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35 Mini Desserts for a Bite-Size Treat

These easy mini-desserts may be tiny treats, but they’re big on flavor and satisfaction!

Isn’t the beauty of mini-desserts that you can have more than one… or four?

Blueberry Tartlets with Cream Cheese
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I love little dessert bites. They look super cute and make any dessert table more appealing. 

The good news is, almost anything can be made tiny.

From brownie bites to mini-cheesecakes, these easy desserts are sure to delight. Let’s look at 24 of my favorite mini-desserts!

1. Best Brownie Bites

Brownie bites are definitely for the corner lovers!

With a crisp edge and perfectly fudgy center, they tick all the right boxes. 

To get that wonderful ratio, you will need a mini-muffin pan to bake these little babies. 

Try adding marshmallows or a mini-peanut butter cup before baking for a gooey and sweet extra indulgence. 

2. Mini-Maple Cinnamon Rolls

Controversial opinion: sometimes cinnamon rolls are too big…

Don’t get me wrong, they’re ridiculously delectable! It’s just that sometimes it’s a little too much sugar all at once.

That’s why mini-cinnamon rolls are so genius. For those looking to cut back, one or two is plenty. And for those with a sweet tooth, dig in and have four!

3. Banana Beignet Bites

The best thing about beignets is the crisp outer shell with all that powdered sugar. So you can imagine how good beignet bites are!

This recipe is simple: mix the ingredients in order and drop into hot oil. No need for kneading or rolling out. 

And the addition of banana is a dream! Try dipping them into a salted caramel sauce or some Nutella.

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4. Meyer Lemon Parfaits

Shot glass desserts are perfect little bites of dessert. They can be made in any flavor combination and look beautifully uniform in formation. 

If you don’t have shot glasses, mini-mason jars will look adorable.

However, you can also find several different-shaped plastic shot-like cups online and in party stores. 

For this little dessert, start with some broken ladyfingers, and top with whipped cream, and lip-smacking lemon curd.

5. Tiramisu Pudding Shots

After an enormous meal, sometimes you just can’t face another bite. 

Although sometimes you have no choice! These tiramisu pudding shots are too good to resist.

This boozy mini-dessert combines chocolate pudding with Kahlua, and white chocolate pudding with vodka, so it’s not one for the kids.

6. Mini-Milkshake Shooters

If you’re looking for something different, how about some adorable milkshake shots?

This recipe combines vanilla ice cream with marshmallow fluff for a sweet after-dinner treat that kids and adults will both love.

Dip the top of the glass in chocolate and roll in sprinkles for a pop of color, and serve with a colorful paper straw. 

These Instagram-worthy mini cream puffs are light, sweet, and super delicate.

I love the pale pink color and the fact you can pop the whole thing in your mouth as one.

Plus, you can easily change the filling. So feel free to use whipped ganache, lemon curd, or plain whipped cream.

8. Red Velvet Cake Truffles

Cake truffles and cake pops are essentially the same thing. The only difference is one is on a stick.

I personally think cake truffles have a slightly classier look to them. Put them on a serving platter or decorative plate and they look store-bought.

They’re also so easy to make it’s insane. Cake mix and ready-made frosting mix to form the fudgy center, which then gets smothered in white chocolate.

9. Chi Chi Dango Mochi

Mochi are soft and chewy rice cakes. 

Made with rice flour, sugar, coconut milk, and a thickener, they are delicate and colorful candies. 

For some added texture, try rolling the little balls in freeze-dried raspberries or chocolate shavings. 

10. Mini-Blueberry Pies

I love pie. It’s great in the summer, filled with banana cream or fresh blueberries. And it’s just as good served warm in the winter, chock full of apples. 

With these mini-blueberry pies, you get a mouthful of perfect buttery pastry with each bite.

You can even find mini-tart shells in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

The blueberry filling is sweet and bursting with flavor. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and be prepared to have more than one!

11. Baklava Tartlets

I know what you’re thinking and yes, tartlets are mini-pies. 

