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46 Mexican Dessert Recipes

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Día de los Muertos, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Three Kings Day, Día de la Candelaria, or simply embracing Taco Tuesday, these Mexican dessert recipes are an absolute must-try.

Many of these popular Mexican dessert recipes are authentic with a few thrown in with fun and delicious twists. For example, Sopapillas are a traditional Mexican dessert but we also included the recipe for Sopapilla cheesecake. The traditional Mexican dessert flavors are still present, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try something new!

Many of these popular Mexican desserts are authentic and a few have fun, delicious twists! Every one is perfect for a Mexican feast or for a family meal.

Full list of 46 Mexican Desserts

1. Sopapillas

A sopapilla is puffed, fried dough that’s traditionally drizzled with honey. Powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar are also common, and they’re sometimes served with chocolate sauce.

This sopapilla recipe uses cinnamon and sugar plus a drizzle of honey. They’re fantastic with whatever you top them with, so make them your favorite way!

sopapillas on a white plate drizzled with cinnamon and honey from a list of 21 mexican desserts

2. Sopapilla Cheesecake

This sopapilla cheesecake recipe combines the dough and toppings from sopapilla with a plain cheesecake layer for an entirely new and addictive dessert. It’s more like Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars than a traditional cheesecake.

You can opt for a graham cracker crust and bake it in a springform pan if you want something more traditional. This recipe uses crescent roll dough, which is not only quick and easy, it’s a close texture to traditional fried sopapillas. 

a stack of sopapilla cheesecake bars from a list of authentic mexican desserts

3. Dulce de Leche

Oh, dulce de leche, where to begin?

Dulce de leche is thick, creamy, and similar to caramel but so much better! Karen, aka The Food Charlatan and creator of this recipe, says “dulce de leche is not caramel. Caramel is made by heating sugar. Dulce de leche is a combination of sugar and milk that is heated slowly until the Maillard reaction takes place, or in other words, browning. It is a bit more mellow than caramel, and lacks any bitterness.”

Karen provides three ways to make your own dulce de leche at home: on the stovetop, slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. The best part is that all you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk to make this luscious, delectable Mexican dessert!

4. Flan

If dulce de leche is one of my favorite Mexican desserts, the flan is just a step behind. Its silky custard and incredible yet somehow light flavor is irresistible. It’s also incredibly simple to make if you know the right technique.

Flan also needs just 5 ingredients: eggs, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. You can use either a 7-inch cake pan or a flanera. While both work just fine, with the flanera’s locking lid, you won’t have the need to cover your pan with foil.

Be sure to check out the recipe for tips as well as how to make different flavors like citrus or coffee-flavored flan.

5. Flan Cake

I first made a version of this flan cake years ago and can attest that it’s truly something magical. Flan cake has two layers: cake on the bottom and flan on the top. The layers separate while baking; the flan settles at the bottom of the pan and ends up on top after flipping once it’s baked!

You’ll need the following ingredients for this flan cake recipe: sugar, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla for the flan layer. The cake layer uses a boxed cake mix for a truly easy yet impressive Mexican dessert.

If chocolate’s your thing, try making a “Chocoflan“, which is a chocolate flan cake!

6. Fried Ice Cream

Growing up in the Midwest, fried ice cream was one of those Mexican treats that was only available when we were dining out. Once I learned how to make it at home, it became a Mexican sweet we’d have at least once a month. Frying ice cream is oddly satisfying, but not nearly as much as eating it!

You can make fried ice cream by frying it the traditional way (everyone should do this at least once!) or you can use this recipe to make it the easier – but just as delicious – way. By “frying” (read: sauteing) the coating and then using it to coat the balls of ice cream, you’ll save a lot of steps and mess!

7. Fried Ice Cream Cake

If you want to make fried ice cream that’s even simpler, try making Fried Ice Cream Cake! It has all the flavors of traditional fried ice cream but the ease of preparing then serving it is much simpler. This version would be perfect for a summer barbecue!

8. Churros

Raise your hand if you only go to Costco for the churros! 🙋‍♀️

Okay, that’s not the only reason we hit up Costco on a regular basis, but churros on the way out the door has become something of a family tradition. After all, who can resist a crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside Mexican dessert that’s been coated in cinnamon and sugar?

