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Desserts are a sweet passion for most South Americans. If you like tropical fruits, caramel, or chocolate, or any combination of the three, you will find plenty to like here.
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Best Dulce de Leche Desserts
Dulce de leche is a thick caramel sauce made from milk and sugar. Although it's delicious plain, it's in lots of Latin desserts. Dulce de leche pairs well with both chocolate and tropical fruits. It spreads beautifully, and is a common cake filling. The iconic http://alfajor sandwich cookies are fill…

Make a Tray of Bite Size Desserts
In the United States, we're used to big cookies, giant brownies, and generous slices of pie. But when desserts are in smaller portions, you can sample many different ones without overindulging. A tray of dessert petit fours is a common sight at South American parties, probably a carryover from the tapas commonly served in Spain. These mini desserts can be complicated and labor intensive, or as…

Holiday Cookie Recipes - Recipes for Holiday Cookies from Around the W
A sampling of the of the best holiday cookies from the About.com food guides, including lots of international favorites.

South American Chocolate Treats
A photo gallery of recipes for South American-style desserts featuring chocolate.

Four Ways to Enjoy Tres Leches Cake (Pastel de Tres Leches)
A photo gallery with recipes for four variations on the wonderful South American dessert, pastel de tres leches, or "three milk cake".

South American Pies
A collection of pie recipes with South American flavor.

Summer Desserts - Postres para Verano
A list of desserts to serve in the hot months of summer.

Dulce de Leche - Rich Caramel Sauce
This thick caramel candy/topping is a key ingredient in many traditional Latin American desserts

Dulce de Leche y Chocolate - Chocolate Caramel Sauce
A rich chocolaty version of the famous dulce de leche caramel sauce that makes a perfect chocolate cake filling. It's also great sandwiched between 2 cookies, or as an ice cream topping.

Easy Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot
A great way to prepare delicious dulce de leche without all the stirring.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Brownies
Rich, decadent brownies taste even more chocolately topped with a dulce de leche nut crumble.

Caramel Custard Flan
Flan is a rich creamy dessert made with lots of eggs, milk, and caramel that is enjoyed throughout Latin America.

Dulce de Leche Flan
Creamy caramel flan with an extra boost of flavor from caramel dulce de leche.

Venezuelan-style Flan - Quesillo
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Torta de Piña
A traditional and pretty pineapple upside down cake, with rings of caramelized pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Brazilian Cakes
A large collection of delicious and original Brazilian cakes, with photos.

Dulce de Leche Pionono
Dulce de leche pionono is a delicious jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream.

Brazilian Coconut Flan - Quindin
This recipe for quindim, a Brazilian coconut flan or custard, can be made in one large pan, or as individual mini-flans.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Salted Pecans
The wonderful caramel flavor of dulce de leche in creamy ice cream form, with chopped salted pecans.

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Dark chocolate and caramel dulce de leche combine beautifully in this creamy rich ice cream.

Dulce de Leche Dark Chocolate Brownies
These rich dark chocolate brownies are sophisticated and not overly sweet.

Coffee Dulce de Leche Ice Cream - Helado de Cafe y Dulce de Leche
The flavor of coffee and dulce de leche combined in a rich ice cream.

Blackberry Ice Cream - Helado de Moras
Berries and cream together in the most delicious way possible - ice cream!

Panela Ice Cream - Helado de Chancaca
This butterscotch-like ice cream is sweetened with panela, or unrefined sugar from sugarcane.

Strawberry Mango Lime Sorbet - Helado de Fresa y Mango
A tart and refreshing sorbet made with mango, strawberries, and lime.

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream - Helado de Coco Toastado
Rich and creamy toasted coconut ice cream is delicious drizzled with some dulce de leche or chocolate.

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pie - Pie Helado de Coco
A delicious pie with toasted coconut ice cream and a coconut and macademia nut crust.

Blueberry Lime Ice Cream - Helado de Arándanos y Limon
A sweet, tart summer favorite - blueberry ice cream!!