Regardless of the name, if you like sweet, crisp, honey-nut baklava, you have to try this recipe. 

Traditional baklava can be time-consuming and messy to make. But this recipe combines all the things you love about the dish and simplifies it. 

Though you will only see walnuts in the ingredients, feel free to add any chopped nuts you like.

12. Maple-Bacon Doughnut Bites

Having lived in Canada, I became a loyal fan of the maple-bacon-anything combination. From chicken to cake, it works on every level.

These donut holes are similar to the beignets, in that they come together in a bowl and just need to be dropped into hot oil. 

But instead of rolling in cinnamon sugar, these bites are covered in maple glaze and sprinkled with bacon bits. Sounds good, eh?!

13. Mini-Donuts

I’m not sure why I love donuts so much. Something about that round, colorful, sprinkle-covered treat makes me feel nostalgic.

And then I found mini-donuts and lost it completely. 

Mini-donuts are just the peak of mini-desserts if you ask me. And with a mini-donut maker, there’s no guesswork. 

Whether tossing in sugar or covering with a brightly colored glaze, they are by far my favorite on the list. 

14. Mini-Burger Cookies

Remember when sliders came onto the scene? Just like with mini-desserts, mini-food in general just has an appeal. 

Well, just wait until you see these cuties. 

The grasshopper cookies really do look like little patties, and you don’t have to worry about being neat with the ‘ketchup and mustard.’

Not a coconut lover? Use a “leaf tip” and some green frosting.

15. Apple Pie Pops

Hand-pies and pie-pops are such a cute alternative to a big pie. They travel well and can be eaten while running around the yard. 

Be sure to chop your apples small, as this recipe only bakes for around 15-20 minutes. 

Using store-bought pastry, they can be cut into any fun shape you like.

16. Rum-Praline Shortbread Bites

Delicate buttery shortbread combined with toasted and caramelized pecans, and a little rum. 

Now that I have your attention…

This recipe is seriously good. Shortbread is a big favorite in my house, and it’s has a lot to do with how easy it is to modify.

But this recipe is truly something to try. Please don’t skip toasting the pecans with the sugar. It adds something special!

17. Mini-Simnel Cakes

Fruit cakes like this one can be divisive. 

For some, they’re too dense and dark. For others, they’re delicious with anything from brandy sauce to cheese slices! 

Yes, I’m serious.

This recipe calls for the fruit to be soaked in amaretto, but you can use brandy or rum if you prefer. 

18. Mini-Cosmopolitan Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is a crowd-pleaser in any form. I’m a huge fan of a good cheesecake bar but also love a cute cheesecake shot.

Having said that, I am drawn to anything a little different. 

This recipe has a lovely light ricotta-based cheesecake that is smooth, creamy, and no-bake!

The topping is quite eye-catching, too!

19. Mini-Lemon Meringue Pies

With just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes, you can have the most delicate little canapés. 

Using ready-made meringue shells and a simple mix of cream cheese, citrus zest, and icing sugar, this mini-dessert is a winner. 

Looking for some variety? Try adding some passion fruit or chopped cherries and chocolate instead. 

20. Blackberry, Marshmallow, and Mascarpone Trifles

Trifle is such a classic that usually comes in an oversized glass dish. 

Not only is this blackberry trifle a surprising twist your guests will love, but these mini-portions are also an Instagrammer’s dream. 

Short on time? Feel free to use vanilla pudding in place of the homemade custard. 

21. Fantasy Fudge Recipe

Marshmallow Fluff and chocolate fudge? Sign me up!

Fudge is the ultimate sweet, bite-sized treat. And it’s so easy to make. 

This recipe is wonderfully simple. With just 7 ingredients, the added crunch from the walnuts works so well with the smooth fudge. 

Try adding some chopped peanuts and a sprinkle of sea salt for something a little different. 

22. Mini-Red Velvet Bundt Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love the look of a bundt cake and have made a few in my day. 

But if this list has taught you anything about me, it’s that I love mini-versions of big treats!

