Place of originMexico
Region or stateYucatán
Created byLeopoldo Mena
Main ingredientsflour, egg, milk, butter, various toppings including cajeta, jam, chocolate, or edam cheese
Man making marquesitas

A marquesita is a dessert native to the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It consists of a crepe, rolled like a taco, filled with cajeta, condensed milk, jam, chocolate or edam cheese, also known as queso de bola. They are sold in squares, parks and streets.[1]


Marquesitas were created in the 1930s by Leopoldo Mena, an ice cream business owner, who did not have as many customers in the winter season. To attract more customers, he invented a new sweet and integrated the sweet taste of jams with the salty taste of queso de bola, which became a success. The origin of the name comes from the daughters of a marquis who frequented the place and bought the sweet.[2][3][4]


The ingredients of the marquesita consist of a dough of flour, egg, milk, and butter that is pressed on a grill to make a thin crepe. Then, the cheese and sweets are added and rolled.[5]


Although they are originally from Yucatán, these sweets can be found in other states of Mexico.


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  2. ^ Camarena, Chio (2017-12-18). "La historia de las marquesitas yucatecas". Más México. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  3. ^ "Marquesitas, la noble y deliciosa tradición yucateca". Animal Gourmet (in Spanish). 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  4. ^ Ochoa, Janeth (2018-06-26). "La historia detrás de las marquesitas". México Desconocido (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  5. ^ "Marquesitas, Regalo Culinario". Yucatan Today (in Spanish). 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2021-05-01.