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Dessert + Baking

  • Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

    Not only is this recipe easy (I often make them while I’m scrambling eggs and we eat them right away) and healthy (it’s low in sugar and high in fiber!),  it’s…

  • Classic Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

    Recently I was running out of breakfast ideas (we’ve had a LOT of raisin bran muffins lately!) until I remembered... Mom’s Poppy Seed bread! I made a batch (2 loaves) and…

  • Coconut Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Coconut empanadas (empanadas de coco) are a popular Costa Rican sweet treat. Obviously, there are tons of coconuts in Costa Rica, so the basic ingredient is easy to find and abundant…

  • Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

    Miel de coco literally translates to coconut honey in Spanish, but that is not exactly what this recipe is. In Costa Rica, "miel" refers to almost any sticky, sweet fruit concoction…

  • Pan Casero Costa Rican Homemade Bread

    Pan casero is a strangely traditional Costa Rican recipe. I say this because everyone loves it but very few people actually make it.  Pan casero literally translates to homemade bread (casero/a…

  • Dulce de Leche Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Dessert empanadas are popular throughout Latin America, and Argentina and Chile are most well known for their sweet empanadas, but Costa Rican empanadas have a special place in my heart because…

  • costa rican pineapple empanadas with large bowl of fresh pineapple

    Costa Rican Pineapple Empanadas

    These Costa Rican pineapple empanadas (empanadas de piña) combine a homemade pastry dough and sweet pineapple preserves baked to perfection for a delightful baked dessert. With just a few ingredients- flour,…

  • suspiros costa rican cookies with traditional costa rican ox cart in the background

    Costa Rican Suspiros Cookies (Espumilla)

    Costa Rican suspiros are little delicate meringue cookies popular year-round but especially at Christmas and Easter. With just three ingredients, they are easy to make with what you have on hand,…

  • Costa Rican tamal de masa with coffee

    Traditional Costa Rican Tamal de Masa Recipe

    It's Holy Week (Semana Santa), which means a unique type of tamal is traditionally made and served in Costa Rica. Depending on the region of Costa Rica, this sweet, vegetarian tamal…

  • milk cake garnished with mint

    Costa Rican Tres Leches Recipe

    I earned my street cred with this recipe a few years back. We had gone to a party to celebrate Costa Rican Independence day. The party was a potluck, and I…

  • slatine cracker toffee stacked on wooden cutting board

    Totally Addicting Christmas Crack Recipe

    A few years ago I was invited to a very hip Hannukah party at a coworkers house, and I took along this Christmas Crack Recipe.  My coworker is Jewish, and she had…

  • bowl of costa rican candies.

    Melcochas de Natilla- Costa Rican Recipe

    Melcochas de natilla is the Spanish name for a traditional Costa Rican candy made from sour cream and sugar. How to make the two-ingredient homemade candy recipe unique to Costa Rica.…

  • Anytime is a great time for paletas- popsicles! This guava ginger paleta recipe is super easy, not overly sweet, and perfectly refreshing for kids and adults alike!

    Easy and Delicious Guava Ginger Paleta Recipe

    Anytime is a great time for paletas- popsicles! This guava ginger paleta recipe is super easy, not overly sweet, and perfectly refreshing for kids and adults alike! What Is A Paleta?…

  • Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake Recipe

    Tagalong Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake Recipe

    This Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake is the perfect place to dunk a Tagalong cookie. An easy dessert recipe that whole family will enjoy as a special treat, the Girl Scout Cookie…

  • Disney Pixar’s Coco Krispy Treats Recipe

    We are celebrating the latest Disney Pixar movie Coco with our delicious- and fun- Coco Krispy Treats! The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is fast approaching- and close on it’s…

  • Celebrate the solar eclipse with these adorable sugar cookies- easy recipe and instructions

    Solar Eclipse Cookies Recipe

    We are SO EXCITED for the total eclipse coming up. We have talked about it, watched a trillion videos, and of course purchased our eclipse glasses. The only thing left is…

  • Fanta Snow Cone Recipe- Costa Rica

    This Fanta® Snow Cone Recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #RefrescaTuSummer #CollectiveBias When summer rolls around Casa Pura Vida we…

  • Salted Caramel Bars Recipe

    It’s no secret that I love all things caramel. Especially salted caramel. So when a few years ago, one of my teaching partners gave me a huge piece of these salted…

  • Savory Rosca de reyes bread

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LiveForFlavor #VivaLaMorena #AddFlavor #CollectiveBias This year at Casa Pura Vida, we decided to change…