Dulce de Leche Mocha Ice Cream Pie
A delicious frozen pie with a cinnamon graham crust filled with layers of ice cream swirled with dulce de leche and fudge.

Pomegranate Acai Sorbet
This intensely flavored sorbet has a striking dark purple color.

Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
The alfajor cookie becomes an ice cream sandwich, filled with caramel dulce de leche ice cream and fudge sauce.

Alfajor Ice Cream Sandwiches - Alfajores Helados
An ice cream sandwich version of the delicious alfajor cookie.

Cake Truffles With Dulce de Leche
Cake truffles are bite-size balls of cake mixed with icing, and dipped in chocolate or more icing.

Panettone Cake Truffles
Cake truffles are pretty bite-size treats made by mixing crumbled panettone fruitcake with frosting, and dipping them in icing and chocolate.

Mocha Brownie Truffles - Chocolate Dipped Mocha Brownie Bites
These rich brownie truffles are flavored with expresso, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in nuts.

Tropical Cake Truffles - Pineapple Cake with Passionfruit and White Chocolate
These tropical cake truffles are elegant and exotic, with the flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, white chocolate, and coconut.

Beijinhos - Brazilian Coconut Kisses
These Brazilian coconut candies are easy to make and perfect for parties.

Brazilian Strawberry Candy - Bicho-de-pé
These pretty strawberry candies are sweet and slightly chewy, almost like strawberry taffy.

Torta Maria Luisa - Colombian Orange Layer Cake with Jam
Torta Maria Luisa is a lovely orange tea cake, layered with jam.

Strawberry Tres Leches Cake - Pastel de Tres Leches con Fresas
This traditional tres leches cake has a surprise later of strawberry filling.

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting
Texas sheet cake tweaked with some delicious Latin flavors, such as a hint of cinnamon, and dulce de leche caramel pecan frosting.

Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake goes tropical, thanks to coconut and pineapple in the batter, and coconut cream cheese frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Lime Curd Filling and Meringue
These cupcakes have a surprise filling of lime curd, and are topped with meringue.

Lemon Guava Cake with White Chocolate Frosting - Torta de Guayaba y Limon
This elegant cake is perfect for birthdays and other holidays.

Inca Kola Pound Cake with Rum Glaze
A tender citrus pound cake flavored with the Peruvian soda Inca Kola.

Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake - Torta de Piña
A rich and buttery cake with caramelized pineapple, toasted coconut, and rum.

Brownies with Dulce de Leche Pecan Frosting
These fudgecake brownies have dulce de leche frosting with the flavor of salted caramel.

Passionfruit Lime Cookie Bars
Delicious tart cookies with a creamy passionfruit and lime topping on a crsip graham cracker cookie crust.

Raspberry Passionfruit Sorbet
A deliciously tart and intense sorbet made with raspberries and passionfruit.

Pineapple Pisco Ice Cream - Helado de Piña y Pisco
An intensely flavored pineapple ice cream with Pisco brandy.

Mazamorra Morada - Peruvian Purple Corn Pudding
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.

Mazamorra Pie - Pie de Mazamorra Morada
A North American take on the Peruvian dessert mazamorra morada, a kind of fruity pudding made from boiling purple corn. It's delicious as a pie filling.

Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de Manchego y Membrillo
These elegant dessert empanadas are filled with manchego cheese and quince paste, a classic pairing.

Strawberry Lime Fruit Gelees - Dulce de Fresa y Limon
These intensely flavored strawberry-lime fruit jellies make wonderful gifts.

Pink Grapefruit Fruit Gelees - Dulces de Pomelo Rosado
These pink jellied candies have the bright citrus flavor of pink grapefruit.

Spiced Pear Dessert Empanadas - Empanadas de Pera
These dessert empanadas are filled with cinnamon and clove spiced candied pears.

Raspberry Blueberry Fruit Gelees - Dulces de Frambuesa y Arándano
Jellied candies with bright berry flavors.

