Merienda Is Doubly Delicious With These Bite-Sized Snacks

These snacks may be small in size but are big in flavor.

Merienda is typically the meal that tides you over before dinner. It’s usually something small that while it isn't too filling that you can’t eat dinner later in the evening, it is filling enough that you won’t be starving when dinner finally is served.


Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a little something when you can’t have bigger servings of a delectable bite. Here are tasty merienda ideas you can make that we think should be on your merienda list: 



Crispy Ham and Cheese Dumplings

Who doesn’t love ham and cheese? With these fried dumplings on the table, you won’t be able to say no to a few bites or five.


These crispy ham and cheese fried dumplings are pouches full of flavor.



Longganisa Parcels with Garlic-Yogurt Dip

Leftover longganisa are perfect for making delicious snacks! Use your favorite longganisa to stuff these simply wrapped dumplings to go with an equally simple but delicious dip.

Here's a simple snack that's a delight to the taste buds. Make a big batch and you'll always be ready when you have unexpected guests. If you don't have wonton wrappers, you can use regular lumpia wra




Mini Pepperoni Pizza

No need to order for delivery if you have the ingredients to make these mini versions to satisfy a craving.

Make these mini pizzas for merienda!



Wonton Pizza Cups

This is a great toss-in-and-bake type of snack. Use whatever ingredient you have on hand to toss into these cheesy wonton cups.

These crispy pizza cups are a healthier option and a super fun way to eat veggies.


Chicken Empanadas

While not exactly bite-sized, empanadas (also known as hand pies or pocket pies) are miniature versions of a full-sized pie. This chicken-filled one is a classic merienda, and the great thing with the chicken empanadas is that it’s always a winner.


You can also experiment with different fillings such as chili con carne, roasted vegetables, or apples, and caramel.

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Spicy Ilocos Empanada Recipe

If you can’t go to Vigan to experience the real thing, you can recreate it at home with this easy recipe. The secret to the orange-hued empanada dough? Atsuete or annatto seeds! 

This famous snack gets a boost of spice and heat!



Mini Ube Mamon

This isn’t just the mini version of the beloved pillowy mamon, it’s also an ube-flavored version so you’re still riding the dessert trend with these purple-hued treats. 


Make these fluffy Filipino favorite at home!



Mashed Potato Balls with Cheesy Centers

Cheese is always a hit and if you're a big cheese fan, you’ll love that these potato balls have a gooey, cheesy center. 

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Give mashed potatoes a crispy makeover with a delightfully cheesy center!



Cheddar Corn Muffins

Muffins are not your usual merienda but if you’re looking for a pastry to satisfy your hunger pang, try a cheese cupcake or these savory cheddar cheese muffins with a touch of sweet corn sweetness will do just that. Make them in mini muffin cups so you can eat more than one or three. 




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