You never know when your craving for your favorite Filipino sweet treats strikes. So here's a collection of classic Filipino desserts and snack recipes you can easily make at home.
Why wait for Christmas or special occasions when you can make these anytime of the year?
Some of these treats are quicker to make while some require a little bit of effort but nothing you can't handle. Don't worry, my recipes will guide you every step of the way.
- 1. Ube Ice Cream made with 2 Ingredients
- 2. Filipino Leche Flan (made of eggyolks)
- 3. Biko with Latik Sauce
- 4. Filipino Style Fruit Salad
- 5. Cassava Cake
- 6. Buko Pandan Salad
- 7. Easy Ube Cupcake
- 8. Bibingka (Filipino Coconut Rice Cake)
- 9. Turon with Dulce de Leche
- 10. Maja Blanca
- 11. Puto Flan
- 12. Palitaw
- 13. Bibingka Malagkit
- 14. Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam)
- 15. Kutsinta
- 16. Whole Eggs Leche Flan
- 17. Special Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
- 18. Puto Cheese with Butter
- 19. Carioca/Cascaron (Coconut Mochi Donuts)
- Complete Recipe
- 19 EASY Filipino Desserts Recipes
1. Ube Ice Cream made with 2 Ingredients
When we say Filipino ice cream, there's only one flavor that comes to mind and that is ube ice cream!
It's not an easy flavor to find. Making it from scratch takes quite a lot of effort too–operating an ice cream maker, whipping the ingredients, chilling them on the fridge will take hours not to mention the ingredients and equipment needed. But this ube ice cream recipe is made much easier by removing all these processes.
2. Filipino Leche Flan (made of eggyolks)
The most ultra-luxurious Filipino dessert of all time! Perfectly smooth, ultra-creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Filipino flan made of egg yolks, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Cook in the oven or in a steamer. Step-by-step photos, a recipe video, and lots of tips are all here!
3. Biko with Latik Sauce
This is a beginner-friendly biko recipe. Here you will learn how to cook the sticky rice cake and how to make a thick, rich, and not too sweet latik sauce. No oven baking is involved, just straightforward stirring and an ounce or two of patience.
4. Filipino Style Fruit Salad
Made of fresh fruits and canned fruit cocktail bathed in a deliciously sweet and creamy dessert dressing made with condensed milk and cream. It’s an actual dessert, rather than a salad. This is a popular dessert during Christmas and New Year seasons.
5. Cassava Cake
Made of cassava root or yuca. This is another favorite dessert and snack during the Christmas season and Filipino gatherings. In this recipe, I will show you how to make a moist and cheesy cassava cake with gooey caramelized condensed milk on top. You can make this with fresh cassava or frozen grated cassava.
6. Buko Pandan Salad
One of the best Filipino desserts you’ll ever have. Made with strips of young coconut, pandan jelly (gulaman), kaong, and nata de coco all smothered in a creamy and sweet dressing.
7. Easy Ube Cupcake
Moist, and fluffy ube flavored cupcakes frosted with the most delicious ube buttercream frosting! So easy to make and frost than a whole cake. Perfect for emergency ube cake cravings.
8. Bibingka (Filipino Coconut Rice Cake)
Chewy, smooth, and buttery bibingka. This popular Filipino dessert is also known as Christmas Bibingka. It is a type of rice cake laid in banana leaves, specially made during the Christmas season. My recipe specifically uses an easy "galapong" mixture made of two types of glutinous rice flour and regular rice flour.
9. Turon with Dulce de Leche
Deep-fried saba bananas and jackfruit spring rolls drizzled with dulce de leche. It is an absolute treat that every turon and banana cue lover out there will surely love and enjoy.
10. Maja Blanca
A pudding made of coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk and sweet corn kernels. This recipe yields a soft, tender, and light, pudding that doesn’t fall apart or break when sliced. You can top with dry latik to keep it traditional or grated cheese to make it simple.
11. Puto Flan
A combination of leche flan and puto. Essentially, it is a dessert and snack rolled into one. Yum! This recipe makes a soft, and pillowy flour-based puto while the leche flan on top is rich, creamy, and not too sweet.
