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13 Best Mexican Pastries (+ Easy Recipes)

13 Best Mexican Pastries (+ Easy Recipes)
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France may be known for its desserts, but has none of these Mexican pastries.

These sweet treats are as varied and beautiful as Mexican culture. And they taste great!

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My experience is that Mexican desserts are often very light. Sorry, they are not light in calories. But they ARE light in taste and texture.

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Many of these have notes of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel or all of the above.

You’ll also find that some of these aren’t ridiculously sweet (some are, don’t worry).

Either way, each of these Mexican pastries is absolutely divine. Below are 13 of my favorites!

In Spanish, oreja means ear, and I think that’s a pretty apt description for this one.

You may recognize this curly treat by the name palmiers. But I like “ears” much more!

Your mouth is watering with every bite of these delicious treats. They are crispy on the first bite, but then they melt in your mouth.

And frankly, they are super addictive.

The best part, though, is that they are super easy to make!

They only require five ingredients and you don’t have to make your own puff pastry.

And you can create a bunch in less than 30 minutes.

If you’ve ever studied basic Spanish, you probably know that the secret ingredient is cheese!

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Yes, cream cheese. And yes, these are as good as they sound.

Quesitos look like the love child of a danish and a cannoli. And they taste like sweet, spicy, cheesy heaven.

That’s why they are so popular all over Central/Latin America.

This recipe is for the basic quesito, which is just the sweetened cream cheese version.

However, you can add your favorite jam or jelly for a fruity twist!

These delicious cookies have a lot of history.

It’s a wonderful, all-Mexican tradition that has become popular worldwide. And for good reason!

They are surprisingly easy to make and they are incredibly tasty.

The only difficult part may be finding the piloncillo sugar in your area.

If you don’t have a Spanish store near your location, it’s available on Amazon.

The traditional cookie has a soft, biscuit-like texture and a sweet piloncillo filling.

They are rich and flavorful, yet light. You will love them!

Try them with Nutella filling for a fun departure from tradition.

Start your morning off right with mantecadas, a Mexican muffin that will blow your mind.

But you can fully enjoy it at any time of the day!

These babies are light, fluffy and sweet at the Goldilocks level. You don’t have to go to a dentist right away, but it’s not exactly bread either.

The best part, however, is that every bite has an orange scent.

You won’t be overwhelmed by the orange flavor. Instead, you just get a delicate floral, citrusy hint.

Buñuelos can be found in various cultures in South and Central America.

Although there are differences, they all have one thing in common: they are packed with carbohydrates and are delicious!

Usually, buñuelos are made from deep-fried dough. They are kind of a mix of donuts and funnel cakes.

But this simple recipe will cut your time and effort in half.

Just take tortillas and fry them until golden brown. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. It’s so easy!

This delicious version ends up really puffy, crunchy and totally delicious!

With crunchy outsides, chewy insides, and lots of sugar and cinnamon, churros are one of the best treats around.

With the addition of Mexican vanilla, these Mexican churros are exquisite.

Did you know that puffs and churros start with the same dough? It’s choux pastry dough.

The difference is that churros are deep fried and topped with sugar.

And while I love both, there’s something so delicious about deep-fried dough fingers.

Dip them in melted chocolate and prepare to be delighted.

Is it Jell-O, is it a soufflé, or is it cheesecake? It’s flan! And if you’ve never experienced this creamy dessert, have you even lived?

Flan is a cream dessert based on custard. It features a vanilla custard “cake” with a runny caramel sauce.

It is cooked au bain-marie, so the texture is silky smooth.

Flan is a dessert that feels luxurious and indulgent because it is. However, it is very easy to make.

So you can impress your family and friends with a little effort.

I bake a lot, especially cakes. I have to say that tres leches is in my top five favorite cakes.

It’s incredibly moist, super light and not too sweet.

Tres leches is made with simple and airy vanilla biscuit.

It is soaked in a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream.

And if that weren’t enough, it’s topped with homemade whipped cream. It’s a dairy lover’s dream.

I love to sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve it with strawberries.

If you’ve ever been to Taco John’s, you’ve probably heard of sopapillas.

You may even have experienced their awesomeness.

If you haven’t, I think they are akin to a French fritter. Sopapils are actually Mexican donuts. And you will love them!

They are warm and soft and gentle. The texture is a *kiss from the chef. *

When fresh from the fryer, they are covered with powdered sugar, cinnamon and honey.

Conchas are probably one of the most recognizable Mexican pastries.

They are small balls of sweet bread, with a colorful topping of streusel.

They have patterns carved into the topping that usually remind me of little turtles.

They have also been compared to sea shells. And that’s what this treat gets its name from!

The bread is enriched, so super soft and similar to a brioche.

It’s not dessert-sweet, but it certainly has a rich, slightly saccharine quality. But the topping is sweet and crunchy.

This makes for a fantastic juxtaposition that your taste buds will love.

Like many of my jokes, this cake is super corny! Do you see what I mean?

Bad jokes aside, pastel de elote is actually made with corn.

In fact, corn is the star of this delicious cake.

If you like the Southern style cornbread served with honey, you will enjoy this. Like cornbread, this cake is not very sweet.

However, it is not made with cornmeal like cornbread. Instead, it uses white flour and a whole bunch of corn kernels.

It’s buttery, light and absolutely perfect.

I am mentioning all the caramel lovers because you must try these empanadas.

Empanadas are a type of hand pie. They can be savory like a samosa or sweet like a Little Debbie.

They can be found in many varieties in South and Central America.

And I love them all! However, there is a special place for this dulce de leche empanada in my heart.

It’s sweet, it’s gooey, it’s flaky and it’s fabulously rich.

It is arguably the heaviest dessert on this list and also the sweetest.

Have you noticed that the best treats revolve around holidays, or is it just me?

Maybe it’s because all cultures together want to save the best for special days.

And Rosca de Reyes, or Three Kings Bread, is such a delicious pastry.

In theory, it’s like a big, ringed concha had a baby with fruitcake.

Rosca de Reyes is made with a slightly sweet, enriched dough, such as conchas.

It also has a sugarpaste streusel-like topping over parts of the bread. And it contains dried fruit.

It’s seriously delicious!

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