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Christmas dessert shooters

Updated on August 16, 2013

Surprise Santa this year with a Christmas Dessert Shooter!

The Christmas season brings thoughts of sugar plum fairies dancing to one's head and extra weight loaded onto one's waist after all the holiday dinners so, this year, how about ending that filling Christmas dinner with a delicious (and little....) Christmas dessert shooter? And, instead of leaving Santa that old plate of cookies with a glass of milk, how about mixing up a delightful Cookies and Cream Dessert Shooter (recipe will follow).

Dessert shooters are, quite simply, smaller versions of full-sized desserts. The best dessert shooters are served in pretty glasses from 2 ounces to about 5 ounces maximum. Any recipe can be adapted to a dessert shooter with just a bit of creativity and inspiration.

Sprinkled throughout this article, you'll find three delicious dessert shooters for Christmas along with tips on how to adapt your own favorite Christmas recipes. So, what are you waiting for? Get scrolling!

Get inspiration for Christmas dessert shooters - From these great Christmas dessert cookbooks

Remember: any Christmas dessert recipe can be adapted to a smaller mini dessert shooter. Just think about mixing textures so that your dessert shooter stands out from the crowd.

The below are some great Christmas dessert cookbooks. Take any cookie and consider transforming it into cookie crumbles to line the layers of your dessert shooter. Cookie crumbles also make a great topping and add an interesting texture to each delectable mouthful of Christmas dessert shooter.

Snoopy might be busy fighting the Red Baron in the Christmas sky but you can be celebrating the Peanuts character in your own way by mixing up a Snoopy Peanuts Parfait Dessert Shooter. Just follow this easy recipe below. You'll want a 4 or 5 ounce dessert shooter glass for this Christmas dessert shooter. Here's a link to my favorite dessert shooter glass for this festive Christmas dessert: Merritt dessert shooter glass. I love the look of the prism in the bottom of the glass when it's layered with dessert shooter ingredients.

Feel free to embellish upon this recipe. I'd love to hear about your suggestions in the comment section below.

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 4


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts
  • 1 recipe of egg custard (recipe is in a link below)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sauce
  • 12 peanut butter cookies
  • such as Nutter Butters
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • 4 dessert shooter glasses ->4 to 5 ounces each


  1. 1. Place peanuts in a plastic bag and crush into small pieces. Alternatively, you could give the peanuts a rough chop with a sharp knife but, when I've done this, they scatter all over the kitchen (to the delight of my dogs....).
  2. 2. Make a double recipe of my Egg custard recipe. Cool well.
  3. 3. Cut 4 Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies in half and add 1/2 to each of the dessert shooter glasses. Add a sprinkle of peanuts.
  4. 4. Add chocolate sauce topped with 2 tablespoons of the egg custard.
  5. 5. Add another layer - Nutter butter and peanuts, chocolate sauce, and egg custard.
  6. 6. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a full Nutter Butter cookie and crushed peanuts.
  7. For an extra festive touch, add sprinkles of red and green sugar.
Cast your vote for Bonus Christmas dessert shooter recipe #1

Christmas glasses to use as dessert shooters

Absolutely any glass may be used as a dessert shooter glass, even votive holders or jelly glasses. Here's some good choices for your dessert shooters for Christmas on

christmas dessert shooter peppermint glass
christmas dessert shooter peppermint glass

Bonus Christmas dessert shooter recipe #2 - Peppermint Patty Melt

Going along with the Red Baron Snoopy theme is the Peppermint Patty Melt Dessert Shooter. Sure to delight any peppermint fan, this dessert shooter for Christmas is made with peppermint candy pieces, peppermint ice cream, and candy canes. How much better can it get?! Oh, wait, it can!

How about making your Peppermint Patty Melt in an edible peppermint glass! These are just too cute and would be perfect for the true peppermint lover!

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 4


  • 4 large (or 8 small) peppermint patty candies
  • 2 cups peppermint ice cream
  • Hot fudge chocolate sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • 8 candy canes


  1. 1. Crush 1 candy canes into small pieces and add to the bottom of a dessert shooter glass. Repeat for the other 3 Christmas dessert shooters.
  2. 2. Add in 1/2 cup of peppermint ice cream and top with hot fudge chocolate sauce.
  3. 3. Add in another layer of peppermint pieces, peppermint ice cream and top with hot fudge sauce.
  4. 4. Add whipped cream, drizzle with more hot fudge sauce.
  5. 5. Hang a full sized candy cane from the side of the glass.

