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Mini Desserts in Shot Glasses Recipe

Updated on September 17, 2014

Mini dessert inspiration - the Brown Cow Sundae

Mini desserts (aka dessert shooters) are smaller versions of about any dessert you can imagine- they're just made in a smaller package. But, you don't have to sacrifice taste and presentation when you make these mini desserts - aka dessert shooters. They're just as flavorful as their full sized counterparts and easier on the waistline too. In fact, here's an article with some The top five dessert shooters for a dieter.

Making a delicious dessert shooter is quite simple. All you need is a small glass (2-5 ounces or so) suitable for the mini dessert, the dessert ingredients, and a bit of creativity.

My 94 year old Mom requested "something chocolate and small" after a filling dinner one day. Enter the birth of the Brown Cow Dessert Shooter. This article will guide you through making your very first mini dessert shooter.

Come read my article about The best dessert shooter cookbooks on the market for even more inspirations. And, for more information about diminutive dessert shooter glasses, check out my latest article in the dessert shooter world: Dessert Shooter Glasses.

Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth

I took to the dessert recipe books when I first found out about dessert shooters. The Petite Sweets book is my favorite of the bunch; my Mom's favorite recipe was the whoopie pies which I made and cut in quarters. I alternated layering the whoopie pie pieces with butter pecan ice cream (her favorite). There was never any left.


The first thing you have to do is find appropriate dessert shooter glasses

I find some of my dessert shooter supplies at the Good Will or Salvation Army store where I tend to pay just under a dollar for some pretty cool. But, if you're hoping to step up your game and really go for a special presentation, check out some of these dessert shooters glasses from Amazon.

When shopping for dessert shooter glasses, look for glasses between 2 and 5 ounces in size. The richer the dessert shooter in flavor and texture, the smaller the glass need be.

And, you can get creative with your containers - glasses such as large votive holders or small vases make an interesting presentation. For more information on finding and purchasing Dessert Shooter Supplies, click on that link.

Polar Ice Plastic Straight Wall Shooter Glasses, 1.75-Ounce, Clear, 50-Pack
Polar Ice Plastic Straight Wall Shooter Glasses, 1.75-Ounce, Clear, 50-Pack

I love using disposable dessert shooter glasses for large parties. I've never had one guest complain about it not being glass!

Dessert Shot Glasses, 6-Pack
Dessert Shot Glasses, 6-Pack

I found some very similar glasses at the local Good Will so make sure to check three too.

2.25 Oz V65 Shooter(24)
2.25 Oz V65 Shooter(24)

Nicely shaped glass for a dessert shooter. The presentation will be gorgeous.


An unconventional dessert shooter glass

I just love these Rednek glasses. I think this martini glass would look great layered with ingredients in vivid colors, such as strawberries, blueberries and vanilla cake. Top with some sweetened whipping cream and you're good to go for a berry good dessert shooter!

The happy recipient of the first Brown Cow Dessert Shooter - 94 year old mama, Gert

The happy recipient of the first Brown Cow Dessert Shooter - 94 year old mama, Gert
The happy recipient of the first Brown Cow Dessert Shooter - 94 year old mama, Gert

Ann Taintor Cocktail Napkins - Someone has to set a bad example...

These fun and witty cocktail napkins can well serve as dessert shooter napkins. You guests will be laughing out loud!

The brownie layer of the Brown Cow Dessert Shooter is important!

No Brown Cow Dessert Shooter is complete without the fudgiest, tastiest chocolate brownie you can find as the bottom layer. Surprisingly, I have used pre-packaged brownie mix which is absolutely fine for creating this dessert shooter. Whatever you choose, make your own favorite brownie recipe. It's delicious any way you do it.

If I'm using a pre-packaged brownie mix, I always add even more chocolate chips to the batter before baking.

Alternatively, if you're not a fan of brownies, substitute any of your favorite chocolate cookies, crumbled, to the bottom of the glass. In the below picture, i've added in some oreo cookie crumbs before I put in the cubed brownie pieces - I'm an equal opportunity chocolate dessert shooter creator!

Note: I bought this dessert shooter glass at the local thrift store run by the Humane Society. I paid a whopping twenty-five cents for it!

My favorite dessert shooter - strawberries, pound cake and whipped cream.
My favorite dessert shooter - strawberries, pound cake and whipped cream.
dessert shooter sundae
dessert shooter sundae

Gourmet Chocolate Toppings

The below chocolate toppings are the best ever, imho. And, I should know as my fridge is filled with one of each. Select any of your favorites and you don't have to limit yourself to just chocolate, think butterscotch, caramel, or any of your favorite toppings.

Add in the "Cow" part - the ice cream!

And don't forget the chocolate sauce

No Brown Cow Dessert Shooter is complete without the best quality vanilla ice cream. You can, of course, substitute in any kind of ice cream you like but my favorite is the Breyer's Vanilla Bean ice cream - it's just plain old delicious and has real flakes of vanilla sprinkled throughout.

