Easy Baked Tostadas

Crispy baked tostadas piled on a napkin

Anyone else have a family that’s a huge fan of Tex Mex? These easy baked tostadas are a great way to switch things up.

Now, you can go to the store and purchase a package of fried tostada shells, or you could simply get a bag of corn tortillas and crisp them up by baking them in your oven.

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Why You Should Bake Your Own Tostada Shells

I always choose the latter option. Why?

  • You will save money. You can get a big pack of 80 corn tortillas for just a few dollars. I store the leftovers in the fridge to use for more tostadas, enchiladas, tacos etc.
  • It’s better for you because they aren’t fried in vegetable or soy oil. I’ve even seen a brand that added yellow dye to their tostadas.
  • Baking them is so simple. It really adds barely any extra work to your dinner prep. If your house is like mine, time is a precious commodity and fast meals are so helpful.

This is one of those recipes that you feel silly writing out. It’s a semi-homemade recipe for baked tostada shells, after all. But sometimes it’s helpful to just know that it is even possible.

upbaked corn tortillas on a baking sheet

How to Bake Tostada Shells

You have to choices for these baked tostadas. Both work great, one will taste just slightly better than the other. 😉

Option 1: You can bake the tostada shells dry, just as they are. You will place them on a large cookie sheet or you even can lay them directly on your oven rack.

For the cookie sheet, I use the large basic half sheet pan or jelly roll pan I have. I think these USA sheet pans would be amazing though!

If directly on your oven rack you will want to be sure to flip them every 5 minutes so they don’t end up curling around the rack. It’s not fun having to break them to get them out of the oven. 😉 The benefit of having them directly on the rack is that you can do a lot more at one time.

So which way to go is a toss off. The pan is more hands off with only 1 flip needed but you are limited as to quantity.

Option 2: With this option you lightly brush the corn tortillas, on both sides, with an oil of your choice. You can also just use your hands and rub the oil on each tortilla. Then you can sprinkle the tortillas lightly with salt. This method you will want to be sure to put on a large sheet pan. Flip once part way through the cooking process.


Make sure the leftover tostadas (plain, untopped) are cooled completely. Store in a zipped storage bag for up to a week. Please note, if the humidity at your house is high they might lose their crispness sooner.

Baked tostadas on a napkinTostadas baked on the rack are on the left and baked on a pan on the right.

How to Use Baked Tostadas

If you’ve never bought tostada shells before, you might be wondering what all you can do with them. These are great to have on hand for any simple lunch or supper. It’s easy to always have the ingredients on hand for some type of tostada.

  • Top just like you would fill a taco.
  • Mexican Pizza. This was an option on the kids’ menu of the Tex Mex restaurant I used to work it. All you do is top a tostada shell with taco meat and cheddar cheese and place in oven to melt. You can make it fancier by throwing some other topping on it.
  • Crunch them up to serve on top of soup.
  • Bean Tostadas. I have a basic “recipe” for these here. Spread with refried beans (that’s the link to how I make my own) and cheese. Melt. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, etc.
  • Beef Tostadas. These next three are the same as the bean tostadas, just start with a different base. I think shredded cabbage makes a great topping as well.
  • Chicken Tostadas
  • Fish Tostadas

Don’t forget you can also make your own salsa (using canned tomatoes makes it so easy) and guacamole to use with your baked tostadas!

I’m sure you already know this, but I feel like I have to remind you that tostada shells that have toppings on them will not keep as leftovers. The shell will become soggy. 🙂

Overhead shot of baked tostadas on a white napkin

Baked Tostadas

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Baked Tostada Shells
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Easy baked tostada shells made from corn tortillas! Perfect for an easy dinner.
  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • Oil, optional
  • Salt, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Two Methods:
Method One - No Oil
  1. Spread tortillas out on a large sheet pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 minutes. Check and bake up to 2-3 minutes longer, if needed.
  2. OR place directly on oven rack. Bake for 15 minutes flipping every 5 minutes to help keep the tortillas from curling quite as much. After 15 minutes, bake 2-3 minutes longer checking every minute, if needed.
  3. Cool and store leftovers in a zipped storage bag.
Method Two - With Oil
  1. Brush or rub oil on both sides of the tortillas. Lightly sprinkle with salt if desired. Place tortillas on a large sheet pan, no overlapping. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for another 5 minutes. Check and bake an additional 2-3 minutes if needed.
  2. Cool and store leftovers in a zipped storage bag.

