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What is Obleas? How to Make Obleas

“Obleas” refer to thin, round, and delicate wafers commonly used in Latin American cuisine. These wafers are typically made from a mixture of flour, water, and sometimes cornstarch or other ingredients, depending on the recipe variations.

Obleas have a slightly sweet taste and a crispy texture. They are often sold in pairs, sandwiching a layer of sweet filling in between, such as:

  1. Cajeta: A caramel-like sauce made from sweetened caramelized goat’s milk.
  2. Arequipe/Dulce de Leche: A thick, sweet caramel made from milk and sugar.
  3. Jam or Preserves: Such as strawberry, guava, or other fruit fillings.

To assemble obleas, a layer of the filling is spread onto one of the wafers, and then the second wafer is gently pressed on top to create a sandwich-like treat. They are commonly sold by street vendors or in markets and are a beloved snack or dessert in many Latin American countries. Obleas can vary in size, thickness, and the type of filling used, offering a range of flavors and textures to enjoy.

Article Highlights

  • Authentic recipe steps
  • Tips for Obleas nirvana
  • Ingredient hacks and alternatives

Obleas Recipe Background

Obleas are thin, wafer-like treats often filled with cajeta or sweetened condensed milk. They’re a popular street food in Mexico, perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth.

Obleas 101:

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Key Ingredient: Cajeta
  • Occasions: Snacks, desserts, celebrations

Why Make This Recipe?

Need reasons? We’ve got ’em:

  • Simple: Few ingredients, big impact
  • Versatile: Mix and match fillings
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Loved by adults and kids alike

What Does Obleas Taste Like?

Picture a crunchy wafer with a creamy, sweet filling. There’s a touch of caramel-like flavor if you use cajeta.

Taste Profile:

  • Crunchiness: High
  • Sweetness: Medium to High
  • Complexity: Moderate

What is in Obleas?

At its most basic:

  • Wafer discs
  • Filling (usually cajeta or sweetened condensed milk)

Equipment Required for This Recipe

  • Large platter
  • Butter knife
  • Optional: Cookie cutters for shapes


  • 20 Oblea wafers
  • 1 cup cajeta or sweetened condensed milk


  1. Lay one Oblea wafer flat on a platter.
  2. Spread about a tablespoon of cajeta over it.
  3. Place another wafer on top to make a sandwich.
  4. Press gently to secure.
  5. Repeat with remaining wafers and filling.

How to Serve Obleas

Serve immediately to enjoy the crunch, or let them sit to soften slightly. Both textures are a win!

Serving Ideas:

  • In a dessert platter
  • With a side of fresh fruit
  • Drizzled with a bit of chocolate sauce

What to Serve Obleas With

  • Coffee or hot chocolate
  • Ice cream
  • After a meal of tacos or enchiladas

My Recommendations and Tips

  • Use pre-made wafers to save time.
  • Try Nutella or fruit preserves for a different filling.
  • Cut them into shapes for special occasions using cookie cutters.

Obleas Storage Ideas

  • Room Temperature: Up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Fridge: Not recommended; may turn soggy.

Potential Ingredients Substitutes

CajetaDulce de Leche
Oblea WaferPizzelle or other thin cookies

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: Approx 100 per serving
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 2g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make my own wafers?
    • Yes, but it’s time-consuming. Store-bought works great!
  • Is cajeta the same as dulce de leche?
    • Similar, but cajeta is made with goat’s milk and has a unique flavor.


Delicious and versatile, Obleas are a sweet treat you’ll want to make again and again. With minimal ingredients and maximum flavor, they’re a hit for any occasion. Enjoy your culinary journey into the world of Obleas!