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Mexican Dessert Recipes

Mexican Dessert Recipes That'll Have You Running to The Store

Mexican dessert recipes are unique to their tradition and enjoyed by everyone. Here are some Mexican dessert recipes that are my personal favorite, and I'm sure they'll make your mouth water as well.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Many dessert recipes are lifelong traditions from Spanish and South American countries. These recipes have been passed down from generations, with minor variations made over the years. Even though they have somewhat evolved over time, they still have the traditional flavors preserved. If you're looking for some traditional, old-fashioned Mexican desserts, you've come to the right place.

Orange Buñuelos

Buñuelos are deep-fried fritters that originated from Spain. It's one of the popular Mexican desserts that is enjoyed at snack time.

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel (or lemon peel)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup orange juice (you can also substitute it with lemon)
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • Powdered sugar
In a large pan, boil orange juice, milk, 5 tablespoons olive oil, orange peel, and salt. With the help of a wooden spoon, stir in the flour till the dough becomes solid. One by one add all 4 eggs and stir continuously. Pour olive oil in a skillet and heat it to 375ºF. Make 1 inch pieces of the dough and carefully fry them in the hot oil. Take them out once they are golden brown and drain extra oil on paper towels. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and serve them hot.

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

Empanadas are traditional Mexican desserts from Spanish origin, which consists of bread and stuffing of different fruits. One of the popular Mexican desserts, empanadas can be prepared with chicken, beef, eggs, and vegetables as well. This is one of my favorite Mexican desserts; hope you like it.

Ingredients
  • 3 large lightly beaten eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 Can of apple fillings (your choice of brand)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • Ready to cook pie dough
  • Salt to taste
Mix the flour, sugar, and salt in an electric mixer bowl on low speed. Add butter and keep mixing till it turns rough. Without stopping the mixer, add 2 beaten eggs and let the mixture combine properly. Stop the mixer and take the dough out on the kitchen counter top. Put some flour on counter top before placing the dough. Divide it in half and knead each halves into round balls. Put it in plastic wraps and keep the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Now preheat the oven to 400°F. Open the can of apple filling and put it in a bowl. Add ¼ tablespoon of cinnamon to the filling. Bring the dough out and roll it on the floured surface. Cut the dough in round circles and fill the apples in it. Put another circle on the top and press the edges together with the help of a fork. Now take the beaten eggs and brush the empanadas. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar. Take a greased cookie sheet and place the empanadas on it. Make couple of holes with the fork to let them cook properly. Bake the empanadas for 30 minutes or till they become golden brown.

Coconut Flan

Flan is an open pie, which looks similar to quiche. There are many versions to making a flan. And here's one more...

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of coconut milk
  • 1 Can of sweetened condensed milk (your choice of brand)
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes, for garnish
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes, in cooking
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Fresh whipped cream, for garnish
Before starting the procedure, preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a small pan, melt the sugar and let it caramelize. Pour it in a flan dish and let it coat the entire bottom. Now in a large bowl, whisk the eggs till it gets foamy. Mix in the coconut and condensed milk, vanilla extract, and ¼ cup coconut. Pour the mixture in the flan dish and put that dish in a large baking pan, filling half of the pan with water. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. Let the flan set and check if it's done, see if it jiggles a bit. If yes, then your flan is ready. Remove it from the oven and let it cool. Once it's ready, turn it over a clean plate and cut into slices. Trim it with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

If you are planning a party or want to have some change in your dinners with Mexican foods, why not end the night with any of these desserts? They will surely tempt you for more.
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Empanadas in Basket
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