Sugar and Spice Biscuits


jennifer - Posted on 02 March 2009

Sugar and Spice BiscuitsI thought these biscuits were so beautiful when they come out of the oven that I was drawn to make them because of their unique fan shape.  I got this recipe from my Better Homes and Gradens: Cook Healthy Today Cookbook.  The little sweet biscuits are only 121 calories and 4g of fat each, which isn't too bad for a sweet treat.  The biscuits were easy enough to make, as well as fast, and I had fun making them into their fun shapes.  They had great crispy biscuit texture on the outside and nice soft center with great sugar and cinnamon flavor.  I would make these again for a quick treat to serve with tea or coffee if company was coming over.  I was also thinking they would be good as a savory treat instead of a sweet treat by replacing the sugar/cinnamon mixture with a mixture of cheeses instead between the layers of dough.  I've posted the recipe below ,so let me know if you give them a try with the cheese combination instead of the cinnamon/sugar, I would love to know how they turn out.

Sugar and Spice BiscuitsSugar and Spice Biscuits

2 Cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 Cup shortening
3/4 Cup fat-free milk (I just used regular)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 450F and grease 12, 2 1/2 inch muffin tins
2) In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt
3) Using a pastry blender, add shortening to flour mixture and mix until coarse crumbs form
4) Make a well in the center and add milk to flour mixture and stir until dough just begins to cling together
5) On a lightly floured surface knead dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth
6) Cut dough in half and working with one portion at a time roll dough into 12*10in rectangles and cover with cinnamon and sugar
7) Cut sugar/cinnamon covered rectangles into 12*2in strips and stake each strip on top of each other, then cut strips into six 2in squares.
8) Repeat with other portion of dough and place squares cut side down into prepared muffin tins (I pinched the ends of each square to help keep the stacks together better)
9) Bake for 10-12min or until golden brown (I kept mine in for about 13min) then serve warm and enjoy!

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