Originally published July 22, 2014. Updated July 24, 2020.

Baked Tostada Shells. The easiest thing in the world! Avoid yucky oils and other ingredients by baking them!

10 Best Tips for Frugal Grocery Shopping

Do you find yourself needing to do some frugal grocery shopping so you can reduce your grocery bill? If so, I have some great tips for you!

These are the ways to save money on groceries that I’ve found over the last 14 years. In fact, most of them are things my mom did when I was a child as she fed up to 10 people on a budget.

Here’s the bullet list version of these tips on how to save money on groceries, keep reading for the details on how exactly I implement them!

Frugal Grocery Shopping:

  • Plan
  • Look at the ads
  • Shop more than one store
  • Buy in bulk
  • Know rock bottom prices
  • Have a go to pantry meal
  • Use meat as a condiment, not the star
  • Have some meatless meals
  • Don’t pay for convenience food
  • Cook from scratch

Let’s talk numbers for a minute.

$707. That’s what the USDA estimates that my family of 5 (2 adults, 3 year old, 5 year old, and 8 year old) would spend a month on food following the Thrifty Plan.

What if I told you my actual grocery budget a month is between 1/3 and 1/4 of that number? Not only that, I am able to keep it low without using coupons and I feed my family real food! The only boxed foods in my pantry is plain pasta and the only cans contain tomato products, coconut milk, or pumpkin. You too can get your groceries on a budget, a tight budget at that if you follow these frugal grocery shopping tips!

Please, don’t let what I spend on groceries scare you. A grocery budget is a very personal thing. We all live in different parts of the country. I’m fortunate to live where food costs tend to be low. Diet restraints might be different. Eating 100% gluten free will have you spending more than I do. But, wherever you live and whatever your diet you can use these ways to save money on groceries to cut your spending.

When it comes to saving money, sometimes we can struggle with what to cut out of our budget. Especially after we’ve gotten rid of things like paid television and subscription services. What we are talking about today is one of the easiest categories to save money on after you’ve already pared down your budget!

You can reduce your grocery bill while still feeding your family quality food!!!

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of my top 10 tips for ways to save money on groceries.

[For more ideas on frugal grocery shopping, check out this post on the cheapest, healthy groceries to buy]

10 Steps to Frugal Grocery Shopping:

1. Plan

This one is big. If you go to the store without having a plan of what you are going to eat the next week or two, you’ll find yourself adding a lot of extras to your cart “just in case” and making lots of trips to pick up something you forgot. Before you go shopping, sit down and write up a menu for the week. Make a list of everything you will need to buy. Don’t forget to factor in all three meals plus snacks.

My favorite method for menu planning is this template that I’ve used for the past decade. It’s works so well!

2. Look at the ads

Let the ads determine the produce and meat you are going to use on your menu.

Broccoli for $.79 – plan to make Broccoli Pasta one day. Another day serve it steamed or roasted as a side dish.

Buy the fruit that’s cheap to use for snacks and breakfast.

If pasta is on a super sale, grab a box for dinner (mac and cheese, anyone) one night and a couple extra to keep in the pantry.

3. Shop More Than One Store

I know some people say it takes too long to hit up multiple stores. I’ve found that I can do an every or every other week shopping trip and hit up 3-4 stores and still be done in an hour. I get the majority of my list at Aldi and Wal-Mart because I know they will have the lowest base prices. Then I fill in with what’s on sale at other stores.

