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Dessert shooter glasses

Updated on August 7, 2013

Dessert shooter glasses - just the right size to serve up your mini desserts

I've written a lot of dessert shooter articles - articles about mini desserts served in shot glasses or any other small glass. These miniature desserts are served in dessert shooter glasses which are generally just 2 to 5 ounces in size.

You might ask why, If dessert shooters are so good, are they so small? After all, isn't bigger always better? Oh no, my friend - not necessarily. These delicious mini desserts are designed to be small to give dinner guests just a taste of something sweet after a filling dinner. Another great reason to serve desserts in dessert shooter glasses is so your guests may sample more than one. What more could one ask for after a great dinner than a few tasty desserts served in shot glasses along with a good cup of coffee?

Come along with me and find what I've uncovered as the best dessert shooter glasses on the market. I'll also give you some tips on some surprising places to find these small glasses. And, as a bonus, how about a recipe that I made up recently - make your dinner guests a simple Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter!

Photo credit: Those Rossetto dessert glasses in the picture above are available on at this link: Rosseto Liteware Party Dishes Set of 10 Cups with Stem.

95 year old Mom loved her Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter

95 year old Mom loved her Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter
95 year old Mom loved her Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter

Small Wonders Clear Plastic Mini Cube Square Shot Glasses

These 2 ounce glasses are just perfect to serve your dessert shooter. Try any of these delicious Dessert shooter ideas and you're sure to spark after dinner conversation.

2oz. Small Wonders Clear Plastic Mini Cube Square Shot Glasses 10ct
2oz. Small Wonders Clear Plastic Mini Cube Square Shot Glasses 10ct
10 glasses come in this set - perfect to serve your best friends a taste of something sweet. They're just 2 petite ounces and perfect for any kind of dip, appetizer, or taste of soup if you want to use them before ladling in a delicious dessert shooter.

Dessert shooter sets on Amazon

I love the fact that these sets come with the dessert shooter glasses, spoons (long handled to get every tasty drop) and even ideas for making your own dessert shooters. And, they're really not expensive at all. Just click on any link below to get more details about any particular dessert shooter glass set.

Just Desserts Mini Bowl 25-Piece Set
Just Desserts Mini Bowl 25-Piece Set
These dessert shooter glasses are a bit larger than the others feature here - they come in at 5.3 ounces. The set includes 12 mini dessert glasses, 12 spoons and a bonus dessert shooter recipe.
Libbey Just Desserts Parfait Glass with Minaiture Stainless Steel Spoon 25-Piece
Libbey Just Desserts Parfait Glass with Minaiture Stainless Steel Spoon 25-Piece
These dessert shooter parfait glasses are 2.5 ounces and are just perfect for layered pudding or ice cream dessert shooters. The vertical shape makes a very dramatic presentation, especially if you choose contrasting colors and textures for your dessert. There's 12 dessert shooter glasses, 12 dessert shooter spoons, and a bonus recipe card included in this set.
Libbey Mini Flare Parfait Dessert 16-pc. Set
Libbey Mini Flare Parfait Dessert 16-pc. Set
These dessert shooters may look big but they're only 2.5 ounces - perfect for small taste of sweetness. This dessert shooter set has 8 glasses and 8 spoons.

Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth - One of my favorite resources for dessert shooters

Any full sized dessert can be adapted to a tasty dessert shooter but why bother when you can get easy recipes right from a great cookbook? "Petite Sweets" was my first purchase when I started looking for recipes for dessert shooters and it's often my first 'go-to' book.

Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
You'll find great recipes in "Petite Sweets" such as mini chocolate velvet cakes (make great crumbs for dessert shooters and a beautiful garnish), mini cheesecakes, bittersweet espresso brownie bites (one of my favorites), and another favorite - coconut rum butter cakes.

See how to make dessert shooters

There are some totally delicious dessert shooter ideas in this youtube video. The demonstrator, Rose Reisman, shows how she creates the featured dessert shooters at her restaurant, Glow.

Here's some great disposable dessert shooter glasses

The below are fun glasses in which to serve your guests your delectable mini desserts. And, since they are disposable that means clean up after a picnic will be a breeze. Some of these dessert glasses are dishwasher friendly; I always read the product information as I reuse these glasses all the time.

