Grilled Cheese Rollups

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If you had to pick five objects that represent your entire childhood, what objects would you pick?

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In no particular order, mine would be an inflatable armchair, the Backstreet Boys Millennium CD, my favorite pair of obnoxiously polka-dotted booger green tights, grilled cheese, and Kool-AidCan I get a hashtag #90sbliss?

(Especially for that sexy inflatable armchair–I owned a blue one like this. Cool kids? You bet your velvet bellbottoms and rainbow slinkies we were.)

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Discovering Kool-Aid Easy Mix as an adult was like stepping into a time machine and being transported instantly back into the head-boppin’, teeny-bopper 90s – except this time, there was no irritated high school cashier to tell me off for refilling at the drinks machine wayyy too many times. I bought all three flavors from Walmart recently – cherry, tropical punch, and grape – and I may or may not have already sipped my way through an entire bottle on my own before I even got around to writing this post. Whoops? (Good thing it has 50% less sugar than comparable regular sodas, right?)

When you live in 90°F springtime California, though, it’s hard not to want to drink Kool-Aid all the time. You can probably imagine that Kool-Aid Easy Mix is kind of nirvana for someone like me: just add water and enjoy? Now that’s my kind of childhood throwback!

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That’s not the only 90s throwback I’m sharing here today, though. As you can probably tell from the photos of gorgeous, oozing, melty, cheddary cheese that are flooding your lovely Tuesday monitor at this very moment (I’m sorry, did you say you’re at work and want to lick the whole screen right now? Yeah, I totally feel you), I’m sharing a salad recipe.

Just kidding. Grilled cheese roll-ups time, to pair off my glass of cherry Kool-Aid Easy Mix drink. Let’s doooo this!

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My favorite part about making Grilled Cheese Rollups is that they are so frickin’ cute + dainty. I used to order a grilled cheese every single time I went to Denny’s with my family, but these bite-sized cheesy morsels take GCA (Grilled Cheese Addiction) to a whole new level. Because let’s face it, when you have a choice between delicious and deliciousINYOURFACEADORABLE, you’re going to go with the second every time.

On a related note, these are GREAT for bringing to parties. Pool parties. Dinner parties. Birthday parties. Parties to celebrate April a.k.a. National Grilled Cheese Month, which is apparently a real thing.

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And like my cup o’ super-convenient Kool-Aid, these bad babies are so easy to whip up. I’ve included some fun sped-up, step-by-step gifs that detail the assembly process, but essentially you slather light mayonnaise on all surfaces of your bread, top each slice with a huge slab of cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice), heat the bread over low heat in a pan until your cheese is to-die-for-gooey, slice everything up, and you’re ready to roll.

That was a such a cheesy pun, but I did mean that literally. Roll roll roll!

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If you want to join me in this fund springtime celebration, good news! After you whip up these Grilled Cheese Rollups, you can make like a speed demon and purchase your own bottle of Kool-Aid Easy Mix. OR if you’re a real spring champ, you can even check your local Walmart for Kraft Kool-Aid Easy Mix Demos.

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So what are you waiting for? Let’s get our springtime on, people! I’ll go grab my awesome inflatable armchair while I wait for you to get your glass and rubby ducky float tube.

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Springtime is ready to ROLL! What will you be doing to celebrate?


Grilled Cheese Rollups

Grilled Cheese Rollups

Celebrate the sunny days with a quintessential American classic-with-a-twist: grilled cheese rollups! These cute bites make a perfect, portable food for any beach outing or party – just pair with Kool-Aid and you've got a picnic made!


  • 2 slices bread (I prefer Hawaiian sweet bread)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1-2 large slice extra sharp cheddar cheese, or cheese of your choice


To make traditional grilled cheese sandwich:

  1. Spread half a tablespoon of mayonnaise on both sides of two slices of bread. Top one slice of bread one slice of cheese.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Place bread in pan and cook until bottom turns golden brown, and cheese has begun to melt. Flip over and continue cooking until other side turns golden brown. (My sandwiches took approximately 3 minutes on each side.)
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy that gooey cheese!

To make grilled cheese rollups:

  1. Spread half a tablespoon of mayonnaise on both sides of two slices of bread. Top both slices of bread with one slice of cheese each. Place bread, cheese side up and mayo side down, on pan, and lower heat to a low flame. Cook until bottom of bread has begun to turn golden brown, then briefly flip over the bread so that cheese is directly on pan. Heat for 15-20 seconds, until cheese has begun to melt. Remove to a cutting board, cheese side up.
  2. Divide each slice of bread into three long strips with a knife. Start at the end of each long strip and roll the bread tightly into a spiral. Repeat until all bread is finished. You may use a toothpick to hold the spiral together on a serving platter.




