Since moving to North Carolina, we’ve notice that many restaurants offer biscuits in addition to yeast rolls with their entrees. So when a favorite eatery offered cinnamon biscuits with honey butter, my husband could hardly sit still until a basket of cinnamon-and-sugar dusted rounds accompanied by a ramekin of honey butter.
Consumed with these rounds of manna from heaven, my husband asked me to try baking some. Admittedly, I haven’t had much success with biscuits…I more of a traditional yeast-based breads and rolls baker. However, I willingly took on the challenge.
I dug through my recipes, cross-referenced with those on the Internet, and came up with what I thought was a pretty good imitation.
One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare. Mix all the dry ingredients, cut in the butter-flavored Crisco, then add the wet ingredients to form a dough. Pat it into a disc (or square, if you prefer square biscuits). Using a round cookie cutter cut out shapes (or if dough is shaped in a square, use a sharp knife to cut into equal squares). Place into a light greased pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar coating.
Once baked what you have are pillows of soft, fresh from the over cinnamon and sugar goodness!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon*
- ¼ cup butter-flavored Crisco
- 3/4 cup milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla
CINNAMON BISCUIT TOPPING
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon*
*Since my husband loves this spice, I usually double the amount when using cinnamon.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- Pre-heat oven to 450°F and grease an 8-inch cake pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
- Cut in the Crisco using a pastry blender until crumbly. Add the milk and vanilla. Stir just until a dough forms.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and using your fingers, pat down into a 7-inch disc. Use a round cutter to cut dough into rounds and transfer to the prepared cake pan. Bring together any leftover dough scraps and repeat.
CINNAMON BISCUIT TOPPING
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the biscuits. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden. Let cool slightly in the pan before serving.
- While the biscuits are baking, make the honey butter by stirring together the butter and honey. Serve with warm biscuits.
While you’re waiting for you biscuits to bake, check out how Jo-Ann cleverly included her cinnamon biscuits in Posey-Brides of New Hope Book Two.
In Posey-Brides of New Hope Book Two, Posey Campbell is known for her Cinnamon Honey Biscuits and is often asked to bring a dozen or three to the weekly Sunday picnic in the small town of New Hope, Kansas. So when she accepts a supper invitation to Eli and Lessie MacKenzie’s home, she’s requested to bring her biscuits along with the new U.S. marshal, Grayson Barrett. She’s happy to bring the treat but not so eager to accompany the man who tips her world off-kilter.
Posey-Brides of New Hope Book Two
by Jo-Ann Roberts
Posey Campbell couldn’t understand why her love life, or lack thereof, was of such interest to her family and friends. Having endured one ill-fated relationship, she resigned herself to living out her days as New Hope’s spinster schoolteacher…until an unkempt U.S. marshal with inviting grey eyes and a kiss-me-smile came to town turning her well-ordered life off-kilter.
Glad for a temporary assignment keeping him in one place, Grayson Barrett never expected to find love, let alone a wife, a set of orphans, and a life he’d feared had passed him by.
When a secret from Posey’s past comes to light will Gray’s steadfast love be enough to convince her he is the right man? Or will an old nemesis put an end to their love before it begins?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Jo-Ann Roberts was fascinated by America’s Old West and always felt she was destined to travel on a wagon train following the Oregon Trail. With her love of history and reading, she began reading historical romance during high school and college. Victoria Holt, Jude Deveraux, and Roseanne Bittner were among her favorites. Influenced by her father, she fell in love with John Wayne, James Garner, and her all-time favorite, James Stewart and grew up watching Wagon Train, Bonanza and Rawhide.
A firm believer in HEA with a healthy dose of realism, Jo-Ann strives to give her readers a sweet historical romance while imparting carefully researched historical facts, personalities, and experiences relative to the time period. Her romances take her readers back to a simpler time to escape the stress of modern life by living in a small town where families and friends help one another find love and happiness.
When she isn’t creating believable plots and relatable heroes and heroines, Jo-Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandson. She also enjoys baking, quilting and eating way too much chocolate.
After 38 years in public education in Connecticut and Maryland, she’s now calls North Carolina home. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina RWA, and the 2018 Winner (Historical Category) of NEORWA’s Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest. Her debut romance, Lessie-Brides of New Hope Book One, is a 2020 RONE Award Nominee.
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