15 Of Our Favorite Mini Dessert Recipes

These Miniature Treats Are Perfect for Any Party

Banana Split
The Spruce

What is better than dessert? Miniature desserts! Perfect for parties, these adorable, delectable desserts make great bite-sized finger foods that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

As such, we've gathered together our favorite mini dessert recipes that we wanted to share with you and put them together in this list for you to enjoy at anytime. Where it's for a dinner party, a birthday party, a baby shower, bridal shower, or another gathering, we're sure these treats will...MORE delight!

  • 01 of 15
    Red Velvet Cake Truffles
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    Rich, decadent red velvet cake is nearly impossible to resist, especially when it's this adorable! Moist red velvet cake is mixed with real cream cheese frosting, to form cute little cake balls. The cake balls are then dipped in a crunchy candy coating, for a moist, sweet, and tangy cake bite in candy form. You can even skewer the cake balls on lollipop sticks to make red velvet cake pops!


  • 02 of 15
    Hot Chocolate Mini Donuts
    Leah Maroney

    What's better than a rich, velvety cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day? Hot chocolate transformed into donuts, that's what! These sweet little donut treats are absolutely packed with chocolate flavor, and make a fabulous dessert for Valentine's Day dinners, or just a snow day treat. It's an inspired mini dessert idea that kids and adults are both sure to love.


  • 03 of 15
    Mini Peach Cheesecakes
    Diana Rattray

    Serve up the South on a dessert plate when you offer guests these sweet, bite-sized peach cheesecakes. Miniature individual cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts are baked in muffin tins, for a simple preparation. You'll swoon over the creamy, fruity peach and cream cheese filling that's flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. They make a wonderful special dessert, especially when you add a scrumptious cinnamon peach topping (instructions included in the recipe).


  • 04 of 15
    Banana Splits On A Stick
    The Spruce

    Kids will be delighted — and adults will be nostalgic — when you serve these delicious banana split skewers that are a healthier take on the ice cream parlor classic treat. This clever mini dessert recipe uses fresh fruit chunks, chopped nuts, and melted chocolate to make an easily customizable sweet treat you can feel great about making and sharing with your family.


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  • 05 of 15
    Hand-Held Apple Pies
    Diana Rattray

    Everyone loves apple pie and these cute single-sized apple pies are a wonderful way to serve this all-American dessert. Hand-held apple pies are especially great for outdoor gatherings of all kinds, from cook-outs and pool parties to picnics. This wonderful recipe, that's sure to become a family favorite, produces pies with a flaky all-butter crust and an addictive, vanilla-flavored chopped apple filling. Make the filling the day before and baking day will be a snap. Bonus points: This reicpe freezes well, so you can make it ahead if you're a planner.


  • 06 of 15
    Brownie Bites
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    If you love the fresh, moist, chocolate taste of brownies, you're sure to adore these tiny brownie bites that are easy-peasy to make using mini muffin pans. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, these bite-sized treats make for great party desserts and are a favorite for game day events. The best part is you can use any brownie recipe to create these bite-size pieces of chocolate heaven. You can also spruce them up for serving by adding fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream, or chocolate sauce.


  • 07 of 15
    Chi Chi Dango Mochi
    Hideko Ueha

    As fun and yummy to eat as their name is to say, chi chi dango mochi are a Japanese dessert treat that are hugely popular in Japan and Hawaii, especially among children. This sweet and pillowy soft mini dessert is made of rice that's sweetened with sugar and coconut milk, made pink with a few drops of red food coloring, and then baked in the oven. The result is a moist and sticky, candy-colored treat that's sweet, a little exotic, and super fun to share!

  • 08 of 15
    Chocolate-Covered Brie Bites
    Nik Taylor

    Decadently creamy and sweet, there's a whole lot to love about this genius mini dessert recipe. Chocolate-covered brie bites are decadent squares of brie cheese that are covered in rich chocolate and crunchy sea salt. Best of all, the recipe takes only 15 minutes to make, start to finish! Serve these yummy little treats when you want to impress guests at a baby shower, bridal shower, or at weekend brunch.


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  • 09 of 15
    Mini Chocolate Caramel Apples
    Samantha Merritt

    Caramel apples are a fall favorite. Here's a recipe that gives you a grown-up way to serve this classic Halloween season dessert, for all your fall parties and gatherings.

    The fun new twist in this caramel apples recipe is the serving size. You simply use a melon baller to scoop out balls of fruit from large, full-sized apples. Then, skewer the fruit, dip each mini apple in caramel, and finish with melted chocolate and your favorite candy or nut coating. Yum!

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    Dulce de Leche Bites
    Marian Blazes

    Dulce de leche is a traditional Argentinian dessert made by caramelizing sugar in milk. This recipe gives that traditional dessert a modern twist, by re-imagining them as a finger food dessert. So easy to make when you use frozen puff pastry, these little bites of puffed, golden brown dough filled with a sweet, oozing caramel filling are heaven to eat.


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    Lemon Creams
    Elizabeth Labau

    You won't believe how easy it is to make these smooth lemon creams! This recipe is super impressive, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. With an irresistible filling that's made from lemon juice, sugar, butter, and marshmallow cream, you can whip up these treats easily in your mixer. Dunk them in chocolate, refrigerate until firm, and people will think you bought them in a fancy candy shop.


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    Mini Cheesecakes With Vanilla Wafer Crust
    Jolinda Hackett

    These mini gourmet cheesecakes are made with vanilla wafers as the crust and baked in muffin tins for individual cheesecake servings. Flavored with sweet-tart grapefruit juice and topped with a yummy strawberry glaze, serve them at parties and watch people snatch these mini dessert cheesecakes right off the serving platter.


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  • 13 of 15
    Inside-Out Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
    Elizabeth LaBau

    Do you love the combination of chocolate and fresh strawberries? Instead of making traditional chocolate-covered strawberries, give this creative twist on the classic recipe a try. Inside-out chocolate-covered strawberries make a fabulous Valentine's Day dessert, or a special treat anytime. In this fun and elegant mini dessert recipe, fresh strawberries are filled with a rich chocolate truffle mixture, for a presentation and flavor combination that can't be beat.


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    Rocky Road Fudge Bites
    Elizabeth Labau

    Rocky road fudge is a smooth chocolate fudge packed with crunchy nuts and sweet, chewy marshmallows. Use your favorite type of nuts to make this fudge, which can be cut into little squares for individual bite-sized servings. Try serving them on skewers placed atop a pretty tray for a party dessert.


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    Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes
    Diana Rattray

    What could be a better dessert for a fall dinner party, than these wonderful and adorable, bite-sized pumpkin mini cupcakes? Pumpkin filling is spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in the cupcake batter. It's then baked in mini muffin tins, and topped with buttercream or cream cheese frosting for these tasty autumn dessert cakes.