Cinco de Mayo is such a delicious little Americanized holiday to celebrate in the spring. If you are hosting a Mexican-themed party this year, round out your spread with a handful of Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes. Read on for some delicious ideas!
Cinco de Mayo (celebrated on May 5th every year) might not be an authentic Mexican holiday, but I still embrace it. My husband and I love Mexican food! Every single little thing about it makes us swoon. Early on in our relationship, we bonded over cheese dip and margaritas. So romantic!
Since then, we have honed in on some favorites, we’ve tweaked recipes and tested a lot of spicy food and margs. We don’t host as many CdM parties as we used to (sadly), but we still enjoy all of the flavors of food that can be found at this type of gathering.
If you are either hosting an upcoming gathering or just attending one, you might be looking for a few delicious dessert recipes to provide at your next Cinco de Mayo party! Well, you’re in luck! We have compiled an incredible roundup of 25 delicious Cinco de Mayo desserts that are sure to impress.
FAQ About Cinco de Mayo Desserts
A few more popular traditional Mexican desserts include flan, arroz con leche, Mexican wedding cookies and paletas.
A few more popular dessert items in Spain include tarta de Santiago, churros, arroz con leche and crema Catalana.
There are a wide variety of food traditions at Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Just a few popular recipes include guacamole and chips, huevos rancheros, margaritas, barbacoa, enchiladas, queso dip, tacos tamales and churros.
Dulce de Leche Made With Sweetened Condensed Milk
Dulce de leche is made using only ONE ingredient. This delicious caramel sauce pairs has such a rich flavor and pairs well with many types of baked goods!
Cinco de Mayo Dessert Recipes
- Churros, churro donuts, churro cupcakes or churro cookies
- Cream cheese flan
- Pan de Anis
- Mexican chocolate cake
- Fried ice cream with a Mexican chocolate sauce or hot chocolate sauce topping
- Pina colada cupcakes
- Mexican chocolate sheet cake
- Arroz con leche
- Dulce de leche cookies
- Key lime pie or key lime tart
- Mexican hot chocolate
- Caramelized plantains
- Mexican hot chocolate cookies
- Cinnamon tortilla chips
- Mexican wedding cookies
- Pastel de Cafe
- Sweet tamales
- Carlota de limon
- Margarita cookies or margarita cupcakes
- Tres Leche cake
Easy Baked Churros Recipe
Make Churros the easy way by baking them in the oven! Baked Churros are the perfect dessert to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo or any time of the year.
Caramel-Filled Churro Cupcakes
Making homemade churros can be a bit intimidating, as there’s frying involved. A much simpler idea is to transform that flavor profile into cupcake form with this Caramel-filled Churro Cupcakes (from Kickass Baker) recipe.
Switch up the standard margarita by replacing sweet and sour mix with fresh lime juice. The best part is the yummy sweet flavor boost!
Paletas de Fresa
These delicious and refreshing Paletas de Fresa (Strawberries and Cream Popsicles) (from Isabel Eats) are made with fresh strawberries, cream, milk, and sugar. So smooth and creamy, they’re a kid and adult-friendly treat you can enjoy all summer long!
How To Make Arroz con Leche
Arroz con Leche (from Foreign Fork) is a rice pudding made by cooking the rice with 3 milks and cinnamon for a traditional Mexican treat!
Te Key Lime Pie
This Tequila Lime Pie ( or Te-Key-Lime Pie) (from The College Housewife) is like having a margarita in a pie, and you can totally have another margarita on the side! Enjoy!
Strawberry Churro Cupcakes
This delicious strawberry twist on churro cupcakes (from Recipes From A Pantry) is perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day, Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or any day of the year! This easy to make cupcake recipe delivers tons of great cinnamon sugar churro flavor that kids and adults will love.
With this easy Sopapillas recipe (from Mexico in my Kitchen), you will be able to make crispy, light, and delicious Sopapillas at home for the perfect treat.
Try these delicious caramelized plantains (from Nashi Food), made with simple ingredients, ready in 15 minutes.
Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
When I need that salty and/or spicy chip break I make these sweet chips. For some reason when it comes to sweets I have more self control. I do like sweets and desserts but a small serving or a few bites is all I need to satisfy the craving. Which is why these sweet cinnamon chips (from Mexican Made Meatless) are perfect.
Mini Choco Tacos
We took one of our favorite ice cream treats and re-created it at home! Our Mini Homemade Choco Tacos (from Spoon Fork Bacon) are smaller than the size you’re used to, which makes them such a fun dessert. You can even fill them with any kind of ice cream you like!
Pastel de Cafe
This Coffee Cake recipe (from La Cocina Mexicana de Pily) is old, it is one of those cakes that were made without fancy ingredients, without tricks, just an intense coffee flavor, I love these types of recipes!
These soft and sweet Churro Bars (from Practically Homemade) are everything you love about decadent churros in a totally doable recipe that is absolutely delicious. I can’t wait for you to try them! Keep scrolling to see how you can make them for yourself.
No Bake Margarita Bites
No bake margarita cheesecake bites (from If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen) are easy to make and require no oven. They’re a zesty and boozy treat to make for Cinco de Mayo!
Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake (from House of Yumm). This easy to make tender cake is drenched in a three milk mixture, topped with fluffy whipped cream, and can be topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon or fresh fruit for a truly authentic Mexican dessert.
I made these cute sombrero sugar cookies (from Jenny Cookies) a few years back for Lisa Rinna’s 50th birthday party. They are suuuuuper simple to make and perfect for Cinco De Mayo!
Crumbl Churro Cookie
Churro Cookies (from Cooking with Karli) are a cinnamon sugar cookie topped with a cinnamon buttercream, this Crumbl copycat is a churro lovers dream!
Homemade Authentic Mexican Buñuelos Recipe
Lightly sweet and perfectly golden brown, this recipe for Homemade Authentic Mexican Buñuelos (from Muy Bueno Cookbook) is a must during the holiday season. Simple tortilla-like fritters are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a deliciously light and crispy dessert.
Mexican Coconut Horchata
A rich and creamy, chilled horchata recipe (from Sift and Simmer) with coconut milk and cinnamon.
Best “Fried” Ice Cream
This un-fried Mexican “Fried” Ice Cream (from So Festive) tastes just as good as the fried stuff, without the extra calories! This easy Mexican dessert recipe is perfect sweet treat for fiesta.
Churro Chex Mix
Looking for a fun and easy recipe? We love this easy churro chex mix (from Oh Sweet Basil) for parties and entertaining or just a night at home with Netflix!
Coconut Flan Recipe
A popular and simple Latin American dessert, this coconut flan recipe (from My Dominican Kitchen) is both decadent and delicious.
Mexican Hot Fudge Chocolate Brownies
These Mexican Hot Chocolate Fudge Brownies (from Sweet and Sorel) are sweet fudgy with a little spice, too. They are a great way to shake up your regular brownie recipe. Don’t miss out on trying these delicious brownies!
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Mexican wedding cookies (from Jessica Gavin) are delicate treats made using equal parts walnuts-to-flour, and each bite crumbles with ease. The dough balls are rolled in powdered sugar twice for extra sweetness.
How To Make Pan de Anis
Pan de anis is a type of Mexican pan dulce (from The Other Side of the Tortilla) that comes in various shapes, but always has anise seed to give it its flavor.
More Cinco de Mayo Recipes
- This spicy bean salsa recipe is fresh, zesty, delicious and great for parties. It is one of my favorite Mexican recipes of all time!
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of those super easy dinners that tastes like it’s been cooked low and slow all day long. Throw it together for your next family dinner OR your next big gathering. Either way, it’ll get devoured!
- This is the BEST shredded chicken you will ever eat! SO GOOD! Making shredded chicken for tacos in the Instant Pot requires only FOUR ingredients. The meat turns out flavorful, tender and juicy every single time. Perfect for taco night!
- This is the best margarita recipe EVER! My husband spent years perfecting this delicious tequila cocktail. This beat any variation found at a Mexican restaurant!
- Introducing the best 7 Layer Taco Dip you’ll ever meet! It’s the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.