Sweet Tamales

Sweet Tamales
Makes:
24
tamales
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
165
minutes
based on 41 reviews
17
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.

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Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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 Tamales

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Ms Waybright from N. Las Vegas, NV

I think chocolate chips and dried cranberries added to this recipe would be exceptional. I would make this recipe again, expanding on it with complimentry ingredients.

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    sweet, different

    Bernice MattilaGarcia from Saint Paul, MN

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

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    Very Good

    jessica simpson from West Jordan, UT

    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.

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    tamales

    RACHEL GOCHI from ROSEMEAD, CA

    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.

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    soo tempting

    patricia phillips from CENTRALIA, IL

    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.

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    Not So Sweet works for me

    Paula LEOTTA from MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

    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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    What a Suprise!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    I took these for a "snack supper" Sat night, and didn't tell anyone they were SWEET! What a suprise. They all wanted the recipe.

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    Sweet Tamales

    ruth segovia from HOUSTON, TX

    These are a tradional meal to eat on cinco de mayo and this receipe is excellent and easy to follow and the tamales came out delicious. They will be on my list also for making at Christmas. UMMMM- goood.

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    Very much worth the effort

    IRMA DONATO from CAMERON PARK, CA

    Tamales are a family tradition and this was my first attempt at making them alone.This recipe made it easy. I left out the nuts and everyone loved them. I will make this recipe again.Thank you so much for the great recipe

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    sweeeeeeeet

    Timothy Riley from BEACH PARK, IL

    It was a very nice recìpe that came out very well. I enjoyed making them. However the products such as abeners corn meal was alitte hard to find.

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    DELICIUOSSS

    DAWNA GRAEFF from HAMPSHIRE, TN

    I MADE THIS FOR SUPPER FOR SOMETHING AS A CHANGE IT WAS DIFFERENT BUT GOOD I WILL MAKE THIS AGAIN A GREAT RECIPE

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    Tamales

    Jennette Canteen from FLORENCE, SC

    I tried and tried but just couldnt get this right. It sure did smell good though.

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    Sweet Tamales

    Sheila Neelan from WINNETKA, CA

    The family got a kick out of them we really liked them alot

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    sweet tamales

    connie campbell from logan, OH

    nice to serve with my home made tamales . left the raisins out and used shortening.

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    Versatile

    Terri Gibson from Lake View Terrace, CA

    I love tamales and this recipe is proof that they are versatile and yummy in many ways!

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    Sweet Tamales

    Jane Evenson from Maple Falls, WA

    We celebrated Cinco De Mayo with a Mexican Fiesta with these delicious Tamales for dessert. Thank You.

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    Sweet Tamales

    Betty Barrett from oakhurst, CA

    Sweet Tamales. these were ok...

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    Sweet tamales

    MELODY CORNACCHIOLI from 01606, MA

    Tasted great, but definately a time consuming recipe... unique and my guests were impressed!

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    Sweet tamales

    ROSEMARIE LUEVANO from San Antonio, TX

    Have tried with the condensed mild and without, and prefered without.

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    Sweet tamales

    Mike Byro from Hewitt, NJ

    I love Mexicam food and make it from scratch at home a lot, this makes a great addition.

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    Challenging but worth it!!

    CAROLE LOSCZYK from OCALA, FL

    This was a welcome change from the usual. I loved it and will make these for dinner guests in the future...

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    Excellent and soo yummy!

    Jeri Haley from Tenino, WA

    I've made this recipe before and they are delicious. I especially like them at the Christmas holidays, that is when most people make them as a tradition.Fun to make, but you must plan to set aside a day to make tamales.

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    Fun food

    CAROLYN GRANT from Hutto, TX

    My grandkids got a real kick out of this one!

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    Sweet Tamales

    Pat Ring from Holden, MO

    This reciped is a little hard to make but it was worth it. I love Tamales and they hit the spot

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    Sweet Tamales

    Carolyn Hobbs from Englewood, CO

    These are really good. After our Cheese Enchiladas these were the perfect treat!

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    WONDERFUL!

    Karen Rhyne from Shelby, NC

    This dish is quick and easy to prepare. I was impressed with the taste. My kids and I loved it! It was so easy to prepare both my 9-yr-old and 7-yr-old helped with ease. What a great recipe.

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    Oh my Word!

    Libia J. L from Miami, FL

    Just yesterday I was asking a Mexican friend I have about this same dish!!!! I had these on a trip to Mexico and just fell in love! Since I remembered them being pink, so I added a few drops of food coloring.

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    Sweet Tamales

    Jeanne Garcia from San Bruno, CA

    My family makes sweet tamales. The ingredients listed here a almost the same. We use pine nuts instead of walnuts (we're allergic to walnuts). You use vanilla, ours are without. The recipe adds a new and exciting flavor for our palates.

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    Sweet Tamales with Maple Syrup

    Val Dod from Auburn, WA

    These are good and a nice desert for those Taco nights. They do call for some sauce, I added warm maple syrup. When I have more time, I like to make up a cinnimon sauce. Very Nice.

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    Sweet Tamales

    Phyllis Wiedner from Highland, IL

    Not too difficult to make. Delicious!

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    Sweet Tamales

    Ms Waybright from N. Las Vegas, NV

    I think chocolate chips and dried cranberries added to this recipe would be exceptional. I would make this recipe again, expanding on it with complimentry ingredients.

  •  Star(s)

    Sweet Tamales

    Yahne Eliot from San Jose, CA

    The Sweet Tamales were great.

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    Yum!

    jacinta bitner from greenville, TX

    My son really liked them!

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    You would never believe!

    Jennifer Frounfelter from Fond du Lac, WI

    This recipe is delicious...and you would never even suspect that is was a dessert...my friends thought it was really an interesting dessert!

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    Sweet Tamales

    Sue Binsted from Capitol Heights, MD

    My family did not really care for these. At least I tried something new.

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    Sweet Tamales

    charlotte smith from louisville, KY

    This was cool. The kind of wild greens you can eat and thanks to you , we just learned one more thing we can do with corn husk. No waste.

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    NEW TWIST ON DESSERT

    Mary Brabble from Chocowinity, NC

    Very different, challenging and suprising to your guests.

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    Sweet Tamales

    Vivienne Ozuna from Canyon Country, CA

    This works! You might try adding well drained pineapple chunks cut in half.

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    New twist on Tamale

    cynthia gilmore from bacliff, TX

    This sounds wonderful and a whole lot easier than making the real thing! I can not wait to try it!

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    moviemomlisa

    lisa leighton from merrimack, NH

    Seems fairly easy to make and would be a good dessert.

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    Have already tryed this recipe

    patricia Hight from Farmersville, CA

    I loved this one so easy to make and the family loves it, My neighbor gave me this same recipe its great.

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    Review for Sweet Tamales

    maria reyes from Patterson, California, U. S. A.

    I will like to have more recipes fromcorn meal. Thank you

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 24/24 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 24 

  • 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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Sweet Tamales

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Directions

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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