I live in a small town so our 4 grocery stores are all within a 2 miles of my house. If you are in a big city, look at the stores near your house for your weekly shopping trips. Do once a month trips to the good stores that might be further away or add them on to an appointment or errand you are running anyway.

4. Buy in Bulk

One caveat, this only works if you know you actually like the food and will use it up before they go bad. 😉 Letting food go to waste goes again frugal grocery shopping!

But if you do this appropriately, it is a great way to save! Buy the 5 pound bag of dried beans, stock up on 25 pound bags of flour & rice, and buy 5 pound blocks of cheese if it’s cheaper. Be sure you are comparing prices to the sale prices you can get on the standard sizes, not the regular prices.

5. Know Rock Bottom Prices

Knowing the cheapest a product is going to go helps you make educated decisions on when to stock. up.

If the cheapest price you’ve seen for butter in the last year is $1.99 a pound, when you see it at or below that price, it’s time stock up what you have room in the freezer and budget for.

The same goes for when ground beef, boneless skinless chicken breasts, or pasta go on sale for rock bottom prices.

Buy enough to last you the few months until they’ll go on sale again.

To help you not forgot, start a note on your phone or have a small notebook that you use to keep track of prices, especially on those items that are kitchen staples.

6. Have a Go To Pantry Meal

One of the keys to keeping your food budget low is avoiding convenience food and eating out.

Days are going to come up where you are busier than you thought, someone is sick, or maybe you forgot to thaw out the meat. So what should you do?

Have a go to meal or two you can throw together in under 30 minutes that you always have the ingredients for.  

Maybe have a couple of jars of spaghetti sauce in the pantry for one of these nights or make cheese quesadillas. Breakfast for dinner is another great, easy option. I like to keep refried beans in the freezer to make bean tostadas for those hectic days.

7. Use Meat as a Condiment not the Star

There’s no way around it. Meat is expensive.

Limit your meals where meat is the star of the dish (grilled steak, baked chicken breasts, even curries where meat is the only ingredient) to once every week or two.

On a regular basis use recipes where meat is used as a condiment, or just one of many ingredients.

Think of things like: stir-fries, fajitas, salads, soups, burritos, sheet pan dinners etc where you can cut back on the meat and replace it with more veggies or beans. Cheaper and good for you!

8. Have Some Meatless Meals

Continuing with the meat theme here, include a couple of vegetarian options in your menu each week.

Our breakfasts and lunches are typically vegetarian (if we aren’t having leftovers) and then we also have at least one or two meatless suppers a week.

It really does make a difference and no one’s going to complain about Alfredo Sauce or a cheese pizza. Bean burritos or tacos are another favorite of the kids. A vegetable or potato soup are great winter options.

9. Don’t Pay for Convenience Food

You don’t need to pay someone to prepackage food for you!

Your kids won’t starve if they don’t have cold cereal, poptarts, or toaster waffles for breakfast.

Don’t buy personal packages of cookies, pre-sliced cheese, apple slices, or individual packages of pretzels.

Either do it yourself or find an alternative option!

Put together your own oatmeal packages, slice or grate a pound of cheese at the beginning of the week, separate a big bag of pretzels into mini baggies, and take 30 seconds to slice an apple for an afternoon snack.

10. Cook from Scratch

Not only does this save you money but you also know exactly what’s going into your food.

Instead of purchasing granola bars and cheese crackers, try making your own. Whip up a batch of energy bites or homemade cookies.

  • Make your own taco seasoning instead of buying a packet (plus you’ll have enough for several other meals).
  • Bake corn tortillas into tostada shells.
  • Make a large batch of bread and store the extra loaves in the freezer for later.
  • Make muffins instead of buying them.
  • Homemade yogurt is a standard at our house.
  • Cook dried beans.

The ideas here are endless!

To keep from being overwhelmed, select one item a week or month that you are going to transition to making from scratch.

You’ll love the money saved and improved taste!

