This is a ridiculously quick, easy, and tasty dessert (or sweet breakfast treat). It was my favorite when I was a kid and also the first recipe I ever learned (and knew by heart). I had forgotten all about this for years because Jude and I didn't own a microwave until recently (this one came mounted in our apartment kitchen) and these biscuits are made in the microwave. What I made tonight is slightly tweaked from the original (adding cinnamon to make it more like a gooey cinnamon roll).
All you need is one little canister of ready-to-bake biscuits (the kind, like the Pillsbury ones in the blue tubes, that pop when you pull them open and I can only find in packages of four these days), 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of water, and 3 tablespoons of butter. That's the original recipe, but I also dumped in some cinnamon tonight. I didn't measure it, but I'd assume it was at least 1 or 2 teaspoons. It was a delicious addition!
First, quarter the biscuits. It's easiest to use a kitchen scissors, but I don't know where ours went, so I had to use a knife.
Then, put the sugar, water, and butter (and cinnamon optional) in a glass bowl (we use Pyrex for microwaving purposes since it's no good to use plastics--even BPA-free plastics--that can leech chemicals out into your foods) and microwave for 1 minute.
Then pour it over the biscuits (I use another, bigger Pyrex bowl).
Pop this into the microwave for between 2.5 and 3 minutes and pull out your bowl. Wait a few minutes for it to cool down in this state.
Then turn it over and let it plop out onto a plate. It's most fun to just give each person a fork and let everyone dig in. Less plates to dirty, too!