Thank goodness you’re here! We have some truly incredible Spanish Desserts here that you can make at home!
These 28 Spanish dessert recipes will help you decide what finisher to make next, whether it’s just dinner with friends, or a celebration to remember!
It is so comfortable making the same go-to recipes year after year, but there comes a time when you feel like throwing caution to the wind and embracing another culture’s dining experience.
If Spanish is your culture of choice at the time of planning, it could take the form of a fiesta, or celebration like Dia de Los Muertos, or maybe you just want something uniquely Spanish for a special occasion or event you are attending.
No matter the reason, I welcome you here with open arms and fully appreciate the time you are taking to read through my blog post!
I have compiled 27 Spanish Desserts here for your consideration.
How about the luscious almond-rich Tarta de Santiago, the light, sweet Tocinillo de Cielo, the unexpected Old Fashioned Fried Milk, sugar-dusted Polvorones, or dense Orange Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf!
And give #16 a try—a little boozy, a little scrumptious. You want to make this one.
There are so many layers to how people select the recipes they want to try, it can be overwhelming to figure out what most people want.
But no worries because I think I have a few ideas here that will help you decide on something tasteful and doable.
Slices of day old bread are at the center of this recipe straight out of the gate in this Spanish baking recipe.
Then set yourself up an assembly line of shallow bowls with milk, eggs, and sugar cinnamon.
Try not to be in a rush or overcrowd them while pan frying. I know, they look amazing!
Tres Leches means three milks, and you do indeed use three different kinds of “milks” in preparing it.
Here is the basic game plan. For this authentic Spanish dessert, bake the cake, poke holes, then pour in the “three-milk” mixture.
Now is the time it needs to soak for six hours or overnight!
When ready to serve, add whipped cream and sliced strawberries and just watch it disappear!
Speaking of milk, this recipe is certainly easy but take note you do need several hours for chilling, so plan accordingly.
The luscious bars are crispy on the outside, custardy soft in the middle, served warm with powdered sugar or fruit.
These Spanish sweets look so good!
Which came first, the Spanish crema catalana or the French creme brulee?
The world may never know.
This authentic Spanish dessert sets itself apart by having a bright citrus flavor with the richness of whole milk.
It needs to chill overnight for the full flavor to take effect.
If you have never enjoyed a few bites of arroz con leche, you might not think that cinnamon and sugar could complement a bowl of rice so well!
This arroz con leche is so fragrant, a delight with a café con leche!
This popular, easy to make Spanish desserts recipe calls for Bomba rice but you can also use Arborio rice as well.
Put on some good music, cause you are going to be stirring for a while, but it will be worth it!
Known as the St. James cake, it has a cross on top in the middle when it is being sugar dusted so if you are feeling regal when you make this, feel free to follow suit.
If not, you can change it or leave it off altogether.
This most definitely falls into the easy to make Spanish desserts category!
If you are no nonsense, no frills, need a quick cake and are in the mood for Spanish baking, then this is the recipe for you!
This recipe for a Spanish sponge cake is native to Spain, not too sweet and with only four ingredients, quick to whip up.
This is an authentic Spanish dessert of a soft sponge cake that is filled, then topped with something delicious like powdered sugar, melted chocolate or a custard topping.
This specific recipe has a truffle filling and a custard topping to love!
There are lots of pictures to guide you each step of the way.
I know you want to try making a tart just once.
So it may as well be one of these Spanish dessert recipes! Unique in size and design, I highly suggest giving this one a try!
Plus, the buttery crust, sliced pears in vanilla, ginger and cinnamon all arranged in a 4×14 rectangular tart pan might just send your guests over the cuteness edge! Ice cream on top and you are golden!
To be honest, there are many recipes out there created by chefs who were inspired by Spanish flavors and desserts.
These types of easy to make Spanish desserts will indeed spark your imagination and creativity.
Could you combine a crescent roll dough, cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar, butter and honey to create a new take on the famous sopapilla?
Of course you can and this recipe is going to give you one fantastic way to do so!
My cooking friend, it does not get any better than this!
An authentic Spanish dessert, known worldwide, written down by a local! Churros are iconic in their shape!
So, the tricky part here is what you want to replicate that shape. Spanish homes typically have a churrera but alternately, you can use a pastry bag with a star peak.
This takes a little bit of doing, but your perseverance will be rewarded!
Bananas take center stage here as a beautifully plated recipe from our collection of Spanish desserts.
Bonus for super easy ingredients and steps to follow. Pro tip: the bananas need to be at their prime peak, not under-ripe or over-ripe.
Once coated, fried and drizzled with honey, no one will be able to resist!
Christmas cookies are fabulous ANY time of year in my opinion! I know you are nodding your head!
Almonds and cinnamon highlight this Spanish baking adventure!
These cookies stay good for weeks so they make great gifts and it is super helpful that you can make them ahead of time!
Picture a flakey pastry morsel, filled with chocolate cream and topped with powdered sugar.
Heavenly, right? That is what Miguelitos de Chocolate are!
Next shopping trip, pick up some puff pastry sheets, heavy whipping cream, semisweet chocolate chips and powdered sugar and you, my friend, will be the talk of the evening!
On the Spanish sweets scale, this is the lighter, sweeter sister to flan.
Using only egg yolks sets it apart from the classic flan but leaves it no less authentic.
The caramel sauce takes some attention but is what makes them so delicious.
Figs are great all on their own, but here we take them to the next level by slipping in an almond and chocolate inside each to bake.
