Sweet Tamales

Sweet Tamales

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based on 41 reviews
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30 min.
180 min.
24 Servings

Making tamales takes time, but your family will appreciate your effort. The combination of cinnamon, raisins, vanilla and condensed milk create a wonderful variation of this traditional dish.


  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) dried corn husks
  • 1 cup lard or shortening, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups masa harina flour (Mexican corn masa mix)
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
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SORT corn husks, setting aside any torn ones. Soak intact husks in warm water for at least 1 hour or until softened and easy to fold.

BEAT 2/3 cup lard in large bowl until creamy. Combine flour, corn meal, sugar, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Alternately add flour mixture, water and sweetened condensed milk to lard, mixing well after each addition. Melt remaining 1/3 cup lard; gradually stir into masa mixture, mixing until consistency of thick cake batter (masa). Stir in vanilla, raisins and nuts.

SPREAD 1/4 cup masa, using back of a spoon, to form a square in the center of one husk. Fold right then left edge of husk over masa. Fold up bottom edge. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

PLACE vegetable steamer in pot with lid; add water to just below steamer. Arrange tamales upright in steamer rack. Cover top of tamales with reserved dry husks and a damp towel; cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Steam, adding water as needed, for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until masa pulls away from husks.

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sweet, different

It was odd to me, I guess I just like the savory varieties and will leave the sweets to other recipes.

- Bernice MattilaGarcia from Saint Paul, MN

Very Good

This was my first time making any kind of tamales and it was so easy! They turned out so yummy and now I can't wait to share with my friends. Next time i think i'll add some pineapple.

- jessica simpson from West Jordan, UT


I really liked how they came out, i have tried doing them on my own before but they never had a good flavor, but having this recipe really helped me out. They were very good.


soo tempting

I made these and did not tell anyone. Just served them. I was asked so many times where I bought them. LOL. I finally had to come clean.

- patricia phillips from CENTRALIA, IL

Not So Sweet works for me

This recipe sounded interesting. Being a diabetic I decided to reduce the amount of raisins to 1/4 C. My family thought they were tasty and didn't know the recipe called for more raisins. This recipe actually took me about 25 minutes to prepare possibly because I was working with some things I don't regularly use. It was well worth the time. I'll make this again and double batch it - one batch going into the freezer. I think this would be fun to make with the kids.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/24 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 24

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Calories from Fat: 108
  • Total Fat: 12g (18% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4g (22% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 12mg (4% of DV)
  • Sodium: 215mg (9% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 34.6g (11% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .8g (3% of DV)
  • Sugars: 11.6g
  • Protein: 3.7g
  • Vitamin A: 0% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 9% of DV
  • Iron: 15% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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