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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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Molded Margaritas

With refreshing lime flavor and a festive look, these cool margaritas are perfect for parties. To make a no-alcohol version, simply replace the tequila with an equal amount of water.—Barbara Gersitz, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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-Mocha Ice Cream Dessert

Caramel-Mocha Ice Cream Dessert

Caramel-Mocha Ice Cream Dessert

You can use any flavor of ice cream in this frosty dessert. Chocolate and vanilla would be delicious substitutes for coffee and dulce de leche.—Scarlett Elrod, Newnan, Georgia

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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Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Our home economists created this ice cream cake to mimic the fabulous flavor of a popular dessert in many Mexican restaurants. It's a no-fuss treat that feeds a crowd. Plus, it's conveniently made ahead.

Quicker Caramel Flan

Quicker Caramel Flan

Quicker Caramel Flan

This shortcut version of traditional flan is made with convenient caramel ice cream topping to reduce prep time. Since it's prepared in individual custard cups, the baking time in nearly cut in half.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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.

Coffee Cream Tortilla Cups

Coffee Cream Tortilla Cups

Coffee Cream Tortilla Cups

Here's a special dessert for two. Crispy tortilla bowls hold creamy coffee-flavored pudding topped with a mix of colorful fresh berries. Amber Zurbrugg of Alliance, Ohio shared the recipe.

Peach Chimmies

Peach Chimmies

Peach Chimmies

“I developed these treats for our town’s peach festival,” writes Karolyn Czyz from Lewiston, New York. “They’re timely, easy and very tasty. As a variation, try pie filling instead of the peaches.”

Day of the Dead Cookies

Day of the Dead Cookies

Day of the Dead Cookies

I make these almond butter cookies for all occasions. In the spring, I cut them in flower shapes and insert a lollipop stick in them to make a bouquet. Using candies, food coloring and a wild imagination, try your hand at this Halloween-inspired version. —Kristine Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois

Fruit-Filled Quesadillas

Fruit-Filled Quesadillas

Fruit-Filled Quesadillas

Dessert doesn't get much easier than this stovetop treat that's loaded with fresh apricots and berries. Served with a scoop of low-fat ice cream, it seems anything but light.

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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