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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thrifty "Pizza Hut" Cinnamon Sticks

Waste not, want not. That was a phrase Mama loved. While we never seemed to want for anything, our family was far from well off. In fact, we could be described as "middle class" only by the most generous definition of that term.

Perhaps one reason we seemed to do pretty well with limited resources was thrift. Mama was not one to waste anything in the kitchen. I'm also loathe to throw away things and am always looking for uses for things that normally would get trashed after making a dish.

For example, the Lemon Meringue Tart experiment left me with a good size piece of pie dough left over. It was just pieces and parts cut off the final product. Still, I hated to throw it away. Surely, there was something I could use it for.

So, I stuck it in the refrigerator until I had time to think of something to do with it. So, this afternoon I decided to make cinnamon sticks. It was quick and easy and if you enjoy the cinnamon sticks at Pizza Hut, you'll enjoy these (and made from pie crust they're a lot cheaper!) Out of a piece of dough about the size of my fist I got about a dozen small sized cinnamon sticks. If you want to try this and use an whole box of refrigerated pie crust (which usually retails around $3) you should have enough for the entire neighborhood.

Here's how I made them.

1. Preheat oven to 375° F. and knead pie crust dough into a ball.
2. Roll out to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch with rolling pin.
3. Cut into strips about 1/2 to 1 inch wide.
4. Melt about 2 tbs. of butter
5. Place strips on ungreased cookie sheet and brush with melted butter.
6. Mix together white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. (Use a ratio of about 2:1)
7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over strips.
8. Bake about 5-8 minutes or until bottom edges just begin to brown.
9. Remove and allow to cool slightly.

These can be served with any leftover dipping icing from your last cinnamon stick order at Pizza Hut (waste not, want not) or you can mix up a batch of icing using confectioner's sugar and a little vanilla almond milk or alternately confectioner's sugar, a bit of vanilla flavoring, and enough water to reach desired consistency.


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