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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.

Graham Cracker Fried Ice Cream

Graham Cracker Fried Ice Cream

Graham Cracker Fried Ice Cream

This was a dessert I used to order at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I couldn't believe you could fry ice cream, but this recipe is delicious proof. Top it with honey, caramel ice cream topping or whipped cream.—Kay Higgins, Madawaska, Maine

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Cinnamon Chocolate Nachos

Field editor Kathy Kittell from Lenexa, Kansas found a “sweet” way to serve nachos. “It’s the perfect variation for my friends and family members with a sweet tooth,” she writes. “These buttery crisps disappear fast, so be sure to have plenty on hand.”

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.
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Fruity Chocolate Tortilla Cups

Fruity Chocolate Tortilla Cups

Fruity Chocolate Tortilla Cups

Her south-of-the-border treats are meal-ending favorites, notes Marion Karlin, Waterloo, Iowa. “You'll love the presentation of strawberries, apricots, peaches and plums in chocolate-drizzled tortilla cups.”

Chocolate Chip Quesadilla

Chocolate Chip Quesadilla

Chocolate Chip Quesadilla

Irene Rundell of Haskell, Oklahoma likes to keep dessert sweet and simple with this yummy finale. “Chocolate Chip Quesadilla is a classic,” she says. “It’s quick, different, deliciously chocolaty and takes just a handful of ingredients.”

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Finish off a fiesta with a piece of this moist and refreshing cake from Anna Yeatts of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Though it’s been lightened, the sweet flavors of this traditional Mexican dessert aren’t lost, making it the perfect end to any meal.

Caramel Flan

Caramel Flan

Caramel Flan

Sometimes I like to top this Mexican dessert with whipped cream and toasted slivered almonds. —Anelle Mack, Midland, Texas

Walnut Chocolate Burritos

Walnut Chocolate Burritos

Walnut Chocolate Burritos

"Inspired by my family's love of Mexican food, I experimented with tortillas, chocolate, crunchy walnuts and cinnamon to come up with this sweet treat," writes Kay Martin of Greenville, South Carolina. "It's fun and different and goes together in just minutes. I like to serve them warm and drizzled with melted chocolate, then dusted with powdered sugar. Wonderful!"

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.

Saucy Cherry Enchiladas

Saucy Cherry Enchiladas

Saucy Cherry Enchiladas

Enchiladas for dessert? When they're filled with fruit and covered with a sweet syrup, why not? Apple or blueberry pie filling is good inside the tortillas too.

Flan de Vanilla

Flan de Vanilla

Flan de Vanilla

Flan is a traditional Mexican dessert with many variations. My version is sweet with a pleasant vanilla flavor and luscious caramel sauce.—Shelisa Terry, Henderson, Nevada
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