Cinnamon Sugar Snowflake
It’s always been said that no two snowflakes are alike. Well.. neither are homemade cinnamon sugar snowflakes! With this fun and edible activity, you can create and bake your own “snowflake”, all while staying warm on a cold winter day! Designed with school-aged children in mind, this activity is not only entertaining, but also enhances basic math concepts by folding your tortilla and measuring your ingredients, allows creative expression when designing your “snowflake”, and promotes fine motor development when cutting your tortilla. And, while all of this is bound to be a blast on its own, the best part is that you can enjoy eating your tortilla snowflake at the end of this wonderful, winter activity!
You Will Need:
Knife/ Food Scissors (Adult Supervision Required)
Foiled Baking Sheet
2 Tbsp Melted Butter
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
Let's Get Cooking:
Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now, begin preparing your “snowflake” by placing one tortilla on your cutting board. Do not cut your tortilla, yet.
The next step is to fold your tortilla. Begin by folding it in half, and then into fourths. At this point, you will have folded your tortilla twice. If you would like to fold the tortilla again, go ahead and do so, but it is not required.
*For parents of older school-aged children (2nd-5th graders), you can discuss what it means for something to be in halves and fourths at this point*
Once you have folded the tortilla, carefully take your knife or food scissors and start cutting small sections out of the tortilla, removing the pieces that you have cut. You can cut as many or as few sections as you would like. Remember, no two snowflakes- or snowflake tortillas- are alike!
Helpful Tip: The bigger the sections are that you cut, the less tortilla you will have to eat at the end. So, it might be helpful to make several small cuts, as opposed to one or two large ones.
**For younger children, this step might have to be done by a parent in order to ensure safety**
If you are satisfied with the sections you have cut out, now you can carefully unfold your tortilla, revealing your original “snowflake”.
Move your tortillas to the foil-lined baking sheet and set it aside for now.
Next, you need to take 2 tablespoons of butter and place it into a small bowl.
Place the bowl of butter in the microwave and heat on high for 15 seconds.
Now, carefully remove your butter from the microwave and, using a spoon, brush the butter onto the tortilla you have set aside.
To make the cinnamon sugar concoction that will make your snowflake taste great, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a small bowl.
Stir the mixture together with a spoon, until well combined.
The last step to preparing your “snowflake” is to sprinkle the mixture over your buttered tortilla.
*This can be done using a small spoon, small measuring cup, or even taking pinches from the small bowl and sprinkling the mixture with your fingers onto your tortilla*
Although real snowflakes need really cold weather to fall, your tortilla snowflake will taste best if you put it in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until it begins to get golden brown. For this step, make sure you have an adult to help you with the hot oven!
Finally, have a parent help you remove your tortilla from the oven, let it cool for about 5 minutes, and enjoy your warm, tasty, snowflake on a cold winter day!