Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Tacos

I LOVE taco night. There’s no rhyme or reason to when my boyfriend Ryan, roommate Colleen, and I decide when taco night occurs each week (and yes, it’s a weekly occurance), but just knowing tacos are for dinner makes my entire day better. We keep it fairly simple — ground turkey, salsa, sour cream, refried beans, cheese, and guac, but it is always delicious. So when I saw One Ordinary Day‘s post on dessert tacos, I knew I could make taco night even better.

The taco shells are soft flour tortillas, sprayed with butter spray, coated with cinnamon sugar, and baked until golden and crispy. So easy, soooo yummy. I decided to fill mine with the Cinnamon Ice Cream I made last week and a strawberry-banana “pico de gallo”:

I planned on using whipped cream as “sour cream”, but by the time I started to photograph, the ice cream started melting and I was already trying to control the mess in order to take pretty pictures. Of course waiting for the shells to completely cool would have slowed down the melting, but I don’t have that kind of patience when it comes to cinnamon, sugar, ice cream, and strawberries. But I’ll be frank: these babies are messy! Eating tacos, especially hard tacos, is never a graceful endeavor, but that’s half the fun. I was able to drizzle on some chocolate “mole sauce” and sneak a bite before my ice cream turned into gazpacho

I highly, HIGHLY recommend making these with your friends and family, it would be so cute (and delicious) to have a dessert taco bar with a variety of fun toppings. The shells will get a little stale after a few days, so make sure to enjoy them as immediately as possible. I will definitely be making these again!

Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Tacos
Adapted from One Ordinary Day

Flour tortillas
Granulated sugar
Butter flavored spray
Tin foil

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with tinfoil
– Take large pieces of tin foil (one for every taco you plan on making) and shape it into a thick “C”
– Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and pour onto a plate
– Spray both sides of a tortilla with the butter spray and coat both sides with cinnamon sugar
– Fold tortilla in half and place tinfoil “C” inside so the taco maintains its shape during baking
– Bake for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through
– Allow tacos to cool completely before filling with your favorite ice cream and toppings


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19 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Tacos”

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    Bridgett — April 16, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    I am stinkin’ loving this!!!! I am super excited about making these with my family! What a sweet treat! I love all the yummy recipes you share!!!
    Angel Hugs,

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    Cupcake Crazy Gem — April 16, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    Wow these look amazing and what a great idea, I LOVE tacos and this will definitely be a great welcome addition to our mexican monday’s each week!! thanks for the idea…and recipe!

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    Ashley — April 16, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    seriously, you are a baking genius

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    whisk-kid — April 17, 2010 @ 3:46 am

    These sound so amazing! Lovely photos, too!

  5. #
    Jennifer — April 17, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    SO smart and what a fun dessert for kids and the adult with a kid heart :) I know my sister is going to love this, forwarding to her now! Beautiful photos too!

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    withoutamicrowave — April 17, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Ah! These look so good Erica! It makes me want to have a gathering on a rooftop in swimsuits! Come over and lets do it…

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    jennyjen — April 17, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    I heart dessert tacos! These look beautiful.

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    Raina — April 18, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Hi. I saw your peppermit bark on Tasty Kitchen. It is my all time favorite. I love the one by Williams Sonoma but it is soo expensive. Very excited to have found a recipe for it. This dessert taco looks great too!

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    Amanda — April 18, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    Just found your blog, it’s super pretty! And so are all your pictures :)

    These tacos look great!! I made cinnamon chips and fruit salsa that were a big hit, and these look even better- cinnamon ice cream?! :)

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    oneordinaryday — April 19, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out. I’m glad you liked my recipe! I love the cinnamon ice cream!! What a perfect flavor for these dessert shells. : )

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    aradicalchange — May 21, 2011 @ 4:06 am

    These just look absolutely ideal! I have browsed your entire collection and look forward to many attempts with cooking for my family.

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    Amy Schaub — April 26, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

    Instead of the hassle of the foil i just put them inbetween a upside down cupcake pan and they were perfect :)


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