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Desserts & Sweets

Over thousands of years, each region in Spain has developed unique desserts. Every culture from the Romans to the Arabs have brought new delicacies. Spanish desserts range from simple dairy and fruit-based desserts to elegant, artisan pastries made with almonds, or aromatic seeds like sesame, fennel, anis or poppy seeds. Learn here to prepare the perfect end to a great Spanish comida or meal.
  1. Spanish Cakes (25)
  2. Spanish Candy (3)
  3. Spanish Cookies (17)
  4. Spanish Custards & Puddings (33)
  5. Spanish Fruit Desserts (26)

Spanish Fardelejos Recipe - Almond-Filled Pastry from La Rioja
Fardelejos come from the Rioja region in Northern Spain, particularly from the town of Arnedo. They are small fried pastries, filled with sweet ground almond filling.

Frixuelos de Asturias Recipe - Asturian Crepes
This basic recipe for "frixuelos," the simple crepe-like dessert, which can be prepared in less then 20 minutes. Roll and fill them with fruit preserves, custard or whipped cream.

Making Better Flan from a Box
Sometimes there is no time to prepare a flan from scratch. If made from a flan mix, the texture is smooth and the taste is acceptable, but nothing compared to a home-made flan. Here are some easy ways for making a flan from a box taste richer, give it a special flavor, and improved texture.

Spanish Lemon Cream Recipe - Crema de Limon
Rich, creamy and cool, with a fresh lemon flavor, this dessert is the perfect no-cook dessert for summer. From start to finish, the recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and uses only 3 ingredients. Chill for 1 hour and serve!

Nun's Sighs Spanish Dessert Recipe - Suspiros de Monja
Convents in Spain were famous for the delicate sweets that were produced within its walls. Nun's Sighs or "Suspiros de Monja" is an example of these traditional desserts. They are golden and crispy on the outside and rich and creamy on the inside. A thick batter is prepared and spoonfuls are fried, then sprinkled with powdered sugar or candied fruit.

Turron Museum-Museo de Turron
Turron is a very old, traditional sweet of Moorish (Arabic) origin. It has been a popular sweet for centuries, even outside Spain’s borders. It is said that the Moors invented turrón over 500 years ago in Jijona, a small town about 30 miles or so north of Alicante. Jijona’s economy is focused on the production of turrón and other sweets. There is even a museum of turrón that chronicles the…

Turrn - Spanish Almond Candy
Turrn - Spanish Almond Candy or Nougat is a traditional Christmas treat in Spain. Made primarily from almonds and honey, it comes in a wide variety of flavors.

Spanish Christmas Sweets
Christmas time in Spain is heaven for those of you with a sweet tooth! Learn to prepare these Spanish Christmas desserts, found in almost every household: turrón, polvorones, mazapan and mantecados. You’re sure to have a ¡Felíz Navidad!

Roscon de Reyes - Twelfth Night Bread
"Roscon de Reyes" is a traditional holiday dessert, served the night before or morning of “Reyes” or Epiphany, January 6th. It is a yeast dough sweet bread, decorated with candied fruit on top. It is tradition to hide a baby figurine wrapped in foil and a dry bean. You are the king of the party if you find the baby, and must pay for the cake if you find the bean.

How to Make Sweet Potato Turnovers or Truchas de Navidad - St…
Sweet potato mixed with ground almonds, lemon zest and anise make the filling for these delicious traditional Christmas treats from the Canary Islands. They are delicious when dusted with powdered sugar and eaten warm. Called "truchas" or trout because of their shape. This is an easy step-by-step recipe with photos.

Sweet Potato Turnovers Recipe - Truchas de Navidad
Sweet potato mixed with ground almonds, lemon zest and anise make the filling for these delicious traditional Christmas treat from the Canary Islands. Baked or fried, they are delicious when dusted with powdered sugar and eaten warm. Called "truchas" or trout because of their shape.

Coffee-Cocoa Ice Dessert Recipe - Granizado de Café y Cacao
Iced drinks called "granizados" are very popular in Spain during the hot summers. This "granizado" is made with espresso coffee combined with cocoa powder and brown sugar. It is easy to prepare and very refreshing as a snack or dessert on hot summer days.

Easy Turron Ice Cream with Chocolate Recipe
"Turron Blando" (soft turron), the classic Spanish dessert is rich and creamy, made with crushed almonds and honey. Our easy dessert recipe combines turron with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, topped with crushed "turron duro" (hard nougat turron), creating an irresistible dessert for warm weather. If you have soft turron left from Christmas, this is the perfect recipe to use it!

Bunuelos de Viento Recipe - Light-as-Air Spanish Fritters
Light and fluffy and melt in your mouth, Spanish "bunuelos" or fritters are perfect for an afternoon snack or dessert. They are lightly fried, and dusted with powdered sugar and/or filled with pastry cream, egg custard or marmalade.

