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Spectacular Mexican Desserts

We've assembled our best Mexican dessert recipes, including delicious and creative spins on dulce de leche cake and the much-loved flan. On your next Mexican night, be sure to end the meal with one of these festive dessert recipes.


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    • Glazed Churros

      Churros are the quintessential Mexican dessert, but a flavorful glaze puts a fun spin on the airy treat. Our churro recipe lets you pick from four different types of glazes to dip into: Mexican chocolate, birthday cake, orange, or pistachio-lime.

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    • Churro Basics

      Intimidated by making churros? No need. Here's what your process will look like.

    • Salted Caramel Flan with Blackberries

      Give traditional flan a sophisticated spin with elegant flavors, such as salted caramel and fresh blackberries. The smooth, melt-in-your-mouth Mexican dessert is a delicious and impressive sweet for any occasion.

    • Cajeta Quesadillas with Fruit Salsa

      Discover the sweet side of Mexican food with our fruity spin on quesadillas. The outside features a crispy, caramel-drizzled tortilla, while the inside holds a marvelous medley of pineapple, blackberries, and agave nectar. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and you've got yourself one fun, fiesta-ready treat.

    • Mango-Chili Paletas

      Satisfy your sweet tooth with these easy ice pops inspired by classic Mexican flavors like mango and lime. A hint of chili powder adds a subtle kick of spice to the refreshing Mexican dessert.

    • Orange Flan de Queso

      We love traditional Mexican flan, especially when made with smooth cream cheese and bright, citrusy orange. Top with marmalade and a light dusting of powdered sugar for a beautiful finish.

    • Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

      Mounds of swirly marshmallow creme add sticky sweetness to these caramely dulce de leche bars. Don't forget to sprinkle on a spoonful of toasted pecans for a bit of crunch.

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    • Mexican Corn Cakes

      If you love bread pudding or spoon bread, this Mexican dessert is just your style. Cinnamon ice cream and honey add just the right amount of sweetness to the delicious fresh corn flavor.

    • Mango-Horchata Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche)

      If you're craving Southern comfort food (very Southern), look no further than our special Mexican take on rice pudding. This warm bowl of vanilla bean, mango, and jasmine rice will have you warmed up in no time.

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      Dulce de Leche Cake

      Dulce de leche is a creamy concoction made from sweetened milk; when warmed, it tastes like caramelized cinnamon-sugar. Look for this South American delicacy in the ethnic section of your grocery store or at Mexican specialty markets.

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      Mocha Tres Leches Cake

      Sink your teeth into soft, fluffy spoonfuls of rich, chocolaty goodness. This twist on tres leches features espresso coffee powder baked into moist chocolate cake that's topped with creamy curls of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

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      Anise Churros with Chocolate Sauce

      These sugar-coated churros are as sweet as candy. We've added both anise seed and extract to the batter to give them a rich, licorice-like flavor. Don't forget to dunk them in a creamy bowl of coffee-infused chocolate for a wonderfully warm Mexican combination.

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      Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

      A sprinkle of cayenne pepper sasses up these chocolaty one-bite wonders. Just add a pinch or two to the smooth dulce de leche filling that's sandwiched between two crispy homemade wafer cookies.

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      Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup

      Canela, Spanish for "cinnamon," is milder and crumblier than most versions. Its flavor gives these fried funnel-cake-like treats their soft flavor, allowing the homemade anise syrup to really shine.

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      Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

      The simplistic pairing of sweet vanilla bean and half-and-half creates smooth spoonfuls of creamy goodness. Drape the top of this delightfully light dessert in a layer of velvety butterscotch for a warm touch.

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      Pineapple-Banana Crepas de Cajeta

      What's better than banana pancakes? Banana crepes! These thin but mighty treats get a Mexican makeover with the help of fresh fruit, creamy cajeta caramel, and a splash of rum.

    • How to Make Crepes
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      How to Make Crepes

      Crepes from start to finish: They're a cinch with these tips!

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      Tres Leches-Berry Parfaits

      Transform an ordinary fruit parfait into a delectable dessert using just a few simple ingredients: rum-infused cake cubes, juicy berries, and our very own homemade cinnamon tres leches sauce. To add some sweet flair, sprinkle with toasted coconut and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

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      Bizcochitos are Mexico's official state dessert and first-ever in the world to become a state cookie. These buttery, two-bite delights are flavored with anise and sweet cinnamon. They pair deliciously with morning coffee or a tall glass of milk.

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      Cinnamon Churros

      Like doughnuts, these cinnamon-sugar-coated strips of fried dough are always a hit. Dress them up with a bowl of sweet and spicy Mexican chocolate sauce for dipping.

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      Tres Leches Cake

      "Tres leches" means three milks in Spanish and refers to the three different milks in the vanilla sauce that drizzles over the cake. This version of a classic cake starts with a box of cake mix and adds a layer of chopped fresh strawberries.

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      Lime-Piloncillo Cocada

      Piloncillo is unrefined cane sugar that's pressed into cones and tastes like caramel. The Mexican dark brown sugar adds sweetness to these flaky coconut cookies featuring salted pistachios and toasted almonds.

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      Our Best Mexican Dishes

      Whether you need a simple dinner tonight, a Cinco de Mayo menu, or a solution for leftovers, versatile Mexican cooking has the answer. These delicious Mexican recipes will work for almost any occasion.
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