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Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales) unwrapped but still in the corn husk surrounded by a pile of tamales and a decorative Mexican cup.
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5 from 56 votes

Tamales Dulces

Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales) are a favorite during the Holidays. A mixture of fruits and nuts wrapped in corn husks. They make a yummy Mexican dessert.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12
Calories: 434kcal



  • Soak the corn husks in warm water for at least 30 minutes.
  • The longer, the better. 
  • Be sure to completely submerge the corn husks in water.
  • In a large mixer, whip the shortening until light and fluffy. 
  • About 2 minutes on high. 
  • Slowly add the masa harina (or corn flour). 
  • Add the sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. 
  • Mix on low for 1 minute or until fully incorporated. 
  • Separate the diced pineapple and juice from the can. 
  • Set the diced pineapple fruit aside until ready to use. 
  • Slowly drizzle the pineapple juice from the can and ½ cup water into the masa mixture.
  • Mix on low for 1-2 minutes or until fully mixed. 
  • By hand, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. 
  • Mix to combine. 
  • Add the pineapple, raisins, peanuts, and shredded coconut. 
  • Mix until everything is fully combined. 
  • Drain and shake off any excess water from the corn husks. 
  • Add a spoonful of the masa mixture to the center of a corn husk. 
  • Fold one side in. 
  • Fold the other side over.
  • Find the point where there is no more masa on the top of the corn husk. 
  • Fold the pointy top over to the center of the tamal. 
  • Set aside and repeat until there is no more masa and/ or corn husks. 
  • Add hot water to the bottom of the steamer.
  • Carefully assemble tamales inside the steamer.
  • Cook on low for 1 ½ hours.
  • Check water after 1 hour.
  • If it needs more water, add more water.
  • The tamales can take up to 2 hours to cook.
  • Check to see if the tamales are ready after 1 ½ hours.
  • The tamales are ready when the masa pulls away from the corn husk easily.
  • Once you have turned off the heat, let the tamales sit for 30 minutes.



To stretch your masa, add less masa to the corn husks and make smaller tamales. 
You can use all water instead of pineapple juice, but be sure to add more sugar to the masa mixture. 
Lard can replace shortening. 1:1 ratio
If you are using store-bought masa, skip the pineapple juice and add more sugar. 


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 5mg