And, why have the best brownie and vanilla ice cream if you don't splurge on the best chocolate fudge topping? Pick a good one - I prefer Hershey's Special Dark Syrup the best, but my fridge if filled with a few of the items below also.

dessert shooter whipped cream
dessert shooter whipped cream

Finish the Brown Cow Dessert Shooter off with the freshest whipped cream

and don't forget the cherry!

Don't scrimp here either; Cool Whip just won't do. I make my own fresh whipped cream in a specialty whipped cream maker. It minimizes the mess and assures the fluffiest whipped cream ever.

If you're serving adults, this might be an appropriate time to add in the liquor of your choice to the whipped cream once it's whipped. I love using Kahlua (chocolate flavored) or Chambord (raspberry flavored) liquors as a great topping.

And, here's a new one on me - did you know you can buy Cream Alcohol Infused Caramel Whipped Cream in the can? I've had it and, let me tell ya, they're fabulous toppings.

Finish your dessert shooter with just a drizzle of cherry juice and a juicy maraschino cherry on top. Dig in!

Dessert Shooter Supplies on eBay

You can find some pretty cool glases on eBay to use for dessert shooters. Get creative and think outside the box - even large votive candle holders make nice dessert shooter glasses.

Are you a fan of dessert? - Why wouldn't you be?!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I can't believe I still haven't tried one of these yet. How fun!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Gotta try me the brown cow!

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      greendrop lm 4 years ago

      Lovely recipe. Did you try English decadent dessert ?

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Awesome lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I just came here to tease myself with the look of your yummy dessert shooter. I have half a chocolate bar in my desk drawer that I have managed to hide from my choco-aholic husband and I am going to have a piece once he goes to work lol. I love your dessert shooters they are simply scrumptious and the perfect sweet treat.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What a fantastic idea! I might be tempted to indulge now and then with these awesome shot glass recipes. Blessings! :)

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      I love these mini desserts in shot glasses recipes. Blessings.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      OMG.. that brown cow sundae looks amazing!!!

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      These look delightful! I must try these as well, they'd be great for a little girls get together I'm having this weekend :)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love dessert especially if it has chocolate!

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks so good and so many variations you can do with these.

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      AshleySears LM 5 years ago

      I love strawberry cheesecake dessert shooters. They help curb my sweet tooth without all the calories of a whole slice of cheesecake.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I have eaten a couple of these desserts at restaurants - but never at home. Hmmm maybe I'll start. Great lens.

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      i love dessert

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      These are adorable! All the decorative flair and deliciousness of a decadent dessert, but in a waistline friendly shooter size. Sweet! We have a ton of shot glasses and cocktail glasses, and they rarely get used these days. This will be an excellent way to put them to good use!

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      I'll take two of those! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is wonderful. i like to try some

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I am a fan of dessert, but want a manageable portion ... and this hits the spot! Love the concept. We first had this type of dessert at a fancy restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago. Delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is wonderful.

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      These all look so good! I can't wait to try some! I've never thought of something so clever but these would be perfect for kids parties or people who are on diets and don't want to eat a huge amount. Love it!

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      nikyweber 5 years ago

      great lens! thank you for sharing!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      So nice to see your mom (Gert) enjoy them with you! They look like they taste. . . like another please!!! If everyone knew how nice you were, they would flock around your lenses and they would all go purple!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm a chocoholic so this lens was perfect for me. I can't wait to try these shooters they look yummy. By the way, your mother is truly blessed to have you taking such good care of her!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love desserts - milk shakes, chocolate and ice-cream. The yummy pictures make the desserts come alive.

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      very nice lens. really yummy

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a fantasic idea! Looks so good!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Never heard of this before, love the idea!! Blessed*

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      wetravel4less 5 years ago

      oh wow. this looks way too good. i have a weakness for ice creams, sundays, sweets. great lens

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      squidshe 5 years ago

      Way to go Gert! Looks yummy.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh I think that you have just captured my heart and tossed it into the bottom of a tiny little shooter glass. These mini desserts look absolutely yummy. I think you have an amazing new niche. Yum.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a unique and cool idea! Love the pic of mama!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you SO much for your Squid blessing. You're the best.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm back to bless this page. The brown cow sundae dessert shooter has been lingering in my mind. I need to make one soon.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find these very elegant and just love it.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find these very elegant and just love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mamma Gert's smile says it all! I love the idea of these mini desserts, just the right size and one can lead to another without being too much!

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      Now you're really making me hungry - amazing. :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Alcoholic whipped cream? I want some of that on my dessert shooter. Yummy!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I never say no to dessert, that's for sure - especially when creamy and chocolaty... :)

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Are you kidding?

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      NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

      mmmmm - I think I gained a few pounds just reading this ... OMG they look sooo good :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Dessert is my friend. Thank you for another great shooter article!!

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      They look delicious and very nicely presented - I am sure we could make a dairy free version :-)

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Gert sure looks happy about getting her shooter! These look yummy!