We’re in the full swing of the holidays! Thanksgiving dinner is under our belt and Noche Buena and Christmas morning are in our sights. The tree is up, the lights are twinkling, the garland is strewn, and we’re headed back into the kitchen to cook up dish after dish of delicious classics. To keep us inspired, we’re putting a TLK twist on the classic song 12 Days of Christmas. You know the one with 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping...all the way down to the partridge in the pear tree!
We’ve already covered 12 Tasty Tacos, shared our 11 Favorite Flans, made 10 Types of Tamales, toasted with 9 Christmas Cocktails, and dug into 8 Enchiladas! Today, we’re satisfying our sweet tooth with 7 Pasteles Dulces. Brew a pot of café, invite over abuelita, tia, friends, and neighbors, and enjoy a sweet holiday. We invite you to sing (and cook!) along.
We prefer our coquito in cupcake form. This recipe takes the classic Puerto Rican holiday drink, a cocktail of milk, cinnamon, and a strong dash of rum, and turns it into a luscious dessert. Bake these up as holiday gifts or just for the perfect after dinner bite.
Get ready to celebrate Three Kings Day with a Rosca de Reyes. This bready, donut-shaped cake is decorated with dried fruits and spiked with a non-edible representation of the baby Jesus and is traditionally eaten on January 6 to commemorate the biblical story of the arrival of the Three Kings. Finding the baby Jesus in your slice of cake is an honor, one the recipient celebrates by throwing a party on February 2 with tamales and atole for all guests. Bake off a few as gifts and you'll be the honored guest of any holiday party.
This season, treat yourself, indulge in what you love, and celebrate. With that motto in mind, here's a molten dulce de leche cake. This intensely chocolate sponge cake is filled with a dulce de leche center that oozes out when broken into. It's a delicious gift waiting inside.
The bite sized treats would wow any guest stopping by your holiday party. Even better, they're full of flavor without the guilt. This cheesecake is a mix of Greek yogurt and cream cheese with dulce de leche folded in for a heavenly, light and airy dessert. Prep them, wrap them in festive cellophane packages, and display them as sweet gifts.
This coconut rum infused tres leches is a great addition to any holiday cocktail party. With the addition of finely shredded coconut, coconut milk, and dark rum, it’s dessert and a cocktail rolled into one. If you like extra boozy desserts feel free to add a little more rum. But note that a little dark rum goes a long way in this recipe.
Heading to a holiday pot luck? Or setting out an afternoon spread of cafecito for your guests? You'll need this sweet potato pound cake. Light and airy (but sturdy enough to handle transport) this cake laces together sweet potatoes, cinnamon, butter, sugar, and vanilla for a subtly sweet holiday treat.
When you're planning your holiday meal, don't forget to vary your dishes and allow for allergies or sensitivities. This gluten free cake is perfect for those who can't tolerate gluten (and have to forego most of the holiday sweets). Bake these off in individual ramekins and make as many (or as few) as you need. Top them off with cheery raspberry sorbets and mint leaves to bring in the colors of the season.