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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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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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More Cinco de Mayo Desserts

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

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

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
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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.”

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.”

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.

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

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.

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

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

Cinnamon Peach Enchiladas

Cinnamon Peach Enchiladas

Cinnamon Peach Enchiladas

These sweet enchiladas from Irene Glembotskaya of Brooklyn, New York are a pleasant change from traditional peach pie--and a whole lot easier. Simply fill warmed tortillas with a cinnamon-peach mixture, then wait for the compliments.
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