These are all of the frugal grocery shopping tips I’ve used over the past 14 years of married life to reduce our grocery bill drastically.

We have saved thousands of dollars simply by spending a little time planning, shopping effectively, and spending a little time in the kitchen.

If you are looking for ways to save money on groceries, simply select one or two of the tips and start there.

Give it a few weeks or months and add an a couple more ideas. Soon, these suggestions will be habits and you’ll find your grocery budget decreasing!

For more information on frugal grocery shopping, you need to download my menu planning template. It is what I use each week to make life easier and save a lot of money!

What’s your favorite way to manage frugal grocery shopping? Is it something your family struggles with? I’m curious, how does your spending compare to what the USDA says?

P.S. Be sure to check out the comments for more great ideas!



10 super easy ways to drastically lower your grocery budget! I've saved thousands of dollars doing these over the years. GREAT ideas!


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Toll House Pie (Chocolate Chip Pie)

Toll House pie baked and on a table

This Toll House Pie recipe is gooey, rich, and easy to make. After all, can you really go wrong with a chocolate chip pie?

Even if your family isn’t a love of pies, I think they’ll make an exception for Toll House Pie. 😉 My kiddos did!

I’m going to warn you, this thing is rich. Like really rich. I know pies are normally cup into 8 pieces, I’d definitely cut this into 10 and be sure to serve it with a scoop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream. It makes the perfect combination.

This recipe is a chocolate chip pie, but the consistency is nothing like a chocolate chip cookie. The pie will be gooey and soft in the middle with a thin brown crust on the top. The best way I can think to describe it is the very center of a large, slightly under done cookie. Only it’s not under done – this Toll House Pie cooks for an hour. It’s just the way it’s supposed to be!

This is one of those recipes that one you’ve made 2 times, you won’t even need to look at the recipe again. It’s that simple and still perfect for serving to company.

What are your favorite easy desserts? If you are looking for the easiest cookie recipe in the world (a great recipe for kids to make), check out this flourless peanut butter cookie recipe!

Unbaked Toll House Pie on table

Toll House Pie Tips

  1. Let your eggs come to room temperature and be sure you beat them until foamy. This recipe doesn’t use baking power or soda so the the foamy eggs help it rise. Don’t skip this step!
  2. Be sure your butter is room temperature. That means not melted but not cold either.
  3. The chocolate chips like to settle at the bottom of the pie. To keep this from happening, toss your chocolate chips with a tablespoon of flour before stirring them into the dough.
  4. Add these ingredients! The original recipe does not call for salt or vanilla. I suggest adding them in. I do 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. So good.
  5. You can make your own single pie crust or use a purchased, uncooked, thawed crust.
  6. Check the pie at 50 minutes, but it will likely need the full 60. Unless your oven cooks hot, then you might need to adjust.
  7. Let it cool! Don’t try to cut it straight out of the oven. Let it cool at least a couple hours. (And don’t forget to cut it into 10.)
  8. Do serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. It’s the perfect combination!

Picture of Bake Toll House Pie

Don’t let the number of tips make it seem intimidating. This really is a super simple 1 bowl dessert to make. If the pie crust is already made, you can have this in the oven in 5 minutes.

Baked Toll House Pie with a slice cut out

Toll House Pie (aka Chocolate Chip Pie) Recipe

Toll House Pie (Chocolate Chip Pie)
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10
This pie is gooey and delicious! It is an easy one dish dessert you can have in the oven in 5 minutes.
  • 1 9 inch, unbaked pie crust (see notes)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional (I omit these)
  • Ice cream or whipped cream, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs on high speed until foamy. (Will take several minutes.)
  3. Beat in ½ cup flour, both sugars, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Toss the chocolate chips with 1-2 tablespoons of flour. Stir into batter (also stir in nuts, if using).
  5. Spoon into the pie shell.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes.
  7. Let cool on a cooling rack a couple hours before serving.
  8. Cut into 10 slices and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
If using a frozen crust, make sure it it thawed and at room temperature. You can also make your favorite pie crust recipe. My crust is from scratch.


