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Dessert + Baking

  • 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…

  • Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

    Here at Casa Pura Vida we have a little bit of trouble keeping… er, regular.  Big Sister has had all kinds of problems emptying her colon basically since birth. I will…