I ran across the idea of “Trinity” muffins here and just knew I had to try them and share this great idea with you! We plan on making these for a snack for our Hope & Joy meeting this Saturday, after learning about St. Patrick and talking about the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. I think kids of all ages would really enjoy these!
The original recipe called for using biscuit dough, but I found that pizza dough works just as well. I tested this recipe using vegan pre-made dough from Trader Joe’s, but it does still have a little oil in it, so for an oil-free option you could try making this recipe (though I haven’t tried it). If you have lots of time you could make the dough with the kids as well, and use the rise time for another activity. Since we have a lot we are trying to cover, I will probably just bring the dough pre-made.
The only ingredients you need are your bread dough, cinnamon, and sugar. The children can help mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl first ( I just eyeballed this). Then each child gets three small pieces of dough, about the size of small meatballs, and a cupcake liner. You can explain that the three balls represent the 3 persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) of our one God.
The children can roll each piece of dough into a ball and then in the cinnamon sugar, and put them touching inside their muffin liners.
After baking in a muffin pan at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes, they should be ready (I confess I lost track of how long I left them in, so watch them). When they come out of the oven the 3 balls of dough are now, of course, one “muffin”!
When they had cooled, my daughter immediately asked for sprinkles on top, so we added some green sugar crystals as well, which settled into the cracks and highlighted the three parts nicely! I was especially surprised when I pointed out the three parts to my daughter and she remarked that they looked like pretzels. What a great theological tie-in! We made pretzels for lent last year to talk about fasting (i’ll do a post for that soon), and that would be another fun option for a snack as well. Here is a shamrock version you could try as well.
Hopefully this little cooking project will be a great illustration of the Holy Trinity and a nice conversation starter for a group discussion. If you would prefer to not make a sweet treat, they would probably be equally yummy sprinkled with kosher salt and fresh herbs like rosemary, for a focaccia-esque muffin.
Stay tuned for more St. Patrick’s day ideas, coming soon..