You can find a selection of mini-bundt pans online, and I really think they’re a great investment. 

For the frosting, try to make it a little on the thinner side so you can achieve that wonderful drip.

23. Mini Cannoli Cups

I adore cannolis. But making the shells from scratch is a pain.

That’s why this recipe is my newest obsession!

You get the same crunchy crust with the most heavenly ricotta filling. But the cups are way easier to make!

24. Mini-Lemon Scones

It’s easy to overwork and overbake scones. If you think you don’t like them, it’s likely you just had a dry batch. 

But if you’re worried that going tiny will mean dry scones, this recipe is for you.

Deliciously lemony, this recipe has a secret ingredient to guarantee a moist crumb!

Adding instant lemon pudding mix will really boost that lemon flavor and help to keep these little bites super moist inside. Win, win. 

25. Mini Carrot Cakes with Candied Pecans

Indulge in these mini carrot cakes with candied pecans that are sure to steal the show!

These little cakes are moist, fluffy, and packed with flavor, thanks to the addition of juicy carrots and warm spices.

And the candied pecans? They’re like little bites of heaven on top.

26. Mini Lava Cakes for Two

Get ready to melt into a pool of chocolatey bliss with these mini lava cakes!

Each bite is like a warm, gooey hug from a chocolatey friend. And the best part?

These little cakes are so easy to make, you can whip them up in no time.

They’re so perfect for date night in.

27. Mini Apple Pies

These mini apple pies that are bursting with warm, comforting flavors!

Each bite is like a hug from your favorite aunt who makes the best pies.

These little pies are so cute, you won’t be able to resist snapping a photo before devouring them.

28. Pumpkin Spice Blondie Bites

Spice up your life with these pumpkin spice blondie bites that will make your tastebuds sing!

These little bites are packed with all the warm, cozy flavors of fall.

They’re so cute and bite-sized, you can eat as many as you want without feeling guilty!

Sweeten up your day with these strawberry shortcake cookie cups that are sure to make you smile!

Each bite is like a little taste of heaven, with a buttery cookie cup filled with luscious whipped cream and juicy strawberries.

These are perfect for parties, or events like bridal showers and baby showers.

30. Mini Key Lime Pies

These mini Key lime pies are like a zesty party for your senses!

With a perfectly tart filling and a buttery graham cracker crust, these bite-sized delights are impossible to resist.

Go ahead, grab a handful (or two!) and get ready to be transported to a tropical paradise.

31. Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

These mini cherry cheesecakes are too cute to resist!

Creamy, dreamy cheesecake filling on a crunchy graham cracker crust is topped with juicy cherries.

They’re the perfect treat for any occasion, or for no occasion at all (because let’s be real, who needs an excuse for cheesecake?).

These chocolate chip cookie bites are easy to eat by the handful.

Each bite-sized morsel is bursting with gooey chocolate chips and buttery goodness.

They’re perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings or packing in school lunches.

33. Mini Peanut Butter Pies

These mini peanut butter pies are like little pockets of joy that explode with nutty flavor in your mouth.

Each bite is a trip down memory lane, to a time when life was simpler and peanut butter was king.

These tiny treats are perfect for sharing with friends or sneaking a few for yourself when no one’s looking.

34. Mini S’mores Cups

These mini s’mores cups are the perfect bite-sized treat for when you’re craving that classic campfire flavor.

With a graham cracker crust, melted marshmallows, and a chocolate kiss, they’ll transport you straight to your favorite camping spot (minus the bugs and sleeping bags)

35. Mini Fruit Tarts

These mini fruit tarts are almost too cute to eat!

Each bite-sized treat is packed with juicy fruit and a buttery, flaky crust that will have you doing a happy dance.

They’re perfect for any occasion, from a fancy soirée to a casual snack.

These treats are guaranteed to impress!

35 Mini Desserts for a Bite-Size Treat

Mini desserts may be tiny treats, but they’re big on flavor and satisfaction! From brownie bites to mini-cheesecakes, these little bites are sure to delight.


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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