Whether you’re truly celebrating Mexico’s triumph over the French in 1861’s Battle of Puebla or merely looking for a reason to eat your weight in churros, Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to revisit dessert recipes that celebrate the flavors and ingredients of Mexican cuisine. From classics like rice pudding and tres leches cake to new interpretations like Mexican chocolate brownies and margarita pie, we’ve rounded up our favorite Mexican-inspired sweets.
If you told the childhood version of yourself that one day you’d flip for a cake filled with a vegetable, you surely would have laughed. But this tried-and-true dessert is endlessly craveable no matter how you make it. And yes, there are many ways:
Not just for sandwiches, the classic combo of PB and J can star in dessert, too, as it does in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ina Garten makes a sweetened dough to feature as both the base of the bars and the topping. And in the middle, it’s all about the jam; Ina opts for raspberry, but you can use your favorite flavor if you prefer. For welcome texture, blanket the dessert with chopped peanuts before baking.
For more impressive dessert recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
For those celebrating Passover, the day before is spent in preparation. Kitchens are scrubbed clean, seder tables are set, matzo is purchased in bulk and food preparations are well underway. Though nothing can beat your bubbe’s matzo ball soup or flourless chocolate cake, these inventive and creative Passover-friendly sweet treats are here to punch up your holiday dessert spread.
When life gives you unleavened bread, make cake! But not just any cake. Layer together a super-fun No-Bake Matzo Stack Cake with whipped cream, chopped nuts and, of course, crunchy matzo.
Chocolate chip cookies are a tried-and-true dessert staple for a reason; whether you like them chewy, crunchy or packed with nuts and fruit, there’s a cookie out there for you. Ready to take your cookie game to the next level? Try our mix of classic and creative chocolate-chip cookie recipes, including one that gives you permission to eat all the raw cookie dough you want (yes, really). Plus, check out our guide to baking your version of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, complete with your pick of textures and flavors.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Which dessert is simultaneously hot and cold, old-fashioned and new? Baked Alaska. This sweet treat, which looks somewhat like an igloo, was inspired by the 1867 land deal in which Russia sold much of Alaska to the United States. Today its newfangled flavors and awe-inspiring presentation continue to impress. Read more
Lemon bars and cakes and pies, oh my! This staple citrus is surprisingly versatile and can be added to a number of desserts to create the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Try mixing lemon with blueberries for a refreshing, fruity dessert, or adding the flavor to whipped meringue frosting for a special treat. Check out our favorite lemony recipes below for even more dessert inspiration.
Though lemon and its citrus pals, like orange and grapefruit, are technically in season in the throes of winter, their vibrant, sunny colors and bright, refreshing flavors make them especially craveable as the weather starts to warm up in the spring. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Tyler Florence combines the refreshing taste of lemon with another seasonal pick — juicy blueberries — to create a foolproof tart. He builds the creamy filling upon a buttery pastry shell for decadent results.
For more fresh, seasonal recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Spring! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry- Lemon Tart
Sunny skies call for bright and merry desserts. Chocolate and caramel are survival mechanisms for winter, but they’re not necessary when all you need is a light spring jacket outside. So bring on the tart fruits and dreamy meringues. Below are some of our prettiest spring treats. They’re all beautiful, and most are fun and easy to put together. (We’re looking at you, Easter dessert procrastinators.)
Naked cakes are all still in style this spring, and The Pioneer Woman’s four-layer beauty deserves the spotlight at your spring soiree. (No one has to know how easy it is to actually make.) Read more
This Sunday, amp up the cute factor and make an adorable sweet centerpiece for your spring feast. Admit it: A cake shaped like a bunny is just as exciting to you as it is for the youngest Easter egg hunters at the party. A cake is a cake, regardless of whether it’s topped with frosted biscotti ears. Whip out the icing and pastel candies for a dessert that is sure to make everyone smile. Here are some of our happiest recipes that are almost too cute to eat.