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Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales)

These delicious tamales dulces (sweet tamales) are super easy to make.

They’re very popular during the Christmas season

They make for a yummy breakfast with a cup of coffee, milk, champurrado or atole.

tamal dulce (sweet tamale) on a white plate

My husband’s mother recently gave us her sweet tamales recipe.

I couldn’t wait to make them.

And I have to say they turned out amazingly.

I’ve never had sweet tamales before and I was pleasantly surprised.

I’ve only made savory ones like these pork tamales which are beyond delicious but a lot of work.

This wonderful woman has shared so many amazing recipes with us such as her mixiotes de pollo, ensalada de frutas and Mexican Christmas punch.

What are sweet tamales made of?

There are a variety of sweet tamales.

Some examples are strawberry, pineapple and raisin tamales.

The ones I’m sharing today are pineapple tamales with coconut and pecans.

This recipe uses canned crushed pineapple.

Some people use fresh pineapple but I prefer canned as it’s so much easier.

Tamales dulces are so good and the best part is they’re pretty easy to make.

There technically is no filling in this recipe as everything gets mixed together with the masa.

What I like about these tamales are that they’re not overly sweet.

For me they have just the right amount of sweetness to them.

pineapple tamale

Sweet tamales ingredients

  • Masa harina
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • butter (softened)
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • evaporated milk
  • regular milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • canned crushed pineapple
  • shredded sweetened coconut
  • chopped pecans
  • corn husks

I use the Maseca brand for masa harina.

Make sure you get the kind specifically for tamales.

How to make tamales dulces

The very first thing you want to do is prepare the corn husks.

Remove the corn husks from their packaging and put them in a large pot.

Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil.

Remove the pot from heat and let the corn husks soak for a couple of hours.

Right before I start making the masa I remove the husks from the water and shake off excess water and let them dry a bit.

Now we can start on the masa.

Combine the masa harina, ground cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl and mix well.

masa harina in a bowl

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together with a mixer.

creamed butter and brown sugar in a bowl

While continuing to mix add about 1/3 cup of the masa harina mixture to the creamed butter and sugar.

Do this slowly while mixing until you incorporated all of the masa harina to the creamed butter and sugar.

You will end up with a crumbly mixture.

masa harina butter mixture

Next add the evaporated milk, regular milk, sweetened condensed milk and the can of crushed pineapple.

Use a large spoon to mix everything together.

Then add the chopped pecans and shredded sweetened coconut.

masa dough with pecans and shredded coconut

Mix well with the large spoon until everything is well incorporated.

pineapple masa dough

Spread about 2 heaping tablespoons of masa onto a corn husk.

assembling tamales dulces

Fold the sides of the husks in then fold the bottom of the husk up.

You can tie the tamale with thin pieces of corn husk to keep it closed but I just flipped the tamale over.

Tying them takes to much time for us.

tamal dulce

Then fill the steamer with water and put the steamer insert in.

Put the tamales in the pot laying down.

Bring the water in the steamer to a boil them lower it to medium.

Cover and cook for one hour.

tamales dulces in a pot

This tamales dulces (sweet tamales) recipe will make about 25-30 tamales depending on how big or small you make them.

tamales dulces on a white plate

Be very careful when taking out the tamales.

They will be very hot.

It’s best to let them cool down a bit before eating.

pineapple tamale

Tamales Dulces

Sweet tamales are great during the holiday seasons.

This easy recipe is perfect for either dessert or breakfast.

Both kids and adults will enjoy them.

Give them a try!

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tamal dulce
pineapple tamale
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Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales)

Tamales dulces are a delicious and easy treat that's perfect for dessert or even breakfast.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pineapple tamales, sweet tamales, tamales dulces
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 25
Calories 300 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Masa harina
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 16 tbs butter 2 sticks softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup regular milk
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 20 oz can of crushed pineapple don't drain
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • corn husks

Instructions

  1. Remove the corn husk from their packaging and put them in a large pot.

  2. Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil. Then remove the pot from the heat and let the husks soak for a couple of hours.

  3. After the husks have soaked remove them from the pot and shake off excess water. Then let them dry a bit.

  4. Combine the masa harina, ground cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl and mix well.

  5. Cream the softened butter with the brown sugar and vanilla extract with a mixer.

  6. While continuing to mix add about 1/3 a cup at a time of the masa harina to the butter mixture until you've incorporated all of the masa harina to the butter.

  7. Next add the evaporated milk, regular milk and sweetened condensed milk and the can of crushed pineapple. Mix everything together with a large spoon.

  8. Then add the chopped pecans and shredded sweetened coconut.

  9. Mix well with a large spoon until everything is well incorporated.

  10. Spread about 2 heaping tbs of the masa onto a corn husk.

  11. Fold the sides of the husks in then fold the bottom of the husk up.

  12. Use thin pieces of the corn husks to tie the tamales closed or you ca just flip the tamales over so they don't open.

  13. Repeat with the rest of the corn husks until all the masa is gone.

  14. Fill the steamer with water and put the steamer insert in.

  15. Put the tamales in the pot laying down.

  16. Bring the water in the steamer to a boil then lower the heat to medium.

  17. Cover and cook for one hour.

Nutrition Facts
Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 272mg8%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 362IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Norma Quarnstrom

Thursday 25th of November 2021

Thank...u...i make about 6..8 at a time..I live alone...thank u....I know how to break down...thank u

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Carie

Thursday 30th of September 2021

These look sooooooo……yummy!

Carissa

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

They really are! And they're pretty easy to make too.

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