Just about everything that’s tiny is cute—babies, puppies, clothes, and even desserts! You can convert almost any full-sized dessert that you can imagine into a tiny one by putting them into glass or plastic shot glasses. They’re perfect for parties because they complement both large meals and finger foods (on top of looking super classy). They also avoid the situation where your guests take a giant slice of cake, only to throw half away, leaving you with the feeling that you wasted your time. Shot glass desserts are easy to make, good for those on a diet, and they’re definitely one of the biggest dessert trends out there, so go ahead and try a few!
15. S’mores Dessert Shooters
Who doesn’t love having s’mores around the campfire during the summer? With this delectable s’mores dessert shooter recipe, it doesn’t even need to be summer to enjoy that graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow-y goodness. Simply crumble one graham cracker rectangle into the bottom of each shot glass. Then, evenly spoon some milk chocolate mousse (which can be store-bought or made from home with this recipe) or chocolate pudding into each glass. Refrigerate the desserts for a couple of hours, then top it off with marshmallow crème, mini chocolate chips, and a graham cracker or a chocolate square once it’s ready to serve. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare (or 25 minutes, if you’re making the chocolate mousse from scratch), but looks like it took hours!
14. Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Shooters
Do you know what type of cakes are the best to make for a crowd or when you’re in a rush to eat something yummy? The kind that requires no baking! Again, this recipe only takes 15 minutes! Seriously, that’s the same amount of time you usually spend just measuring and putting all the ingredients into a bowl when you’re baking. For the base of this addictive dessert, you’ll need to melt some butter and mix it with graham cracker crumbs. You’ll layer that with a strawberry portion (made by pulsing strawberries, sugar, and orange juice in a food processor). Then, you’ll add your strawberry shortcake mixture (made with cream cheese, heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and Strawberry Shortcake flavor mix) and another strawberry layer. Finally, pipe some whipped cream on top and there you have it!
13. Caramel Apple Trifle Shooters
We usually associate apple desserts with fall, but trust us when we say that you won’t wanna wait until fall comes around to try this caramel apple trifle shooter. To the bottom of your glass, add some caramel mousse (made with heavy cream, sugar, and caramel sauce), followed by a layer of caramel only (which is made with granulated sugar, water, unsalted butter, heavy cream, and salt). If mousse if not your thing, you can substitute it for caramel pudding or plain yogurt. Next is the crunchy layer of apple crumble (a mixture of fresh apples, apple chips, and granola). Repeat and add a crown of whipped cream and you have yourself a dessert masterpiece. There are so many textures and flavors in this dessert that we dare you to just eat one.
12. No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Shooters
If you want to transform your nostalgic pleasures into a grown-up looking dessert, this no-bake Oreo cheesecake is for you. Grind a few of your favorite cookies (Oreos, of course) in a food processor and add a layer to the bottom of your glass. Then, add a cream cheese layer (consisting of a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, whipped cream, and sugar) and a layer of whipped cream (made of whipping cream and icing sugar) followed by some chocolate (Jell-O) pudding. The sour cream gives it a bit of a tarty taste to contrast all of the sugar. You can top off your divine creation with some whipped cream and crumbled Oreos to make it look extra fancy. It really looks like a restaurant-quality dessert, doesn’t it?
11. Lemon Meringue Dessert Shooters
Everyone loves eating pies, but no one likes spending all that time making those annoying pie crusts (unless their name is Martha Stewart), right? That’s where these cute and tasty lemon meringue pie shooters come in. This no-bake dessert will satisfy your pie cravings without any hassle at all. Start things off with a layer of crushed vanilla wafer cookies. Next comes the homemade lemon curd (made from egg yolks, sugar, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice) and some more crushed cookies. Finally, pipe your Italian meringue (made from sugar, water, and white egg) onto the top and toast it carefully, using a kitchen torch, until it’s golden brown. If you’re using plastic shot glasses, be extra careful because you wouldn’t want to melt the plastic!
10. Key Lime Pie Shooters
If you’re leaning more towards the key lime flavor than the lemon flavor, try making this key lime pie dessert shooter instead. It might sound similar to the lemon meringue dessert, but it’s actually easier to make because you only need five ingredients! First, mix together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Then, after rolling three or four limes on a clean surface to loosen them up, cut them and squeeze the juice into the mixing bowl containing your cream cheese mixture. Put your mixer on low speed until the juice is incorporated. Finally, pulse some graham crackers in a food processor until they’re fine crumbs. Layer the graham crumbs and key lime pie filling, alternatively, in your shot glass and top it off with whipped cream.
9. Tiramisu Shooters
Tiramisu is one of those desserts that looks rather average, but is a true surprise to your taste buds. If you love the creamy, coffee taste of tiramisu, but want to present it nicely, turning it into a shot glass dessert might do the trick. These tiramisu shot glass desserts consist of three distinct layers. First, at the bottom of the glass, add a thin layer of cream. The cream in this recipe is made of Amaretto (a sweet, almond-flavored, Italian liqueur) but you can use vanilla pudding if you’re not a fan of alcohol. Next, you’ll want to add a thin layer of cocoa powder (this is what really gives it the layered look). Then, dip some ladyfinger biscuits into coffee (but make sure that they’re not soaking so much that they break) and completely cover the cream layer with them. Repeat until the glass is full, ending with a layer of cocoa powder.