Rice Pudding - Arroz con Leche
This classic rice pudding is popular throughout Latin America.

Arroz con leche de la tia Sofia - Peruvian-style Rice Pudding
This recipe for arroz con leche is especially rich and delicious thanks to the addition of pisco and egg yolks.

Panettone Bread Pudding - Budin de Paneton
Turn leftover panettone into a moist and delicious bread pudding.

Tropical Fruit Shortcake with Pisco
Tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and strawberries make an exotic compote to serve over shortcakes with whipped cream.

Passionfruit Cream Cannoli with Toasted Macademia Nuts
Italian cannoli with the tropical flavors of passionfruit, dried pineapple, and candied macademia nuts.

Brazilian Carrot Cake - Bolo de Cenouro Com Cobertura de Chocolate
These sweet golden cupcakes get their color from carrots, but they definitely taste like a dessert.

Suspiro de Limeña - Peruvian Caramel Meringue Parfait
A classic Peruvian dessert made with manjar blanco (dulce de leche) and a port meringue.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Filling
These chocolate cupcakes have a surprise caramel dulce de leche center, which makes them even more decadent and delicious.

Volador - Peruvian Dulce de Leche Pastry
A unique Peruvian dessert made with layers of crispy pastry filled with dulce de leche and pineapple jam.

Gingerbread Layer Cake - Torta de Jengibre
This festive cake has layers of gingerbread and a ginger cream filling, and a lemon frosting.

Brazilian Anthill Cake - Bolo Formigueiro
This moist pound cake is so named because it is filled with mini chocolate chips that look like ants.

Orange Breakfast Cake - Bolo de Laranja
This orange cake is simple to make and has lots of bright citrus flavor.

Dulce de Leche Caramel Meringue Tartlets
These caramel meringue tarts are made with creamy rich dulce de leche, a caramelized milk concoction popular in South America.

Banana Honey Tart
This dessert comes from the South American countries Guyana and Suriname, whose cuisines share similarities with their Caribbean neighbors.

Tropical Meringue Layer Cake
A lovely cake made of crispy meringue and cool whipped cream, interspersed with tropical fruit.

Three Layer Ice Cream Cake
A pretty summer cake made with 3 flavors of ice cream and a coconut cookie crust.

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches
tIce cream sandwiches made with two rich chocolate cookies sandwiched around homemade cherry ice cream.

Coconut Lime Layer Cake - Torta de Coco y Limon
A sweet coconut layer cake filled with tart lime curd.

Passion Fruit Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
This passion fruit cake has layers of passion fruit mousse, sponge cake, and rich dark chocolate ganache frosting.

Coconut Layer Cake with Coffee Frosting
A luscious layer cake with the flavors of both coffee and coconut.

Seven Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche and Pineapple
This pretty cake has lots of thin layers filled with dulce de leche and pineapple jam, and is iced with dulce de leche frosting.

Peach Pound Cake - Bolo de Pêssego
This buttery pound cake is made with fresh peaches.

Dulce de Leche Expresso Coffee Cake
A rich coffee cake with swirls of dulce de leche and topped with an expresso crunch struesel.

Brazilian Banana Cake - Cuca de Banana
Cuca de banana is a rich Brazilian coffee cake with bananas and a crumb topping.

Chocolate Banana Cake with Dulce de Leche - Torta de Platano y Chocolate
Two layers of banana cake are filled with dulce de leche then covered with a rich chocolate frosting - a great birthday cake for those who love banana bread.

Chocolate Cake Roll with Chocolate Cream Filling - Rocambole de Chocolate
This rich chocolate roll cake is perfect for celebrations.

Chocolate Cake - Bolo de Chocolate com Cobertura de Brigadeiro
Rich chocolate cake topped with shiny brigadeiro fudge icing - perfect for birthdays!

Summer Layer Cake with Strawberries and Pineapple - Fancy Torta Maria Luisa
An intensely flavored summertime layer cake with strawberry and pineapple.