Afterwards, drizzle them with a sauce that has been infused for several hours.
You have never tasted anything like these before. This is certainly one of the most unique Spanish dessert recipes I discovered!
These Spanish sweets will not last long around your home!
A sponge cake recipe cooked up in cupcake form with an aromatic lemon scent will bring lots of smiles to your guests, young or old!
The cupcakes “grow” tall and are quite different looking! No peeking in the oven or they may fall.
This delectable addition to our easy to make Spanish desserts is a very different kind of cake.
Ohhhh, yes. It has the sweetness of sugar and bright orange juice but it also has the savory flavors of olive oil and rosemary combined to be so striking and memorable!
The glaze on top just ties it all together.
These puff pastries have a very fine cream filling with roasted almonds on top.
But there are so many options really—could be a fruit filling or a citrus flavor inside or simply powdered sugar on top.
You do see the common thread running though many of these recipes…almonds and powdered sugar sure are used a lot in Spanish dessert recipes!
When it’s good, you go with it!
When looking for authentic Spanish dessert recipes, I hit the jackpot when I found this recipe.
Coming out of the oven, it has dramatic presentation with a dark top reminiscent of creme brulee.
The trick to a nice, firm cheesecake is to let it cool completely before trying to remove it from the springform pan.
The folks over at Spanish Sabores recommend pairing a slice with a glass of sherry wine!
My preference is always for easy to make Spanish desserts and we are in luck!
These caramel apple taquitos are four tortillas filled with apple pie filling, cinnamon, sugar and caramel.
What would be better? Two or three perhaps? I won’t tell.
So very simple to assemble and fabulously satisfy that sweet craving!
22. Guava Pastelitos
Familiar with guava paste? Reminiscent of a rich strawberry jam but made of guava fruit.
You will need it for these delightful easy pickup Spanish sweets.
Fantastically easy with only 2 ingredients: frozen puff pastry and guava paste. They have super helpful pictures to follow, too.
You are gonna have to hide these. Maybe from yourself!
If Spanish baking is on your mind around the holidays, these cookies are super for cookie swaps.
The two ingredients you may not have on hand are a good white wine and anise seeds.
Otherwise you are good to go.
Lovely way to fold the dough squares before frying them and tossing them in cinnamon sugar.
When you need your Spanish desserts to complete a table presentation, this one will not disappoint.
The curved design of the dough is beautiful and tasty all at once!
There is yeast involved but the instructions are thorough.
The spiral design literally announces “this is edible art!”
Spanish dessert recipes dabble in many different forms of flan.
This one uses strawberries and takes a while to set. Keep in mind it reaches its full chilled form after refrigerating overnight.
Having a good recipe to follow is key. Maybe it will be a taste you recognize or something deliciously new.
This long thin bun Spanish baking recipe is for homemade fartóns.
The texture is a cross between a donut and a pastry because it is not very sweet.
The icing or powdered sugar on top is what makes them delightful.
Light enough to hold and sturdy enough to dip.
27. Plum Tartelettes
Ah, an easy one! These mini plum tartelettes are so quick to assemble and are adorable on dessert plates.
The happy compromise between full size or bite size tarts!
This one would make a lovely addition to a dessert board, or made into bow-tied gifts, and look! Only three ingredients! But like a lot of specialty candy, be prepared for a lot of steps.
Toasting and grinding the almonds into a paste is an important step for getting a soft nougat.
It requires days of weighting the mixture, covering it with a cloth, resting, and soaking up a lot of the nut oil before serving. It takes days to get the right consistency.
You end up with a beautiful, golden nougat bar you can slice and serve or box up as gifts, and what a gift it would be.
The bottom line
As we have perused the many options available of Authentic Spanish Dessert Recipes, keep in mind that when recipes of a culture are passed down through the family, there may be no “one right way” to prepare it.
You may have found some of these titles listed familiar, but not necessarily recognize the recipe.
That’s okay and that is exactly why I love exploring recipes.
These delicious Spanish dessert recipes will blow your socks off and have everyone talking about them for a good time to come! That’s what you want and that’s what I got!
There is such richness in both what is used and what is made in family heirloom recipes, mostly because those are the best recipes that should never be lost but rather, enjoyed by all!
- Spanish Torrijas
- The Best Authentic Tres Leches Cake
- Old Fashioned Fried Milk
- Crema Catalana (Spanish Custard)
- Arroz con Leche Recipe (Spanish Rice Pudding)
- Spanish Almond Cake (Tarta de Santiago)
- Spanish Sponge Cake (Bizcocho)
- Brazo De Gitano Con Trufa
- Ginger Pear Tart With Walnuts
- Sopapilla Cheesecake
- Authentic Churros Recipe From Spain
- Spanish Fried Bananas With Honey
- Polvorones (Spanish Christmas Cookies)
- Miguelitos With Chocolate
- Tocinillo De Cielo
- Higos Rellenos (Figs With Sherry And Almonds)
- Magdalenas - Spanish Cupcakes
- Orange Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf
- Panchineta or Pantxineta
- Burnt Basque Cheesecake
- Caramel Apple Taquitos
- Guava Pastelitos
- Pestiños - Traditional Spanish Cookies
- Ensaïmada De Mallorca
- Strawberry Flan
- Fartóns For Dipping In Horchata
- Plum Tartelettes
- Turrôn de Jijona (Spanish Soft Almond Nougat)
- Choose one or more options from our list of 28 Spanish Desserts here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
- Share and comment! Did you make any tweaks so it’s all your own