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Dessert Quesadillas

Every year, my mom insists on giving my brother and me foil-wrapped milk chocolate Santas at Christmastime…and every year he and I exchange knowing glances because we both know that our respective chocolate St. Nicks will sit on our respective coffee tables for a few weeks until we get tired of looking at them and they end up dying their inevitable respective deaths in our respective compost bins.

I was just about to toss this year’s ridiculous Lindt Santa when it occurred to me that I could use it to make the dessert tortillas I dreamed up a few weeks ago—and actually, it was perfect. The milky chocolate fused perfectly with the cream cheese and cinnamon, making the whole thing taste like a blend of warm chocolate ganache, cheesecake and churros—all in about 15 minutes.

  • ingredients
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas $3 for 24
  • 4 oz. cream cheese $1.50 for 8 oz.
  • 4 oz. milk chocolate chips or chunks $2 for 14 oz.
  • few dashes of cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • few dashes of salt Pantry
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided $1 for a stick
Total Cost of Ingredients $8


Spread each tortilla with an ounce of cream cheese.

Sprinkle the chocolate pieces over half of the tortilla, on top of the cream cheese. Top with a dash each of salt and cinnamon and fold over to make a half-moon.

Heat 1/2 tbsp of butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat and cook the quesadilla on both sides, until the chocolate is melted and the tortilla is golden-brown. Transfer to a plate or a warm (but not hot) oven until ready to serve. Continue cooking with remaining butter and quesadillas (using 1/2 tbsp for each quesadilla).

Cut into wedges and serve warm, garnished with powdered sugar if desired.

Serves 4.

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ilese levitt, on Jan 4, 03:30 PM, wrote:

OMG!!! I didin’t get a chocolate Santa, but I have chocolate. These sound absolutely DEEEEVine.

Peggy, on Jan 4, 03:33 PM, wrote:

This sounds great & so easy!

Traditions of all kinds abound during the holidays. We always put a little pouch of milk chocolate “gold coins” in our 34 year old son’s stocking. I know he probably doesn’t eat them, but he knows they will be there as long as we are around.

doniree walker, on Jan 4, 07:23 PM, wrote:

That is AWESOME because every year, my sister and I get chocolate “money” or cell phones or something, and sometimes I break off a few pieces and eat it, and sometimes they meet the same respective fate as your Santas. This? Sounds like an amazing way to save its life. Thanks for sharing!

Jane, on Jan 5, 06:11 PM, wrote:

Wow.. I just subscribed to this blog, but now, I confess to be a trifle disappointed;)
To throw a way shitty chocolate, sure.. but to throw away Lindt is a crime!

Melissa from Gevalia Coupon Codes, on Jan 8, 10:44 PM, wrote:

I always get these chocolate pieces for Christmas and usually around Easter too, this sounds like a great idea for them, or even with regular chocolates.

I just found your blog thanks to a “10 best food blogs of 2010 list” and I love the idea of counting up how much it costs for all these great recipes. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

Meredith, on Jan 18, 09:04 PM, wrote:

Delicious, though a word to the wise, I do not recommend using Trader Joe’s tortillas, there’s something about the flavor that’s slightly off for use with sweets (maybe it’s just my TJ’s, the one in SF on Bay @ Mason).

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