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Delicious Dessert Shooter Ideas

Updated on August 6, 2013

Dessert shooters - shot glass desserts are perfect for Valentine's Day

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to serve a light dessert after a meal, welcome to the world of dessert shooters!- mini desserts that are perfect for Valentine's Day. Served in any kind of small glass (think shot glass), a dessert shooter will provide just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy that sweet tooth after a filling dinner.

Dessert shooters are best served en mass so, for the prettiest and most impressive display, prepare at least two per person and mix it up. One of the best things about dessert shooters is that you can get very creative and come up with your own recipes. The below are my top favorite dessert shooters. You'll find that these mini desserts are incredibly easy to prepare and will win you raves as the hostess with the mostess.

The photo in this section is Applebee's Hot Fudge and Key Lime Shooters. Click HERE for my own Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooter recipe. It's truly delicious!

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Last edited: 10MAR13

Some of my favorite dessert shooter glasses are disposable

I like "different" types of glasses to hold my dessert shooters and the below fit the bill. These are all on amazon and are WAY cheaper than buying in a store. They're also plastic and, except for the Rosseto dessert shooter glasses (which you'll probably want to keep), can be tossed right into the recycle bin after use.

Cute cocktail napkins to serve with dessert shooters

Well, these are not only very funny but they're very handy too. These small napkins are just right to use alongside a drippy, gooey dessert shooter.

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Chocolate Brownie Delight Dessert Shooter

AKA - ahhhhh....

This dessert shooter is perfect for the chocoholic and delivers a rich punch after dinner. If you're serving adults, add a zing to the top of your mini dessert with any liquors, such as Kahlua, Gran Marnier, or Chambord.

For variety, and, if you want a more elaborate dessert shooter, put some other items in the brownie mix such as dried cranberries, raisins, or chocolate chips. Walnuts in brownies work well with dessert shooters too.

Scroll down for the recipe or make with your favorite chocolate brownie recipe. If you need inspiration, here's an article about Chocolate dessert recipes

Dessert shooter cups with flair

I love the shape and look of these little dessert shooter cups. I think they work best enmass so, if you're serving dessert shooters after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a wedding, I think these are the prettiest presentation.

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


  • 1 Brownie cut into small squares about 1/2 inch each
  • 4 T chocolate ice cream or mousse
  • 1 t caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint leaf for garnish
  • A 2-3 ounce shot glass


  1. Place 3 or 4 brownie pieces in the bottom of the dessert shooter glass.
  2. Add 2 T of ice cream on top - note: you can use any flavor of ice cream you prefer but keep it simple. Vanilla or chocolate work best.
  3. Drizzle with 1/2 t of caramel sauce.
  4. Repeat the brownie and ice cream layers. Add a dab of whipped cream and drizzle with 1 t caramel sauce. Add the mint leaf to the top (sub in a cherry if you prefer). For adults, drizzle with any type of liquor.
  5. Simply delicious, elegant, and easy to prepare.
Cast your vote for Directions to make the Chocolate Brownie Delight Dessert Shooter....

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love chocolate, and communists. ~Leslie Moak Murray

Some cute mini dessert shooter glasses

Some of these are disposable dessert shooter glasses - just the right way to serve small desserts and get out of dishes at the same time.

The Merritt 5 oz tumbler in action as a dessert shooter

The Merritt 5 oz tumbler in action as a dessert shooter
The Merritt 5 oz tumbler in action as a dessert shooter

Grilled peach melba dessert shooter

Summertime is upon us and what can be better to serve for dessert than grilled peaches? If you haven't tried it, you really must so run along to your favorite local market and pick up a few peaches asap! Get moving!

Prep time: 7 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: 1

Here's how to create a Grilled Peach Melba dessert shooter

  • 1 firm peach
  • Pam cooking spray
  • 3 T graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 t melted butter
  • 4 T vanilla ice cream
  • A 3-4 ounce shot glass
  • 2 or 3 fresh berries for garnish


  1. Prepare the peach for grilling by cutting in half and removing the pit. A firm peach will grill the best so don't get overly ripe peaches. Spray cut side with Pam cooking spray. Alternatively, you can use any neutral flavored cooking oil such as canola or vegetable oil. Place cut side down on a medium hot grill for 3 minutes - you just want to have some nice grill marks in the peach.
  2. Once grilled, cut peach into 1/2" cubes or larger if you prefer depending on the size of your dessert shooter glass.
  3. Mix graham cracker crumbs with the butter and place 1/2 in the bottom of the dessert shooter glass. For the prettiest presentation, press the graham cracker crumbs up the side of the glass a bit. Add in 3-5 grilled peach pieces and top with 2 T ice cream. For adults, drizzle with a bit of peach schnapps.
  4. Layer in more graham cracker crumbs, peach pieces and ice cream. Top with a few fresh berries and another drizzle of peach schnapps.
  5. This is the perfect mini dessert to serve for a picnic in the summer.

