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Cinco de Mayo Desserts

These recipes for rice pudding, caramel flans, fruit quesadillas and more will provide a sweet ending to any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine
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Blueberry/Kiwi Flan

Blueberry/Kiwi Flan

Blueberry/Kiwi Flan

This is a recipe that's fun to make, pretty to serve and tastes good, too. It's also versatile—you can use whatever fruits are your favorites.

Shortcut Tres Leches Cake

Shortcut Tres Leches Cake

Shortcut Tres Leches Cake

My mom's favorite cake is Tres Leches, a butter cake soaked in three kinds of milk. I developed a no-fuss version that’s rich and tender. —Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I was first served this creamy, soft-set ice cream at a friend's house. A hint of cinnamon is the secret ingredient.—Gloria Heidner, Elk River, Minnesota
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Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Kids will enjoy this tempting ice cream topping because it hardens on the ice cream as it stands. Store-bought sauces just can't compare to this homemade concoction.

Ice Cream Tacos

Ice Cream Tacos

Ice Cream Tacos

Talk about a fun presentation! Karen Oney’s cute dessert looks just like a taco—but it’s stuffed with chocolate ice cream and topped with cherries and coconut instead of tomatoes and lettuce. “These are as much fun to make as to eat,“ promises the creative Fort Worth, Texas cook.

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

We created this ice cream cake to mimic the popular dessert in many Mexican restaurants without the deep frying. It’s a no-fuss treat that feeds a crowd. Plus, it’s conveniently made ahead. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Two types of melon and other fresh fruit combine with peach preserves in this best-of-the-season fruit dish from Karen Ann Bland. The Gove, Kansas reader writes, “These colorful fruit bowls are great to serve for brunch or as a snack.”

Caramel Fried Ice Cream

Caramel Fried Ice Cream

Caramel Fried Ice Cream

Meet the Cook: For birthday parties or outdoor barbecues, this is a hit. At times, I substitute strawberry or Neapolitan for the vanilla ice cream...either works fine, too. My children used to love eating out at Mexican restaurants just so they could order fried ice cream for dessert. When I came upon this recipe, I copied it down quickly! -Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Cherry Pie Chimis

Cherry Pie Chimis

Cherry Pie Chimis

“In New Mexico, we love to make these yummy fried pies for dessert. Because they call for flour tortillas and convenient canned pie filling, they’re a snap to put together when time is short.” —Terry Dominguez, Silver City, New Mexico

Raspberry-Topped Cream Tarts

Raspberry-Topped Cream Tarts

Raspberry-Topped Cream Tarts

These tarts are as pretty to look at as they are good to eat! Crispy tortilla cups are filled with cream cheese mixture and topped with fresh raspberries. They're also delicious with sliced strawberries. -Kathy Rairigh of Milford, Indiana

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine
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