The 12 Posts of Christmas, Day 9: Tortilla Cinnamon Rolls

Inside: Need a quick snack that can double as dessert? You’ll like this easy cinnamon roll-like recipe that takes only five ingredients and five minutes to bake.

12 Posts of Christmas Tortilla Cinnamon Rolls
The easiest cinnamon rolls you’ll ever make. Picture courtesy of Emily Moore.

Okay here is my disclaimer. These don’t taste “exactly like cinnamon rolls.” But they taste a lot like them. What’s missing is the soft yeasty bread quality of the real McCoy. But the buttery-cinnamon-nut flavor is all there.

If you’ve ever made cinnamon rolls, you know how much work it takes. And if you’re on a special diet, such as low carb, they’re off limits. The beauty of these is that you can use low carb tortillas, which I do, and they taste great!

I can honestly say that when I eat these, I don’t feel deprived!

Tortilla cinnamon rolls
Buttery cinnamon goodness! Picture by Emily Moore.

What else I love about this recipe is the time factor–five minutes to prepare, five minutes to bake. In fact, it will take more time to preheat your oven than the prep and baking time combined.

Have I convinced you yet? I’m envisioning a lot of head nodding going on right this minute.

So let’s get to that recipe!

Tortilla Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 mini rolls
  • 1 10-inch tortilla (I use Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, slightly melted
  • 1½ tablespoons of cinnamon sugar (recipe below or use your favorite blend)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make a small batch of cinnamon sugar: ¼ cup of sugar or sweetener to 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon and mix well, saving the excess for other recipes. Set aside.
  3. Spread butter over the entire tortilla.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the tortilla, covering the whole tortilla.
  5. Next sprinkle chopped pecans over the tortilla.
  6. Roll up the tortilla.
  7. Slice into 6 or 7 pieces, approximately an inch long.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes: These are best eaten warm from the oven. For leftover rolls, I suggest a very brief pop in the microwave–maybe ten to twenty seconds. You might also experiment drizzling icing over the rolls, though I have never tried this.

Try these now or in the new year. They really are so simple to make and so good!

Tortilla Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas
Mmm. . . Just one bite! Picture by Emily Moore.

Do you have a favorite quick snack? Tell us about it in the comments.

Tomorrow, The 12 Posts of Christmas, Day 10: Simple Ornaments

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