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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grandma's Rolly Pollys









This my granddaughter making our infamous Rolly Polly's.  It is a tradition that goes way back.  I made them with my kids, my mom made these with her kids, her mother made them with her kids, her mother made them with her kids and now I have my grand kids over to make Rolly Polly's.  It's a simple recipe that your kids will love eating as well as making.  It started as a poor man's dessert.  Anytime there was leftover pie dough it got used to make Rolly Polly's.  They are so popular in my house that we just skip the pie and make full batches of these yummy treats. 

What you will need:

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsps. salt
Mix these three ingredients together.
1 3/4 cups shortening

With a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture looks like small crumbs.

1 tbsp. vinegar
1 large egg
1/2 cup water

Mix these three ingredients together well and add to the flour/shortening mixture.  You can wrap this dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Divide dough into several small balls and roll each ball into a very thin circle. This is where the kids love to help.  Spread the circles with your favorite jam.  Strawberry, raspberry and grape are our favorites.  Roll up the circles and place seam down on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.

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