You know when…you’ve been away on a family emergency the week before Easter, and then you come home to a child who has been sick for a few days, and birthday celebrations are postponed and Good Friday and Passover kind of pass you over, and then you get home and the next day is the Easter brunch at church, and you figure since your husband is staying home with the sick child, you will take the other two children?

Oh, and it’s a potluck. (Because there are no other kinds of meals in church).


And you know you have to give up your pride and forego making a fancy recipe of proper strata or a pan of cinnamon rolls. You need a rescue recipe.

This is a job for…flour tortillas! The ones you purchased for fajita night or to make roll-up sandwiches when you are out of sandwich bread. An easy recipe, to the rescue.


You’ll need some counter space, cookie sheets, a pastry brush, a pizza cutter, and an oven preheating to 375 degrees.


  • 12 flour tortillas. I used fajita-size. You can use whatever size you like.
  • about a half a stick of butter, melted
  • cinnamon and sugar mix (this is a kitchen staple, you know?)

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1. Lay out the tortillas on baking sheets.

2. Use a pastry brush to spread each tortilla with melted butter.

3. Sprinkle/shake/shimmy the cinnamon-sugar mix liberally all over each tortilla. You could (and probably should) flip over each tortilla and repeat the process on the other side, but you don’t have to. Remember, it’s been a week and the potluck starts in 45 minutes.

4. Use a pizza cutter to cut each tortilla in fourths and separate the pieces. Now you have freestanding triangles.

5. Bake those babies on 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes. Make sure they are crispy (but not burnt) before you take them out of the oven.

6. Let ’em cool a bit, then put in a zipper storage bag and haul them to the church. One of the fine Christian ladies in the kitchen will take one look at you and offer to get a church-owned platter to lay them out on.

Be sure to take the extra ones home with you for snacks and breakfasts and lunch boxes. Because again, it’s been a week.