monkeyballin’ (a recipe)

November 19, 2009 at 6:35 am (nummies for th' tummies, picture post)

“I like children.
If they’re properly cooked.”

- W.C. Fields
Start with 4 tins of refrigerated biscuits.
Separate them and cut each biscuit into quarters.
Roll each quarter-biscuit into a happy little ball.
Mix together 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of cinnamon.
Open and soften 2 sticks of butter. . .
When your butter is softened, pour a bit of it into a plate.
Roll your biscuit-balls one (or two!) at a time through the butter. . .
Then roll the buttered biscuit balls through the cinnamon and sugar mixture and drop into a tube pan.
(If you don’t own a tube pan, ask your mom for a loaner. Moms Grand-moms always have things like tube pans.
Thanks Mom!)
When all of the buttery and sugared biscuit balls are in the pan,
pour the remaining sugar mixture and butter evenly(ish) over the top.
Bake for about 40 minutes in a preheated oven – 350 degrees.
Let ’em sit for about 10 minutes, and turn them out. . .
TA-DA! Monkey-ball cake!
Let your cake cool until little fingers can touch it
break off a piece for you, and a piece to share. . .
Scarf it down. . .
and enjoy!

Monkey-ball cake is one of the greatest (and tastiest) kiddy recipes of all time. It’s easy to set up, quick to put together (we did this while the other 2 babies were taking their morning nap) and as you can see, even a kid as little as Super Puff can do *most* of it with little help from an elder. I was really excited to be able to make this with my girl. I have my own yummy memories of monkeyballin’ in the kitchen with my siblings when we were all young – most likely in this very same pan! It comes out tasting suspiciously like cinnamon rolls, and the pull-apart design is definitely a winner with kids. Puff certainty had a blast making it, and (of course) everyone loved eating the finished product (3 toddlers on a sugar-high can be ridiculously entertaining on a rainy afternoon)! Even Puff knows that things taste better when you make them yourself! This technically is the cheater’s version of this recipe, as the dough was store-bought, but that’s what makes it kid-friendly – and the finished product is delicious!

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