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Flan De Queso – Easy Recipe

The delicious cheesy Flan De Queso is a Puerto Rican creamy dessert that you can enjoy in any season!

The delicious cheesy Flan De Queso is a Puerto Rican creamy dessert that you can enjoy in any season!

This delicious flan is one of the many variations. It is simple to make using only cream cheese, eggs, and milk yet it leaves a nostalgic flavor to the taste buds.

The main ingredient in Flan De Queso is Caramel Sauce and cheese. Caramel Sauce is a perfect blend of sugar and water over medium heat. You can purchase a Hershey’s Caramel Syrup from a retail store but it will not have the same effect as a homemade Caramel Sauce. In this guide, we will also cover how to make a perfect homemade Caramel Sauce and use it to exemplify your Flan De Queso that you can make in one of these best flan pans.

What is so special about Flan De Queso?

No doubt, there is a myriad of flan recipes that you can look for and use it in any of these best flans. Ranging from flavors such as coconut and pumpkin to the well-liked chocolate taste – any flavor you can think of a flan of that flavor already exists. Even so, many people gravitate towards cheese.

Now imagine the flavor of a soft, smooth, and creamy cheese combined with a custard cake traced in vanilla essence. This mixture of milk, cream, and cheese that you get in form of Flan De Queso is surreal. To top it all off comes the Caramel Sauce with its candy flavor that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Which Sugar to Use in Caramel Syrup?

The caramel sauce recipe that we will provide can be made using granulated sugar or raw white sugar. It is up to you to choose from both of these types but know that there will be differences in the color of the caramel syrup and the basic taste. For instance, the use of raw sugar will give Flan De Queso’s caramel sauce a dark color but the taste will be rich in sweetness. On the other hand, if you prefer a softer flavor go for white granulated sugar which will result in golden caramel syrup.

Things to Remember Before Making Flan De Queso:

Your Flan De Queso should be smooth to an appropriate extent so that the shape remains intact. We recommend that you keep the texture of the flan creamy but not too creamy that it becomes saccharine.

For many people, their hard work in making Flan De Queso wastes because either their flan has a repugnant eggy flavor or the lumpy cheese layer ruins the texture of your flan. The surface of the flan needs to be kept as smooth as possible which can be ruined with air pockets that may form giving a grainy texture. You need to be extra careful while making the caramel syrup as even seconds of diversion can result in Burnt Caramel.

Tips for making an ideal Flan De Queso:

1. Keep the number of eggs used as minimum as possible

People use a varying number of eggs for their Flan De Queso and the number is usually around 4 to 8. We do not recommend using more than 5 eggs in your flan, not only in Flan De Queso but in any type of Flan that you may make. The more eggs you will use, the firmer your flan will become and we do not want that. We need the flan to be as smooth and soft as possible.

Furthermore, we have tested and proven that 6 or more eggs in a flan result in a super eggy flavor. Keep in mind that in Flan De Queso, our emphasis will be on creamy cheese and caramelized sauce, not the eggs.

2. Do not whisk the flan batter

When you whisk the batter, it introduces unwanted air bubbles into the mixture. This gives a grainy texture to the flan and compromises the appearance. To avoid this issue, use a paddle to mix the batter instead of a whisk. Temperature also plays an important role in preventing the formation of grains. Do not cook your flan at a very high temperature as it will result in curdles. We suggest using low flame and a water bath to ensure smooth heat dissipation.

3. Keep the ingredients at room temperature

Our tests show that when all ingredients are kept at room temperature, your flan does not become chunky as it does for most people. Therefore, to avoid lumping up the cheese in your Flan De Queso dessert, store the cheese and the eggs to be used in the recipe at room temperature.

4. Pay special attention to the Caramel Syrup

If you are opting to make a homemade caramel sauce, the problems you will encounter regarding the syrup are either burnt caramel or too much-crystallized caramel. A perfect solution to both of these problems is to keep the flame heat low and avoid stirring the sugar. You can swirl the pot at regular intervals but over-stirring can cause the melting sugar to crystalline.

flan de queso

Flan De Queso

Fakhra Ahmad
Flan De Queso is one of the many variations in Puerto Rican Flan Recipes. It is simple to make using only cream cheese, eggs, and milk yet it leaves a nostalgic flavor to the taste buds.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8 Servings


  • 12 ounces Evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces Condensed milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese

How to Make?

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Over low-medium flame, heat the sugar with a ¼ cup of water in a small saucepan. Carefully stir the sugar until it fully dissolves.This can take 10 to 15 minutes. In the last 3 minutes, turn the heat from medium to high and boil the mixture.
    Turn off the heat and slowly add another ¼ cup of water.Add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. The Caramel Syrup for your Flan De Queso is ready. Immediately, pour the caramel Syrup inside a flan pan and evenly coat the sides.
    You can store it in the refrigerator for at most 2 weeks.
  • In a bowl of a mixer, add evaporated milk and cream cheese. Mix the batter with a paddle until it turns smooth.Beat eggs into the flan batter, one at a time. Mix sweet, condensed milk and vanilla essence to the flan batter.
    Strain the batter into a dish. Straining is important because it ensures that no cheese lumps are left behind.
  • Pour the batter into the flan pan that has been coated with caramel syrup. Place the flan pan in a large roasting dish which we will use as a water bath.
    Fill it ½ with boiling water.
    Bake for one hour. Let the flan cool for 5 minutes.
  • Invert the flan pan onto a platter and refrigerate your delicious Flan De Queso that is ready to be served!



Serving: 1gCalories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 58gFat: 21.5gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 250mgSugar: 57g
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Fakhra Ahmad
Hi there! This is Fakhra. I treasure the art of cooking and learning delicious recipes and sharing them with others on daily-basis because nothing brings people together like good food.