Do you ever just need a shaped cookie but cannot for the life of you find it at the store!? That happened to me this past week while planning out an Advent Birthday Party for Jesus activity. I really wanted some star-shaped cookies, but couldn’t find any (they’ll hit the stores right after Thanksgiving I’m sure!). So…. I remembered something I saw or heard once about making cookies out of flour tortilla wraps! And that’s how these Cinnamon Tortilla Cookies were born!
Cinnamon Tortilla Cookies – a simple recipe!
With this recipe, you can make any shape cookie you want! They’re literally ready in about five minutes, so you can throw together a themed snack or dessert on the fly.
- 2 Flour Tortillas
- 1 Tablespoon softened butter (room temp is fine)
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Place the tortilla wrappers flat on a cutting board. Lightly spread the wrap all over with butter (I used an offset frosting spatula which worked so well!).
- Using cookie cutter shapes, cut out whatever shape you desire! I cut out stars, candy canes, and gingerbread men. It's helpful if your cookies are all around the same size so they bake evenly.
- Lightly sprinkle the cut-outs with the cinnamon sugar (you can do this before or after you cut out the shapes, but flour tortillas will be tougher than cookie dough so it can get really messy if you cut out with the sugar on).
- Transfer your cookies to a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 F for 5-7 minutes or until cookies are stiff/crunchy but not burnt.
I cut out stars for the Star of Bethlehem, candy canes for shepherd’s crooks, and gingerbread men for Joseph. If I’d had time to hunt out my gingerbread woman, I would’ve made her too for my Nativity Snack Activity. (We used food to create a stable and manger scene). Since I couldn’t find people or star cookies, making these Cinnamon Tortilla Cookies worked out perfectly!
I think if I did this again, I would use colored sugars (yellow for the star and blue / red for the people, maybe green for the canes), because our Nativity activity turned out being a little plain with lots of brown and beige colored foods! I still think it looked pretty, and after all, the beige did evoke the desert feel that comes to mind when you think about the Nativity.
You could really use this recipe for any themed party or event, these tortilla cookies make great cake or cupcake toppers too! Think about using this recipe when you plan your next birthday party, or do themed snacks for homeschool learning (I’m thinking shape cookies for math, and alphabet cookies when kids learn to spell their names! Not only can you have endless variety of shapes, but these are extremely cost-effective snack decorations, since flour tortillas cost so little.
Find out more about our Nativity Snack Activity in my guest post over at the Wise for Salvation blog (coming up tomorrow night!), where I’m sharing my Advent Birthday Party for Jesus ideas.
Have you ever made tortilla cookies? What are your “in a pinch” party food tips?
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