15 Rice Desserts You Should Try

Old Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding
Photo: Miriam

Who doesn't love a sweet, creamy, and classic rice pudding? If that's what you're looking for, we've got you covered with easy stovetop recipes like this simple Old-Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding and this flavorful Kheer. But these decadent desserts go way beyond pudding — you can use your leftover rice to make all kinds of sweet treats. For instance, you should really try this moist Orange Rice Cake and these spicy and boozy Fireball Horchata Popsicles. No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find a new favorite in this collection of delicious rice desserts.

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Polish Rice Cake

Polish Rice Cake

This traditional recipe is a great way to use up leftover white rice. If you prefer a sweeter cake, add one cup sugar.

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Orange Rice Cake

Orange Rice Cake
Jan Mowbray

"This moist and delicately flavored cake has been a favorite of my family at Easter for years," says recipe creator Lois Albanese. "I like to fill the center opening with chocolate-dipped strawberries in the spring."

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Fireball Horchata Pops

Fireball Horchata Pops
Matt Wencl

"Whether it's summertime or just time to gather good friends around, this sweet and spicy dairy-free ice pop combines the mellow cinnamon flavors of horchata with the bracing fiery flavor of Fireball whiskey," says recipe creator Matt Wencl. "A touch of cayenne extends the heat beyond the ice."

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Sicilian Easter Pie

Sicilian Easter Pie
Sicilian Easter Pie. FrancesC

"This is a recipe handed down from my Sicilian grandmother," according to recipe creator LINDALUSCIOUSPIES. "Each family has their own way of baking the Easter Pie in the Old Country, and with our family and friends it was discussed at length, believe me!"

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Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang)

Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With spiraled Mango in a white bowl on a wooden background

Here's an authentic-tasting recipe for sticky rice, a traditional Thai dessert. Sliced mangoes add a nice pop of fruit flavor and color.

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Old-Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding

Old Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding

This sweet and creamy stovetop recipe is simply flavored with sugar and vanilla. Trust us — you don't want to miss this classic recipe.

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Swedish Rice Pudding

Swedish Rice Pudding

This decadent Swedish dessert is perfectly creamy on top and decadently dense on the bottom. Serve with seasonal berries and homemade whipped cream.

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bowl of Kheer (Rice Pudding)
Michelle Marques

"This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding," according to recipe creator PATRICK7. "It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!"

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Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Use your Instant Pot to quickly make this classic dessert. A great use of leftover rice, this recipe works great for breakfast, snack time, or dessert.

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Japanese Banana Rice Pudding

Japanese Banana Rice Pudding

"This is fantastic," according to recipe creator Andy. "We serve it at our B&B and it's always a hit even for those that claim not to like rice pudding! Don't change a thing!"

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Chef John's Classic Rice Pudding

classic rice pudding
Chef John

This simple crowd-pleasing dessert comes together quickly on the stove with just one pot (making cleanup a breeze).

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Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)

Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)
NPFamily Recipes

This cheap and easy vegan recipe comes together with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

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Kalter Milchreis mit Brombeeren

Kalter Milchreis mit Brombeeren (Cold Rice Pudding with Blackberries)
Photo by Baking Nana.

Looking for an easy dessert everyone will love? Your search ends here. Get as creative as you want with this simple, six-ingredient recipe.

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Calas (Creole Rice Beignets)

Calas (Creole Rice Cakes)

These New Orleans-inspired beignets, which feature raisins and cinnamon, are perfect for your next brunch.

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Lola's Horchata

Horchata in a mason jar

"This is the best horchata recipe I have ever found," according to reviewer Rachel Hanks. "I found that ground cinnamon floats on the top so I let two cinnamon sticks soak with the rice and water for three hours. Nice flavor!"

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