Have you made Toll House Pie before? What are you favorite simple desserts?

Fun Free Outdoor Activities for Kids

2 kids on a hike with graphic free outdoor activities for kids

Let’s get our kids outside! The sunshine, fresh air, dirt, and and everything else that goes along with being outside are so important. Today, I wanted to share some fun free outdoor activities for kids!

Most of these ideas go beyond our own backyards. Though there’s a lot they can do there. (This post on summer activities kids can do at home has some great ideas you can use!) Sometimes you just want to get away from your house. Isn’t it amazing how fresh air, exercise, and getting out of the house can work wonders on bad attitudes for kids and adults?!

This list of free outdoor activities will be helpful as you start planning your adventures to load up your kids and spend some time as a family outside.

My favorite times of year for these types of activities are spring and autumn (summer gets hot where I am) but we try to spend time outside in all 4 seasons! During the heat of summer we try to do outdoor activities first thing in the morning or else in the evening.

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boy on bike and graphic with words free outdoor activities for kids

Free Outdoor Activities for Kids

One note for any time of the year. Be sure to watch for local community events!

Our town has plenty of free outdoor activities like: outdoor movies, block parties, Crazy Day sidewalk sales and more throughout the year. You just have to figure out where to watch for events. Try your city or chamber of commerce Facebook pages to get get started.

