Mexican Chocolate and Dulce de Leche: 8 Latin Desserts

What do you eat after enchiladas, tacos, maybe a tasty plate of lengua? How about a sweet, sticky cake or some deep chocolate ice cream?To be honest, the only desserts we initially thought of were sopapillas and flan—and we definitely included those below. But, of course, there is a much more varied menu of sweets from Brazil, Peru, and other countries that look amazing.

For example...

• 1. Mexican Chocolate Almond Ice Cream, from the Kitchn. Made with Ibarra chocolate and a pinch of cayenne.

• 2. Alfajores, from Matt Armendariz (via Martha Stewart). Sweet little sandwich cookies with dulce de leche filling and powdered sugar sifted on top.

• 3. Tres Leches Cake, from Life in Recipes. A common cake in many Latin American countries, it's soaked in sweetened condensed milk so that the cake is super moist.

• 4. Brigadeiros, from Street Smart Brazil. Soft little chocolate morsels rolled in different toppings.

• 5. Sopapillas, from Homesick Texan. Like beignets or doughnuts—fried puffs of dough drizzled in honey. Yum.

• 6. Classic Flan, from Bon Appétit. An elegant dessert that's easy to make ahead.

• 7. Picarones, from About.com (photo via Flickr). Fried pumpkin doughnuts very common in Peru.

• 8. Cinnamon Walnut Dulce de Leche Bars, from the Kitchn. A recent addition to our archives that we'd happily eat for breakfast, too.

Related: Peanut Butter-Stuffed Jalapeños

(Images: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan; MarthaStewart.com; Life in Recipes; Street Smart Brazil; Lisa Fain; Kana Okada/Bon Appétit; Flickr member Yogma, licensed for use under Creative Commons; Faith Durand)

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