My Mother’s Kitchen: Lucy’s Biscuits and Cinnamon Buns Recipe

Lucy's Biscuit Recipe

One summer when mom had to have surgery, we had a housekeeper take care of us. Her name was Lucy and she was very different than mom in most ways; she had fly-a-way straw hair; a gruff voice; rough, reddened hands and the ability to discipline four children with just one look or gesture.  But she was similar to mom in one important way–she really knew how to cook. Some of the meals she prepared for us were ‘mystery’ meals made from whatever leftovers she happened to find in the refrigerator, and we learned to eat food-combinations we didn’t know could be combined! Her specialties, though, were her biscuits and cinnamon buns and these two delights more than made up for all the ‘unrecognizable’ meals we were served.

I found the recipes for Lucy’s Biscuits and Cinnamon Buns when I was sorting through mom’s collection, and thought I’d share them with you today.  When you take your first bite of these biscuits or buns, try to picture a straw-haired, gruff-voiced, rough-handed country woman serving them warm to four appreciative children.

Biscuits (Lucy Wheaton)

 3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter

Mix ingredients together. Add milk—enough to make batter fluffy. Pat out on floured board. Cut with biscuit cutter (or round cookie cutter). Bake in 400° F oven until lightly browned, approximately 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Buns (Lucy Wheaton)

 Use the same ingredients as biscuit recipe, plus add ¼ cup white sugar. Mix dough a little stiffer than regular biscuits and roll out into rectangle on floured board.

Spread with:
¼ cup melted butter

Mix together:
4 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 cup white sugar

Spread on top of dough. Roll up as for jelly roll. Cut into slices and bake in hot 400°- 425° F oven until brown. Remove from oven. Mix icing sugar with enough milk that the mixture runs off a spoon and drizzle over cinnamon buns. Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.


3 thoughts on “My Mother’s Kitchen: Lucy’s Biscuits and Cinnamon Buns Recipe

  1. Les made these today – I am eating them now – yum!!! He asked me to tell you that one cup of milk worked perfectly! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Your recipe for banana bread and the biscuits were very good. I tried both. I enjoy looking at your recipes, hope to try your tomato soup cake!

    1. Thank you Barb. I’m enjoying sharing my mom’s recipes with people. Hope you try more and that you enjoy those as well. Come back soon.

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