Dessert Shooters - No Bake Recipes!

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Dessert Shooters are the newest fashion party food craze. These sweet treats are popping up everywhere. While they might look difficult to make - they are so easy you don't even have to bake a thing!

As with everything else, they can be as tedious and difficult as you want to make them. They can also be so easy - the kids can make them without you! I have gathered a few items from my pantry and constructed some of my own shooters to show you how easy it is to make your own at home.

I decided to work with the main flavors of strawberry and chocolate to compliment the evening's dinner. The combinations and flavors you can choose are endless. I always try to mix and match layers that offer crunchy textures alternated with thick consistent puddings or jello.

You can combine flavors that mimic your favorite restaurant desserts. Cookie crumbles, marshmallows, ground nuts, whipped cream, candy pieces are obvious choices. Try mixing a Green Tea Cheesecake with a Raspberry, Mint or Blueberry layer. You could make a more savory dessert for adult guests. Try using basil or fresh mint for a duster.

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Fresh Fruits

Add delicious seasonal flavors with fresh fruits. If you can't get fresh fruit, you can use canned fruit, pie fillings, or frozen fruit from the freezer section of your grocery store.

Blueberries, peaches, cherries, apricots, pineapple and kiwi are just a few types that would give an abundant amount of ideas to start with.

Dried or dehydrated fruits would be great additions with a nice chewy texture.

Fun Party Desserts!

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Flavors and Textures

Jello now comes in so many fun and delicious flavors. You can use it in several ways.

To make a tasty gel layer puree your favorite berries in a food processor. Reserve. Add one cup of boiling water to a 4 oz package of jello. Add the reserved puree plus one half cup of cold water to gelatin and let it return to room temperature. This makes a terrific filler.

You can make any flavor of jello and follow the box instructions for a filling of your favorite jello.

There are directions right on the box of jello, to make that particular flavor in a mousse by simply adding the 4 oz pack of jello to an 8 oz container of cool whip.

The trick is to be patient and add one layer at a time, chilling each layer for at least 30 minutes.

I have future plans to combine a chocolate croissant bread pudding with an apricot mousse, topped with an apricot sauce.

No bake Cheesecake is terrific and you only need to stir in cold milk. Chocolate mousse can be made the same way and it tastes so smooth and silky.

You Can Add So Many Things!

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Jello comes in many fun new flavors!Puddings and Mousse Gelatins, No Bake CheesecakeDark Chocolate Fudge Striped Cookies, Oreos and Snackwells
Jello comes in many fun new flavors!
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Puddings and Mousse
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Gelatins, No Bake Cheesecake
Gelatins, No Bake Cheesecake | Source
Dark Chocolate Fudge Striped Cookies, Oreos and Snackwells
Dark Chocolate Fudge Striped Cookies, Oreos and Snackwells | Source

Write your own recipe....

I am in love with Tiramisu. I made a white cake from a box mix and let it cool completely. I used one crushed yellow snack well cookie (less the filling) for the bottom later. I added one tablespoon of my morning coffee (with cream and sugar added). I let it chill for 30 minutes. I added a layer of Carmel. It went back in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then I added a layer of cake and chilled for 30 minutes. Then a thin layer of chocolate mousse and back to the fridge for 30 minutes. I finally topped it with whipped cream and chocolate curls. It was magnificent.

As you can see, you can grab any number of your favorite ingredients to make a creative and flavorful dessert in a shooter glass. With a multitude of no bake products on the market - it's no problem. These little dynamos are great for anything from a special dinner at home to wedding showers or parties. It's very easy to make them in large numbers or small. They are best served chilled so making them ahead is preferable and they can be frozen for further preservation.

Your kids can enjoy making an easy version of these as well. They can add their favorite candy bar pieces or ice cream and cake instead of jellos or puddings. Create a win/win situation by offering your kids bowls of nuts, syrups and toppings and you can have them make dessert while you cook dinner!

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Less is More....

These desserts can be made in so many different pretty containers. I had a lot of left over jellos and puddings so I used champagne flute glasses and sundae dessert bowls for some extra desserts. I layered them exactly as I would have in the smaller shooter glasses. They were almost too much.

In a more health conscious world, the mini desserts are more appealing than the huge after dinner desserts. The smaller serving is really just enough with coffee or wine after a meal without making you feel as if you have over-eaten. Smaller portions do always translate to fewer calories too and who doesn't like the smack of that?

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." ~Aristotle

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Dessert shooters ... wow who would of thought. I've never heard of these before now. But I do want to try them. All of them :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

They sound and look delicious! The pictures should be in some food magazine. Very nice job Kelly!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! I am not kidding - I had so much dessert stuff left over I was sending it home with all the kids:) I'd have LOVED to share some with you!

