Cinnamon Pie Crust Pinwheels aka Rollie Pollies

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I heard it again today. Actually I didn’t hear anything, it was a text.

DD: How long do I bake these things.

Inner voice: What things?

Me: Huh?

DD: The roly things with pie crust.

Inner voice: Haven’t we talked about this at least a dozen times?

Me: “Until they look done.” I was driving and that was the best response I could give based on stoplight time – driving and texting is bad, bad, bad!

I am posting this simple, but delicious recipe, so that my daughter (bless her little cooking heart) can easily find the directions whenever I am working and can’t answer her cooking questions. Honestly, I think she has made these more times than I have. She seems to have a kitchen mental block. She can make a pie crust, I have never been able to make a pie crust, and it is my kitchen nemesis.

We have similar conversations about her pulled pork too. I think I have made pulled pork once in my life. DH doesn’t like it. The last time she made pulled pork she did it her way, not my way, but I guess there is some comfort in asking mom.

Total kitchen mental blocks seem to be a common theme in younger folks and that was my inspiration for starting a blog. I have met many young people in my journeys that have no idea how to do much in a kitchen. I often found myself giving them advice that usually ended with “it really isn’t that hard and usually tastes better anyway”.

There are a ton of recipes out there for this type of sweet treat and everyone’s family seems to have some version of this a grandmother or favorite aunt made. Love it or hate it, this recipe is just the way I make them.

Rollie Pollies
2 Pie Crusts, homemade or refrigerated
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
1 1/2 cups White Sugar, divided
Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray, or cover with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Place 1 cup of white sugar in a medium size bowl or large plastic bag and set aside.

Roll (or unroll if refrigerated and premade) into disks.

Brush melted butter evenly over pie crusts.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup white sugar evenly over each pie crust.

Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over the pie crusts.

Roll tightly into a log.

Slice into 1/2 inch slices and lay onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly brown and sugar has started to caramelize.

Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Place warm rollie pollies in remaining white sugar and toss to coat.

Remove rollie pollies from sugar and set aside to cool. More sugar can be sprinkled on top for a sweeter finish.

http://peartreekitchen.com/rollie-pollies/

 

Other easy recipes a beginner would have luck with:

No-fail Fruit Cobbler

Sugar Cream Pie

Cherry Delight

Italian Beef

Patty Melt

Quick and easy cinnamon bun like treat. Looks beautiful on cookie platters, but simple enough for a quick snack.
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