Dessert Shooter Glasses on Amazon

These two different glasses have hollow stems so they're just perfect for filling the bottom with your favorite liquor. They are, however, a bit big for a dessert shooter so fill up some space with lighter ingredients, such as whipped cream or gelatin or a light sorbet.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Shooters

Cheesecake in its own right is a very rich dessert so having just a taste after a big dinner makes more sense. And, there's no better way to have a little taste than to layer the cheesecake along with a few choice ingredients into a dessert shooter glass.

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

Making a Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Shooter is easy... - Here's how...

  • Cheesecake cut in 1/2" cubes
  • 4 T graham crackers
  • 1 t butter
  • 4 large sliced strawberries
  • Whipped cream


  1. Mix the graham crackers and melted butter together and press into the bottom of the dessert shooter glass.
  2. Add in 3 or 4 cubes of cheesecake and add a small amount of whipped cream. Add in 1/2 of the strawberries.
  3. Add in the rest of the graham cracker crumbs (reserve 1t for topping) and more cheesecake and the rest of the strawberries.
  4. Spritz with whipped cream, and sprinkle with the reserved graham cracker crumbs.

How about making Smore Dessert Shooters?

These dessert shooters would be great to serve at a 4th of July picnic! Better make more than 1 per person though as everyone is sure to want 'Smore."

Come see the recipe for gooey Smore dessert shooters.

Have you tried dessert shooters? - Talk to me!...please...

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      BarbsSpot 5 years ago

      Lensmaster...Emmmm -- Chocolate Brownie Delight Dessert Shooter! New words to nest in my recipe book! Very tasteful Lens! Congrats on its Purple Star award.

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      jayavi 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. nicely decorated both lens and dessert.

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      LeenaBK LM 5 years ago

      Wow. I love desserts but am always so full after a meal that I mostly land up not having any dessert. This sounds like a great idea since I can end my meals with some sweet and not being overly full.

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      fifinn 5 years ago

      I've never tried it.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've never tried this before. What a great idea!

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      JuserTM 5 years ago

      I enjoy reading your lens, great job! Thumbs up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mmmm Chocolate Delight, to die for! Thank you for sharing.

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      SimonJay 5 years ago

      Its got to be Chocolate Delight, Chocolate Brownies and the Strawberry Cheesecake omg yum

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      mistersquidoo_here 5 years ago

      the Chocolate Delight Dessert Shooter looks delicious

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Yummy, I am gonna to try on these. Thanks !

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      No I have not tried any. They look delicious !

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      All your dessert shooters look delicious. Yum!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      All your dessert shooters look delicious. Yum!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      They are look and sound delicious, but I am afraid I'd have to eat several!

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      AdamCarrasquillo 5 years ago

      Mmm, yummy lens :)

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      I have not tried them ,but these look delicious! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes :)

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Yum! A great idea!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I haven't, but I want to now. Blessed!

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      dcopps 6 years ago

      Some of these don't look so "mini," but yum, anyway.

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

      Yum, back for a virtual dessert.

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      BestLaminateInc1 6 years ago

      OMGosh these look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I still haven't tried dessert shooters, but I might as well. I'm afraid I probably gained 5 lbs just drooling over this page. ha

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like the Chocolate Delight Dessert

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      MaartjeJepsen 6 years ago

      Wow that's a great idea!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this looks like it's right up my alley!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Some great jumping off points to make delicious, attractive desserts! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great lens and I like the Chocolate Delight Dessert Shooter!

      Thanks for visiting and blessing my How To Throw An Appetizer Party lens!

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      fitnessdad70 6 years ago

      Your dessert pictures are awesome. With the number of lens you have done on desserts it seems your like your topic a lot :-)

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      KristijanSenjko 6 years ago

      Great Delicious Collection

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

      I just saw your Plush Puffs addition here (or I might have missed it before). I saw those at the grocery store for the first time the other day. They looked like the perfect size for dessert shooters. Nice!! Once again you help us decide what to layer in a small glass to make the perfect little dessert.

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      These look amazing. I have never tried them but I will now"

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      These look amazing. I have never tried them but I will now"

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yum Lens and Ideas! Best wishes :)

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      TheSwedishLady 6 years ago

      This is a great idea!! My grandson would love it! Thanks

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      Angelina 6 years ago from California

      Yum! Great job on your lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like desserts in small amounts, so these are perfect! Dessert shooters are really the size dessert we should all have been having all along, just right!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are delicious!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of delicious ideas.

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      Home-Business-Marketer 7 years ago

      Excellent Lens! That Chocolate Delight Looks Fantastic! Thumbs Up.

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      jseven lm 7 years ago

      Love this idea and lens! Saved to my favs. Congrats on all the hits!

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      lizziehumphreys1 7 years ago

      These look absolutely delicious!

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      celeBritys4africA 7 years ago

      I should try it! The pics are fantastic.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've had them at Applebees and also at a fancy party. Loved them! I should try making some at home though.


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