In My Kitchen: Snacks From Pie Dough Scraps

When I was small, I was always thrilled when my mother would pull out the flour and other ingredients to bake a pie.  I’d watch her measure, stir, and roll out the dough. Then she would fold the circle of dough and place it smack in the middle of the pie plate (a skill it took me years to master) before trimming off the edges.

Of course I looked forward to the prospect of a slice of home-made pie for dessert – her apple pie was not to be missed- but that wasn’t all I had on my mind. I knew that with very little persuasion Mom would let me make a snack for myself from the bits of pie dough she trimmed from the finished pie.

My mother was smart. These snacks were a great way to use up the leftover dough and satisfy my sweet tooth. And of course it served to get me interested in baking. Here’s what I would do:
 
1. Take the pie dough trimmings, lay them out flat next to each other, and lightly butter them.
 
2. Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon with 1/4 cup sugar and sprinkle over the buttered segments.
 
3. Fold the dough in half and pinch the edges together. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven with the pies. When the dough begins to brown around the edges (about 15 minutes) remove and allow to cool. Eat warm with milk while waiting for the pie to finish baking.

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— Jack London

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