Kitchen Time with My Grandmother
When I was a kid I spend many weekends at my grandmother’s house. I vividly recall sitting on the floor in front of her Zenith floor model television on Saturday nights while she sat in a chair behind me and played with my long hair or scratched my back. We would watch shows like “Hee Haw” or “The Lawrence Welk Show” and when they ended at eight or nine-o-clock, she would tell me it was bedtime.
Hee Haw Episode 372 from November 12, 1983 (YouTube)
That was too early for me however, so I would always sneak and watch “The Benny Hill Show” while trying to keep the sound down so she wouldn’t catch me. Once that hilarious show ended at midnight, that screaming rainbow screen would pop up and the tv shows would be finished for the night. Back then, we had three television channels, no remote and static on the screen from midnight until the next morning when the news would come on the local stations.
Hilarious Benny Hill Moments (YouTube)
On Sunday mornings, my Grandmother and I would go into her kitchen where she would pull out her big canister of flour along with the brown sugar and cinnamon and we would work together to make Stickies. I don’t know why my Grandmother didn’t just call them cinnamon rolls, but from the 1970’s until today, I still call them Stickies because that’s what I grew up making in my grandmother’s kitchen.
Recently, I started making Stickies with my own kids. It’s been many years since I made them with my Grandmother, and it took a few batches to finally get the recipe right but once we did, I found that my children love them as much as I did when I was growing up. I think what they love the most is the time we spend together mixing the dough and making them because although it only takes a few short minutes, in today’s busy world those few moments make lasting memories.
Since rediscovering how easy these yummy breakfast rolls are to make, I wanted to share them with others, so they too could make Stickies and enjoy them as much as my family does. They may not be as healthy as a vegetable filled salad, but the kids love them and so do I.
Trust me when I say these are easy to make. The timer in my kitchen is often the little white screeching device hanging on the ceiling that alerts me to let me know when what I have in the oven is blackened beyond repair. Yes, I know it’s technically known as a smoke detector but I prefer to call it my kitchen timer. If I can make these with my children and they are edible and taste great, then I have faith that you can do the same!
For the dough
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour ( I use Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour)
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
¾ Cup Milk
3 Tablespoons Softened Butter
For the filling
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
(If you have a cinnamon/sugar premix you can substitute that for the separate white sugar and ground cinnamon) I personally use Sauer’s Cinnamon Sugar Blend because I think it has a great consistency and an overall good taste.
(Frosting is optional, and my family skips it altogether most of the time because my Grandmother never made frosting but it’s super easy to make and adds so much flavor to the Stickies!)
4 Ounces (1 Package) Cream Cheese
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ Cup Butter (Softened)
Directions to Make:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Spray 9-inch baking dish with spray butter or oil
- Whisk the flour, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, salt together in bowl
- Blend in 3 tablespoons of softened butter
- Beat egg and milk in separate bowl and then pour into flour mixture
- Mix with rubber spatula until you have a soft dough
- Place dough on a floured countertop and fold into square
- Roll dough out into a quarter-inch rectangle
- Brush 2 tablespoons of melted butter onto the top of dough
- Mix ½ cup of sugar, cinnamon and brown sugar (or use cinnamon sugar mix along with brown sugar) and sprinkle it onto the dough.
- Begin to roll the dough into a log
- Cut into half-inch sections and place in the baking dish
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until done
To Make Frosting:
Mix the powdered sugar, ¼ cup softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract together in a bowl and then spread onto already baked Stickies with a rubber spatula.
This recipe yields 13-20 Stickies depending on how thick you cut the rolls.
Taking time to do little things like baking Stickies with your family can create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s been more than 30 years since I stood next to my Grandmother in her small kitchen in East Tennessee and made these homemade cinnamon rolls with her, but the memories I have from that time are planted firmly in my mind and they’re some of my favorite from my childhood.
From my family to yours, we hope you enjoy making Stickies (and eating them!) with your own family.