Maria Luisa Muffins - Citrus Muffins with Raspberry Jam
Elegant citrus muffins with a surprise raspberry jam filling.

Bread Pudding with Guava and Dulce de Leche
Rich buttery bread pudding with guava and caramel dulce de leche.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars
These rich cookie squares have the perfect mix of creamy dulce de leche (milk caramel), candied nuts, chocolate, and caramel on top of a delicious cookie crust.

Caramel Coconut Bars with Chocolate Chips
Rich and chewy bar cookies topped with caramel and toasted coconut.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Candied Cranberries and Pecans
An elegant dulce de leche cheesecake for a special occasion.

Tropical Ambrosia - Ambrosia de Frutas Tropicales
A tropical version of ambrosia with a passionfruit dressing and fresh coconut.

Panettone Trifle with Rum Custard
This elegant trifle is a wonderful way to use leftover panettone from the holidays.

White Chocolate Mousse Passionfruit Trifle
Elegant trifle with layers of white chocolate mousse, passionfruit pound cake, and fresh fruit.

Toasted Coconut Cake Truffles
Chocolate cake and toasted coconut are the filling for these chocolate dipped cake truffles.

Chocolate Passionfruit Truffles - Trufas de Maracuya
Chocolate and passionfruit are a great combination. These truffles have a ganache and passionfruit filling.

Mango Passionfruit Poundcake
This recipe for passionfruit poundcake makes a rich and tender cake, soaked with mango orange syrup and iced with an orange mango glaze.

Passionfruit Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
This usual cheesecake combine the sweet/tart flavor of passionfruit with rich dark chocolate.

Mango Mousse Cake
This beautiful cake has layers of delicate sponge cake filled with sweet tart mango mousse.

Mango Mousse Parfait - Mousse de Mango
A light and airy mousse made with fresh or frozen mango and a touch of lime is the perfect summer dessert.

Tropical Fruit Trifle - Fruit Trifle Recipe
Tropical fruit, vanilla and banana cream pudding, passion fruit pound cake, and whipped cream make up the layers of this extravagant yet easy fruit trifle.

Pineapple Empanadas - Empanadas de Piña
Sweet and elegant dessert empanadas filled with pineapple and guava.

Mango Pineapple Meringue Pie
The tropical flavors of pineapple and mango combine well in this pie, and are enhanced by the coconut crust and tall meringue topping.

Peach Tart with Dulce de Leche
A summer peach dessert of fresh peaches brushed with dulce de leche caramel atop a nut filling and cookie crust.

Pineapple Apple Pie with Dulce de Leche - Pie de Manzana
Traditional apple pie goes slightly tropical with the addition of pineapple cooked in brown sugar and caramel dulce de leche.

Kuchen de Manzana - Chilean Apple Pie
This elegant Chilean apple tart is culinary descendent of the recipes that German immigrants brought with them to Chile in the mid 19th century.

Berlines - Chilean Dulce de Leche Doughnuts
Berlines are small round doughnuts of German origin (krapfen). Chileans fill them with dulce de leche (manjar) or pastry cream.

Molten Gingerbread Cake with Dulce de Leche
Individual gingerbread cakes with molten dulce de leche centers.

Mango Passionfruit Pie - Pastel de Mango y Maracuya
This mango passionfruit pie is a tropical variation of key lime pie, with a graham cracker crumb crust and whipped cream.

Quince Paste - Dulce de Membrillo
Quince paste is a sweet candy made from the delicious apple-like quince fruit. Quince paste is delicious served with cheese.

Candied Quince Preserves
Slices of quince fruit are cooked in a sugar syrup with cinnamon. The fruit turns a beautiful red color, and makes a delicious pie filling or topping for ice cream, as well as a lovely gift.

Passion Fruit Mousse Cake - Bolo de Maracuja
This passion fruit mousse cake recipe is both simple and elegant, with its layers of passion fruit mousse, vanilla sponge cake, and whipped cream.

