Must-try Filipino dessert recipes from creamy leche flan to sweet treats or traditional kakanin like rice cakes, from everyone’s favourite ube halaya to the smoothest maja blanca. Find your favourite Filipino dessert here.
Since the Philippines is a land of rice and coconut trees, Filipino dessert recipes usually include glutinous rice or rice flour, coconut meat, and coconut milk or cream.
We also love our evaporated milk and condensed milk; a lot of people didn’t use to own refrigerators so canned milk was the preferred type of milk because it lasted longer.
And have you tasted condensed milk? Nectar from the gods I tell ya.
Filipino desserts are either very simple to make with just a few ingredients that you toss together. Or highly elaborate that need several steps and several hours of prep. And they’re all in here.
Go through this collection of the best pinoy desserts. Try one, try all. Enjoy!
Filipino Easy Desserts
Let’s start with simple pinoy dessert recipes. And it can’t get any simpler than these no-bake treats. No-bake doesn’t mean not special though. Many Filipinos serve these desserts during special occasions.
Filipino Desserts with Coconut Milk
Coconut milk, coconut cream (the thicker version) and coconut juice are important ingredients in Filipino as well as in many Asian cooking. We usually buy it canned here but in the Philippines you can buy it fresh from the local market.
Filipino Cake Recipes
Fancy baking a cake? These showstopper cakes are perfect for any celebration like birthdays, graduations, fiestas and more.
Best Pinoy Desserts from Childhood
We all grew up eating these sweet treats. Now we can make them at home and relive all our happy memories from childhood.
Unique Filipino Desserts
If you’re looking for uniquely Filipino desserts, try these one-of-a-kind ube desserts. Start with ube halaya or purple yam jam then explore all the different ways Filipinos enjoy their beloved ube.
Filipino Sweet Treats or Kakanin
Want to really experience Filipino cuisine? Try these Filipino sweets or delicacies (kakanin in Tagalog). Make them today and make your Filipino grandma proud.
Filipino Desserts for Noche Buena and the Holidays
Some Filipino dessert recipes are so special they’re reserved for very special occasions like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That’s when Filipino families gather together and have the biggest feast of the year.
Another popular Filipino dessert is halo-halo. It’s a dessert made of crushed or shaved ice, toppings like leche flan, sweet beans, ube halaya, sago or tapioca, and coconut, then drizzled with evaporated milk.
Some even top their halo halo with ice cream! It’s really the ultimate summertime treat.
You don’t need a recipe to make halo-halo at home. Just put your favourite things in it and make it your own. Here’s a video I found on YouTube where you can see how easy and simple it is to make one.
Hope you enjoy these Filipino desserts recipes. If you ask me what the most popular sweet dessert in the Philippines is, I really can’t tell you because I love them all!
Happy baking and cooking!
Did you make any of these Filipino dessert recipes? Which one did you like best? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.