Can you believe how pretty these turn out? I love jello too - it's always been a favorite dessert and now they have all these crazy flavors. These were really fun to make and wonderful for summer - didn't even have to turn the oven on once. I used the nuker to boil my water for the jello:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Bill - thank you so much! I have really been working on the photos - I told my husband that is a job all by itself really:) Sheesh the things we do for HUB! hahahaha


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ptrg777 4 years ago from New York

Great idea and very creative. I remember PF Chang's doing something similar. Good Hub!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

No bake and really beautiful. If nothing else the photos will inspire everyone. Thanks for all these great recipes.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi ptrg777 - thanks! I saw some in a restaurant and that is often how I get my ideas:) lol I try to go home and imitate them. If I love the way something tastes when I am out - I will get the menu and start with the ingredients they tell you are in a dish. I have to try to guess the other flavors and sauces. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure them out but these - you can''t miss with!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Carol! Thank you! I love the Strawberry Jello, Cheesecake and Chocolate cookie bottom the best, the Tiramisu was the runner up:) I had to share this one though because - well how cool is that?! No bake and they look as awesome as they taste!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I really did try to make one of these dessert shooters, Kelly, you described so well. I started with an Oreo layer and turned away to add some caramel. When I returned the Oreo was gone. Must have Gremlins in my kitchen.

Then I figured ice cream would be a nice touch. Came back from the freezer and where was the caramel? Same Gremlins, no doubt. So I put the ice cream in a dish, added hot fudge and some pecans and I had the very best shooter ever. Which I ate very fast before the Gremlins returned.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

These are wonderful and what a great way to serve dessert! I am already planning on making them this weekend...... Thanks for this neat idea! Voting up and useful.....


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Kelly these look utterly delicious .. I remember having a cheesecake in a glass with some espresso with vanilla pod and a liquer called pedro ximenez. it was utterly awesome. As we do have a forthcoming bonfire night party I think I'm armed splendidly with these recipes. Beautifully illustrated and written. Thank you for sharing! voted up. you truly are the 'Realhousewife' if u send me a single cell i may clone you.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Yes, you really should publish your very own magazine, as billybuc suggested. These are amazing, and best of all - no cook!!!! Weeeeeeeeee In His Love, Faith Reaper


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Drbj - I LOL! hahaha Gremlins eh? I have those too - but they know mama will smack their little mitts if they steal my desserts:) hahaha You crack me up - and for that - THANK YOU!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi LaThing! Aren't they so awesome! So easy and they look so great I couldn't wait to show everyone! I saw them in a restaurant but thought that it looked difficult. I searched around for some ways to make them in a home kitchen and the no bake was a great way to go!

Thank you! Good luck and let me know how they turn out!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

ha! Hi Docmo - I could not resist throwing a hub together about these - they were so good and easy to make! I really love fancy desserts - I know it's just because they look pretty on the table:) lol

Thanks for sharing that lovely idea too! I am a huge coffee lover - so I want to throw one together with an espresso powder and cheesecake too! Maybe a drop of Kahlua? Now we're talking!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Faith - right? And in the heat of the summer - I do not want to turn the oven on for anything EXTRA...dessert is extra:) haha But heck - this was really simple - of course I did make everything all complicated by over doing it. I wanted to try a bunch of different ones though - so I will know exactly which flavor to take to my next party! lol

Thank you so much!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

You always seem to go above and beyond in all your endeavors and look at life with joy in finding new things to try, as that is your way of loving.

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Yummy! The first photo is my fave, I could have that right now...lol but must stay away from all things dairy until my flu is better.....arrrrg


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh heck, I'll eat anything that starts or ends with the word 'dessert'! But these look especially fun. Of course the company you enjoy these with really sweeten the deal. I'll be dropping in soon :-)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

These are gorgeous! I've been seeing these more and more and they are great. Sometimes a little something sweet is all one needs. Can't go wrong with mousse in my book.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Oohh! Delicious! I can't wait to try this and it looks so beautiful. Heck, ALL your hubs have beautiful pictures and look splendid! Voted/tweeted and pinned!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Yum....this is highly creative and yummy :)

Got to try this. My kid loves jello and custard so what better combination :)

Cheers to it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Faith - really all these ideas are just easy and look hard! lol The dessert shooters were easiest of all. Another time consuming task...add one layer in your cup and wait!

The only messy thing was after you dump your cheesecake or mousse in - it's handy to have a damp paper towel to wipe the glass out so it looks pretty. Then toss it in the fride and make another layer after it is chilled. So easy and my husband said he loved the crumbled cookie with cheesecake and strawberry jello best. That was the easiest one! lol

Good luck and let me know if you try it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cardisa - oh have you been sick too? I have been down for a few days with a virus or something. Sorry to hear that and the only thing you can eat from that first one is the jello layer:) lol That one was Dave's favorite! The easiest ones to make too!

I hope your feeling better today - I am!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I wish Lela! Now that would be fun! I told you - you and Bob are welcome any day!

Hey these were super easy to make and YUM! I know you could pull it off with ease. I bet my pix would have been even better if you could have taken them for me:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Glimmer Twin - aren't they cool? I had been spotting them out too - and I knew I would have to figure out how they make those. As always, I shoot for easy to make but pretty presentation. It always has to taste good but heck who can go wrong with cheesecake? lol EVER?!

Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much Cyndi! I love this about HP - I did this stuff anyway so at least now I can share some of the fun with you guys!

These - are true winners! You just can't go wrong with the no bake stuff you know?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! Thank you! You could easily throw some of these together. The fun part is - they look so lovely it's hard to believe they are almost effortless, right? I love that! I am a sucker for dessert so these really appealed to me:) Good luck - I bet your son will be giving you a high five if you put some together!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

These look wonderful! I will go for the mint shooter. I am sure these taste as wonderful as they look. Very impressive! Pinning and sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha! Tammy - I couldn't wait for you to see these:) LOL I knew in my heart you would be loving the looks of these. I also know your boys are gonna love how good they taste!

I thought about doing a mint one....! Mint and chocolate - like my favorite Girl Scout Cookies! Have you seen that Duncan Heinz (sp?!!) now has a special container of plain white frosting. You can also purchase a packet of color/flavor powder to add to the plain frosting! They make at least a dozen colors to go with the plain and I tried caramel - it was TOO caramelly:) lol I wish I had not put the entire packet in. It's cool though - and they had a green mint! MMMM wish I had that for breakfast:) lol


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very impressive!! I am really like saying "Wooowwwww... and Whooaahhh..very delish and so 'exotic' to eyes.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Spy! lol Thanks so much - and yep they are delicious for sure:) My husband ate the last one last night!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

I just love single serving adorable desserts!! These are awesome and I can imagine all the possibilities!! Thanks for another great hub Kelly! Voting a whole bunch and pinning


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Good morning Mama Kim:). Thank you! Hey the other plus is - these guys are cheap to make in bulk:) lol. Another great reason to make them for parties!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Shooter desserts are very popular inVegas. That's where I tasted my first one.. and ..well... I got hooked! I love them and you can be so creative with them. I love this hub...I changed my mind... have some shooters ready and I'll "Wok" my chicken and veggies on over! Thumbs up and shared Kelly!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh we could make a beautiful dinner together Lisa! I want one now! Why, why am I always hungry when I sit down to deal with HP? hmmmm or maybe HP makes me hungry? LOL


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I am going to a "fall party" with friends in a couple weeks and I think I am going to make some dessert shooters. The weather will continue to be cooler so I'm sure they will be fine traveling 45 minutes. Thanks for the idea :) Must pin this too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

HI Sharyn - thank so much! The cheesecake, strawberry jello and chocolate cookie would probably be so easy and it would not break down either - that would be easy peasy lemon squeasy and oh so delicious!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Well dear, that is SO good to know cuz I am always looking for "easy peasy lemon squeasy and oh so delicious" - ha :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah! What you said!


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lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

These shooters are such a good idea...forget the kids, i think these would go great with a dribble of your favorite liqour, baileys, kalua just for the adults. Simple but fun desserts. and great fotos as well. Thanks for the ideas.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi lemonkerdz - that is a great idea! Ha! I just bought stuff to make these for tonight's dessert. This time I am going to try chocolate no bake cheesecake and cherry jello. I also bought some banana pudding - thinking of mixing chocolate cheesecake and graham cracker crumbs for another? I thought I could top it with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and slices of bananas! I just don't know how that could be bad? lol


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lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

man that dessert sounds good, now i´m thinking what the hek am i doing having a coffee and a piece of chocolate when i could have a proper dessert like you mentioned... enjoy


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I did try them last night (even posted and tweeted a photo) ohhhhhh the chocolate and banana was so great! My husband said he loved the slices of banana in it too...you can't miss with that one!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Just in time for the Holidays! These look so good, and, as you say, probably way easier than we realize. Thanks for sharing 'dessert shooter'.I am voting very+++ and sharing. And yay! I finally got on Pinterest (took awhile to get to that and this was my first PIN!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Those dessert shooters look delicious! Voted up


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Those dessert shooters look delicious! Voted up


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Very nice! Jello never looked better to me. These are such simple ideas but all very yummy looking. Great photo quality and posts.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi rebeccamealey! Thank you so much!

I made some the other night and the hardest part is wiping the top of the glass as you add layers. I used a wet paper towel and it was messy but not hard at all. Is well worth that to eat them when they are done!

Thanks for the pin too! I love Pinterest and even got my mom to use it:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha, aren't these just what the love doctor ordered?

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you teaches 12345! I love jello and always have:) lol. I used to like to order it from the cafeteria in cubes and cocktail glasses. It's also so good for you and LOW CAL! You just can't beat them! Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi lovedoctor - thank you! They really are...and so simple. I made them with banana and chocolate and realized I didn't even have to turn the oven on. Pretty convenient if you remember to make them just a few hours ahead of dinner. Now they have all the crazy jello flavors like peach and watermelon - I can't wait to try some interesting stuff with those!


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cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

Fun and tasty ideas here!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I wish I had one of those jello / chocolate pudding ones right now! Thanks Cre8iveOne!

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