I'm hosting a late-night cocktail party this weekend, and am serving a variety of savory finger foods (bacon-wrapped dates, some phyllo-dough cups with chicken and pesto, something like a beggar's purse, peaches wrapped in serrano ham). I'd love to add a few finger-food desserts that wouldn't require a knife and fork, but I'm a little bit lost in the dessert department. Any ideas?
I always get raves when I serve tiny cookies (an idea I stole from a neighbor who served them at a party). I use the littlest ice cream scoop I can find and make tons of classic cookies - peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal etc. People go nuts for them. I've been thinking lately it would be fun to do those as ice cream sandwiches.
Banana eggrolls with caramel dipping sauce
Assorted miniature cheesecakes
Cassava-coconut cakes on banana leaves
Any cookies or bar cookies, miniature fruit tarts, slices of linzertorte, baklava, cupcakes (incl. cupcakes made in mini muffin tins), or puddings/mousses/custards in small shot glasses -- I think you can buy plastic shot glasses.
Epicurious has a recipe for maple pecan bars that people just love and they are a bit more elegant than regular bars. Also, lemon bars are nice. You could also do cheesecake bites - I made a lemon swirled cheesecake (most likely from Epicurious as well) and I topped it with thinly sliced lemon peels that were cooked in sugar water. Very pretty presentation.
How about mini phyllo shells with a little custard and a few fresh berries in them?