♦ Free Outdoor Activities for Spring, Fall, and Summer

      1. Public Beach
        Find a local public beach (we have a free one near our house) and go spend several hours swimming and playing in the sand. If it’s spring or fall, just wade in the water and have a sand castle building contest.
      2. Geocaching
        This is a perfect idea for most of the year! Basically a family treasure hunt. Go to Geocaching.com to find a cache near you and for lots of tips to get you started. Then use their app or your GPS to hunt it down. Let your kids do the leading. If you want to take something from the cache, be sure you bring some trinkets to replace it with.
      3. Hunting Painted Rocks
        All three of my kids love to do this. We’ve hunted rocks and painted our own rocks to hide. There isn’t a nationwide website for this like geocaching. If you aren’t sure if your area is doing this, try doing a Facebook search of the name of your town followed by “rocks” and see if anything comes up. You can try the surrounding areas as well.  Or ask on a community Facebook page. If you can’t find anything locally, get some of your friends and have a painting party (be sure to seal the rocks so the paint doesn’t wash off), hide the rocks, and start a Facebook Group or Page to start promoting. In our town (of 25,000) there are a few main areas that people tend to hide and re-hide rocks.
      4. State Park
        Not all state parks are free, I know, but many are in our state! Make a list of the ones you want to explore and then start checking them off. It is a great way to explore your state and experience the different terrains it has to offer. We’ve actually done a poor job of this so I have several on my list to hit up when the weather is nice.
      5. National Park Free Admission Days
        Take advantage of the free entrance days to the national parks. In 2020 there are 5 different days. Some of the parks are free all the time. So see if you have any parks near you and plan a visit. We did Badlands National Park this summer and it was amazing!
      6. Hiking
        You don’t have to have a state or national park to go on a hike. Search hiking trails and your location on Google to see what comes up. We have several near us. One by a nature center near a river and others out next to a nearby lake.
      7. Park
        A park might seem basic, but they are always a hit with young kids. To do something new you could always explore the parks in a near by town. Once you find your favorites, the kids will ask to go again and again.
      8. Fly a Kite
        Mary Poppins always comes to mind when I think of kites! Kids of all ages love flying kites. If you kids are older, invest in better kites and find a large field where you can all fly them together! With little kids we’ve found the perfect wind is more important than the type of kite. 😉
      9. Nature Hike
        Yes, I did just have a hike on this list. So, what’s the difference? The purpose of the nature hike is to really explore nature. Examine the trees, flowers, and creatures you come across. See how many you can identify. Bring a field guide and a notebook with you. Not only does this get your family outside, it is also super educational!
      10. Bike, Scoot, or Roller Skate
        Find a paved trail, or even just a sidewalk/road route that is appropriate for your kids and head out on a family bike ride. Or use scooters or roller skates. When I was young, we lived were the city put in a paved trail along the shore of a lake – beautiful and fun!
      11. Walk/Run
        Leave the wheels at home and just go out for a walk or run around your neighborhood. If your kids are old enough, you could even train for a race together.
      12. Stream
        Find a stream or small river where you can walk along, play, float “boats”, and hunt for crawdads! My kids can spend hours doing this. Water makes everything more exciting!
      13. Family Sports
        Play a game of family basketball, soccer, baseball, or volleyball! Use your yard or go to a park with a big field. Invite another family to join you to make it even more fun!
      14. Fishing
        If you already have a license this would be free. Otherwise wait for a free fishing weekend or find a friend with a pond on their property. This is one of my son’s favorite things to do! I think the patience you learn while fishing is a great skill for kids to learn.
      15. Yard Work for the Homebound
        Spend some time as a family helping out someone else! Rake, mow, or weed the yard of someone that isn’t able to do it anymore. You can create memories and be a blessing!
      16. Rock Collection
        Start a family rock collection. You can start this project one day and then continue it over the years. Buy a rock guide and find as many as you can. Be sure to label them when you store them back at home. Find a box with separate compartments or you can even keep them in small baggies.
      17. Visit Historical Markers
        I see those historical markers off of the highway all of the time. How many times have I pulled over to read them or explore? Never. Surely I’m not the only one! Take a road trip just to stop at the historical markers along the way. You might learn something new about the area.
      18. Picnic
        We can’t talk about free outdoor activities without bringing up a picnic. It has to be one of the top quintessential things that come to mind. Again, kids love picnics. My kids request them frequently and get so excited when they actually happen.
      19.  Clean up Litter
        This idea takes us back to serving others. It helps your kids become aware of the world around them and the impact of leaving our trash everywhere. Head to a city park, beach, or other area with gloves and trash bags. See what kind of difference you can make in just an hour! You can always finish your outing with ice cream.
      20. A New Downtown
        Downtowns are always one of the most fun parts of a town. Especially since so many communities are working hard at revitalizing them. Our town and business have put a ton of work into colorful murals and paintings. I’m sure you’ve explored your own downtown plenty, but what about driving to the near by cities and exploring their downtowns? You might just find some hidden gems.
      21. Backyard Camping
        Most campsites cost money. Camping in your backyard, however, is free! Older kids might think this is lame (unless there’s enough fun food involved) but younger kids love this! You can eat outside and play outside. Just use the house for the bathroom.
      22. Skate or Bike Park
        Load up everyone’s gear and head to a local skate or bike park. A great way to have fun and burn some energy!

    ♦ Free Outdoor Activities for Winter

    1. Sledding Hill
      Hours of free fun right here, if you plan the weather right! My 3 kids experienced their first real sledding this winter and let’s just say it was a hit. They finished cold and red cheeked but had a wonderful time.
    2. Ice Skating
      If you live in the north, don’t forget about local outdoor ice skating locations. If you have your own skates, you should be able to do this for free.
    3. Snow Fort and Snow Ball Fight
      If your yard isn’t big enough, find an open city park and divide into two teams. Each team can build a snow fort and make a stash of snowballs. Finish with a giant snow ball fight. Another great idea to get some other families involved in.
    4. Shovel a Driveway
      One last idea for serving. Don’t forget about your elderly community during the winter. Load up the family (and shovels) and head to shovel driveways for a few people. If you don’t know anyone, check with your church. They might know of individuals who could use the assistance.

    There are almost 30 free outdoor activities you can do with your kids anytime of year! Sometimes it can take work to get our kids (and even us as parents) outdoors, but it is so important.