Making churros at home is much simpler than you might think. To pipe the dough into the hot oil, you can use a pastry bag with a star tip, although I use this churro press to make it even easier. I’ve also had my eye on this Churro and Empanada Maker which looks interesting. (If anyone happens to own this or try it before I do, please share your experience in the comment section)!

9. Churro Bites

The process of making Churro Bites is essentially the same as regular churros, you’re just frying smaller bite-sized pieces of dough. Of course, this also makes it easier to eat the churros and with a bit less mess.

10. Churro Bars

This one is for you if you love the flavor of Churros but don’t want to mess with the mess of deep frying. These soft and sweet Churro Bars are everything you love about decadent churros in a totally doable recipe that is absolutely delicious. 

11. Ritz Bitz Churros

These addictive little bites start with peanut butter Ritz Bits that are coated in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The crackers are then baked to caramelize the “sauce”, then it’s all coated with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and a small amount of salt. This recipe might be the furthest from an authentic Mexican dessert, but you have to admit that it sounds downright delicious!

12. Churro Apple Pie Bombs

If you have an air fryer and you’re itching to make some Mexican sweets with it, this one is for you! Air Fryer Churro Apple Pie Bombs are a sweet treat that can be made in about 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients.

All you need to make these delicious and impressive treats are canned biscuits, apple pie filling, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Check out the recipe for step-by-step photos and instructions.

13. Churro Cream Puffs

Churros meet cream puffs in this creative and delicious treat created by Barbara Schieving. The recipe comes straight from her cookbook, Simply Sweet Dream Puffs.

Cream puffs are a wonderful treat on their own, but they become something truly magical when the flavors of churros are added. This is one you’ll want to try when you really want to impress your family or guests!

14. Sweet Mexican Corn Cake

You may be familiar with this delightful treat often served as a side dish in various Mexican restaurants, including popular ones like El Torito and Chevy’s. Sweet Corn Cake, known as “Pastel De Elote” in Spanish, is a moist and sweet delicacy made from corn. It balances the qualities of both cake and cornbread, resulting in a delicious treat.

Easy Sweet Corn Cake Recipe
Get the Recipe right here at The Wicked Noodle

15. Apple Pie Taquitos

This Mexican dessert combines American flavors of apple pie filling with the crispy texture and form of taquitos. They’re sweet, delicious, and simple to make. All the makings of a great apple pie in a fun taquito form!

You’ll need just five ingredients: apple pie filling, sugar, cinnamon, butter and tortillas. This would be a fun one to make with the kids!

16. Tres Leches Cake

There was a little ice cream shop near us that sadly closed down recently. I was devastated as they also sold a few homemade, authentic Mexican desserts that were just incredible. My very favorite was the Tres Leches Cake.

It’s called Tres Leches Cake because it’s soaked in a mixture of three types of milk: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, plus whole milk or heavy cream. It’s then topped with whipped cream and cinnamon for one of the most delightful Mexican desserts you’ll ever try!

It’s also as easy to make as, well, baking a cake. The hardest part is separating the eggs to beat the yolks and whites separately, which really isn’t hard at all. If there’s one recipe from this list you’ll want to try first, it’s definitely this one. Try adding some sliced strawberries as a topping, too!

17. Fresas con Crema (Mexican Strawberries and Cream)

Fresas con Crema is the easiest Mexican dessert you’ll ever make! Made with fresh strawberries mixed into a sweet and creamy sauce, this no-bake recipe is ready to eat in only 10 minutes.

You’ll need just five ingredients: strawberries, sour cream, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you; this easy Mexican dessert recipe rivals even the most complicated!

18. Buñuelos (Mexican Fritters)

Buñuelos are similar in flavor to sopapillas but the texture is thin and crispy instead of light and puffy. The dough is rolled out as you would a tortilla, then fried and coated in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. There’s not much better than a freshly-fried buñuelo – trust us on this one.

19. Mexican Wedding Cookies

These little cookies will simply melt in your mouth! They have a nutty flavor due to the chopped pecans and they’re coated in powdered sugar for a wonderful holiday cookie or just because you want to treat yourself.

