homemade fortune cookies that are made from soft tortillas

Homemade Fortune Cookies

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

These Homemade Fortune Cookies are definitely going to be a hit at your next party! These cinnamon sugar fortune cookies are so easy to make and fun to customize for parties!



  • 12 Street Taco sized flour tortillas (*See Note)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup sugar mixed with 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Toothpicks
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Fill a large, heavy bottomed pot with oil only halfway or a third full. You’ll want enough oil to submerge the tortillas but don’t fill the pot more than halfway full. Heat over medium heat until the oil reached 350 degrees.
  2. Fold the tortillas in half (check out the pictures in the post for reference) and grab the tortilla in the middle of the arc of the circle side with two fingers. Push the folded side of the tortilla towards the pinched side with your thumb, then bring the ends together to make the shape of a fortune cookie. Secure the ends together with a toothpick.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  4. Once the oil has come to temperature, carefully add 2 or 3 tortillas to the oil. Fry the tortillas, turning over at least once during cooking, until golden brown on both sides about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Using a metal tongs, lift the tortilla from the oil and drain the oil out from the inside. Be sure to do this well, or you’ll have soggy fortune cookies! Place the fried tortillas on a plate lined with paper towels and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  6. Once all the tortillas are fried, melt the butter and brush on the tops of the tortillas, then coat generously with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  7. Once the tortillas have cooled, yo can gently remove the toothpicks. Serve immediately or keep on a loosely covered plate until ready to serve, but these homemade fortune cookies are best served freshly made.

Recipe Notes

You can make and fry the tortillas ahead of time and then coat them with the cinnamon sugar mixture right before serving!

We found that the “street size” tortillas were best for this recipe, but you can use whatever size you want! A giant fortune cookie would be super fun!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American