Fried Ice Cream Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls

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Finish off any Mexican-inspired meal with this Fried Ice Cream Recipe that is served in cinnamon and sugar coated tortilla bowls. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside – this is a dessert you won’t be able to stop talking about.


Make up a batch of White Chicken Enchiladas, Homemade Tortilla Chips and Homemade Salsa, then finish of the meal with this Fried Ice Cream!

Fried ice cream in a cinnamon sugar tortilla bowl topped with whipped cream

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Mexican food. And I will be the first to admit that I will celebrate a holiday purely for the food. Like Cinco de Mayo. My brother in law spent some time in Mexico, and always laughs at my family when we throw a big fiesta for Cinco de Mayo, saying that there really is only one small part of Mexico that even celebrates the holiday.

But let’s face it – we all know that we don’t need to justify to love eating tacos and enchiladas and tres leches cake all day long, right? Do we really need an excuse to stuff our faces with chips and salsa?

Like I said – I’m totally ok with celebrating just for the food. 🙂

And today I’m bringing you the perfect dessert to finish off your Mexican meal – this fried ice cream recipe!!

ingredients needed to make fried ice cream with cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls


  • vanilla ice cream
  • cornflakes
  • cinnamon
  • egg whites
  • oil, for frying
  • 6 inch flour tortillas
  • butter
  • sugar
  • desired toppings, such as whipped cream, dulce de leche and cherries

steps to make fried ice cream


This recipe is actually really easy to make, but it does take some time, so make sure to plan for that.

1. Scoop the ice cream into 6 large scoops. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for at least an hour.

2. In a large bowl or in a blender, crush the cornflakes with the cinnamon. (The recipe specifies a bowl, but I like to use a blender. Just don’t crush them into powder!)

3. Place the egg whites in a bowl and whisk until they are frothy.

4. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and dip each ball into the egg whites, then into the cornflake crumbs. Then repeat, giving the ice cream a second coat, into the egg whites, and then the cornflakes. Use your hands to press the cornflakes into the ice cream to ensure it is completely covered.

balls of cornflake coated ice cream

5. Place the balls back on the parchment covered baking sheet and return them to the freezer to freeze solid, at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

6. When ready to serve, heat your oil. Drop each of the frozen balls into the hot oil to fry. This should only take about 15 seconds. Serve immediately in the cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls.

steps to make cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls


They are actually quite easy to make. Here is how you make them:

  1. To prep, you’ll need either a jumbo muffin tin or some 1 cup ramekins placed on a baking sheet. You’ll also need to melt your butter and combine your cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
  2. You want the tortillas to be easy to work with, and you don’t want them to tear at all, so stick them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften them up.
  3. Working with one tortilla at a time, brush one entire side of the tortilla with melted butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Turn the tortilla over, then repeat on the other side with the butter and cinnamon-sugar.
  4. If you are using a jumbo muffin tin, put the coated tortilla into one of the cups. You’ll want to fold the sides around the cup, forming a bowl. Make sure the bottom is flat on the bottom of the muffin cup so that the bowl will sit up without falling over once it is baked.
  5. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, making 6 bowls total.
  6. Place the muffin tin (or baking sheet with ramekins) in the oven to bake until the tortillas are browned and crisping. Remove from the oven and allow them to sit for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Make sure the ice cream is completely coated with the cornflake mixture. If you have holes, the ice cream will melt through it.
  • Make sure the ice cream is completely solid before frying. If your freezer keeps things kind of soft, this might be an occasion worth turning the temperature down a few degrees. I like to freeze the ice cream overnight at this point to make sure it is completely frozen.
  • A reader suggested drizzling the fried ice cream with honey or chocolate sauce before topping with whipped cream. This sounds like a perfect idea!
  • Can you make this Fried Ice Cream ahead of time? I actually think this Fried Ice Cream Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls makes the perfect dessert for dinner party. All of the components can be made ahead of time, then just pop the ice cream in some hot oil before serving, and you have a total restaurant worthy dessert to feed to your guests. You’ll totally look like a rock star. Of course, you don’t want to fry the ice cream ahead of time, as it is best when it is hot and crunchy on the outside and nice and creamy on the inside.
  • The cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls can be made ahead of time, as well. I actually kept mine out for a few days and they will stay nice and crispy as long as you don’t put them in a container.

fried ice cream with bite of ice cream on a spoon

More Mexican Inspired Recipes Perfect for Entertaining

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Tools for Making this Fried Ice Cream

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  • You’ll need an ice cream scoop to make the scoops. I have been one similar to this ice cream scoop, and I love it!
  • I like to use a jumbo muffin tin for the tortilla bowls, but you can also use ramekins and place them on a baking sheet.
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