Jordan Cinnamon Love Knots – Take Pride In Your Laziness!

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Valentine’s day at my house is all about family. Just as my mother before me, I like to cook a special meal for my kids and our traditional meal has become heart shaped meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and cinnamon love knots.

It may not sound romantic but it sure does sound like home and what could encompass more love than that? Now since I posted that menu last year and it doesn’t change, I thought this year I’d bring you one last Valentine recipe and a little spin on my cinnamon love knots.
This is the homemade version, from scratch, using the Jordan roll recipe. However, if you are lazy (and I’ll address why you should be proud of that here in a minute), you might want to refer to my original recipe for love knots which you could pretty much make with your eyes closed.

Lets talk about being lazy. So many people say it like it’s a bad thing. Me? I wear my laziness with pride. I love to do things the lazy way whenever possible. Why? Because I’m tired, of course! Chances are, if you’re lazy, its not because you don’t exert yourself, but rather because you do. We put so much of our energy into other areas of our lives: kids, spouses, work, volunteer, friends, family. If, at the end of the day, we’re too tired to make the dough from scratch and decide to use a shortcut, more power to ya. As far as I’m concerned that just means you’ve done a good job living your day to the fullest!

Now y’all be sure and read this whole post because I’m going to touch on a multitude of topics such as revisiting the blatant abuse of unfortunate eggs, essential kindergarten skills that are still in use today, non essential Math skills that I was misled to think I’d actually need, EXCLUSIVE and elite culinary terms you’ll only find here on Southern Plate, why you should always trust your inner Christy, and my own *brilliant* ideas for names of television shows I may very well host one of these days.  In other words, get comfy and sit a spell and at the end of the day you’ll have a recipe.

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You’ll need: All purpose flour, sugar, salt, yeast, vegetable shortening, two eggs, and melted butter or margarine.

You’re also going to need some hot water, 1 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup melted butter, and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon to turn our roll dough into love knots.

I don’t have a photo of the sugar, additional butter, and cinnamon, so we need to use our imaginations here. I could go take a photo real quick, but I just got done explaining why we should be proud to be lazy and I’d be a big old hypocrite if I got up from my cozy bed (known tonight as “the Southern Plate Office”) and trodded back into the kitchen after I’m already wearing my comfy flannel pj’s and all that. Y’all want me to set a good example, I know. ~yawns, stretches, and tucks the blanket closer around herself as she types on~

Now what I’m doing in this post is making my regular sized batch of Jordan Roll dough, then dividing it up to make an 8×8 pan of rolls and six Love knots. I’m killing two birds with one dough here.

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Measure your sugar, salt, 2 cups flour, and yeast into a bowl.

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Cut in shortening with a long tined fork.

You can use a fancy pastry cutter if you want to but that’s just one more thing to clutter up my kitchen so I got rid of it years ago.

After you get your shortening cut up in there real good, add your eggs.

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Like so.

Flash was on in this picture so if it looks a little whiter that is why.

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Beat up your eggs a bit.

I know they didn’t do anything to ya but sometimes things like this happen with no provocation.

Those eggs were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Beat ‘em!

~giggles~ See, I pulled the dough making part of this post from my original Jordan roll post. No sense in taking the photos twice. So I’m leaving the whole beating the eggs part up in here coz I got a lot of comments on that one. Turns out, y’all have some aggression issues and were proud to have an opportunity to work it out. Whoda thunk it?

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And mix them up in there.

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Now we add our melted butter or margarine. You want to melt this and then give it time to cool so that it isn’t too hot.

The thing about yeast breads that is most tricky to folks is getting their liquid ingredients the right temperature. A good rule of thumb that has always served me well has been to make sure liquids are about the temperature as baby’s bath water. Yes, I stick my finger in the melted margarine, it doesn’t hurt anyone.

If it’s as warm as a baby’s bath water, but not hot, then it is a great temperature.

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Add the remaining flour.

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and the water, again making sure the water is the temperature of baby’s bath water.

If you don’t know what temperature a baby’s bath water is then you could always go borrow a dirty baby, I suppose…

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Stir that up good.

It’s going to look like a lumpy blob when you’re done.

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Cover that with a towel and let it sit for twenty minutes.

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After twenty minutes, it’s going to look like an even bigger lumpy blob.

Just think of how valuable this intricate culinary education is going to be someday when you can use the phrase “lumpy blob” with confidence!

