Tuesday, August 7, 2012

mmmmm...buttons and bowknots

there are few recipes out there that carry more memories for me than the one that follows. we have been eating "buttons and bowknots" for as long as i can remember. i can still picture my mothers 1960's cookbook being pulled out time and time again to prepare these for us. they were a saturday special...you'll see why...and they frequented many a sleep over. they were so popular among my young friends when they spent the night that i recently received a message from one of my childhood friends telling me that her daughter just made a batch for her own sleep overs. when we gather today at my parent's home, my brother still manages to get my mom to make a quadruple batch to feed all of our families. don't be searching for any health benefits in this recipe. it's pretty horrible. still, for special occasions, my kids believe there's nothing yummier. the memories continue...

buttons and bowknots

basic recipe (this will make one small plate full. this is the basic recipe to be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc. to feed that masses.)

2 cups bisquick

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup milk

1 egg

1 cube butter, melted

1 bowl sugar

in a large bowl, mix bisquick, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk and egg until a thick dough forms.

pour onto a floured surface. knead a couple of times and then roll out with a floured rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.
using a donut cutter (shown) or two small circular cookie cutters, cut the dough into 1 inch rounds for the buttons and donut shaped rounds for the "bowknots". 

twist the donut shapes one side over the other to create a bow tie shape. place the buttons and bowknots on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

continue until all the dough is made into either a button or a bowknot.

when the buttons and bowknots are cooked, (here's the part where it gets really unhealthy, really fast) roll the buttons and bowknots in butter and then in sugar. 

serve, enjoy and get ready for you kids to be a mess! like i said, memories in the making!


  1. Oh, those look so yummy! I will have to try them sometime soon!

    1. They really are soooo good. The leftovers are great with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon too!