Best Guatemalan Desserts

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In this post, you’ll find the best Guatemalan desserts with lots of easy and delicious Guatemalan dessert recipes to choose from, whether you are in the mood for platános en mole, Buñuelos, champurradas, canillitas de leche, empanadas de manjar or anything in between. I have included all of the best traditional Guatemalan desserts, and the best part is that these recipes are traditional recipes shared by a Guatemalan native, yes I was born and raised in Guatemala and my entire family still lives there.

Best traditional Guatemalan dessert recipes

I love posting easy and mouthwatering recipes close to my heart, especially traditional Guatemalan food that fills me with memories from my childhood. And with my love of all sweet things, I wanted to dedicate a post to my favorites, the best Guatemalan desserts you’ll ever eat.

And since these are easy and fun recipes, making them is always a great family activity! Making a delicious dessert or some traditional Guatemalan candy allows me to teach my kids about traditional Guatemalan dishes that are essential to our heritage. Plus, cooking together is a great way to take pride in our Guatemalan culture

The Best Guatemalan Desserts

With lots of delicious Guatemalan recipes to choose from, you will have a tough time deciding which one to cook first! I gathered the best Guatemalan desserts just for you, so get ready to experience these delicious Guatemalan dishes.

These traditional Guatemalan dessert recipes are so good you’ll want to run and plan your menu for Hispanic Heritage Month, 15 de Septiembre, or whenever you are craving some traditional Guatemalan sweets! 

Traditional Dessert Recipes from Guatemala

Rellenitos De Platano

If you’re looking for the best Guatemalan rellenitos de plátano recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This Guatemalan dessert is one of my favorites: ripe plantains filled with beans and covered in sugar. This sweet plantain recipe is one of the most popular desserts in Guatemala.

If you have never tried plantain rellenitos before, you might think this is a strange combination of flavors. But you’d be surprised at how amazing this plantain dessert is! It’s also an easy Guatemalan recipe you can make in less than 30 minutes.

Rellenitos de platano recipe
Guatemalan rellenitos de platano.

Arroz Con Leche Classic Recipe 

In this yummy rice pudding recipe, you will taste the flavors of Guatemala melting in your mouth. It is an easy dessert you will surely be delighted to eat. Arroz con leche is the perfect Guatemalan dessert to make with the whole family on a rainy day. I hope you enjoy this quick and delicious typical Guatemalan recipe as much as I do.

And if you love rice-based recipes, then Guatemalan Horchata is a must! Made with a blend of rice, cinnamon, and vanilla, this creamy beverage is the perfect way to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth on a hot day. With its unique and delicious flavor, it’s no wonder Horchata is a popular drink all across Central America. 

Platanitos Fritos

Platanitos fritos or platanos maduros fritos as they are also known is probably one of the easiest Guatemlan recipes. This delicious Guatemalan dessert can be made in just minutes! 

Platanitos fritos recipe from Guatemala
Platanitos fritos recipe (Depositphotos)

Jocotes en Miel

Cooked in a bubbling sweet syrup and heavenly spices, these juicy jocotes (hog plums) are a traditional Guatemalan food commonly served around the Day of the Dead celebrations. Still, you can now enjoy this simple yet delicious Guatemalan recipe any day!

Guatemalan jocotes en miel recipe

Plátanos en Mole

Looking for a dessert that’s both sweet and savory? Look no further than Platano en Mole, a beloved Guatemalan food that’s sure to satisfy any craving! Featuring ripe plantains smothered in a rich, aromatic mole sauce, this dish is a true feast for the senses. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just looking to try something new, Platano en Mole is a must-try dessert that’s sure to leave a lasting impression!

Plátanos en mole recipe from Guatemala

Torrejas – Guatemala’s French Toast 

Torrejas is a traditional Guatemalan dessert that is very popular at town fairs. Similar to stuffed french toast, torrejas are common in many Latin American countries, and every country makes them a little different. 

This version of the traditional recipe is quick and simple to make with ingredients you will find easily. It is customary to add rum to the syrup, but mine is a kid-friendly recipe. Feel free to add the rum for a grown-up dinner for friends and family.

Torrejas Rudy A. Giron Creative Commons License


Buñuelos are bits of fried wheat-based dough, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Throughout Latin America, there are different versions of buñuelos; they can be round, flat, or even twisted strips of dough. In Guatemala, the buñuelos are covered in powdered sugar and served in a light syrup with a hint of anise.

