Couldn't boil water, but cooked like an angel

My husband's wonderful grandmother Christine or "Grandma," as her grandkids called her, used her exemplary cooking skills to show her love to her family, everyone appreciated and looked forward to her being in the kitchen. That meant something delicious was going to appear. 

Before I share the recipe for her legendary cinnamon twists let's see how this all came about.Special thanks go out to my wonderful Mother-in-law Hilda for sharing the story and recipe.

Grandma and her husband Hicklin (Grandad) were newlyweds who lived in Gainesville, Florida. He was a student at the University of Florida. I'm sure her husband wanted to eat when he'd come back to their place at a rooming house. There was only one little problem . . . Grandma (Christine) didn't even know how to boil water. True story. So their landlady taught her how to cook these cinnamon twists and many other scrumptious meals.

You never know how a person's singular act of kindness can filter through generations of a family. 

Mother's Cinnamon Twists

1 c sour cream
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 T shortening
3 c flour
1 yeast packet in 1/4 c warm water
1/4 c sugar
2 eggs
2 T butter (softened)
1/3 c white sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 T milk

Heat cream in a pan on the stovetop, add shortening, sugar, salt, soda, eggs. Beat together, add the yeast and flour. Knead on wax paper.
Let rest 10 minutes, roll out and spread softened butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
Fold over top to bottom, cut into one-inch strips. Twist strips.
Put in a greased pan and let rise until doubled (about an hour).
Cook in a 375-degree oven until done (approx. 15 minutes) 
Mix glaze ingredients together, adding enough of the milk to spread over warm cinnamon twists. 


  1. Your Grandma's landlady probably exercised a gift God had given her because cooking was easy for her and she ignited a gift God had placed in your Grandma. That's so wonderful. It's like lighting a candle and passing the flame along.

    1. What a beautiful way to put it Barbara. Thank you for your sweet words.

  2. Such a “sweet” story! I’m going to try this recipe and think of Grandma Christine...


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