Isn’t it awesome that they actually gave me a Home Ec degree? Wonders never cease…

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Now we need to flour a surface and pour our blob out onto it.

I just put out a sheet of waxed paper to save cleanup and sprinkle a good bit of flour over it so my dough doesn’t stick.

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You need to knead..

~pauses and reads that again~ That just looks funny…

Okay, so you need to knead your dough a time or two and what I do is just put some flour on your hands, press the dough into a ball, and then smoosh it out with the heel of your hand. Then put it into a ball again and smoosh it out again with the heel of your hand.

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Alrighty now, here we have our big lumpy blob, all kneaded and ready to go. Pull off a small lumpy blob.

Now folks, I got a theory. I think the most essential skills in life are learned in Kindergarten.

Just think about it.

Play nice.

Think about others feelings.

Be honest.

Take turns.

Don’t cheat.

and these don’t even come close to the MOST essential skill set of all..HOW TO MAKE A WORM OUT OF PLAY DOUGH!!!

I gotta tell ya, in high school they said you’d need all that math mess and such later on in life but not once have I had to dust off that single brain cell I have reserved for math that involves letters and odd symbols. HOWEVER, my play dough skills have been essential to me on more than one occasion and we’re gonna pull ‘em out today!

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Take that ball and make a worm.

Hmm, how long is this worm? I have no idea. Five, six inches maybe. Just wing it and roll with me here.

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Dip the worm into some melted butter.

(okay so really I’m using margarine. Y’all remember that extensive butter supply that Mary Poppins left at Bountiful? Well the gravy train done run dry and Christy has reverted back to her old ways of supreme cheapness. Yeah, I’m horrible but I’m okay with that ~grins~).

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Roll him around in cinnamon and sugar.

Now at this point your fingers are going to get a little gunky with cinnamon and sugar so I recommend you lick them.

If you’re all up on the whole germ thing then you need to realize that you ARE going to cook these and that WILL kill your germies…I mean we’re making these for your family. I’ve told my kids that Mama germs don’t count because we all have the same germs as our Mamas.

Oh, alright, lick your fingers and then wash your hands and get on with it. The point is that you’ve worked hard, you’ve had a long day, and you NEED that sugar pick me up to continue on!

I’m only looking out for your best interest.

Trust your inner Christy, she won’t steer you wrong but she WILL steer you towards the dessert table ~smiles angelically~.

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Oh, tie that worm in a knot.

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See, I got me a little station all worked out here. Don’t I look semi-organized?

Maybe that should be my show. Sandra Lee has Semi-Homemade and I could have Semi-Organized with Christy Jordan!

Think of all of the great spin off opportunities.

My home show could be called “Semi-clean with Christy Jordan!”

My parenting show would be “Semi-Sane with Christy Jordan!”

I started to tell  y’all the name of my fashion show but who are we kidding? A fashion show with me in it would have to be sponsored by blue jean and tennis shoe companies because HELLO, I’m a M-A-M-A. My uniform consists of whats clean and what I can run around in without breaking an ankle. If I happen to put earrings in or walk by a bottle of perfume on the way out the door then I’m about as high falootin’ as I get.

Oh my gosh, Did I tell y’all I met Harry Connick Jr this past weekend? I think I did. But did I tell  y’all that I borrowed and wore RED LIPSTICK when I did? I’ve never wore red lipstick in my life. I felt so daring. Southern Baptist raised gal walking around in red lipstick. I could just feel fire and brimstone.

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Now I took the rest of my dough and just cut it up for rolls with my trusty pizza cutter. Last time I showed these someone told me they weren’t pretty at this step and they were right - but I’m cool with that, too.

I’m plannin’ on eating them, not framing them.

~giggle~

See how liberating being lazy is?

Now cover up your rolls and love knots and put them in a warm place for twenty minutes so they can rise again.

After twenty minutes…

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Your rolls will look like dis…

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and your wuv knots will look like dis.

And you will tawk wike Elmer Fudd.

Because on Valentine’s day, it is fun to tawk wike Elmer Fudd.

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Now bake them both at 350 for twenty to twenty five minutes. Yummikins!

When the come out of the oven brush your rolls with melted butter. I don’t have a pic because the kids and I were hungry and the rolls just vanished. ~looks innocent!

I usually serve my love knots as a side dish usually but this year will serve them as dessert by whipping up a little icing.

