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Puff Pillow Buns

 Puff Pillow Buns
I entered this recipe at the 1971 Iowa State Fair and won first place. You can conveniently make the dough the night before, then shape and bake the buns the next morning. —Shirley Marti, Lansing, Iowa
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter,
  • sugar, salt, lemon extract, eggs and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

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Puff Pillow Buns (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; gently knead for 2-3 minutes. Place in a
  • greased bowl, turning once to greased top. Cover and refrigerate for
  • 2 hours or overnight.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide into four
  • portions. Roll one portion into a 9-in. x 6-in. rectangle
  • (refrigerate remaining portions until ready to roll out). Cut into
  • 3-in. squares.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk and vanilla until
  • smooth. Place about 2 teaspoons filling in the center of each
  • square. Moisten corners with water; bring over center of filling and
  • pinch corners tightly in center. Repeat with remaining dough and
  • filling.
  • Place seam side up 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; brush with
  • melted butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled,
  • about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • from pans to wire racks. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the
  • confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve
  • desired consistency; spread over warm buns. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 170 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 181 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.