Recently, Anissa made some buñuelos with her mom and brought them in for everyone to try. They were an instant hit around here! SO delicious. They’re basically crispy cinnamon sugar goodness, if you’ve never tried them before. They kind of reminded me of the cinnamon crust my grandma used to make for me when I was a kid. Which made me like them even more.
And the fact that it was something that her family had been making for years and years made it all the more special. Soooo, I asked to share the recipe and here we are. Quick and easy buñuelos stacks for V-Day and beyond.
Ingredients (makes 24)
- 3 cups of sugar
- 6 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cups of water
- 2 piloncilla* (sugar cones)
- 2 packs of 6 inch soft flour tortillas (you can buy homemade tortillas from a Mexican grocery)
- 3/4 cups of vegetable oil
- 8 1/2 size skillet
- powdered sugar (optional garnish)
*If you can not find piloncilla use 1 cup of molasses, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups water.
In a shallow dish mix the cinnamon and sugar together to make your cinnamon sugar mixture. Set aside.
Then, pour oil in a skillet and heat until it reaches a temperature of 350.
While the oil is heating up, add the water, the piloncilla sugar cones, and a cinnamon stick in a separate sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved turn off the heat.
Once the oil is hot enough, using tongs place one tortilla into the skillet and let the tortilla bubble up (about 30 secs) then flip, and let sit for another 30 secs, until both sides are brown. It doesn’t take long for the tortillas to cook, once done stack on a plate and keep repeating the process for each tortilla.
Next, one tortilla at a time, dip into the syrup mixture and then place it into the cinnamon sugar until coated. Once finished, stack them into a big pile, and add a little powdered sugar or ice cream, if desired. That part is more for looks than anything else – though I will say, it tastes really good with vanilla ice cream.
You can also cut the tortillas into heart shapes (or any other shape), if you want to get festive. Just cut out the heart shapes using a cookie cutter and follow the recipe as normal.
Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What family recipes are amongst your favorites to make at home? Any favorites that have been passed down from generation to generation? So curious to know.