Happy New Year! Now that all of the obligatory holiday duties have passed, it’s nice to relax and plan for the new year. For many (as shown by the long lines at Goodwill), simplification is top of mind. Last year we moved into a slightly smaller place and had to downsize our collection of “stuff”. As someone who likes to keep everything, simplification is a new mindset that requires frequent reminders, especially when it comes to fun kitchen gadgets. Doesn’t everyone need a dough whisk?

Simplification doesn’t have to be restrained just to getting rid of “stuff”. It can also be applied in entertaining, especially when unexpected guests drop by. A quick cheese plate or cut fresh fruit works well or if you’re craving something sweeter, make these Cinnamon Stick Puffs. The puff pastry quickly defrosts on the counter (or with a little prodding from low-heat microwaving) while the oven preheats and it’s always easy to throw together a little cinnamon and sugar. Give them a try!

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Cinnamon Stick Puffs

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1 sheet puff pastry, thawed on the counter or in the microwave
¼ cup melted butter
½ cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place puff pastry on a large cookie sheet and cut into strips 1-inch wide x 4-inches long. Bake 8 minutes or until lightly golden and puffed.

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While baking, combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush baked strips with butter and toss with cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle additional cinnamon and sugar on top if needed. Serve and enjoy.