Dessert Cups, 2 1/8" x 2 3/4" high capacity 100 ml.

(3.4 oz), sold as pack of 100

3oz. Small Wonders Tall Cube Clear Plastic Mini Dishes / Shot Glass 10ct.

Small Wonders 2.5 oz Clear Plastic Slanted Cube Mini Dish 10ct.

Disposable Plastic Straight Wall Shooter Cups

1.75 oz:

Pack of 50 Cups

5 ounce Dessert Cups / Hard Plastic Souffle Beverage Cups with Lids Package of 50

Jello Shot Glasses Durable Plastic Clear 2oz. 125/Pkg Pkg/1

My first Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter in a handblown glass

My first Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter in a handblown glass
My first Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter in a handblown glass

I make up most of my own dessert shooter recipes and this Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooter is no exception. My Mom loved this particular dessert shooter although it was still a bit large for her. I used one of the hand blown martini glasses for my dessert shooter glass but should have picked a 3 ounce glass instead - at least for her.

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1


  • 1/4 cup Cheesecake filling - find this in your grocer's refrigerator section
  • 8 small cubes of pound cake - Sara Lee's is good and it can remain frozen
  • Colorful jimmies for topping
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce - optional
  • 3 T graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1/2 t melted butter
  • 1 chocolate kiss for garnish


  1. Layer the bottom of your dessert shooter glass with 1 T of graham cracker crumbs. Just enough to give the very bottom of the dessert shooter some texture.
  2. Add 2 T of cheesecake filling on top, and sprinkle with jimmies.
  3. Add in the 8 small cubes of pound cake. You can actually use sponge cake, brownies, or whatever you have on hand. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Add in the rest of the cheesecake filling.
  5. Top with fresh whipped cream and garnish with additional jimmies and one chocolate kiss. If you'd like, drizzle with caramel sauce. A red raspberry perched right next to the chocolate kiss on top makes a beautiful presentation for holidays such as Valentine's Day. For Christmas, sprinkle with red and green colored sugars.
Cast your vote for Make your own Cheesecake Kiss Me Goodnight dessert shooters

Amazing presentation dessert shooter glasses - I love these!

I think these wine glasses would make a beautiful presentation for a dessert shooter even though they are a bit big at 8 ounces. What I would do is make up a very light in texture dessert shooter in this glass - something like an airy chocolate mousse layered with cooking crumbs and a fluffy whipped cream. Yum!

Starfrit Double Wall Wine Glass, 8-Ounce
Starfrit Double Wall Wine Glass, 8-Ounce
And, these glasses are insulated so your dramatic presentation of the dessert shooter will last for a while.

Dessert shooter articles

As mentioned above, I made up a lot of dessert shooters for my darling Mom. Sadly, she died Feb 15, 2012 but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to create these demure desserts in shot glasses. The below are links to all of my dessert shooter articles.

Rosetto dessert shooter glasses and serving trays - When presentation really matters

I love these Rosetto dessert shooter glasses and so will your guests. One of my favorite things about them is that they're very different - you'll rarely see these dessert shooter glasses on someone else's table.

The display is just so dramatic and beautiful when you present them to the table. Stock up on them as they're small so your guest will probably want 2 or 3 different dessert shooters.

Rosseto Liteware Blossom & Tray Clear Party Pack, Set of 6
Rosseto Liteware Blossom & Tray Clear Party Pack, Set of 6
This is the first dessert shooter glasses and tray that I bought and I couldn't be happier. It's surprisingly sturdy even though it's acrylic. This dessert shooter set will hold up even in a stiff wind.
Rosseto Liteware Party Dishes Clear Blossom Style Cups with Stem, Set of 10
Rosseto Liteware Party Dishes Clear Blossom Style Cups with Stem, Set of 10
Replacement stems for the Rosetto dessert shooter trays.
Rosseto Liteware Acrylic Twist Serving Tray, Clear
Rosseto Liteware Acrylic Twist Serving Tray, Clear
This beautiful acrylic serving tray is rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. it holds 24 dessert shooter glasses and makes a gorgeous presentation.
Rosseto Liteware Acrylic Blossom 18 Serving Tray, Clear
Rosseto Liteware Acrylic Blossom 18 Serving Tray, Clear
This acrylic dessert shooter serving tray holds 18 glasses. It would be as pretty holding individual servings of salsa for a mexican night party!
Rosseto Liteware Party Dishes Set of 10 Black Blossom Style Cups with Stem
Rosseto Liteware Party Dishes Set of 10 Black Blossom Style Cups with Stem
Black dessert shooter glasses make a nice contrast against the white in a dessert shooter tray.