Quince Doughnuts - Pastelitos de Membrillo
These little puff pastry "doughnuts" are delicious and unusual.

Key Lime Pie - Pie de Limon
Extra tart small key limes are famous for their pie potential. Similar limes grow in South America, where "pie de limon" is very popular.

Blueberry and Peach Empanadas - Empanadas de Fruta
These flaky, buttery, dessert empanadas are filled with summer fruit.

Chupa Chups and Paletas
Gourmet popsicles are popular throughout Latin America, and are becoming popular in the US as well.

Raspberry Cream Popsicles - Paletas de Frambeusa y Crema
These rich and creamy raspberry popsicles are easy to prepare - all you need is a blender and some popsicle molds.

Jordan Almond Macaroons - Cocada Cookies
A recipe for coconut macaroons made with leftover Easter candy, such as chopped Jordan almonds, chocolate eggs, and melted chocolate bunnies.

Mil Hojas de Manjar - Caramel Dulce de Leche Napoleans
The perfect quick summer dessert, mil hojas can be dressed up with fruit or pastry cream, or simple fill the layers of puff pastry with dulce de leche.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Dulce de Leche Glaze
These delightful cupcakes are easy to prepare with a spice cake mix and canned pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Dulce de Leche Filling and Caramel Frosting
A three layer pumpkin spice cake, filled with creamy cinnamon dulce de leche, and iced with a rich caramel frosting.

Dulce de Leche Fudge with Salted Pecans
This caramel fudge has a toffee like flavor that is delicious with the salted pecans.

Apple Cake - Cuca de Maca
This apple coffeecake with a rich crumb topping came to Brazil via Germany.

Quick Apple Strudel - Strudel de Manzana
A quick and easy apple strudel, perfect for cold winter nights.

Pastel de Tres Leches - Three Milk Cake
This well known cake gets its name from the three kinds of milk that are used to make it: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk or cream. Popular throughout South America, tres leches is basically a sponge cake soaked with sweetened milk and topped with whipped cream.

Brazilian Peanut Candy - Paçoca de Amendoim
This sweet and crumbly Brazilian candy is made with manioc flour and ground peanuts.

Bojo Cake - Coconut and Cassava Cake from Suriname
Bojo is a sweet, rich flourless cake made from coconut and grated cassava (yuca).

Quick and Easy Tres Leches Cake - Pastel de Tres Leches
When you have a craving for tres leches cake but don’t have time to make it from scratch, try this version that starts with a cake mix.

Cuatro Leches Cupcakes - Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche
Intensely delicious cuatro leches cupcakes are soaked with three kinds of milk, like tres leches cake, and then filled with a dulce de leche surprise center.

Easy Chocolate Tres Leches Cake - Tres Leches de Chocolate
Try this easy recipe for a rich chocolate tres leches cake. The recipe calls for a devil’s food cake mix to save time, but you can use any dense chocolate cake, or even a chocolate sponge cake.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake With Meringue Frosting
Coconut tres leches cake is a delicious moist cake, soaked with a mixture of condensed milk, cream, and coconut milk.

Patagonian Black Welsh Cake - Torta Negra Galesa
Black welsh cake, or torta negra galesa, is a traditional recipe of the Welsh settlers in the Chubut river region of Patagonia. It's a delicious fruitcake that keeps very well - even nonfruitcake eaters enjoy this cake.

Chocolate Fudge Truffles - Brigadeiros
These little Brazilian chocolate candies, called brigadeiros, look like truffles, but are much simpler to make. Serve them in little paper cups for an elegant treat.

Brazilian Nut Candies - Cajunzinho
Creamy chocolate and crunchy nuts make these little candies a big hit at parties.

Peruvian Tejas - Chocolate Dulce de Leche Candy
Tejas are a famous candy from the Ica region of Peru.

