20 Cinco de Mayo Desserts to Make This Year
Save the best for last at your next Cinco de Mayo party. Whether you make something fun and refreshing (we're obsessed with this Margarita Cake, these Lime Sherbet Cupcakes, and these Salted Melon Margarita Pops), sweet and spicy (like these amazing Mexican Hot Chocolate Macarons), or quick and easy (have you tried our Air-Fried Churros?!), these easy Cinco de Mayo desserts will impress even your pickiest guests.
Crispy, light, and sweet, these air-fried churros are just as tasty as the deep-fried version. The dough is perfectly tender and tastes like a lightly sweetened breadstick, while the cinnamon sugar adds the perfect crunchy texture and sweetness.
It’s everyone’s favorite refreshing tequila cocktail… in cake form. Truly, what could be better? With tart lime curd and tequila syrup, this festive show-stopper cake does justice to the flavors of an authentic margarita.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Macarons
These macarons may require time and effort to make, but they’re absolutely worth it. Because every detail makes a difference in the final product (which is magically delicate and delicious), it is important that you use a kitchen scale that can weigh in grams.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
If you love to bake cookies and bars during Christmas, you will certainly add this recipe to your lineup of favorite holiday desserts to share with friends and family. The sugar cookie dough gets a double dose of chocolate from both melted chocolate chips and cocoa, as well as a pop of flavor from cinnamon and a touch of cayenne pepper.
Salted Melon Margarita Pops
The tequila is subtle in these beautiful light green ice pops, but don’t underestimate it: They pack a punch. The lightly sweetened, subtly salty flavor almost feels like Gatorade, but these are nothing like a recovery drink.
Churro Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Plug in your waffle iron for a sinful, sweet treat! Prepare yourself, these decadent ice cream sandwiches are next level. Mouth-watering, cinnamon-sugar churros (waffled) pair perfectly with large scoops of ice cream and a chocolaty drizzle.
Copycat Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists
Our take on Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists taste just like the real thing, minus the drive-thru experience. They’re super light and crunchy, and the cinnamon-sugar mixture provides the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
Tropical Dessert Tacos
Finish taco night off right with these vibrant handheld desserts, featuring all kinds of fresh vibes via coconut, mango, pineapple, and kiwi. These easy tropical treats use our Dessert Taco Shells to promote fresh fruit as the star of dessert, making them a great choice for the kids. Note: If you are serving these to kiddos, you may want to leave the rum out of the taco filling.
Churros and Smoked Chocolate Ice Cream
Swap out your traditional summer dessert for this fun show-stopper. Your Cinco de Mayo party guests will thank you--trust us.
Nutella and Red Berry Dessert Tacos
Waffle Cookie Ice Cream Tacos
We gave of our favorite taco-shaped ice cream truck treats a breakfasty-twist. Similar to a Choco Taco, these blueberry and white chocolate waffle cookie ice cream tacos aren’t necessarily a light option, but we’re not mad about that.
Ice Cream Tacos
Yes, these are a lot more work than unwrapping a store-bought Choco Taco, but every bite will make you want to dance with joy. You'll need a hardback book with a 1-in.-wide spine to shape the warm cookies into shells. The shells are best when the weather is dry (humidity softens them).
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Take your next chocolate cake to a whole new level with the addition of cinnamon, red pepper, and chipotle. Mexican chocolate is slightly spicy and goes perfectly with smooth chocolate pudding. This cake incorporates chocolate cake, pudding, and spice for a dynamic flavor and a sliced almond topping adds a crunch to the soft, warm cake.
Caramel-Apple Dessert Tacos
These decadent dessert tacos are essentially like having your own, individual apple pie (but way easier to make and more fun to eat). Start with our endlessly customizable Dessert Taco Shells, fill them with a gooey-good caramel apple filling, then top them off with even more caramel goodness.
Like black and white cookies? Then you'll love these chocolate-dipped tacos. Don't worry, these are much easier than they look.
A layer of tangy pomegranate gelée and a halo of pomegranate seeds give the humble chess pie an elegant and modern makeover. The fruity gelée (a fancy word for gelatin) balances out the richness and sweetness of the pie filling. You’ll also love the cornmeal-cream cheese crust as well, it has a lovely texture and flavor.
Dessert Taco Shells
These sweet, crispy taco shells are a great place to start for dessert, as they're fun to make and exceptionally fun to fill. Bake a batch up for a sweet treat taco bar, then let your creativity fly to make your own custom fillings.
Yogurt Pound Cake with Pomegranate Syrup
Not your typical pound cake. Shaya adds Greek yogurt to the batter for a slight tang, then soaks the cake in a fragrant lemon-cardamom liquid and serves it with spiced pomegranate syrup.
Tropical Beach Cupcakes
Coconut and fresh mango puree give these cupcakes a beachy twist. Decorate as you please with brown sugar, blue icing, and candy shells and sharks. Your vaction begins with the first bite.
Lime Sherbet Cupcakes
Spring has officially sprung with gorgeous Lime Sherbert Cupcakes. Throwing a baby shower? What great (gender neutral) dessert to surprise the mom-to-be!