Our own Chef Lily is now 7! She can wash her hair without help, thank you very much, and sleep without a guard rail on her bed. She can also make “goodies” all by herself! Did I mention that she’s 7!
For those of you who don’t know, “goodies” are mini cinnamon rolls made with leftover pie crust. They have that flaky pie crust taste and you can enjoy them right away. Translation, no waiting until the Thanksgiving day desert. Goodies are like the prequel to a delicious pie. Since Chef Lily is baking, these directions are kid-friendly. If you’re a grown-up, or at least officially old enough to vote even if you’re a kid at heart, feel free to adjust the recipe yourself.
- Left-over pie crust (My pie crust never fits the size pie the recipe says it will. So even if I’m making a one crust pie, I make enough crust for a 2 crust pie. That way, there’s enough dough so the edges aren’t all wonky and you can make goodies.)
- Softened butter (2 tbsp.)
- Brown sugar (4 tbsp.)
- Cinnamon (1 tsp.)
Now you’ll notice I haven’t put exact amounts in the recipe. The quantity really depends on how much leftover dough you have to work with. Read the Make It section below and you’ll get the idea and can adapt for yourself.
- Ask a grown up to preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Roll out the pie crust between plastic wrap. This is the BEST pie crust trick I use. The crust doesn’t stick to the counter and rolling pin and it’s very easy to transfer your crust to a pie plate. In this photo the plastic wrap is red for Christmas. Try to roll the dough into the shape of a rectangle.
- Using a butter knife, spread softened butter onto pie crust. Lily used about 2 tbsp.
- Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the softened butter. Lily used about 4 tbsp.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the brown sugar. Lily used about 1 tsp.
- Using the plastic wrap or asking a grown-up for help, start the roll with the longer side of the pie crust.
- Roll into a log, making sure to remove the plastic wrap as you go. You definitely don’t want the plastic wrap to be rolled in the layers!
- Using the same butter knife, slice the goodies into one inch thick slices. (Shoes are optional.)
- Use a non-stick baking dish or ask a grown-up to spray baking spray into a glass or metal baking dish for you.
- Place the goodies on their side into a small baking dish.
- Ask a grown-up to bake the goodies for 15 to 20 minutes until the dough is golden brown.
- Wait at least 10 minutes before enjoying. This is a very important step and can’t be over emphasized. I cannot tell you how many times I have eaten piping hot goodies that burned my taste buds so badly that I couldn’t taste the pie I made.