Buñuelos at Kacao restaurant in Guatemala City.

Garbanzos en Miel

Garbanzos en miel, also known as chickpeas in honey, is a traditional Guatemalan dessert that combines the sweetness of brown sugar or panela with the nutty flavor of chickpeas. This chickpea dessert is a popular Guatemalan dish during Lent and Semana Santa and during 1ero de Noviembre or Did de Todos los Santos. This Guatemalan food can also be enjoyed year-round as a delicious sweet snack.

Guatemalan garbanzos en miel recipe


Guatemalan molletes are a traditional Guatemalan dessert similar to stuffed French toast usually served for the Day of the Dead or All Saints Day festivities. They are fried pan dulce or sweet bread stuffed with milky custard soaked in a delicious syrup made with panela (or raw sugar) and rum.

Guatemalan Molletes recipe torrejas

However, you can leave the rum out for a kid-friendly version. In this post, you will find a step-by-step recipe for making this easy and delicious dessert that will have your kids licking their fingers!

Ayote en Miel

Ayote en miel (or ayote en dulce) is a delicious squash in a sweet syrup of panela (unrefined cane sugar) and spices. Once you taste the sweetness of the syrup and the subtle nutty taste of the squash, you will love this Guatemalan dessert! So, here is my super easy recipe to end a great family meal with something sweet that reminds me of back home!

Guatemalan traditional dessert Ayote en dulce or ayote en miel

Manzanillas en miel

Manzanillas en miel also known as manzanillas en dulce is a Guatemalan dessert made with the manzanilla fruit (tecojote or Mexican hawthorn). It is also popular in El Salvador where it is known as dulce de manzanilla.  This delicious traditional Guatemalan food is usually enjoyed during Semana Santa or Holy Week and Lent. 

How to make manzanillas en miel from Guatemala

Molletes filled with Garbanzos en Miel

Garbanzos en miel, also known as chickpeas in honey, is a traditional Guatemalan dessert that combines the sweetness of brown sugar or panela with the nutty flavor of chickpeas. This chickpea dessert is a popular Guatemalan dish during Lent and Holy Week and during 1ero de Noviembre or Did de Todos los Santos. This Guatemalan food can also be enjoyed year-round as a delicious sweet snack.

Molletes rellenos de garbanzos en miel Guatemala

Guatemalan Traditional Candy

Guatemalan traditional candy is a delicious and colorful part of the country’s culinary heritage. The candies are usually made from locally-sourced ingredients such as corn, chocolate, coconut, and fruits. Many of these candies have been passed down through generations and are an important part of Guatemalan cultural celebrations and festivities, including Christmas, Semana Santa, Day of the Dead, and other religious and social events.

The candies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from small hard candies to soft and chewy treats, and are often wrapped in colorful paper or sold in bulk. Guatemalan traditional candy offers a unique and tasty way to experience the country’s rich cultural history.

Canillitas De Leche

Canillitas de leche are my favorite Guatemalan traditional candy. For this Guatemalan dish, I took a few shortcuts. I love experimenting and turning the traditional, time-consuming recipe into a simple, easy, no-bake dessert. As a result, this incredible recipe has all the authentic canillitas de leche flavors without the hard work! 

Try my quick recipe for Guatemalan canillitas de leche. This delicious 10-minute dessert uses only three ingredients you already have in your pantry!

Guatemalan canillitas de leche recipe

Cocadas Reales: 

This delicious traditional Guatemalan coconut candy recipe is one of my favorite Guatemalan candy. Known as cocadas reales this coconut candy is made with shredded coconut and condensed milk on the stove top. Chewy, sweet and deliciously soft this traditional Guatemalan candy is a sweet treat that you’re sure to fall in love with. 

Guatemalan coconut candy recipe
Guatemalan coconut candy recipe: cocadas reales.

Exploring the Sweet World of Guatemalan Baked Treats

Guatemala’s rich culinary culture extends beyond savory dishes to an array of delicious baked treats. Guatemalan cookies and baked desserts come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, and are often made using local ingredients such as cinnamon, vanilla, and corn. From barquillos and chiquiadores to sweet empanadas and tres leches, there are so many delicious cookies, cakes and baked desserts to choose from.  Guatemalan baked treats are an essential part of the country’s gastronomic heritage and offer a unique way to explore the flavors of this vibrant culture.