Spanish Almond Cream Recipe - Bienmesabe
Spanish Almond Cream, called "Bienmesabe" in Spanish is made of ground almonds, a sugar syrup, cinnamon and lemon zest. A big, gooey spoonful turns vanilla ice cream into a divine Spanish dessert! "Bienmesabe" is an ancient dessert of Arabic origin and still a very popular dessert in the Canary Islands.

Top Spanish Desserts
Spanish "pastelerias" or pastry shops are truly incredible and it seems that there is one on every corner. Passing by the window, you'll see a variety of beautiful, mouth-watering, hand-made pastries. Combined with the aroma as you walk by the door, it is hard not to step in for a closer look. In addition to fancy pastries, there are many classic or traditional Spanish desserts, but this list c

Easy Churros Recipe
"Churros" are simple fritters - Spanish street food. Fresh dough is squeezed through a pastry bag right into hot oil to fry. Then, they are cut into lengths and quickly sprinkled with sugar or drizzled with honey and eaten warm.

Churros with Strawberries and Cream
May is the month for strawberries, so strawberry desserts are very popular for Mother’s Day and for graduations. Our own creation, this strawberry dessert is not a traditional Spanish recipe, but combines elements found in many Spanish desserts – custard, whipped cream and fruit with a favorite - churros.

How to Make Churros - Spanish Fritters
"Churros" are fritters that look like big French fries, but taste nothing like one. The best way to explain them is to say that they are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts. Instead of a ring like a doughnut, "churros" are long and straight and usually have ridges. They are cut into lengths and topped with sugar or honey. A Spanish breakfast...

Panellets - Catalan Almond Sweets
“Panellets” are a traditional sweet from Cataluña, prepared for “Dia de Todos los Santos” or All Saints Day and served with moscatel or “cava,” Spanish sparkling wine. Made from equal parts ground almonds and sugar and decorated with pine nuts or flavored with chocolate, coffee or candied fruit.

Sorbete de Vino Rioja – Rioja Wine Sorbet
Sorbet is a perfect end to a delicious meal. This sorbet made from Spanish red wine, flavored with cinnamon and lemon is a delightful way to cleanse and excite the palette at the same time. It is also a simple, easy-to-prepare recipe that can be made and stored ahead of time. Serve this at your next dinner party. It’s sure to impress your guests!

Mallorcan Spiral Pastry Recipe - Ensaimada Mallorquina
"Ensaimadas," the traditional sweet yeast bread of the island of Mallorca is a treat! This sweet bread is shaped in the form of a coil and sprinkled with a heavy coat of powdered sugar. It is enjoyed as a breakfast dunked in hot coffee with milk, or as an afternoon snack, or a dessert. They aren't difficult to make, but require a bit of...

Spanish Caramelized Almonds Recipe - Almendras Caramelizadas
Almonds are used in Spanish sauces, desserts and as a snack. A bowl of caramelized almonds can be served as a tapa or a dessert. Adding a touch of salt to the sweet coating can give that special touch. These caramelized almonds are so good that it's hard to just eat one...

Lemon-Orange Granita Recipe - Granizado de Limon y Naranja
Like other Mediterranean countries, iced drinks called "granizados" are very popular in Spain during the hot summers. This "granizado" is made with both lemon and orange peel and juices, making it a very cool and refreshing drink in the afternoon, or simple and elegant summer dessert.

Bartolillos Recipe - Cream-Filled Spanish Tarts
A favorite Spanish dessert from the Madrid region, Bartolillos are small triangular tarts that are lightly fried and crunchy on the outside, with rich creamy filling on the inside. Bartolillos are a classic Spanish dessert, perfect for the mid-afternoon "merienda" (snack), a sweet breakfast treat, or a light dessert.

How to Make Ensaimadas - Mallorcan Spiral Pastry
"Ensaimadas" are the traditional sweet bread from the island of Mallorca. The exact origin of this popular bread is debated, but is mostly assuredly from the Middle East. It is shaped in the form of a coil and sprinkled with a heavy coat of powdered sugar. "Ensaimadas" are enjoyed as a breakfast dunked in hot coffee, or as an afternoon snack, or...

Menorca Fritters with Cream Recipe - Bunuelos de Menorca
"Bunuelo" is the Spanish word for fritter or donut, and are commonly eaten on All Saints Day in Spain. There are many different recipes for "bunuelos," and this version from the island of Menorca makes light and fluffy fritters, which are served with powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Menorca Donuts with Honey Recipe - Bunuelos de Menorca con Miel
Traditional Spanish "bunuelos" or little fried doughnuts from the island of Menorca are kept moist on the inside with a secret ingredient - potato. Drizzle with warm honey before serving. Delicioso!

