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pineapple tamale

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


  • 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


  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.