Fina’ Mames (Chamorro Desserts)


Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Åhu is a sweet and warm soup of sorts, and is a very popular dessert drink on Guam.  It's one of the first things I make when I go home for…

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Apigigi’ or Sweet Tamales

Posted on Aug 10th, 2013

Apigigi' is a Chamorro dessert that takes quite a bit of time to make, if prepared the traditional way. It calls for grated cassava or tapioca,…

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Banana Lumpia

Posted on May 20th, 2020

Banana lumpia is a super simple dessert to make.  It requires just a few ingredients — cooking bananas, sugar, cinnamon, and lumpia…

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Buñelos Aga (Banana Donuts)

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

This is a family favorite.  Give it a try.  I think you’ll like it.  😊 BUÑELOS AGA' (BANANA…

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Buñelos Dågu

Posted on Oct 26th, 2013

If you had to list your favorite Christmas food, what would they be?  I'd have too many to list since I have quite a few favorites, but up near…

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Buñelos Månglo’ (aka Typhoon Donuts)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2013

Buñelos Månglo' is another Chamorro dessert.  The name is loosely translated into "Air Donuts".  I'm not sure why they're called that.  Maybe it…

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Cassava Cake

Posted on Feb 20th, 2021

Cassava cake is traditionally made from grated cassava, coconut cream, sweet young coconut, eggs, sugar, butter and evaporated milk.  These…

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Chamorro Potu (Sweet Rice Cake)

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Chamorro rice cakes, or Potu, are rice cakes that are made by soaking grains of rice in tuba, or a sweet fermented coconut sap.  The soaked rice is…

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Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up…

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Coconut Candy

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Coconut candy is an island dessert that's so simple to make, and fun to get the kids involved in making it. Growing up, we'd make this a lot…

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

My entire family loves, loves, loves cookies!  Soft, chewy, crispy, crumbly, chocolate, butter, coconut, sugar, stuffed, double-stuffed, you name…

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Easy Shortcut Chamorro Cake

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

This is an absolutely delicious cake, a favorite on Guam.  This is absolutely fantastic served without any frosting; however, it's also delicious…

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Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Guyuria (pronounced gu-ju-ree-ah) is another traditional Chamorro cookie (Rosketti is another).  Some of my friends call them jawbreakers because of…

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Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

Pronounced 'la-tee-ja', this is a classic Chamorro dessert.  A light, creamy, custard-like pudding topped with a generous sprinkling of ground…

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Madoya (Battered and Fried Bananas)

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

Here's another very simple dish I'd like to share with you.  It's called Madoya (pronounced ma-dô-ja), lightly battered then fried slices of…

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Månha Pie

Posted on May 31st, 2014

This has got to be my most favorite Chamorro dessert!  For non-Chamorro-speaking friends, månha means the sweet, tender meat of the young, green…

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Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Potu is a sweet steamed rice cake that's a Chamorro favorite.  It's traditionally made using sweet tuba, a Chamorro beverage made from fermenting…

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Pumpkin Turnovers (Pastit or Buchi Buchi)

Posted on Jul 31st, 2013

This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It's a turnover filled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored pumpkin jam.  In Chamorro, Pastit is the term…

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Rosketti ~ a Chamorro cookie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

I won't lie to WILL need to have a tall glass of milk or water when you eat these starchy Chamorro cookies.  It calls for an entire…

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  1. Betty Santos says:

    Hello Annie,
    I was wondering if you had a recipe for Pan Tosta. I appreciate you so much for sharing your recipes.

  2. Florence says:

    Hafa Adai Annie, thank you very much for sharing your recipes. I love and enjoy trying all the recipes. Do you have a recipe for pantosta? If you do can you post it on your blog. Thank you again.

  3. Kyndahl says:

    Hafa adai Annie!! I can’t tell you how much I’m thankful for all you post on here. My mom is from Tamuning and I grew up on her and my grandmother’s (Guadalupe Combado) Chamorro cooking. But when I moved to Wisconsin for college, I missed it so much and wanted to be able to cook it for myself and my friends. Your site is now a go to for me anytime I’m craving a little taste of home!

  4. Bobbie Aguon says:

    Hafa Adai Annie,
    There is one chamorro desert recipe you are missing which is the Buenelos Aga. Do you have your recipe for the Bannana donuts?

  5. Beatrice Riberal says:

    Hi Annie,
    My favorite desert is the tamales mames. I too stumbled on your site because I learned how to make the tamales. I live in Molokai, Hi and my friends love coconut so it wasn’t surprising that they love our tamales. Tnank you for sharing it.
    Another favorite is the candied papaya. I remember going for this at the southern fiestas. I went through your site but couldn’t find the recipe. Could it be this may not be a Chamorro recipe? If it is could you share that recipe? Thank you again.
    Bea Aguon Riberal originally from Agana.

  6. Verne J. Meno says:

    Hafa Adai thanks so much for sharing your recieps, im the second generation Chamorro, and I want ppl to experience our cooking from our small little island in the sun, I work for island pacific here in Northen Cali ( American canyon). my parents are from Guam Inarajan Meno-Crisostomo, I was born there but grew up in cali, really thank u so much for sharing the great recieps

  7. Jan says:

    Hi. I’m from Saipan and live in Denver. Thank you for sharing your recipes. Cooking island food is my comfort food… so I appreciate you and what you do. Si Yu’us Ma’ase

  8. Hermes J. McAnulty says:

    My daughter Tanya Manibusan Clawson loves her heritage Chamorro food and uses your recipes from Annie’s Chamorro kitchen to cook by. She has been very please with all that she has made and continue to make for her family and friends. Thank you for this

  9. Victoria Cabrera says:

    Hi my name is Victoria Cabrera,
    My grandparents are originally from Guam. There names Joaquin and Rosa Cabrera. My grandmother used to teach us grandkids a thing or two about cooking. We miss her dearly and her cooking too. Unfortunately we were too young and never got to write down her recipes. So I took to the Internet hoping to find Chamorro cooking. I am so glad I came across your website. I find it very helpful and delicious. I feel like or heritage is dying out but with the help of our elders I would like to keep or traditions growing. Thank to you these are recipes I can passed on to my children and hopefully they can pass down to their’s. So many of your recipes bring back good memories. And I thank you.
    Sincerely ,
    Victoria Cbarera

    • Hafa Adai, Victoria! I’m glad you stumbled upon my kitchen!

      It’s so nice to hear that my recipes bring back happy memories for you and that you’re passing them on to your children.

      Stop by again soon and let me know how your Chamorro culinary adventures are going. I’d love to see photos too. If you’d like, you can email them to me ( or post them on my Facebook page (

  10. Thank you for promoting our lovely island. It’s so wonderful to see your selection of food and recipes. God bless you for sharing. Dungkulo ma Si yuos ma~asee

  11. Angelina B Cruz WA says:

    Annie thank u very much lost my recipes from moving. We have parties everywhere and this is a good chengulie!!! Miss my is island very much

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