25 BEST Cinco de Mayo Dessert Recipes to Try Out

Wondering what the best Mexican desserts are for Cinco de Mayo? There are so many great options! From sopapillas, to churros, sweet empanadas, and more! Here are some of the BEST Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes to try out at home!

Cinco de Mayo, is a yearly holiday on May 5th, which celebrates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Today, people celebrate this special day with all kinds of delicious Mexican dishes.

Below are some of the best desserts from Mexican cultures that you may or may not have tried.

These recipes are all super delicious, loved worldwide, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

So, if you’re enjoying a Mexican meal at home, why not add on one of these amazing desserts?

Be sure to check out my full list of 35+ Cinco de Mayo recipes too! Also, these delicious Mexican Bread recipes.

The BEST Cinco de Mayo Desserts

Mexican Fried Ice Cream. All the flavors of the classic without the actual frying!! Crisp cinnamon coating surrounds cold and creamy ice cream.
Get the RECIPE from House of Yumm
This Spanish Flan is a rich and creamy dessert topped with the most flavorful golden caramel sauce. Very easy to make with only 5 ingredients! #SummerGamesWeek
Get the RECIPE from Lemon Blossoms
Spoonful taken out of can of dulce de leche made with condensed milk.
Learn how to make dulce de leche at home using two ingredients: boiling water and cans of condensed milk! It’s an easy and hands-off process that transforms condensed milk into a sweet and rich caramel-like sauce to drizzle over ice cream, cakes, and much more.
Homemade Dulce de Leche
Churros are surprisingly easy to make at home. These churros are super crisp on the outside with soft and slightly chewy centers!
Get the RECIPE from Snixy Kitchen
Try making buñuelos for a unique and festive treat. Once fried, this golden-brown fritter is light, airy, sweet, and perfectly crispy!
Get the RECIPE from Broke Bank Vegan
These are Dulce de Leche Donuts. This is the best fried donut recipe I’ve ever tried. I made them into donut holes, but you can make them bigger.
Get the RECIPE from Pies and Tacos
Mexican Wedding Cookies – melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, pecan dotted cookies are rolled in sweet blizzard of snowy white powdered sugar and you’ll be savoring every tender bite.
Get the RECIPE from Cooking Classy
This creamy and indulgent Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding is about to become your favorite dessert! Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.
Get the RECIPE from Olivia’s Cuisine
An effortless, straightforward recipe for a creamy rice pudding. Cinnamon and sultanas makes it delicious as is but a scoop of ice cream puts it over the top!
Get the RECIPE from Recipe Tin Eats
Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Glaze – A light, fluffy and decadently moist tres leches cake with rum and dulce de leche glaze.
Get the RECIPE from Once Upon a Chef
Fresas con Crema, or Mexican strawberries and cream, is the easiest dessert ever! Made with fresh strawberries and a light sweetened condensed milk sauce.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Learn how to make puffy, soft-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside sopapillas.
Get the RECIPE from The Wicked Noodle
This moist Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is a twist on the classic Mexican dessert! Soaked in three milks and topped with whipped cream.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Creamy and scrumptious, this dulce de leche pudding will be your next favorite easy dessert. It’s easy to make and it tastes divine! Get the recipe!
Get the RECIPE from I Heart Brazil
These sweet and fluffy Conchas are one of the most popular types of pan dulce in Mexican panaderias! Here’s how to make them home.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Baked Apple Empanadas are the perfect dessert for the fall and winter seasons! They’re portable, delicious and super addicting.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Pan de Elote is a moist and sweet Mexican corn cake made with corn kernels, eggs flour, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Mexican Brownies spiced with a touch of cayenne and cinnamon. Fudgy and chocolaty, all it takes are a few ingredients and less than 1 hour.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
This Sopapilla Cheesecake recipe is the perfect combination of New-Mexican sopapillas, churros, and cheesecake in one!
Get the RECIPE from Bellyfull
This brown butter vanilla cake is perfect for any caramel lover because of the thick layer of dulce de leche spread all over its top.
Get the RECIPE from Cupcake Project
Sweet Tamales made with raisins and sweetened with cinnamon and sugar. Easy to make and perfect for holidays and celebrations!
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
Mini Lemon Sugar Skull Cakes are colorful and whimsical treats filled with bright, sunshiny flavors that everyone is sure to love.
Get the RECIPE from Muy Bueno Cookbook
My deliciously sweet-tart and flaky Baked Pineapple Empanadas recipe is made with just 11 ingredients and 25 minutes of prep work.
Get the RECIPE from Muy Bueno Cookbook
This Mexican Sweet Corn Cake is a delicious, easy Mexican dessert recipe.
Get the RECIPE from Mommy Musings
These Margarita Cheesecake Bars are creamy, made with a touch of tequila and sit on a buttery graham cracker crust.
Get the RECIPE from Isabel Eats
These tri-color Mexican Sugar Cookies known as Polvorones require just 10 ingredients and 15 minutes of active time to make. Perfect for the holidays!
Get the RECIPE from Muy Bueno Cookbook

🕕 How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these Cinco de Mayo dessert ideas can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

Did you Make Any of These Mexican Desserts for Cinco de Mayo?

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25+ BEST Cinco de Mayo Desserts

Wondering what the best desserts for Cinco de Mayo are? There are so many great options! From churros, to sweet empanadas, to sopapillas and more! Here are some of the BEST Mexican dessert recipes to try!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • Choose your favorite Mexican dessert.
  • Gather the necessary ingredients.
  • Enjoy a delicious Cinco de Mayo dinner!
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