cinnamon mix on lightly buttered leftover pie dough and baked them. that was maybe 60 years ago ... when i had my own kiddies, i bought pie crust pans so they never had such cookies. what was i thinking back then?

  12. I am the biggest fan of homemade cinnamon rolls,but I have never tried cinnamon roll cookies--- gonna have to make them!! YUM!! :-)

  13. YUM! I love cinnamon rolls. I have a friend who makes them with apple inside too, so they end up being "healthy".
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe and memories

  14. I too make my own pie crust and my boys (before they flew the coop) would roll out the leftover crust dough and make cinnamon sticks!
    Memories . . . .

  15. I make cinnamon rolls all the time with biscuit dough ,never tried it ith pie crust dough but will give this. Try thanks I am sure they are delicious.

  16. Thanks Girls, Now I want to bake. And I am tired and hungry. They look delish!! Off to the store I go for the ingredients.

  17. That sounds like a yummy recipe. I have a roll of pie dough in the frig...

  18. We just make sugar-cinnamon pie with the leftover crust. MMMMMMMMM! Merry Christmas!

  19. My grandma and mom would let us make little cut outs of the left over pie dough and then we'd sprinkle on cinnamon & sugar and bake them and serve them with our play tea set. We called them "Tea Cookies". These look really yummy. I love the smell of cinnamon baking; it makes it a holiday.

  20. What a great idea! I'm bookmarking this recipe for the day I actually make pie. :)

  21. The piecrust cookies look so good! I hope to try them. We'll see how the time goes this week. I've got a list of baking to do already! Merry Christmas!

  22. lots of goodies this week.

  23. ooh, love homemade cinnamon roll cookies

  24. We made these with leftover pastry every time when I was a kid. I never made pastry JUST to make pinwheels though but it's a great idea.

  25. I do this whenever I make pie and have some leftover pastry. Sometimes I put in raisins or nuts if I have lots of dough.

  26. I've always wanted to make those and never realized how easy they are, thank you!

  27. And here I thought only MY grandma did that with her left over dough! :) They are good, too, with a few mini chocolate chips rolled up in the dough. Not too many though, or they will be gooey. :)

    Sandy A

  28. These Cinnamon Roll Cookies are to die for! What wonderful recipes. Merry Christmas. I'm a new follower as WeimerMom. Kd

  29. i always did that, too! but i never thought about making piecrust JUST for that - why didn't I?

  30. We make this, but have never rolled it up and then sliced it. I just cut it up into little strips and bake it. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.


  32. What an AWESOME idea to do with the leftover dough!!! I wish I had known that this fall after all the pies I made!

  33. I love the picture of you and your Mom. Very sweet.

  34. My Mom used to let us kids have left over pie dough. We just rolled it out and sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on and baked. I like your rolled up cookies. So tasty , my mouth waters as I remember them. Thanks so much.

  35. Just found this blog & recipe. Thank you so much! I had friends who made pie crust with vinegar & I somehow lost their recipe the last time we moved. I'm going to have to try this one. I know your grandmother is smiling now. By the way, these "cookies" remind me of a treat our local bakery had when I was a child. They called them crispies. I don't know if they baked or fried them, but they were so good. Will have to try that one, too. :D Hmmm...I wonder what temperature you baked them...


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