26 Replies to “Grilled Cheese Rollups”

  1. So crazy fun, my boys would devour these!!

    1. I bet they would–thanks, Matt! Have a lovely Sunday.

  2. Woohooo! Kool-Aid was my BFF when I was in So Cal. and I still have it from time to time. Your grilled cheese rollups looks so mouthwatering! I love the ooey gooey melty cheesy roll. Yummm!

    1. Oooh yeah it’s so perfect for SoCal especially, huh? Thaaaaank you, Linda–have a lovely weekend!

  3. I haven’t had Kool-Aid in years! Used to love the stuff when I was a kid. Used to love grilled cheese sandwiches too, and still do. Those I make every now and again. Love the idea of a rollup! Fun stuff — thanks.

    1. haha I hadn’t had it again for years too–such a great blast from the past. Hope you enjoy some nice grilled cheeses in the coming days! Cheers!

  4. Yay! Backstreet Boys CD, Kool-Aid and grilled cheese. Indeed sounds like the 90s. I must say that I really miss the 90s – the songs, our oldie goodie foods… aaahhhh! I wish we could go back to those times. Back to the grilled cheese, this is incredibly delicious. I don’t mind having grilled cheese sandwich everyday. Haha!

    Take care, Ala. Have a lovely weekend ahead. xx

    1. Oh yayyy another BSB fan! I just lit up like a big flashlight when you said that 🙂 I hope you have a lovely weekend too, Jhuls! It’s good to see you around again, popping by your blog to say hello nowwww

  5. Holy wow lady, I freakin heart the bajinkas outta this post. The cheese oozing out onto the chopping board. Yarm!
    The five objects that represent my childhood, orange cordial/fruit drink icy poles, mashed potato, my coloured pencils, Pilly my pillow (I had that pillow with me always) and eggs. I was so sophisticated. 🙂

    1. hahaha your comment totally made my day, Anna – do you remember how obsessed some kids (ahem, me) would get if we lost a single one of our colored pencils, or if one of them broke beyond repair? I remember buying so many brand-new boxes of colored pencils and crayons just to make sure everything was in perfect order. Neurotic from birth – weren’t we lovely children? Have a lovely, lovely Sunday!

  6. These rollups are so fun, Ala! Love all that gooey cheese! Perfect with some Kool-Aid!

    1. Gooey is the best–thanks so much, Kelly! Have a perfect sunny Sunday 🙂

  7. And here I thought I had eaten grilled cheese in Every Possible Way! Gotta go make some rolled up cheesy goodness now. 🙂

    1. hehe there are a lot of fun combos out there, Kate, for sure. This one’s one of my favs by far, though! Have a lovely Sunday!

  8. Oh wow – these ARE super adorable – and I love your GIF’s!!! Cheese never looked so good Ala! 🙂

    1. THANK you so much, Shashi! I’m really glad you love them as much as I loved creating them. Have a wonderful, lovely Sunday!

  9. What a fun post! My 5 objects would be gym shoes, a discman, Coca-Cola, my cabbage patch doll and roller skates. I love how convenient the Kool-Aid Easy Mixes are! My kids never seem to want the same thing, including what kind of cheese goes on the grilled cheese, so having the flavor options are oh so key for us! #client

    1. Oh my GOSH–I read your comment on the cabbage patch doll and just did a little dance. I loved mine! We had the kind where you could feed it food–before it was recalled, anyway. Thanks so much for all your wonderful help in this process. Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Stephanie!

  10. Wow I love these, what a fun idea and I’m totally in love with your gifs! Great work! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Manali <3 I hope you're having a wonderful rest of your day!

  11. Ala, oh my gawd, I love these!!!! Five objects that represent my entire childhood? only five?! a michael jackson button/pin, peanut butter, my bike, stickers and lemonade!! 🙂

    1. PEANUT BUTTER–yaaaas! The perfect item for any childhood. I love your list so much, Alice! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday <3

  12. Oh man, my 5 favorite things from childhood? Hmmm. 1) Old school Nintendo. 2) Hammer pants 3) Mix tapes 4) Starter jacket and 5) mini-powdered sugar doughnuts. (Yup, I ate my weight in those things watching Saturday morning cartoons. Back when cartoons weren’t lame like they are today! Hah!) I love this post, Ala!! Oh, and that grilled cheese sammich looks amazing. Like I kinda want to eat it for breakfast. 🙂

    1. You’re talking about the NES, right? (Or SNES too?) I just passed a specialty game store yesterday with the old-school Mario Kart and was so tempted. And I totally hear you on the powdered sugar donuts–I guess they’re about as good as it gets aside from a grilled cheese for brekkie (which, btw, sounds like a GREAT idea–how did I not think of that before??). Have a wonderful Sunday, David!

  13. Can you believe we don’t have kool-aid in Australia? I know! Grilled cheese? Yeah, we have that. 🙂

    1. Oh, then hit the stores like crazy and get that grilled cheese!!! xo hope you’re having a lovely start to your week, Maureen!

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