The term essentially (and appropriately) means 'to surface' in Filipino. Boiling the glutinous rice cake in hot water until it surfaces to the top is the method of cooking palitaw. Once cooked, the cake is coated with freshly grated coconut, roasted sesame seeds, and then finally sprinkled with sugar.
13. Bibingka Malagkit
This is a sticky rice cake made of glutinous rice glazed with caramelized sugar-coconut syrup on top. This sweet and sticky cake is a favorite holiday dessert eaten on Christmas and New Year.
14. Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam)
Homemade ube halaya! So much better than store-bought. Smooth, creamy, and lusciously rich. Perfect as a dessert, topping for halo-halo, or as an ingredient for your favorite ube-based recipes.
This ube halaya recipe is inspired by Baguio's Good Shepherd's Ube Jam. If you're lucky enough to have tried it, I say high-five! It's so so good, don't you agree? I have tried many many versions of ube halaya and nothing came close to it–sweet, creamy, and most important of all made of fresh ube! I guess that's the secret.
A type of Filipino steamed cake known for its sticky, soft gelatinous texture. This recipe uses 3 types of flour to achieve the familiar kutsinta texture without using lye water. It's sweet with a hint of smoky molasses flavor from the brown sugar.
16. Whole Eggs Leche Flan
The name says it all. Creamy, smooth Leche flan made with whole eggs baked in an oven from start to finish. That means no more figuring out what to do with the egg whites. This is a beginner-friendly recipe with lots of tips, step-by-step photos, and a recipe video.
17. Special Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
Luscious and silky bilo-bilo made of sweet potatoes, sticky glutinous rice balls, and tapioca pearls (sago pearls) cooked in sweet and creamy coconut milk. This is your favorite Filipino afternoon snack (merienda) made even more special.
18. Puto Cheese with Butter
This butter puto cheese is soft, fluffy, and milky. The brown butter gives a nice nutty buttery flavor while the cheddar makes it rich and cheesy. Once you bite into these Filipino steamed cakes you’ll surely be asking for more!
19. Carioca/Cascaron (Coconut Mochi Donuts)
These are Filipino-style mochi donuts. Crispy, sweet, and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside. This is an eggless, gluten-free, and, dairy-free donut made of pure glutinous rice flour and coconut.
If you give any of these recipes a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), take a picture, and tag @rivertenkitchen on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.
19 EASY Filipino Desserts Recipes
- Ube Ice Cream made with 2 Ingredients
- Filipino Leche Flan (made of egg yolks)
- Biko with Latik Sauce
- Filipino Style Fruit Salad
- Cassava Cake
- Buko Pandan Salad
- Easy Ube Cupcake
- Bibingka (Filipino Coconut Rice Cake)
- Turon with Dulce de Leche
- Maja Blanca
- Puto Flan
- Bibingka Malagkit
- Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam)
- Whole Eggs Leche Flan
- Special Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
- Puto Cheese with Butter
- Make these cold desserts for summer.Ube Ice Cream made with 2 Ingredients, Filipino Style Fruit Salad, Buko Pandan Salad
Christmas and New Year
- Celebrate with these desserts on Christmas and New Year.Filipino Leche Flan (made of egg yolks), Biko with Latik Sauce, Cassava Cake, Bibingka Malagkit, Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam), Whole Eggs Leche Flan, Bibingka (Filipino Coconut Rice Cake)
- Make it any time of the year and enjoy as morning or afternoon snack.Easy Ube Cupcake, Turon with Dulce de Leche, Maja Blanca, Puto Flan, Palitaw, Kutsinta, Puto Cheese with Butter, Special Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- These are all seasonal suggestions. Of course, you can make all these anytime of the year whenever craving strikes.
- For easy workflow in the kitchen, prepare all the ingredients including the equipments before starting to make any recipe.
- Read the instructions and tips carefully for time-saving tips.
- Most of the ingredients can be found online like Amazon, Filipino and Asian supermarkets and other specialty stores.
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