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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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Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cakes

These spiced balls are a yummy twist on a traditional favorite. Sometimes I add mini chocolate chips to the dough and, after baking, dip the cooled cookies in melted almond bark. —Joanne Valkema, Freeport, Illinois

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

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.
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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 Neopolitan for the vanilla ice cream...either works fine, too. Our children - my husband and I have two daughters, 21 and 16 - 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 Markel, Sublimity, Oregon

Cornflake Fried Ice Cream

Cornflake Fried Ice Cream

Cornflake Fried Ice Cream

Make this Mexican restaurant-style dessert at home! Drizzle hot fudge or caramel on top of this crunchy, creamy frozen treat. —Ronda Weirich, Plains, Kansas

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.”

Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Mexican Fried Ice Cream

"Fried ice cream is one of my favorite desserts to order from Mexican restaurants," says Mandy Wright of Springville, Utah. "When my sister and I found this recipe for preparing it at home, we knew it would be an impressive way to end a meal."

Cherry Enchiladas

Cherry Enchiladas

Cherry Enchiladas

This easy dessert recipe reminds me of French crepes. It's the perfect meal-ending treat for those Tex-Mex brunches we have so often here.

Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

This rice pudding from our Test Kitchen has a hint of citrus and a mild coconut flavor. Look for unsweetened coconut milk in the Asian aisle of your grocery store.

Mexican Chocolate Crinkles

Mexican Chocolate Crinkles

Mexican Chocolate Crinkles

I love to bake...in fact, my first try at baking "from scratch" is still vivid in my memory. I make a cake for Mom for Mother's Day—and forgot to put in the baking powder! This recipe brings back memories, too—when our two girls were young they often took these cookies to their Scout outings.

Creamy Caramel Flan

Creamy Caramel Flan

Creamy Caramel Flan

If you're unfamiliar with flan, think of it as a tasty variation on custard. One warning, though—it's very filling. A small slice of flan goes a long way! —Pat Forete, Miami, Florida
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