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Fried Cinnamon Strips

I first made these crispy strips for a special family night at our church. Most of them were snapped up before dinner! —Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • Vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl bag, combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
  • Cut tortillas into 3x2-in. strips. Heat 1 in. of oil in a cast-iron or other heavy skillet to 375°, fry 4-5 strips at a time until golden brown, 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  • While still warm, place strips in bowl with sugar mixture; shake gently to coat. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 112 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Susan
    Feb 24, 2020

    All you have to do is add honey and vanilla bean then have Sopapillias!!!

  • rena 55
    Jan 23, 2015

    These are so good and addictive!! I served them with a fruit salsa and they were a great hit.

  • nataliepooh
    May 27, 2012

    These are wonderful, and so easy!

  • MichMajor
    Feb 8, 2012

    Very tasty and so so super simple!! Maybe not the healthiest choice, but great on occasion. I'm not big on sweets (or anything with nutmeg so I cut it in half) but my family loved these and I was surprised that I enjoyed them as well!

  • tkarinas
    Apr 20, 2010

    Fried cinnamon strips turn out so good to eat, my family eats them as fast as they can. It's an awesome treat and we make it whenever we have all the ingredients.

  • ambprice
    Aug 24, 2009

    Made these for dessert tonight to go with our taco dinner. The kids LOVED them. I used vegetable oil for cooking them and would recommend setting up "stations": one with the cut-up tortillas, one with a plate with a paper towel on it and a container to put the finished tortillas in after you cover them with sugar/cinnamon. If you cut up the tortillas a little larger you don't feel like you are cooking and cooking and cooking. (I could only cook 4/5 at a time as the recipe stated in the directions.) Also, wait until the tortillas are warm, not hot--I melted my plastic bag!

  • carla m
    Feb 22, 2009

    I made these for the first time at Christmas. Wonderful!! People thought it was homemade dough, and it reminds me of an elephant ear.