Jordan Cinnamon Love Knots

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Jordan Cinnamon Love Knots

Ingredients

    For the Jordan Love Knots:
  • 1/2 C solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 pkg yeast
  • 5 C all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted (plus more for brushing baked rolls with)
  • 1 1/2 C warm water (like a baby’s bath temperature, this is key with working with yeast)
  • For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
  • For the Quick Icing:
  • 1 C Confectioner sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring

Instructions

  1. Place sugar, salt, 2 cups of flour, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with a long tined fork.
  2. Add eggs, beating lightly with fork before stirring them in. Add remaining flour, melted butter, and water. Stir together well. Mixture will look like a big old lumpy blob.
  3. Cover with a dish towel and let sit in a warm place for twenty minutes.
  4. While that is rising, mix additional one cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon together in bowl. Melt butter or margarine in the microwave in a separate bowl. Set these aside.
  5. After twenty minutes, turn out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle flour over the top and knead three or four times.
  6. Pinch off six balls about one inch in size and roll them out into worms. Dip each one in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Tie into a knot and place on a greased baking sheet or pan.
  7. Cut remaining dough up into squares with pizza cutter and place in greased 8×8 pan. Cover love knots and rolls with towels and place in warm place to rise another twenty minutes.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until tops are golden.
  9. Meanwhile, stir up ingredients for quick icing in a bowl until well-blended. Serve it drizzled over your love knots or on the side.
http://www.southernplate.com/2010/02/jordan-cinnamon-love-knots-take-pride-in-your-laziness.html

Voila! Dinner rolls and dessert are made! I also have a cinnamon cream cheese icing on my original love knot post if you’d like that one.

Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.

~John N Mitchell

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(you know, ever since joining Facebook, talking about yourself in third person just never gets old…)

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Comments

  1. crystal says

    YAY!!!! i checked in here right before bed and there is a wonderful yummy recipe just waiting!!! of course, now i have to go get a snack before bed. LOL

    i tried the jordan rolls earlier, and they were good, but word of warning to others – make sure you have real sugar in the house. they just don’t rise right with splenda. that’s what i get for getting my health-conscious hubby to do the grocery shopping. :P

    • says

      eek! I never tried with Splenda. Sorry yours didn’t turn out but thank you for being the crash test dummy for us. Your sacrifice will not go unappreciated!!!!
      Wubs,
      Christy

      P.S. yes, I just said “wubs”. I’m about to go to bed too and wearing my flannel jammies so feeling cute :)

  2. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    So, I have a question for you, all knowing goddess of baked goodness… Is there a trick to using wax paper when you roll out dough? I’ve tried, so that I’ve got less mess, but I wind up chasing the dough all over the counter. Do you use a towel or something underneath? Tips or tricks?
    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Valentine’s Day with your beautiful family!
    xoxox
    Kim

    • says

      Well now anyone who calls me Goddess or all knowing deserves an answer straight away!

      Actually, I tear off two sheets and overlap them a bit, then dust it with flour. That gives you twice the work room. I’m a bit of a messy cook so this always helps :)

      XOXOXOXOXO right back at ya!!!

      Gratefully,
      Christy

        • Michael says

          I’ve done this two ways that seem to work fairly well. First is to get a paper towel or dish towel wet and then wring it out. Wipe down the counter with the semi-wet towel. You don’t want it really wet, just a light coating. Then the wax paper doesn’t slip around!

          The other way I have done it was using waxed parchment paper instead of wax paper. For some reason that has a bit more friction to it so it stayed put on its own.

          Hope that helps!

          Michael

          • Jonnie says

            Or buy a roll of that squishy nubby shelf liner at the dollar store. It works great to hold things like waxed, parchment paper, silicon baking sheets when you are rolling out cookies or bread and it is ALSO wonderful to get a grip on jars when you are trying to get one open and hubby isn’t around. Best $ you will spend and you can wash it and air dry. I use the stuff for lots of things. Just cut to size

    • Marylyn Gillespie says

      as to using waxed paper to knead or roll out your yeast doughs try using Freezer Paper — works a lot better but yes, do put a large dishtowel under the paper.
      I love yeast bread baking.
      marylyn

  3. Shari P says

    Oh, YUM!! I love checking my email and finding a post from you, Christy! I get to go to bed with smiles on my face and thoughts of yummy foods! How much better can life get?? *smiling big now*

    In answer to Kim…..I dampen my counter top to use wax paper for my floured surface to roll out dough. I just lightly wet a paper towel and wipe the counter and then, just plop the wax paper down and add flour! Works every time.

