Dessert Shooters - No Bake Recipes!
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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