In the United States, we're used to big cookies, giant brownies, and generous slices of pie. But when desserts are in smaller portions, you can sample many different ones without overindulging. A tray of dessert petit fours is a common sight at South American parties, probably a carryover from the tapas served in Spain. These mini desserts can be elaborate and labor-intensive, or as simple as cutting brownies into little squares and dusting them with powdered sugar.
Dessert tapas are especially perfect for holiday parties - serve them in colored paper cups, add festive decorations - the possibilities are endless.
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I call these "budget truffles" because they look like expensive dark chocolate truffles, but they are made with cocoa powder and condensed milk. They are slightly chewy with a chocolate butter toffee flavor. My children adore them, and they're often served at children's birthday parties in Brazil.
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You can be traditional and make these out of the Peruvian candy maná, or you can model these fruits from the marzipan you bought to make the candied marzipan pecans. Kids will enjoy this project, and the fruits make great gifts, as well as beautiful cake decorations.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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