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Mexican Dessert Recipes

Take a taste of these recipes including caramel flans, Mexican wedding cakes, peach enchiladas, sopapillos and more.

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Sopaipilla Stars

Sopaipilla Stars

Sopaipilla Stars

These deep-fried breads were a hit when I made them for our daughter's birthday party. They're a fun way to round out a Mexican-themed meal. —Glenda Jarboe, Oroville, California

Traditional Caramel Flan

Traditional Caramel Flan

Traditional Caramel Flan

This delectable dessert is baked over a layer of caramelized sugar, so when it's inverted, a delicious golden sauce runs down the edges of the flan and forms a pool on the serving platter.—Mary Ann Kosmas, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Finish off a fiesta with a piece of this moist and refreshing cake from Anna Yeatts of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Though it’s been lightened, the sweet flavors of this traditional Mexican dessert aren’t lost, making it the perfect end to any meal.
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Mexican Cookies

Mexican Cookies

Mexican Cookies

Add a sweet treat to meal of tacos, enchiladas or fajitas with these easy-to-make dessert.—Kathy Ybarra, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Giant Flan

Giant Flan

Giant Flan

When I host a Mexican-themed meal, I often serve this authentic dessert. I appreciate the make-ahead convenience…guests love the cool, creamy texture. —Nanette Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada

Three Milk Cake

Three Milk Cake

Three Milk Cake

With a large Hispanic population here, I have found the best recipes for Mexican food. This traditional Tres Leches Cake is a cross between cake and pudding.

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Field editor Kathy Kittell from Lenexa, Kansas found a “sweet” way to serve nachos. “It’s the perfect variation for my friends and family members with a sweet tooth,” she writes. “These buttery crisps disappear fast, so be sure to have plenty on hand.”

Pumpkin Flans

Pumpkin Flans

Pumpkin Flans

This silky, smooth dessert captures the essence and elegance of fall. I came up with the recipe myself, aiming to make something both luscious and light.—Charles Insler, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cinnamon Chips 'n' Dip

Cinnamon Chips 'n' Dip

Cinnamon Chips 'n' Dip

This is the perfect finale to any Mexican meal. A friend shared this recipe. We lightened it and came up with this treat. We hope you agree that it's a great way to end meals.—Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon

Pastelitos De Boda

Pastelitos De Boda

Pastelitos De Boda

In Mexico, these rich cookies are called "Little Wedding Cakes" and usually are served with hot chocolate. Since moving here close to Mexico from the Midwest, I've enjoyed trying authentic recipes—they're a sharp departure from the Iowa favorites I grew up with! I love introducing these to relatives and friends! —Terri Lins, San Diego, California

Apricot Burritos

Apricot Burritos

Apricot Burritos

These apricot-filled burritos are popular with my son and his friends. I usually have a plateful ready for them as a sweet after-school snack. It's easy since they can be together in minutes.—Charl Sanchez, Roseville, California
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