Wonderfully simple glazed cinnamon biscuits. A “fake cinnamon roll” easy enough even for the most inexperienced cook.
I have never made a secret of my cinnamon roll addiction. Nor my allergy to real work. So these two things have clashed several times on this webs site and now they will again.
First, I made this up all by myself one day. I was hungry one Saturday morning and just did it. No recipe although I do know my drop biscuit recipe by heart. I just did it. It was really good. But I had no pictures and no research… I must have researched. After the research, I had discovered I had not “re-invented the wheel.” I wasn’t so smart after all.
So while my “inspiration” recipe is me, but Cinnamon Biscuits at food.com helped with some refinements. They added the sugar and cinnamon on top only, I mixed in and reserved the top for the glaze. I used butter; they used shortening (it was a 2004 recipe). I added an egg for more structure and a little more flour to take care of the egg. I use a baking sheet, so mine are a little flatter… more surface area for the glaze. I thought my 20 minutes cooking time was a bit long. Nope, right on. So really, it is my made up recipe.
Ok, a lower five but it’s a very nice fake cinnamon roll.
Notes. The “cutting in” of the butter is what puts most people off from a recipe like this. If you want to “cheat” then melt the butter or use oil. It won’t be quite as “flaky” but really good.
Preheat oven to 425.
Mix dry ingredients of 2 1/4 cups flour, one tablespoon baking powder, one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar. Mix well. Cut in 1/4 cup butter. (see notes for cheat)
Add 3/4 cup milk, one egg, one teaspoon vanilla extract.
Mix until completely combined. Then roll into a log and cut into eight equal slices.
Spray a baking sheet with PAM. Place biscuits on baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and brush tops.
Bake until golden brown. About 18-20 minutes.
While biscuits are baking, combine 1 cup of powder sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1-2 tablespoons to make glaze the thickness you want.
Remove from oven and allow to cook for about 5 minutes before glazing.
June 8, 2016