Argentina is known for some truly remarkable cultural traditions, stunning views and countryside, and fantastic Argentinian food that tourists everywhere are trying to emulate every day.
Well, at least this tourist is trying. I’m a big fan of the food in Argentina.
In particular, I cannot get enough Argentinian desserts. The folks in Argentina know what they’re doing when making a simple, sweet, and exciting dessert.
If you’re like me, you get excited every time a new dessert recipe crosses your path.
Try some fantastic Argentinian desserts and prepare yourself; you’ll never want to buy a cake mix from the store again.
Everyone I know likes cookies. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like cookies in their many forms.
Cookies are a classic dessert option no matter where you’re from, and the Argentinian version is stunning.
I love alfajores because they’re essentially shortbread sandwich cookies.
When you fill the middle with dulce de leche, or some other creamy frosting, you create a beautiful treat that looks way more complicated than it is.
It won’t take long to realize that many Argentinian desserts use dulce de leche in some way, shape, or form.
Chocotorta, a very traditional Argentinian dessert, uses it liberally in between layers of chocolate cookies.
The best part about this dish is that you can buy cookies from the store or make them yourself, depending on your time concerns.
I always prefer to do homemade when it’s possible!
In addition to the regular appearance of dulce de leche, Argentinian dessert seems to be all about layers.
Whenever possible, you’ll want to layer different things between the creamy, chocolatey spread.
I love Rogel torta and quickly eat way too much of it. The taste of the thin, crispy pastry strips in between the rich frosting is a divine experience that never gets old.
Medialunas are a versatile Argentinian dessert.
This sweet bread filled with subtle hints of lemon and vanilla is a popular dessert and breakfast food in Argentina, depending on your preferences.
I like to add almond extract to the sugary glaze that covers them, just for something extra.
Let’s take a moment to discuss the importance of adding panqueques de dulce de leche to your repertoire of desserts.
For one thing, they’re delicious. They’re essentially crepes with a thick caramel spread.
You can make all kinds of alterations, like serving them with fresh fruit or adding a scoop of ice cream on the side.
Lemon cookies are a popular dessert in other parts of the world, but Argentina really has the limonetta down to a science.
I like to add just a touch more lemon to these shortbread cookies, and you should try dipping them in white chocolate for an interesting turn away from the traditional dark chocolate.
I love sweet potatoes. I use them whenever possible, I almost always substitute potatoes with them, and I love finding new ways to enjoy them.
Dulce de batata is the sweet potato dessert that I’ve been dying to try again.
Featuring boiled sweet potatoes, cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla, this tasty dessert is loaded with nutrients!
For this recipe, you’ll need to swing by a specialty grocery store to pick up some dulce de membrillo, a jelly-like substance that serves as the filling for this delicious Argentinian pastry.
If you’re ambitious, you could try mixing up a batch of dulce de membrillo in your kitchen.
Bud de pan is essentially Argentine bread pudding. So if you’re a bread pudding fan, you’ll love this South American version.
The thing that I love most about bud de pan is the hunt of citrus that you pick up with each bite.
It’s best served with caramel sauce and fresh coffee.
I’ve always been a fan of pastry rolls, so finding this dulce de leche roll recipe was a great way to add a unique spin to an old tradition and impress my family at the same time.
The most challenging part about making this dessert is rolling the thin pastry dough.
As long as you go slowly, you should have it put together and baked in the oven in no time!
Flan is a traditional dessert that dates back to Ancient Rome.
It’s prevalent in South America, and the Argentine version is a favorite of mine.
One explanation for flan’s popularity is that it’s made with the most basic ingredients that are easy to find anywhere. It’s also surprisingly simple to whip together.
I’ve recently started making tarts for fun, so naturally, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try this delightful Argentine tart with coconut and dulce de leche.
The toasted coconut on top is undoubtedly one of the defining features of this caramel-filled pastry.
I like adding a little bit of chocolate to mine and some pecans!
Remember the dulce de membrillo we discussed earlier? Well, this is your official sign to try your hand at making it yourself.
You can have dulce de membrillo on its own as a simple dessert or add it to pies and tarts.
You can even spread it on sweet bread if you want!
Fried dough might not sound like the most appetizing thing, but you will change your tune when you try these tortas fritas.
Fry bread is a simple dessert option that’s easy to manipulate.
You can mix a little cinnamon sugar into your dough or make a thin glaze for it.
The history of the cronut is too complicated to get into right now, but you’ve undoubtedly enjoyed one of these donut-like pastries before.
Adding dulce de leche to the equation is a game-changer I never saw coming.
I have to admit, I’ve never had something so divine.
I firmly believe that every household should have its own hot chocolate recipe.
Argentinian hot chocolate is the only way to make hot chocolate in my home.
I love it because it’s rich and tastes like real chocolate, not something you might pick up in a packet at the store. Top it with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings!
When you try these quince cookies, think of the thumbprint cookies you had growing up: buttery cookies with a dollop of jam in the middle. What could be better?
These cookies are made with quince jam, although you can use a substitute if you can’t find quince jam.
This is not your typical fruit salad recipe.
Salada de frutas uses chunks of fresh fruit combined in a cup with orange and lime juice.
Another key feature of this fruit salad is the spice mix you can add and the fresh mint that sits on top of an elegant look.
Vigilantes are very similar to medialunas.
The main difference is the shape; they’re typically elongated instead of crescent-shaped.
Additionally, vigilantes are served plain with a sweet glaze, whereas medialunas typically have lemon and vanilla in the dough.
It’s time to make another jelly roll cake!
Pionono Relleno con dulce de leche is a delicious pastry cake rolled with dulce de leche and baked to perfection.
I like to add freshly whipped cream to mine, as well as a light caramel drizzle, for an elegant effect.
Have you ever made ice cream at home? Well, now is your chance!
Serving homemade ice cream with fresh dulce de leche on top will impress even the pickiest eaters in your friend group.
Not to mention, it’s super easy to make!
Try these Argentinian desserts if you have a sweet tooth, or check out other dessert recipes on our blog, from Japanese desserts to the best muffin recipes to make.
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