A few facts for mixing up the best dessert shooters

One of my favorite things about making up these mini dessert recipes is that you just can't go wrong. Just pick your favorite dessert items such as pound cake, chocolate brownies, ice cream, whipped cream, you name it and layer them in a glass. Dessert shooters really are about presentation and I have yet to make one that was turned down by anyone!

The below items are some tips I've figured out in my dessert shooter career. But, don't take my word for it - try these tips out yourself on your friends and family when you make your own dessert shooters. I will bet you just get raves of compliments!

  1. Using different textures in your dessert shooter will elevate the taste and sensation of the mini dessert. I used to make sort of boring desserts in mini glasses until I got a bit more creative and mixed in a few mini chocolate chips and nuts between the dessert layers. I immediately saw the delight on the faces of my dinner guests, and then I was off and running! Even a thick layer of coconut between chocolate and vanilla puddings elevates the taste experience. Mix in some cookie crumbs (any type) between layers for a bit of crunch or add in some of crushed candy bar pieces. Oh yum! I've gotta go!
  2. Use colors of dessert ingredients to your benefit. If you're making a banana pudding dessert shooter (which might just be a bit boring and yellow), add in a layer of chopped maraschino cherries (for color) and some crushed vanilla wafers (for texture). Top with whipped cream and a few colorful jimmies for a nicely presented dessert shooter.

    For a really special touch, top your dessert shooter with these maraschino cherries soaked in liquor (from France) - ooh la la!

  3. I prefer to use clear glasses for the prettiest presentation. But, that said, opaque glasses are fine also and, in fact, for some darker dessert shooters (chocolate, coffee, etc), you might not care as much about seeing the mini dessert. If you do use opaque dessert shooter glasses, pay particular attention to the top as that's what your guests will see. Get real creative and add toppings which are interesting, such as mini marshmallows rolled in colored sugar.
  4. Don't go overboard with making your own homemade dessert shooter layers. A store bought cake can be every bit as good a layer in your dessert shooter as a cake you slaved all morning over. The key to having the most fun putting together dessert shooters is to keep them easy. And, for the very easiest of easy dessert offerings, read over my Treat guests to a dessert shooter bar - DIY" where you'll find ideas for setting out dessert fixings which your guests can put together themselves. Can't get much easier than that!
  5. Make your dessert shooters in different type and different sized glasses. Serving dessert shooters en mass makes the prettiest presentation and having different glasses gives a beautifully visual appeal to your desserts. Serve some dessert shooters in smaller glasses for dinner guests who might want to try more than one or in larger glasses for those who just want more of a good thing. Arrange the desserts on a beautiful silver or glass tray and set them in the middle of the table. I guarantee you'll get "oohs and aahs" of delight.

These little dessert shooters are my Mom's favorite after dinner treat and I'm glad to mix them up for her. Please give them a try to drop me a comment about your experience. Heck, I'd like to hear from you anyway...

Do you have a sweet tooth? - Don't I wish I didn't...

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      8 years ago

      I know they are more difficult to eat from but I prefer the look of tall glasses

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      9 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, there are some nice dessert shooter glasses out there! Lovely choices!

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this is a terrific idea - my next family gathering I'm going to use it!

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      9 years ago

      Great ideas for some unusual dessert holders.

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      9 years ago

      easy way of getting a treat but not too much, enjoyed my read this morning.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      My sweet tooth would require me to try every variation possible at your dessert shooter buffet. I love having these when we go to Applebees and you have come up with an amazing number of variations. Lovely.


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