Puerto Rican Quesitos + an IMUSA Espresso Giveaway

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – scroll down to the bottom to see who won!***  

Last spring several Latina bloggers were invited to Chicago to the Comida Kraft headquarters. It was a great trip. We had the fortunate opportunity of meeting the well renowned Chef Oropeza from Mexico. Yvette even jumped at the opportunity to cook one of his dishes, crafted specifically for Comida Kraft. Who wouldn’t jump at that chance, he’s quite guapo (handsome) and that smile, hubba-hubba! Okay back to food.

Anyhow, during our trip to Chicago we took a tour of one of the most vibrant Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, also known as “Paseo Boricua”. It is the only officially recognized Puerto Rican neighborhood in the nation. This neighborhood is rich in culture with colorful and historic murals. As the day got a little windy (in the windy city) and quite chilly we made a mad dash to the nearest panadería for some coffee and some Puerto Rican quesitos. This was our first experience trying these popular pastries of Puerto Rico. OMG, those quesitos were unbelievable. These oven-baked, sugar-coated, and vanilla-flavored cream cheese flaky pastries were AMAZING. Before long, mom, Yvette, and I were talking about recreating those melt-in-your mouth quesitos.

We couldn’t share the quesitos without a warm cozy drink to accompany them. For this drink we used this beautiful red espresso maker from our amigos at IMUSA. It makes about 4 small cups or 2 large cups of espresso. We decided to merge several Latinos in this post so here you have it a Cuban espresso, a Puerto Rican quesito all brought to you by three happy Latinas. Aprovecho!

Scroll down for the opportunity to win one of these lovely IMUSA espresso makers and some other goodies just in time for Christmas.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Quesitos

Yield: 10 small quesitos



8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 puff pastry sheet (recommend Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets)

1 large egg white

Orange Glaze

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoons grated orange zest

8 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Cut pastry sheet into 3” x 2” rectangles.

Place about 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture in the middle of the cut pastry.

Grab an edge and pull it in tightly to the center. Fold up the tips on the opposite ends toward the center. Continue to roll the dough until you create a little cocoon. Pinch the rolled edges shut.

Place on a greased cookie sheet.

Brush with egg whites and roll in sugar. The sugar is to taste, but ideally a quesito has a nice sugary crust that crunches when one takes a bite.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Remove quesitos from oven and brush with a moderate amount of Orange Glaze (see below) over each one.

Allow 10 minutes to cool before eating.

Orange Glaze

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, orange zest, and orange juice; bring just to a boil so the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

Stove Top Espresso

To make espresso with a stovetop espresso maker, first unscrew the top part of the espresso maker and the funnel insert.

Fill the lower part of the espresso maker with cold water, making sure not to fill it past the safety valve.

Replace the filter funnel and fill with 3 tablespoons of extra-fine ground or espresso-grind coffee.

Replace the top of the espresso maker and screw on tightly.

Place the espresso maker on high heat until it boils and the top container fills with brewed coffee (You’ll hear the bubbling and steaming when it’s almost ready. If you want to check on it, lift the lid carefully so you don’t get burned.)

Café con leche (coffee with milk), is a Cuban espresso served alongside a cup of hot or steamed milk. The espresso is poured into the glass of hot milk and, then, stirred making it a cafecito.


We are giving away an IMUSA stovetop coffeemaker and an IMUSA espresso set with chrome rack.



Leave some comments. There are lots of ways you can do this.

To earn entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. You can leave one comment (entry) or many comments (entries). The choice is yours. If you don’t leave separate comments, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell us how you like your coffee.
  2. Follow Muy Bueno on Twitter
  3. Follow Muy Bueno on Facebook
  4. Follow IMUSA on Facebook


This giveaway ends Thursday, December 8 at midnight MST. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen through Random.org. The winner will be notified via e-mail. Winner must respond within 24 hours or we will choose another winner.

You must have a valid U.S. address to enter.

Buena suerte! Good Luck!

Thank you IMUSA for sponsoring this generous giveaway to one of our lucky fans.

Are you a subscriber to our blog? Subscribers will be notified via email about future giveaways hosted by Muy Bueno Cookbook. More to come so don’t miss out.

Note: This giveaway is provided to you by IMUSA. The views and opinions expressed on Muy Bueno Cookbook are purely our own and based upon our personal experiences with the IMUSA Espresso Maker. We were given the product free of charge.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston


Random.org has chosen our winner and she is… Wanda


Thank you all for your yummy comments. We enjoyed reading them!

We look forward to hosting more giveaways and hearing more from you all.

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  1. I’m a follower on Facebook of Muy Bueno Cookbook!!!
    best regards,

  2. I’m a follower of IMUSA on facebook!!!
    best regards,

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I’ve never tried these quesitos before but I am very tempted to make them. I am bookmarking this recipe for sure! And the expresso is so cool!! With red?? Bellísima!! I like my cafecito con leche y hielo!

  4. And I follow you on Facebook 🙂

  5. luv ur recipes

  6. I’m a follower! Thanks for the opportunity to be a winner

  7. I like my coffee with cream and a splenda.

  8. I follow you in twitter!

  9. I like you on facebook.

  10. Thank you for another wonderful recipe! I already follow you on FB, twitter and here, so I’m ok with one entry. 🙂 thank you! xo

  11. Oops I forgot to mention I like my coffee black with a bit of Splenda xo

  12. This little rolled up pastry sounds so delicous and easy! Love your presentation wrapped in the paper. And yes, I’d love to win this great little set.

  13. I like my coffee with just a little milk.

  14. I like my coffee w/cream & sugar. But milk is better for my waistline 🙂

  15. Also – I am already a Twitter follower!

  16. And now I like you on FB too 🙂

  17. In the very early AM, when it is still dark and the blue collar workers from Howard University across the street arrive and turn on the trucks, I wake up and brew my first cup of cafecito. The earthy smell wafting through the house wakes me up before the warm brew touches my lips. It accompanies me while I sift threw e-mails, read my feeds, newspapers, and set my day’s and the week’s editorial agenda for the blog and it’s FB and Twitter page. My AM coffee is as much comforting ritual as it is much-needed motivation!

  18. Better than like Muy Bueno and Imusa, I also made it a favorite page on the Wise Latina Club’s FB page!

  19. Love my coffee plain – just coffee, please. This coffee maker has a very nice look to it. I have a bialetti and love the coffee it makes, but it’s not the prettiest thing.

  20. Following Muy Bueno on Twitter

  21. I liked you on Facebook!

  22. I liked you on Facebook IMUSA!

  23. I liked you on Facebook Muy Bueno!

  24. I also like my coffee black, although lately when it is cold I like to make mochas with homemade marshmallows! Better than hot chocolate!

  25. I’m drooling over your Vanilla Cream Cheese Quesitos! It’ll be perfect with a cup of espresso. I love my coffee strong, usually French Roasted, with no sugar but lots of cream. It’ll be lovely to pair that with your Quesitos. 😛

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  26. Following Muy Bueno on Twitter @utry_it

  27. Follow Muy Bueno on Facebook, of course. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  28. Follow IMUSA on Facebook now

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  29. Oh man these look delicious! I like my coffee with milk and 2 spoons of sugar. 🙂

  30. Depends on the coffee, but I’m a fan of hazelnut or iced coffee with soy milk and raw sugar 🙂

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