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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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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

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies

I need to avoid gluten and have tried transforming my favorite recipes to fit my diet. I came up with these cakelike cookies, and no one ever guesses that they’re gluten-free.
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Hot Lips Cookies

Hot Lips Cookies

Hot Lips Cookies

I love recipes with contrasting flavors—like these sweet refrigerator cookies with a subtle "kick" from Cayenne. —Gena Stout, Ravenden, AR

Margarita Tres Leches Cake

Margarita Tres Leches Cake

Margarita Tres Leches Cake

The first time I ever had Tres Leches cake I felt like I was in Heaven. I have made it at home using several techniques and flavors and this Margarita twist on the classic is my favorite. —Laurie Lufkin, Essex, Massachusetts

Triple-Chip Cinnamon Brownies

Triple-Chip Cinnamon Brownies

Triple-Chip Cinnamon Brownies

Being a huge chocolate lover, I'm always coming up with new ways to enjoy it. This is one of my favorite creations.—Carla Knibbs, Okotoks, Alberta

Vanilla Flan

Vanilla Flan

Vanilla Flan

Sweet, creamy and comforting, flan is a universally known Spanish dessert. The rich treat is the perfect finale to a spicy meal, especially when served with a cup of strong coffee.

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!"

Warm Mexican Chocolate Cakettes

Warm Mexican Chocolate Cakettes

Warm Mexican Chocolate Cakettes

What could be more comforting than a cup of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows? How about my souffle-inspired Warm Mexican Chocolate Cakettes? Talk about a crowd pleaser! —Matt Warren, Mequon, Wisconsin

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.

Ice Cream Tacos

Ice Cream Tacos

Ice Cream Tacos

Talk about a fun presentation! Karen Oney’s cute dessert looks just like a taco—but it’s stuffed with chocolate ice cream and topped with cherries and coconut instead of tomatoes and lettuce. “These are as much fun to make as to eat,“ promises the creative Fort Worth, Texas cook.
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