20. Arroz con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding)

Arroz con Leche is similar to Tres Leches Cake in that it uses the same three types of milk. It’s a common recipe here in the US and one that my mom made often when I was growing up. I share a version of this recipe in my first cookbook, Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot. That one is served with fresh mango and you could do the same with this recipe (although that would make it a less authentic Mexican dessert recipe).

In any case, it’s absolutely delicious and one worth trying. Especially for how easy it is!

21. Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

We finally get to a Mexican chocolate dessert! Instead of cooking one cup of hot chocolate you prepare a syrup-like chocolate base that you can then mix with whichever hot milk you like best. Try adding a pinch of chili powder for a little spicy-sweet!

The best part is that you can store the chocolate syrup in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, making it a perfect make-ahead dessert.

22. Horchata

“Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink made up of white rice soaked in water, it’s flavored with cinnamon and it’s sweetened with granulated sugar. Everything is minced up together in a blender and later strained to remove solids. Some versions are dairy free while others contain milk and some versions contain nuts or added flavor like vanilla or coconut”, says Jaclyn of Cooking Classy.

It might sound complicated but it’s actually very simple to make. It’s a great dessert drink to serve alongside or at the end of any Mexican meal.

More Mexican Dessert Recipes

23. Mexican Chocolate Bark

Mexican chocolate is made with cacao, sugar, and cinnamon. The combination of both light and dark chocolate, infused with cinnamon and spice yields sweet and spiciness all into one bite.

Get the Recipe at Soffia Wardy

24. Apple Enchilada Dessert with Caramel Sauce

Apple enchiladas are a sweet twist on this Mexican dish and filled cinnamon-spiced apple and rolled in tortillas, baked, and topped with sweet sauce or caramel.

Get the Recipe at Imperial Sugar

25. Mexican Chocolate Sweet Tamales

Sweet tamales have a light, airy sponge cake encased in a corn husk shell.

Get the Recipe at Hola Jalapeno

26. Polvorones (Mexican Sugar Cookies)

Also known as “Mexican Wedding Cookies,” “Mexican Christmas Cookies,” “Polvorones” or “Biscochitos,” these traditional cookies are made with a buttery dough, cinnamon, anise, and often other spices.

Get the Recipe at Chicano Eats

27. Dessert Empanadas

These Dessert Empanadas have a sweet, crispy, and buttery dough, filled with fruity goodness—ideal for dessert, brunch, or a delightful snack.

Get the Recipe at Muy Delish

28. Camotes Enmielado (Mexican Candied Sweet Potatoes)

This is a traditional Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) dessert made with sweet potatoes piloncillo, cinnamon, anise, and cloves.

Get the Recipe at Muy Bueno

29. Jericalla (Mexican Custard Dessert)

This is a variation of flan originating from Guadalajara, México without the sugar topping that creates the hard shell.

Get the Recipe at Thai Caliente

30. Churro Chips

Crisp Churro chips are a fun twist on the traditional churro and an easy snack for everyone to enjoy.

Get the Recipe at The Mediterranean Dish

31. Mazapan Recipe (Mexican Peanut Candy)

Mazapan, a tasty Mexican candy, is a crumbly and sweet treat made from toasted peanuts and powdered sugar.

Get the Recipe at Mariecruz Avalos

32. Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Conchas are one of the many kinds of traditional Mexican Pan Dulce (“sweet bread”) and can be found at almost any Mexican bakery (panadería). This authentic recipe results in a soft and sweet Mexican bread with a white topping that resembles the surface of a seashell or concha. 

Get the Recipe at Mexico in My Kitchen

33. Mexican Paletas (Mexican Popsicles)

Mexican paletas are traditional frozen popsicles that are popular in Mexico with increasing popularity in the U.S. They come in a variety of fruity flavors and this recipe is made with fresh fruits, honey, lime juice, and water.

Get the Recipe at Live Eat Learn

34. Mexican Tamarind Candy

Mexican tamarind candy, also known as tamarindo candy, is a popular type of Mexican candy made from the tamarind fruit. This homemade Tamarindo candy recipe uses tamarind pulp mixed with sugar and chili powder.

