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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.

Ice Cream Tortilla Cups

Ice Cream Tortilla Cups

Ice Cream Tortilla Cups

I based this dessert on something I made in my high school Spanish class. The tasty treats look impressive, but call for just a few times.—Kelly Olson, Moab, Utah

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.

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."
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Chili Pepper Cookies

Chili Pepper Cookies

Chili Pepper Cookies

Cut out to look like their namesake, these cookies were sweet treats at the celebration. We used a favorite recipe that makes a tender, slightly soft sugar cookies. By tinting the frosting and adding some colored sugar sprinkles, these can be decorated with out a lot of fuss. They really say "fiesta".—Terri Newton, Marshall, Texas

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.”

Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

These sweet candies are similar to those served at Mexican restaurants in our area. The recipe comes from a cookbook put together by the staff of the school where I teach. —Barbara Windham, Houston, Texas

Fantastic Flan Pie

Fantastic Flan Pie

Fantastic Flan Pie

I made this pie recently for the first time, and it was delicious! It's creamy and slightly sweet.

Apple Cheese Wraps

Apple Cheese Wraps

Apple Cheese Wraps

These tortilla-wrapped apple and cheese treats are a light alternative to apple pie, notes Grace Malone from Lafayette, Colorado. "They're also a fun brunch item," she says.

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Light, crispy pastry puffs, sopaipillas are a sweet way to round out a spicy meal. They make a nice winter dessert served warm and topped with honey or sugar. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

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

Flan

Flan

Flan

This light egg custard recipe comes from a missionary friend who lives in Mexico. It's very typical of the Southwest...and very delicious!
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