Servings: 8 snowflakes
Papel picado means “perforated paper,” and it’s a popular folk-art craft in Tucson and Mexico. This crunchy, sweet and sparkly edible version will brighten any winter holiday table. This is probably the only time I will recommend using those super-soft, fluffy, white, supermarket tortillas. Use fine-pointed scissors and the softest, freshest tortillas you can find so that they fold easily without cracking. Serve these as a dessert or appetizer, either alone or with crème fraiche for dipping.
- 8 6-inch extra-fluffy flour tortillas
- Olive oil spray or 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons colored sanding sugar such as turquoise blue
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles such as white jimmies, snowflake quins, or multicolored nonpareils
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt flakes such as Maldon
- ½ cup crème fraiche for serving (optional)
- Position your oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone sheet liner.
- Fold each tortilla in half, then in half again, and then in half a third time to make a roughly triangular shape. Using fine-pointed scissors, cut away small triangles or semicircles from the tortilla layers. Cut off a small piece from the tip, too, if you want a hole in the very center. Carefully unfold the tortillas—they will resemble large snowflakes—place them flat on the baking sheets, and spray or brush with olive oil.
- Decorate the “snowflakes” to your liking with sanding sugar, sprinkles, and coarse salt. Bake until slightly golden around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Serve with crème fraiche.
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