8. Red Velvet Cake Shooters
There’s something about red velvet cake (perhaps it’s the moistness or the alluring deep red color) that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe it’s because the colors remind us of the holidays or of love. Regardless of what it is, you’re probably craving some red velvet right now. Unfortunately, this recipe requires baking an actual cake (but trust us, it’s worth it). Once your cake is baked, freeze it for a while and cut it into little cubes. While you’re waiting for the cake, you can prepare the bottom layer of your shooter by mixing cream cheese with vanilla icing in an electric mixer. Place this mixture in the glass, add the cake cubes, and finish it off with a pretty, cream cheese rosette.
7. Blueberry Mousse Shooters
Blueberry mousse shooters are the perfect dessert for a hot day. Just look at that gorgeous purple, how can one resist? Get started by combining blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar over medium heat until the mixture is thick and syrupy. Then, remove it from the heat, allowing it to cool completely. Once it’s cool, add it to a food processor, along with sour cream and cream cheese and purée until smooth. Next, beat and add heavy cream to the blueberry mixture until they’re well combined. To get that polished look, simply transfer your mousse to an icing bag (or a zip top bag with the end cut off) and pipe it in. Once the desserts have been chilled for a few hours, garnish them with blueberries and pistachios, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, fruity sensation.
6. Rainbow Jell-O Cups
If you’re a lover of all things rainbow (or rainbow-ish) like unicorns, Lucky Charms, and the coolest Snapchat filter ever, then you’ll go crazy for these rainbow jell-O cups. They’re perfect for rainbow-themed parties or any other event that needs some brightening up. Now, this dessert is simple to make, but it is pretty time-consuming, so make sure you actually have enough time to make it before you start. You’ll basically have to make one color of Jell-O at a time and wait for it to set before adding the subsequent layer. For each color, you’ll make half the package like you normally would, but mix the other half with yogurt or sour cream (to make the light-colored layers). This is what makes the dessert creamy and rich.
5. Mini Yogurt Parfaits
If you want to make a super healthy dessert (in case being mini-sized wasn’t good enough already), these mini yogurt parfaits will do the job. They’re only 30 calories (which is the equivalent of eating a cup of asparagus), yet they taste great. You’ll definitely want to have more than one (and you should, since they contain blueberries that have antioxidants and yogurt with probiotics). To make them, pipe your choice of yogurt into a shot glass (vanilla is the traditional choice), add a spoonful of blueberries, then another layer of yogurt, and top it off with granola. So simple, isn’t it? And if you’re having a party, you can even make a mini-parfait bar where your guests can choose their own yogurt flavors and fruits.
4. Mudslide And Brownie Trifles
All chocolate-lovers on a diet, rejoice, because we’ve got the perfect dessert for you. This decadent mudslide and brownie recipe is rich enough to satisfy your cravings, but small enough to not make you feel guilty about it. This recipe contains alcohol, but again, if that’s not your thing (or if you’re on a diet), you can always skip it or substitute it with something that’s non-alcoholic. There are three different types of layers to this trifle: chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, and brownie with almonds. The creamy vanilla pudding is made from scratch with cornstarch, granulated sugar, salt, whole milk, vanilla extract, and alcohol (optional). The chocolate pudding is also made of the same ingredients, but with the addition of chopped dark chocolate pieces. Yummy!
3. Banana Cream Pie Shooters
When you think of pies, banana cream pie is probably not what comes to mind first, second, third, or even fourth (unless you really, really love bananas). You don’t know what you’re missing out on, though. This banana cream pie shooter recipe will leave you wishing that you tried it sooner. The base is made with graham cracker and almond crumbs. The pastry cream is made with a bunch of ingredients including, but not limited to, the following: egg yolks, vanilla bean, milk, cornstarch, and bananas, of course. You can even make your own whipped cream with heavy cream and powdered sugar. This is such a great treat because it tastes great, looks amazing, and bananas are so good for you, as they’re packed with potassium and magnesium.
2. Nutella Cheesecake Shooters
Nutella really has reached a cult-like status. That stuff is in everything—donuts, churros, cookies, you name it. So, why not add one more thing to the list? How does a Nutella cheesecake shooter sound? We’d say it sounds pretty darn awesome. For the cheesecake portion, blend together Nutella, greek yogurt (or any other type of plain yogurt) and cream cheese until smooth. Pipe this onto a layer of graham cracker crumbs, then add diced fruit (strawberries and raspberries taste best with this, but you can really put whichever fruits you like). Finally, add another layer of that amazing Nutella cheesecake on top of the fruits and finish it off with some whipped cream. Chill it for a few hours before serving and you’ve got yourself a crowdpleaser.
1. Mini Milkshakes
If you want to switch things up a bit and go for something sweet that you can drink instead of something that you can eat, this mini milkshake is a wonderfully adorable choice. This is not your average milkshake. Besides being a cute mini-sized version, it’s also chocolate and sprinkled rimmed and covered in toasted marshmallows! To make this amazing milkshake, blend together vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, milk, and marshmallow fluff. Then, melt chocolate chips in a bowl and dip your shot glasses in it. This will make the sprinkles stick around the rim of your glass. Finally, pour your milkshake into the glasses, top it off with toasted marshmallows, add a straw, and enjoy! If you’d like to make the milkshake thicker, just add more ice cream.
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