    I’m off to bed with visions of yummy-ness in my head!

    Nite y’all!

  4. says

    I knew it. I can spot another SB a mile away. Mama’s 3 rules when I started wearing make up were no red lipstick, black eyeliner or penciling in my brows.

    I look at it this way the less time I’m in the kitchen the more time I can spend with my family and isn’t that what really matters? So I don’t look at it as being lazy at all but having my priorities in order.

  5. Michael says

    WOW!!! I don’t think I’ve giggled this much in weeks!! You just had me cracking up at all of your little quips and turns-of-phrase! It’s great that you can combine the talent for cooking with the talent for writing and toss in some humor to make it even more interesting.

    Oh, and definitely no need to be ashamed of laziness! In fact, I would have to say that you’re a “connoiseur of efficiency” not lazy! hehe

    These do sound SOOO delicious!! I think I gained five pounds just reading the post though! I’m beginning to think you need links to Jenny Craig or Gold’s Gym next to some of these. ;o)

    Thanks again for another awesome post. Keep em coming!

    Michael

  6. Brittany says

    Hey Christy,
    I have never worked with yeast before so this might just be common knowledge but when you say 2 pkg yeast how much is that exactly? Im going grocery shopping a little later on today and want to know how much to get! By the way I just made drop biscuits and they are so good! I will be picking up things to make several of your recipes…I cant wait!

  7. Elaine Raye says

    Oh my Ms. Christy. I would hardly think you are lazy. Sometimes when I am reading your posts I wonder how you squeeze it all in a day. Let us think of a more flattering description. How about “shortcuts to success” or “ways to work in winning without whining”? Or this my be my favorite ‘eliminating non-essentials”. I don’t think anything has to be a huge production or masterpiece. If you make it with love and plenty of it it is usually a big success and I don’t know anyone who is eating a warm cookie that points to the flour that sifted onto the floor and complains.

  8. Jennifer says

    Too FUNNY! Your idea on the semi-organized franchise is fantastic. lol. I read a sign saying “A clean house is the sign of a bored woman”, and thought how true that actually is! Haha.

    Those yummy cinnamon knots will be consumed by my little family before the day is out!! :-)

  9. Terri go Dawgs says

    Happy Birthday, sweet friend, Christy!! Reading your posts always feel like we are speaking on the phone and I can just HEAR your Elmer Fudd voice today….soo funny to think about. My fav part of the post is when you beat those poor eggs that were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am sure Valentine’s is alway memorable at your house too and Miss “K-A-T-Y-R-O-S-E” will hug you, along w/ Brady, after scarfing down a handful of these love knots. Have a wonderful day, sure wish I was there in PERSON to sing the birthday song to you…..in my “OPERA’” voice….~grins/snickers~
    LOOOOVE uuuuuuuuuu!

  10. Erika says

    Yummy!

    Your comment about the red lipstick cracks me up. When I was in high school, my boyfriend’s grandmother told him that I wore too much red lipstick! So I made it a point to ALWAYS have a full set of lips when I knew she would be around….hehehe

    I’ve been wanting to make your Jordan rolls, but alas, I am “one of those” that always seems to kill the yeast!

  11. Sheila says

    Christy,

    Oh my gosh!!! The love Knots look so yummy, And I’ll probably go the lazy way.
    Let me just ask you this, How did you become so wise to be such a young thing. I love your outlook on life. You make me laugh and we all need to laugh more. It firms the tummy. I heard that once. Really! And after eating the cinnamon love knots, I’ll read your post again, just to tone things up a bit.

    Hugs,and Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Sheila

  12. Marie H says

    LOVE your comment about the Red Lipstick.I have never bought any till this past weekend… As i put it on…. I felt so wicked,and just knew… people would point and say “Well…would you just look at that trollop….”…..LOL!!!
    Seems the older I get the wilder I get too….So i’m there with ya! Got my “skinny” jeans on now…..
    The makings for your Jordan rolls are on my counter ….can’t wait!
    Thank you for all you do… O’Wise and Lazy Cooking One!

  13. says

    Thanks Christy

    After reading your yummy looking post for Jordan Love Knots (the LAZY way) I got to thinking….

