Brooklyn chef creates coquito cupcakes, coffee creamer

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A cook from the borough is putting his own twist on a popular Puerto Rican Christmas dish.

Mauricio Pereira, of Moe's Flavors, started creating cupcakes and coffee creamer from coquito with the help of his wife and daughter.

The recipe is a family secret passed down from his grandfather.

Pereira entered coquito-making contests but says he was looking for a way to make a dish that was unique, which is when he started making cupcakes.

“I use my coquito in the cake and I came up with an icing to tie it all together and it became a huge, huge hit,” says Pereira.

Pereira currently only makes the specialty food items during the holiday season, but says he would like to keep it going year-round.

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