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Aug 22, 2007 12:04 PM

finger-food desserts

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?


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  1. 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.

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    1. re: lupaglupa

      the mini ice cream sandwich idea is a great one. I'm hosting a big party in about a month. Will have to remember it.

      1. re: pescatarian

        Petifores from the Plaza Bakery & call it a day !

    2. Banana eggrolls with caramel dipping sauce
      Assorted miniature cheesecakes
      Petit fours
      Cassava-coconut cakes on banana leaves

      1. 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.

        1. profiteroles and cream puffs can be made really small

          1. 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?