    Took a tube of store brand crescent rolls, painted with melted butter and smothered with the cinamon and sugar mixture, cooked per pkg directions…. WOW

    (Actually I couldnt wait to try your recipe so I just HAD to substitute the crescents which I had onhand)

    PS: still gonna do the Love Knots (Lazy way of course) and will report back.

  14. Tracy Thomas says

    Oh my~ I just made my Jordan Rolls and used Splenda. They are in the oven right now. I thought I would check on other ‘yeast’ recipe’s while they are cooking when I see the note in the first comment, not to use Splenda. I wondered why they didn’t rise like I had expected. They seem bigger than they were after the first rise, so we’ll see. They smell deeeelish’!
    On another note, I had 3 kids and never found the time to do all you accomplish. I am so proud of you for having such a great attitude and sharing with all of us. I enjoy your site, it is the better part of my day!
    Thanks!!

  15. Anna says

    I just made these Jordan Cinnamon Love Knots and Jordan Rolls tonight and they were both amazing! My husband loved them too! I love this recipe because it makes dinner rolls and dessert all at the same time. Thank you for sharing! Yummy!

  16. says

    …..and here I am, transfered right form the Brandie’s page @The Country Cook. Love your Jordan Rolls, so mouthwatering! And this little love knots are even more! What a wonderful site you have, thank you for sharing wonderful stories and yummy recipes with us :)

  17. Shelley says

    Christy – I know this is stupid but it always grabs my attention for some reason and yes, I’m anal in the worst way possible. But…are your wedding rings backwards? Is your wedding band on the outside of your engagement ring? It always grabs my attention in your cook book too. And yes everyone, I KNOW I’m crazy!

    • says

      You know Shelley, I don’t think that is stupid at all and like you, I’ve kept quiet about it for most of my life but truth is, ~looks around and leans in, lowering her voice into a whisper lest she be overheard~ Everyone else is wearing theirs backwards ~winks and grins~

  18. Mama Jane says

    Red lipstick? Mama Jane is proud of you! I will wear my Love That Red tomorrow in honor of you. I am a good southern baptist girl too, and apparently have been in danger of perdition by channeling my inner hussy by rockin’ the red. What other color could you wear to meet the deliciously dangerous Harry? mmm…..

  19. says

    Love your recipes. None have failed me yet. I get so many compliments. The best thing about Christy is the wealth of information inserted in the recipes. I have learned so much from this. One note was how to make one’s own self rising flour. For some reason I thought they did something special to self rising flour. LOL.

  20. says

    Wow! Thank you for posting this recipe! I remember making something similar to these in my home-ec class back in 9th grade and I couldn’t remember exactly how to make them. They were so yummy and I can’t wait to make this recipe for my guys! Will definetely be using the excess dough to make the dinner rolls too! Yumm…I’m so excited! LOL

  21. Beverly says

    Christy, I read most of your comments about Jordan’s Cinnamon Knots to my husband who was born and raised in upper NY State and he loved all of your Southern expressions. I was born and raised in Atlanta and we’ve been married since 1953! WOW! Also, I was raised as a Southern Baptist (or Southern BAB-tist – as I called my church family as a youngun). My home church was absolutely glorious and our minister the best, but after we married and moved to where the Army sent us, we tried to join a Baptist Church, but didn’t quite fit in. Because our next door neighbors were Methodists – an we loved them – , we moved our membership to their church and have been Methodists ever since. Now ya’ have me wondering if my red lipstick was why we were never accepted! By the way, my husband’s Mother’s family are Jordans. We’re probably related! I love your posts and plan to make the Jordan Knots and Rolls from scratch – with our youngest grandson’s help. He’s ten and likes to help me out especially eating! I wish you lived next door to me. I love to play with the children and meet your all of your sweet family. Hugs, Mimi (my grandma name) xoxoxoxoxo

  22. ann campbell says

    I make Sour Dough Bread and today used some of my dough to make these wonderful Cinnamon Twists. Oh but they were wonderful. Shared some with my neighbors so know I am now their favorite neighbor. I enjoy all of your comments and recipes so much. After 56 years of marriage and thousands of meals I find new life in old favorites when I go on your web site.

  23. Kathy says

    I love, love, love your website and get so many great recipes and ideas. I just made these with refrigerated biscuits instead of making my own dough. can’t wait to take them out of the oven, they smell so good!!!

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