It’s that time of the year! Celebrate with these delicious Cinco de Mayo Desserts.
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From cookies to cakes, there is a YUMMY, sweet treat for everyone. The big question is: Which of these Mexican desserts are you going to try first?
Take out your sombrero and bite into one of these pieces of Mexican heaven.
Here’s a list of 20+ authentic Mexican desserts, a few Mexican-inspired desserts, and overall yummy eats. Hope you enjoy!
Table of Contents
- 1 Mexican Conchas
- 2 Fresas con Crema
- 3 Mexican Flan
- 4 Pastel de Tres Leches
- 5 Pineapple Empanadas
- 6 Arroz con Leche
- 7 Pan de Elote
- 8 Mexican Chocolate Cake
- 9 Carlota de Limón
- 10 Cajeta
- 11 Tamales Dulces
- 12 Pumpkin Empanadas
- 13 Buñuelos
- 14 Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 15 Hojarascas
- 16 Tamales de Cajeta
- 17 Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cajeta Frosting
- 18 Blueberry Empanadas
- 19 Dulce de Leche Donuts
- 20 Conchas Bread Pudding
- 21 Carlota de Fresa
- 22 Banana Pineapple Pudding Parfait
- 23 Ensalada Navideña
- 24 Tropical Punch Lime Raspado
- 25 Zucchini Lemon Jalapeño Muffins
- 26 Capirotada
Fluffy, soft Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread) are yummy baked treats.
It is one of the most popular kinds of “pan dulce”(or Mexican sweet bread) named for the shape of the the topping that looks like a seashell.
This authentic Mexican Conchas recipe is something to be enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Yes please! Fresas con Crema is a light and fruity Mexican dessert.
Ripe juicy strawberries in a creamy sauce. It’s the perfect dessert for warm summer nights.
This traditional Mexican dessert is incredibly DECADENT, rich, and luscious. Mexican Flan is so hard to resist.
Look at how creamy it is! Now that’s serious Mexican food porn!!
You’ll love this authentic Mexican recipe for Tres Leches Cake (or Pastel de Tres Leches).
Who can resist this heavenly and decadent dessert?
FYI: This is another family recipe that has been passed down a few generations.
If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo desserts for vegetarians, look no further.
This recipe for Pineapple Empanadas, or Empanadas de Piña, is a definitely worth trying.
These yummy and 100% vegan empanadas are sweet and slightly tart.
This has to be one of the most traditional Mexican desserts out there.
Arroz con Leche is sweet and creamy.
You can even make this ahead of time which is always a big plus!
There is simply no wrong way to eat Pan de Elote, or Mexican Sweet Corn Cake.
As a morning treat or after dinner dessert, every bite is like a pinata in your mouth.
This Mexican Chocolate Cake is so yummy and so easy. Moist and delicious. Grab a fork and dig in!
Carlota de Limon is a no bake, no frills, easy Mexican dessert.
If you’re having a Cinco de Mayo party this year, you can even make it ahead of time. Then take it out when you’re ready to enjoy.
Cajeta is a rich, thick, and sweet Mexican caramel sauce made with goat’s milk. Drizzle on apple slices or on toast.
These types of tamales are relatively unknown of north of the border, but they are a favorite in Mexico.
Tamales Dulces (or Sweet Tamales) are made with pineapple and shredded coconut. Scrumptiously good.
They’ll have you everyone around the table saying, “Muy Bueno!”
Of all the Cinco de Mayo desserts listed here, Pumpkin Empanadas rank high with many Mexicans.
They are easy to make especially if you use already prepared pie dough. They come together in a snap!
Buñuelos are a typically made during Christmas time, but who wouldn’t want to bite into one of these crunchy treats in May?!
Mexican fritters topped with sugar and ground cinnamon are so so good!
In some parts of Mexico, they drizzle them with a piloncillo sauce. Mmm!!!
Want more easy Cinco de Mayo desserts? NO PROBLEM!
Mexican Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies take cake boxes to an entirely new level.
Yes, you read that correctly. This is a cake box recipe. Chocolately goodness with a Mexican twist, ready in minutes!
Hojarascas are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. These Mexican shortbread cookies are crumbly and just SO GOOD. Serve with a glass of milk or coffee and enjoy!
Want more authentic Mexican desserts? Try this one!
Tamales de Cajeta are incredibly yummy. Made with nuts and Mexican caramel, these are easy to love.
Sink you teeth into these Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cajeta Frosting. Sweet. Creamy. So yummy. What’s not to love?!
Blueberry Empanadas are fruity hand pies that you’re going to love. Baked sweet treats good enough to eat!
Who doesn’t like easy Cinco de Mayo Desserts?!
These Dulce de Leche Donuts are just that. Easy to make and easy to eat! (wink wink)
In a nutshell, it’s a yummy donut filled with creamy dulce de leche. Yum!
Remember the conchas from a few pictures above? If you have a few leftover or some of them went stale, don’t throw them away. Make this dessert instead!
Conchas Bread Pudding (or Capirotada de Conchas) is a delicious and decadent treat. A perfect way to end any Mexican meal.
Carlota de Fresa is an icebox cake that requires NO baking. Layers and layers of strawberries and cream. Delicious in every way!
There’s no monkeying around with these Cinco de Mayo Desserts. Banana Pineapple Pudding Parfait creamy and dreamy. A cold dessert that requires no baking. YES!
Yes, this is a Mexican Christmas dessert, but it’s also referred to as Mexican Apple Salad. Refreshing and delicious. Why not eat it all year long?
Ensalada Navideña (or Mexican Christmas Fruit Salad) is a combination of diced apples and fruits drenched in a creamy dressing.
If you’re having an outdoors Cinco de Mayo celebrations, this is the perfect treat.
Tropical Punch Lime Raspado brings back some amazing childhood memories. Light and sweet. It beats the heat.
PS: It’s also incredibly cheap and easy to make.
Zucchini Lemon Jalapeño Muffins make a tasty baked treat.
For breakfast, snack, or just because, this is delicious. Don’t forget to add a dab of butter. Yummy!
Capirotada, or Mexican bread pudding, is a traditional Mexican dessert typically made during Lent.
It is a favorite dessert especially on Fish Fridays during the Lenten season. Although, it can be enjoyed all year long.
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