Get the Recipe at Muy Delish

35. Cocadas (Coconut Macaroons)

Cocadas are cookies made with coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and macadamia nuts. While often attributed to Mexico in the United States, their true origin can be traced back to Peru.

Get the Recipe at The Foreign Fork

36. Frozen Margarita Pie

This one is for adults! Frozen margarita pie includes the addition of tequila and Triple Sec and citrusy lime in a crunchy salty, sweet no-bake pretzel pie crust.

Get the Recipe at Tidy Mom

37. Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bars

These fun, adult-friendly tequila lime cheesecake bars are creamy and citrussy, with a hint of tequila.

Get the Recipe at Sweet Peas and Saffron

Mexican Christmas Desserts

In addition to the beloved Mexican Christmas desserts we’ve mentioned, such as Buñuelos, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Mexican sugar cookies, there are many more Mexican treats enjoyed during the holiday season. We also cannot overlook Las Posadas, a beloved Mexican Christmas celebration that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. This festive event commences on December 16th and continues until Christmas Eve.

1. Authentic Sweet Tamales

Mexican sweet tamales, also known as “tamales dulces”, are a traditional Mexican treat made from masa (dough) typically sweetened with sugar, and flavored with ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, or fruit. These are often on enjoyed during the holidays and Día de la Candelaria in February where tamales and sweet tamales are traditional dishes.

Get the Recipe at My Latina Table

2. Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Mexican bread pudding is traditional Mexican dessert made with cinnamon sticks, cloves, raisins, salted peanuts, Monterey Jack cheese, and piloncillo, an unrefined Mexican sugar made from cane sugar. Capirotada can be made a variety of ways depending on the region of Mexico.

Get the Recipe at Latino Foodie

3. Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes, also known as “Three Kings Bread,” is a traditional round-shaped sweet bread associated with the celebration of Epiphany or Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) on January 6th. Inside the bread, or Rosca is a plastic little doll representing baby Jesus. 

Get the Recipe at Mexico in My Kitchen

4. Atole de Galleta

This traditional Mexican drink has a thick, creamy texture and a sweet, rich flavor and is made from galletas Maria cookies, milk, piloncillo, vanilla, and cinnamon. Atole de Galleta is traditionally served during the holiday season, including Las Posadas, Christmas, New Year’s, Día de los Reyes, and other special celebrations.

Get the Recipe at Mariecruz Avalos

5. Rompope (Mexican Eggnog)

Rompope (Mexican Eggnog) is made with milk, eggs, almonds, spices and rum, if you prefer.

Get the Recipe at Isabel Eats

6. Ponche Navideño (Mexican Christmas Punch)

Ponche Navideño is a warm Mexican Christmas punch traditionally served during the holidays. It is made with an assortment of sweet fruits, including guava, tejocotes and apples and infused with piloncillo, cassia cinnamon sticks, ginger and more spices.

Get the Recipe at Hola Jalapeño

Día de los Muertos Desserts

1. Mexican Bread of the Dead Recipe (Pan de Muerto)

Pan de Muerto, “Bread of the Dead” in English, is a traditional Mexican sweet bread that is typically baked and enjoyed during the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The dough for Pan de Muerto in this recipe is made from bread flour, sugar, eggs, butter, yeast, and orange blossom water or zest, giving it a slightly sweet and citrusy flavor. The bread is often decorated with more dough shaped into bone-like figures or a teardrop design, symbolizing tears shed for the departed.

Get the Recipe at The Other Side of the Tortilla

2. Sugar Skull Cookies

The sugar skull is a symbol used in Día de los Muertos celebrations, that remembers the departed with sweet memories. Since it’s not actually recommended to eat sugar skulls we’ve added this fun sugar skull cookie recipe to enjoy instead.

Get the Recipe at My Crazy Good Life

3. Calabaza en Tacha (Mexican Candied Pumpkin)

Calabaza en Tacha is a traditional Mexican dessert made with candied pumpkin. It is often served during during the fall and winter months and during Dia de los Muertos, holidays and special celebrations.

Get the Recipe at Dora’s Table

Do you have any favorite Mexican desserts we might have missed? Be sure to share yours in the comment section below. We also have plenty of other easy desserts to check out, too!

Make it a fiesta with this list of Cinco de Mayo recipes plus some tasty taco recipes.

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