Peruvian Tejas - Dulce de Leche Candy with Macademia Nuts and White Chocolate
Tejas are a Peruvian candy made with manjar blanco. These tejas have a center of dulce de leche, macademia nuts, and dried fruit, all dipped in white chocolate.

Havannets - Argentinian Dulce de Leche Chocolate Conitos
These traditional Argentinian treats go perfectly with an afternoon cup of coffee.

Candied Marzipan Pecans
These marzipan candies, with pecan halves and a clear crunchy shell, are elegant and delicious treats.

Brazilian Coconut Marshmallow Candy - Maria-mole
This homemade Brazilian coconut marshmallow candy is easy to make and delicious.

Sweet Cream Empanadas - Empanadas de Leche
These sweet Guatamalan-style empanadas are made with cornmeal and filled with cinnamon pastry cream.

Passionfruit and Raspberry Jelly Candies- Dulce de Maracuya y Frambuesa
Intensely flavored passionfruit and raspberry jellied candies.

Mousse de Maracuyá - Passion Fruit Mousse
Passion fruit (maracuyá) is native to South America, and is a favorite dessert ingredient. This tropical summer mousse can be prepared as a molded cake with a macadamia coconut base, or served in individual parfait glasses with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Brazilian Corn Pudding - Curau de Milho Verde
This dessert recipe for a sweet corn pudding is quick and delicious. It's served chilled, so it's a great summer dessert.

Mana - Marzipan-like Candy Dough
Maná is a candy, kind of like fondant, made from eggs, sugar and milk. It can be molded into fruit shaped candies, and can also be rolled out and used to cover a cake.

Helado de Lúcuma - Lucuma Ice Cream
Lucuma is an unusual fruit from the Andean region of South America with a distinctive, aromatic sweet flavor. It's popular in many desserts, but lucuma ice cream is one of South America's best kept secrets. If you come across some frozen lucuma pulp at your local Latin market, try this ice cream. You will not be disappointed.

Mango Coconut Ice Cream with Star Anise - Helado de Mango y Coco
This creamy mango ice cream has a hint of exotic flavor from star anise and coconut.

Dulce de Leche Popsicles - Chupetes Helados de Dulce de Leche
These creamy frozen dulce de leche treats are perfect for a hot summer day.

Pineapple Passion Fruit Popsicles - Chupetes Helados de Pina y Maracuya
Both sweet and tart, these pineapple passionfruit popsicles are refreshing tropical treats.

Chocolate Dipped Alfajores - Alfajores Blancos y Negros
Alfajor sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche and dipped in white and dark chocolate.

Bien Me Sabe - Venezuelan Coconut Cream Cake
Bien me sabe is a rich coconut cake with layers of cream and meringue.

Postre Chajá - Peach Meringue Cake from Uruguay
A delicious meringue cake with peaches and whipped cream from Uruguay.

Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo - Quince Tart
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).

Apple Spice Cake with Dulce de Leche - Torta de Manzana
A rich apple spice cake, drizzled with dulce de leche caramel glaze.

Grilled Pineapple Shortcakes with Dulce de Leche
A sweet dessert of grilled pineapple, whipped cream, and dulce de leche.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake - Bolo de Abobora
This easy to make cake is full of fall flavor.

Blackberry Meringue Ice Cream Cake - Crocante de Moras
A delicious layer cake for summer, with layers of almond cake, blackberry ice cream, meringue, and whipped cream.

Tropical Berry Cobbler - "Pie" de Fresas, Piña, y Arándano
Individual berry cobblers with a touch of tropical pineapple and coconut.

Coconut Lime Tart with Coconut Cream and Macademia Nuts
A refreshing lime tart with a coconut macademia shortbread crust, coconut cream, and candied macadamia nuts.

Passion Fruit Meringue Tartlets - Bocaditos de Meringue y Maracuyá
Sweet little bite-size meringues are filled with tart and creamy passion fruit curd.

Passion Fruit Pavlova - Pavlova de Maracuya
An elegant summer dessert of meringue, fruit, and whipped cream.

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