A super easy recipe for champurradas that will surely be a success with everyone in the family! Guatemalan champurradas are scrumptious giant cookies with the perfect level of crunch to dunk in your morning coffee! This traditional Guatemalan dessert is so simple to make and perfect if you’re looking for an easy Guatemalan dish. 

Receta de champurradas Guatemala

Empanadas De Manjar De Leche (Filled With Custard)

Empanadas de manjar are hand pie-like pastries filled with a milk-based creamy filling. If you want to surprise your loved ones with this delicious Guatemalan dessert, here is a quick recipe for you to prepare. 

Best recipe for Guatemalan empanadas de leche

Guatemalan Cocadas Recipe: Coconut Cookies

With just a few simple ingredients these cocadas recipe is perfect for making it with your kids or for a crowd. Guatemalan cocadas are one of the easiest and most delicious Guatemalan dessert recipes. These coconut cookies, very similar to coconut macaroons, are so simple and quick and they taste amazing.  This coconut cookie recipe is also a great Guatemalan recipe to make for school as it’s always a huge hit with kids and adults alike.

Guatemalan cocadas recipe

Barquillos, Delicious Wafer Cookies

And finally, want to add a unique and delicious treat to your dessert repertoire? Look no further than Guatemalan barquillos! With their delicate texture and sweet flavor, these thin wafers are a must-try for any dessert enthusiast.

Guatemalan barquillos recipe
Guatemalan barquillos recipe


Guatemalan chiquiadores are a type of sweet bread or “pan dulce” that is popular in Guatemalan cuisine. This Guatemalan dessert is known for their crunchy texture and flat shape, which distinguishes them from other types of sweet bread.  Popular at kid’s birthday parties and to accompany ice cream Sundays these Guatemalan cookies are delicious and easy to make.

Guatemalan chiquiadores recipe , receta de chiquiadores de Guatemala

Bocado de Reina

Bocado de Reina is a delicious Guatemalan cake made with leftover bread. It is remarkably similar to bread pudding but has more of a cake consistency. It is an amazingly easy and quick dessert that goes great with any meal!

Bocado de reina Guatemalan bread pudding

Quesadillas de Zacapa

This is an easy recipe for quesadilla de Zapaca, a sweet cheese bread or pan dulce typical of the eastern region of Guatemala. Made with a combination of rice flour, cheese, and cream, Guatemalan quesadillas have a moist yet crumbly texture similar to cornbread. If you’re looking for a delicious and easy Guatemalan dessert recipe this is it. 

Guatemalan quesadillas de Zapaca

Easy Guatemalan Pineapple Empanadas

These easy-to-make Guatemalan pineapple empanadas make for a great dessert or an easy sweet snack. I like that empanadas are perfect for entertaining and also travel well. They are ideal snacks for bringing to picnics, BBQs, or potlucks. I also love putting them in my kid’s lunchboxes. 

Guatemalan Pineapple empanadas

Growing up in Guatemala, there was this cute little bakery near my house. It made mini pineapple empanadas, and I would always ask my mom to get them for special occasions like my birthday or any party we had at home as they made perfect sweet appetizers. I didn’t start making these at home until I moved to the US, and now every time I make them, they bring me such special memories. Sharing Guatemalan recipes, especially those I grew up with, always brings me joy. It makes me feel like sharing a sweet little piece of my childhood. 

And if you are craving some sweet breads make sure to check my article about pan dulce de Guatemala. Here you will find a complete list of Guatemalan sweet bread varieties, recipes for Guatemalan pan dulce including regional pan dulce like shecas and quesadillas

I have compiled the most delicious and popular Guatemalan traditional desserts. Let me know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for other Guatemalan desserts I need to add to this list or want a specific Guatemalan recipe.

Best Guatemalan dessert recipes

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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2 thoughts on “Best Guatemalan Desserts”

  1. GRACIAS! I’ve been looking for an easy and delicious Guatemalan dessert to celebrate 15 de septiembre! thanks for sharing!!

  2. Hi Paula, thanks for the article, it has been a back to the future trip. As I read, my mouth was dripping. Those recipes are the ones that sent me back to the beautiful old country. Thanks again!!!!


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