Some very pretty toppings for your Christmas dessert shooters

I love these toppings! I think they're so creative and beautiful - just right for the top of any self-respecting Christmas dessert shooter! Click any picture to see the full description on

Christmas themed dessert shooter toppings

Finding interesting garnishes for Christmas dessert shooters is part of the fun in delighting you guest. Here's some creative toppings for your dessert shooters on

Wilton Master Colored Sugars Set (Includes all 9 Wilton Colored Sugars in 3.25 Ounce Bottles)
Wilton Master Colored Sugars Set (Includes all 9 Wilton Colored Sugars in 3.25 Ounce Bottles)

This set of colored sugars will come in handy for all holidays. For example, use the red for Valentine's Day, use the orange and black for Halloween, etc.

Red And Green Christmas Mix Jimmies
Red And Green Christmas Mix Jimmies

Chocolate jimmies always lend a festive touch to Christmas Dessert Shooters.

Wilton Holiday Candy Garnish Curl
Wilton Holiday Candy Garnish Curl

These candy curls will look adorable hanging off a dessert shooter glass.

Wilton Holiday Sprinkles Assortment, 6.8 oz.
Wilton Holiday Sprinkles Assortment, 6.8 oz.

Perfect for topping your dessert shooter for Christmas.

dessert shooter for christmas
dessert shooter for christmas

Adapting Christmas dessert recipes to dessert shooters

As mentioned above, about every recipe can be adapted to a small mini dessert shooter - you just have to think about textures and think small.

Below are a few tips to help you adapt your Christmas dessert recipes to Christmas dessert shooters.

  • After making a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies, crush some gently for inclusion into a dessert shooter for Christmas. Add Christmas cookie crumbles to the bottom, middle layers and top as garnish to any dessert shooter. And, the more colorful the cookie, the better.

    When baking cookies, make a few smaller and bake them for a shorter time to use in your dessert shooter for a garnish. After cookies are done, press 1/2 a maraschino cherry into the cookie for a spot of red in your Christmas dessert shooter.

  • Got fruitcake?. If you're like me and you don't care for fruitcake, you might not mind small pieces of fruitcake when mixed into a dessert shooter with ice cream, pudding, or creme freche. Cut fruitcake in small squares to use as a garnish (they're easier to pick off that way too).
  • Use mincemeat filling as a middle layer of a dessert shooter. If you're a mincemeat fan, layer in mincemeat along with a crunch cookie topping and some vanilla pudding for a delicious Christmas dessert shooter. Since mincemeat may be a bit dense, lighten the layer by mixing it with some whipping cream or, if you like a fluffier topping, use whipped cream. Top your mincemeat dessert whooter with whipped cream and sprinkles of red and green sugars for a festive touch.
  • Bake a separate unfilled pie shell to use in dessert shooters. Pie crust makes a great dessert shooter texture layer and it's even better if you sprinkle it with sugar to give it an extra crunch. Simply crumble small pieces of pie crust and add to the dessert shooter glass for a pie-type dessert shooter. Use any kind of pie filling (such as cherry) and add some ice cream for a Cherry Pie Ala Mode Dessert Shooter.

This Squidoo article is under construction. Much more to come, including that promised Cookie and Cream Dessert Shooter. Stay tuned

I'd love to hear your comments about my Christmas dessert shooters. Everyone and anyone can comment - even Santa!

And a good night to all! - Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, etc.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Lisa, These are great, and as I said before a cocktail in one hand and a .....oh, it's a chocolate Peppermint Patty Melt shooter in the other!

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      As usual, clever ideas, good recipes and a lens just chock full of great resources. You never cease to amaze me with your creative shooter ideas!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I just nominated this great Christmas Dessert Shooters lens for Christmas Lens of the Day. There is such fun stuff here, more people need to know about it!

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum! I look forward to seeing what other Christmas dessert shooters you add. This is a great idea! Please feel free to add my Yule Log Dessert Shooters recipe. I'll send you the link.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      very neat desserts indeed!!!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the parfait cups with lids for a holiday party. The peppermint dessert shooter is WOW! Can you get the peppermint patties and the hot fudge from Amazon? I think I'd rather use those square, flat mint (Andes, I think).

      Very creative dessert page.