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Jul 16, 2009 10:08 AM

Dessert and Drinks Party- Bite Size Sweets

Having a Dessert and Drinks Party. I want to make bite size fun desserts that are easy to eat (the equivalent of bite size appetizers at a cocktail party). I am thinking mini- cupcakes, fruit skewers... any other ideas?

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  1. Petit fours can be some work, but they pay off with a good presentation. You can also get plastic shot glasses and fill them with mousse or creams and jellies. Alternatively you could bake mini tartlets with fruit and custard or miniature pavlovas on meringues.

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    1. re: JungMann

      parfaits in shot glasses are a great idea. You can also make super rich milkshakes and serve them in shot glasses with tiny straws.

      1. re: cheesecake17

        I really like the shot glass idea. Milkshakes or mousse. Thank you!

        1. re: MWileyLach

          The LA Times had a great article on using little glasses like these for different layered desserts. They looked just beautiful. I can't remember what those desserts are called when you put them in the little glasses that way. Anyone remember? I think I could find that article with its great ideas.

            1. re: nemo

              verrines. it's the "new" thing, lol.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Oh, right! Gotta use that word three times today to sear it into my brain. Thanks!

          1. re: MWileyLach

            Enjoy! you can also get plastic shot glasses, so you don't have to worry about the cleanup.

      2. I've made flourless chocolate cake (with some booze in it) and cut it into tiny squares before dusting with powdered sugar. Big hit. The beautiful thing being you can make it the day before.

        Tiny cookies? Chocolate dipped strawberries or even chocolate fondue with sliced fruit and pound cake? Bon bons?

        And I highly recommend a cheese and nut plate for those non-sweets folks. Blue cheese with walnuts, or maybe a tripple cream brie with apple slices?

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        1. re: emmaroseeats

          i agree about offering some savory bites.

          phyllo triangles with goat cheese and fig jam are nice, or a whole baked brie with apricot preserves on top. gougeres, spiced salted nuts, sliced fruit, grapes...

          homemade popsicles or ice cream sandwiches

          chocolate dipped strawberries, bananas and candied citrus peels, chocolate dipped nuts, pretzels and potato chips, even chocolate dipped cookies.

          have some non-chocolate items too -- like lemon squares, fruit tarts with lemon or orange curd, gingersnaps, mini cream puffs

        2. i've made giada's recipe for chocolate mousse in white chocolate cups. i did alter slightly and used chambord and topped with raspberries and omitted the orange zest. whatever the case, they look VERY elegant but are really quite easy - you could make them in mini cupcake tins
          how fun!

          1. Make truffles or chocolate rum balls. Easy. Delicious. Chocolate. Need I say more?

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            1. re: Phurstluv

              I have never tried to make them homemade before. It is really that easy?

              1. re: MWileyLach

                Yes, not having a recipe handy, I recall melting chocolate with crushed gingersnaps (maybe not)and Jack Daniels in it, letting it semi-harden then using a melon baller to scoop the balls out. They can then be rolled in a lot of different things: coconut, toasted or not, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, crushed cookies. I recall it was a holiday article, and I will be happy to research and get back to you!

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  I appreciate you offering, but I just looked up some recipes and its does seem very simple. Thanks so much!

                  1. re: MWileyLach

                    I had never had anything like these and they sounded kind of revolting to me until I tried one last Christmas. My sister-in-law to be made them -- a vanilla version -- and they were great. I think they used vanilla wafers crushed with rum. But I think those recipes -- at least the ones I've looked at -- call for the balls to be aged for a few weeks. They mellow during that aging time. Isn't that right?

                    1. re: karykat

                      The ones I have made have never had to be "aged". Plus they don't last that long around the house.

            2. I like making mini cheesecakes in mini muffin pans. Just follow any cheesecake recipe and put fruit or chocolate (or whatever) topping. It is easy to make and and a tasty little bite!