Bite-Size Desserts


In addition to the undeniable cuteness factor, these sweet one-bite wonders make for perfect party food. Pick a minuscule version of your favorite decadent dessert, then watch them disappear.

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Lemon Tartlets with Meringue Caps

Christopher Baker

Shape thin tuile cookies into a shell for this tiny tart.

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Multicolored Frosting


One basic buttercream can coat mini cupcakes in a variety of shades.

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Banana Whoopie Pies


Banana cake becomes irresistible when piped into bite-size whoopie pies.

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Cinnamon-Walnut Baklava


The secret ingredient: cinnamon-laden butter.

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Chocolate-Strawberry Thumbprints


Any kind of berry would work as the topper for these crisp cookies.

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Lemon Tassies

lemon tassies
Victor Schraeger

Never heard of a tassie? The name comes from the Scottish word for “small cup.”

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Spring Shower Almond Petit Fours


Tiny cakes coated in a sugary glaze are like miniature presents wrapped for each guest.

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Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies


These mini sandwiches still find room for double the chocolaty goodness.

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Mini Eclairs with Strawberries and Cream

eclair powdered sugar

Pastry paper cradles catch any of the delicious filling that might drip out.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cups


These homemade candies can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Elderflower Jam Tassies

Andrew Purcell

Elderflower liqueur-infused jam makes this dessert utterly upper-crust.

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Banana and Chocolate Triangles


Banana and chocolate baked in a phyllo picket become a gooey treat.

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Mini Ginger-Almond Cheesecakes


Use packaged gingersnap cookies for a super-easy crust.

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Key Lime Whoopie Pies


Cinnamon sugar cakes nod to Key Lime pie’s traditional graham-cracker crust.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries


Rolling the chocolate-coated berries in chopped pistachios adds a touch of festive color.

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Lemon-Lime Tea Cakes


Candied lemon slices top these diminutive treats.

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French Almond Macarons


Finish off a sophisticated soiree with these chic treats.

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Mini Cheesecakes with Apricot Jam

Mini Cheesecakes with Apricot Jam
Con Poulos

A yellow apricot center and frilly cupcake liners create a flowerlike effect.

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Phyllo Cups with Cappuccino Cream


A little liqueur added to the cream makes this dessert extra special.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes with Walnuts


Not only does zucchini add a bit of veggie goodness to these chocolaty bites, it also adds extra moisture.

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Pecan Tassies

Bryan Gardner

All the Southern charm of a pecan pie in one little bite.

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Classic Cannoli

Susie Cushner

Create the crunchy shell for these Sicilian treats with a pasta maker.

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Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

holiday handbook 2011 cookie bar
Joseph De Leo

Fleur de sel adds a touch of salt and crunch to this sweet, chewy bar.

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Chocolate-Coconut Cheesecake Squares


Add cheesecake to a match made in candy bar heaven for an utterly addictive treat.

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Cherry-Chocolate Cups

Johnny Miller

The crispy phyllo dough stands up to creamy chocolate-studded filling.

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