Spanish Pumpkin Fritters Recipe - Bunuelos de Calabaza
The Spanish word "bunuelo," which translates to English as "fritter," is a simple dessert of fluffy, fried dough. This version is from Valencia, and has cooked squash or pumpkin mixed into the dough, keeping the "bunuelos" moist. Serve them the traditional Valencian way - sprinkle with sugar and enjoy with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate.

Alfajores de Medina Sidonia Recipe, Andalucian Delicacy
"Alfajores" are sweets from Cadiz, in the south of Spain, which date back to the era of Moorish rule of Spain in Al-Andalus. Now a traditional Christmas delicacy made of ground almonds, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, bread crumbs, cinnamon and other spices, they are bound together with syrup and honey, and formed into a cylindrical shape, then bathed in syrup and powdered sugar.

Honey-Covered Leaves Recipe - Miel Sobre Hojuelas
The simple Spanish delicacy called "Miel Sobre Hojuelas" consists of a dough made from flour and eggs, and flavored with anise liqueur, which is rolled out very, very thin. Then, "leaves" of this dough are lightly fried. When cooled, they are drizzled with rosemary honey and served.

Casadielles or Bollinas de Nuez Recipe - Spanish Walnut-Filled Bollinas
These small pockets of flaky dough are filled with sweetened, chopped walnuts that have been soaked in anise liqueur. Lightly fried, these "casadielles" are then dredged in cinnamon and sugar. "Casadielles" are also called "bollinas de nuez," are traditional pastries from Asturias, and are popular during Christmas.

Corbatas de Unquera Pastries Recipe
"Corbatas de Unquera," or Neckties from Unquera are a traditional pastry from Cantabria, perfect to serve to house guests for breakfast. They are simple and easy to prepare. Simply cut puff pastry into strips, twist and sprinkle with sweetened egg whites and ground almonds. Bake for 10 minutes and serve.

Cafe Canario or Cafe Bombon Recipe - Coffee with Condensed Milk
Hot espresso coffee added to sweetened condensed milk and a bit of whipped cream makes a rich and creamy dessert.

Astorga Puff Pastries Recipe - Hojaldres de Astorga
Easy and sweet, these little pastries are from the cit of Astorga, Spain and are made from puff pastry sheets. Simply cut the sheet into rectangles and bake in the oven. Then, dip in syrup and serve. They are ready in less than 30 minutes start to finish.

Almond-Filled Puff Pastry Shells Recipe - Volovanes Rellenos de Almendras
Small and flaky puff pastry shells are filled with a filling of ground almonds, sugar and eggs. They are a quick and easy dessert for brunch or for an afternoon snack.

Yemas de Santa Teresa Recipe - Yemas de Avila
"Yemas" are a very traditional Spanish sweet, great for using leftover yolks. Simple to prepare with egg yolks, granulated sugar and water, then coated in powdered sugar.

Spanish Pumpkin Dessert Recipe - Arnadi de Calabaza
Arnadi is a very easy traditional dessert from the Valencia region. Sweetened pumpkin or squash is pureed and baked with cinnamon and ground almonds.

Peras al Vino - Pears in Wine
This delicious dessert recipe originates from the "País Vasco" or Basque Country in Northern Spain. It is made with fresh pears and white wine and is an elegant ending for a dinner any time of year, but especially in the summer or fall.

Mini-Palmera Pastry Recipe - Palmeras de Hojaldre
Mini-Palmera Pastry Recipe - Palmeras de Hojaldre

Spanish Leche Merengada Recipe
"Leche Merengada" is an old fashioned Spanish dessert, a true classic. It consists of milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg whites, which are mixed together and frozen to make a kind of milk shake.

Carnival Ears Recipe - Orejas de Carnaval
Orejas or "ears" are a traditional dessert from Orense, Spain. They are typically eaten on Jueves Lardero. Thin, anise-flavored dough is fried and dusted with powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Chulas Recipe - Chulas de Calabaza
Chulas are small, fluffy and delicate fritters, kept moist with pumpkin puree.

Carrot Paddy Recipe - Tortitas de Zanahoria
Steam carrots, mash and mix with sugar, flour and cinnamon. Fry and coat in sugar and cinnamon.

Easy Spanish Sweet Almond Soup Recipe - Sopa de Almendras
Traditional Christmas dessert from Spain. Hot or cold soup made with ground almonds, milk, sugar and cinnamon.

Rice Pudding Rolls Recipe Rollos de Arroz con Leche
Pieces of white bread are rolled up with creamy rice pudding as filling. Dipped in beaten egg and fried until golden brown. Top with sugar or honey.

7 Best Chocolate Desserts from Spain
From creamy flans, to fluffy chocolate mousse or chocolate hazelnut cake, choose from this list of delicious Spanish desserts.

Spanish Calendar of Sweets
Every celebration in Spain is marked with traditional dishes and sweets throughout the calendar year.

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