    Involving friends on any of these ideas can change things up as well and keep your kids from complaining about doing the same activity more than once. So use these ideas to build memories and relationships with other families as well.


    I hope this list helps get your creativity going so you can think outside the box and start making run memories – outside!


The Best Homemade Cinnamon Breadsticks

cinnamon breadsticks stacked on a cutting board

Do warm, gooey cinnamon breadsticks take anyone else back to their childhood and pizza buffets?

You can easily recreate those pizza restaurant cinnamon breadsticks from your home.

It’s not hard, I promise. 😉

You start with a basic dough. I have your covered there. This dough is easy and so forgiving to make, so don’t be nervous if you are normally intimidated by working with yeast.

Of course, if you really, really don’t want to make your own dough (but I do think you should give it a try) you could buy a package of pizza dough from the store or a local restaurant.

After the dough is make, roll it out into a rectangle. You could do a circle if you don’t mind your cinnamon breadsticks not being uniform in length. The rectangle keeps the kids happier. 😉

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cinnamon breadsticks dough spread into a pan.

I have a pan the perfect size for a single batch of this recipe. It makes it so easy!

I like to do this directly on the buttered sheet pan. You will want your dough in a 9×12 inch rectangle. I love this baker’s roller gadget for rolling directly on the pan. (I also use it for tortillas and pizza crust!) Mine is the one from Pampered Chef, but there are many other options.

While the oven is preheating, the dough will rest while you prepare the final steps.

Melt the butter. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter over the dough and then generously sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

unbaked cinnamon breadsticks topped with cinnamon sugar

Topped and ready to go into the oven.

Once the oven has warmed up, bake and enjoy!

If you want to go really over the top, mix up a basic powdered sugar icing to drizzle over the top. All you need is a cup of powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water to get it to the desired consistency. Honestly, you could go either way on this one because this cinnamon breadstick recipe is already sweet and flavorful! My kids, of course, way prefer the added frosting.

cinnamon breadsticks drizzled with frosting on a cutting board

Yum! The house always smells amazing when these are baking.

Not only do these breadsticks make the perfect finale to have for dessert on your pizza night, they would also make a fun brunch item! Just think cinnamon rolls but way less time to make. I don’t think you’ll find anyone complaining.

Pizza Recipe: If you need an easy recipe to make your own pizza, this is our go to that we make on a weekly basis!

pan of cinnamon sticks on a cutting board drizzle with frosting

Cinnamon Breadsticks Recipe

The Best Homemade Cinnamon Breadsticks
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 5-8
These warm, gooey cinnamon breadsticks are super easy to make and are an amazing dessert or brunch item. Your entire family will love these.
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Icing, optional
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Water or milk
  1. Place flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in mixer bowl. (I use my Kitchen Aid.) Add warm water over the top and knead until dough is smooth. Note: If you don't have instant dry yeast, place the yeast, sugar, and warm water in the mixer bowl. After 5-10 minutes, when the yeast is really bubbly, add the flour and salt and knead the dough.
  2. Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Butter a pan. Roll the dough out on the counter into a 12 inch by 9 inch rectangle.and transfer to the pan or roll out directly on the pan. I use a baking sheet that is that exact size.
  5. Mix cinnamon and sugar together. Spread melted butter over the top of the breadsticks. Then evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture on top.
  6. When oven is preheated, bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Cut in half down the middle lengthwise and then into 8-10 strips.
  8. If desired, drizzle with powdered sugar that has been combined with just enough water or milk to reach desired consistency. 1-2 tablespoons, most likely.
Prep time includes letting the dough rise. The hands on prep time is honestly just 5 minutes.

My kids love these, so our family of 5 finishes off a batch with no problems. If you limit the serving size to just a couple of the half sticks, you can stretch it further.

To Double: double all ingredients except for the yeast. Use 1 tablespoon of yeast.


Originally published April 17, 2014. Updated July 19, 2020.