4 Halloween Treats with a Latin Twist

4 Halloween Treats with a Latin Twist

Get in the Halloween spirit with these 4 spooky Latin-inspired treats!

By: Lucy Lopez

Fall has always been my favorite season: big sweaters, crisp air, pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything and, of course, Halloween.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely find myself being more creative with my baking in the colder months because I’m spending more time inside. Plus, now that I’m older, I think I’ve finally mastered my mom’s polvorones recipe! That’s a win in itself.

Today, I’m bringing you some of my favorite Hispanic treats with a Halloween twist. Your family will have a blast decorating and baking these spooky treats together!

1. Flan with cherry “blood” syrup
Flan is without a doubt one of the most well known Hispanic desserts. It’s fairly easy to make, and adding cherry “blood” syrup will make it festive. Splatter a little bit of syrup around your serving plate for a spooky effect.

Ingredients (Cherry Syrup)
1 cup fresh cherries, washed, halved and pitted
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar

Ingredients (Flan)
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (13-ounce) cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Directions (Cherry Syrup)

  1. Start by heating all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, reducing the heat if it starts to boil
  2. Turn off heat and begin to mash the cherries. Use a strainer to pour the liquid into a jar or cup. Continue to mash the mixture with a spoon to get as much liquid as you can
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then drizzle over flan. Store extra syrup in the refrigerator

Directions (Flan)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a small nonstick pan, begin heating the sugar over medium heat, stirring until it turns brown and dissolves. You’ll want the sugar to become a dark golden brown color
  3. Pour caramelized mixture into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish and spread to coat the bottom of the pan evenly
  4. Combine the milk, eggs and your flavor extract. Stir until smooth or blend on high for one minute. Pour over the caramelized sugar
  5. Place the casserole dish into a larger pan and add 1” of hot water to the outer pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until it sets
  6. Transfer onto your serving plate. Splatter and drizzle your cherry “blood” syrup on top

2. Vampire bite polvorones cookies
Polvorones are one of the best Spanish-style cookies. I cannot tell you how many Thanksgivings I begged my mom to let me help her make them after dinner. These bite-size cookies will melt in your mouth! As for the vampire bites, they’re super easy to create. 

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Start by mixing the butter and shortening together. Slowly add in sugar
  3. Add in almond extract and mix well
  4. Slowly start to add in flour until it’s hard to stir
  5. Take the dough and form small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Poke two holes in each cookie to become your teeth marks
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Once cookies are out of the oven, use the toothpick and your leftover cherry syrup from the flan and put a little bit of the “blood” into the hole. Drag out the syrup on top of the cookies to create your dripping vampire bite cookies

3. Dulce de leche cupcakes
Just by adding on some candy eyes or creepy crawly plastic spiders, this recipe will be so fun for your little ones! They’ll love being hands-on and designing their own special cupcake. With a little dulce de leche mixed in to an everyday cupcake recipe, you’ll get that Hispanic flair that immediately reminds you of your abuela’s kitchen.

Tip: For decoration, you can choose from a variety of Halloween-themed cupcake liners and food coloring to create a more individualized dessert!

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons dulce de leche (in baking aisle)
Cupcake liners
Favorite Halloween-themed decorations (candy eyes, plastic spiders, etc.)
Frosting pipe
Buttercream frosting
Food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners
  2. Using a mixer, pour in flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well. You could also sift the ingredients together if you don’t have a mixer. Add the softened butter and let it mix until you get a sandy texture
  3. Add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk well
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until smooth. Add dulce de leche and mix for another 20 seconds
  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting
  6. Optional: Using an apple corer, create a small hole in the cupcake. Pipe in heated up dulce de leche into your cupcakes for a melty center. Heat up dulce de leche in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute until it’s liquid
  7. Separate vanilla buttercream frosting into individual bowls. Add in two drops of food coloring to each bowl. Pipe on the colorful frosting and add your favorite decorations

4. Fried cinnamon tortilla cutouts
This is my favorite recipe of the bunch because it’s so simple! An added bonus: These crisps taste like churros, and who doesn’t love churros?

You can decide how festive you want to get when choosing your cutout shapes. Whether you pick bats, witch hats or pumpkins, the smaller the shape, the better! Opt for metal cutout shapes, too. They’ll be easier to use with the tortillas.

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 flour tortillas

Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the tortillas. If you use larger tortillas, you’ll likely get more shapes!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line your baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil
  2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a paper plate. Melt your butter in the microwave until liquid – about 45 seconds. Dip your cutout tortilla pieces in melted butter, then dip one side into your cinnamon mixture. Place on baking sheet
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tortilla looks “crisp.” Let cool for two minutes before serving

Cleanup Tip: As much as we love baking, sometimes it can make cleanup harder than usual. Fortunately, with Cascade Platinum Pacs, you can confidently put dirty dishes straight in the dishwasher – no pre-wash needed.

Baking one or all of these recipes can help start a new family tradition! Trust me, your kids will thank you when they’re my age. Being in the kitchen baking polvorones with my mom is definitely one of my most cherished childhood memories.

Which of these Halloween treats will you try? Be sure to share photos of your finished desserts on the Orgullosa Facebook page!

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This is a great recipe. I felt so nice after reading it.

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Let us know which ones your kids like best msvandam!

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I will have to try all your recipes, they sound , pretty easy, my kids would enjoy helping and eating

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