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Dessert Shooters - The new mini-dessert craze!
Dessert Shooters - when just a small taste of something good is enough - Perfect for Valentine's day!
I first ran across Dessert Shooters when I was trying to come up with smaller desserts for my 95 year old Mom's sweet tooth. A full size dessert was just too much; she wanted just a taste of something sweet following a meal.
And then I saw them - those mini-desserts you see on most restaurant menus these days are usually served in small glasses, some as small as 2 oz shot glasses up to a 5 oz juice glass.
A properly constructed dessert shooter will give you and your guests just enough taste of something delicious to top off any filling meal. Serve more than one on a pretty silver tray and gather in the "Wows" from your dinner guests! Click this link to see some great dessert shooter supplies to serve up your own delicious mini desserts.
Absolutely any of your favorite desserts may be adapted to dessert shooters - get creative and mix and match ingredients and create your own dessert shooter masterpieces. Even better - set out various dessert items and let your guests create their very own individual dessert shooters. And, shh....don't tell anyone I gave you the idea. Take full credit yourself!
Delicious dessert shooters can be adapted for about any holiday. Just select an ingredient or color that is indicative of the holiday and use your imagination. How about a red, white and true blue dessert shooter for the 4th of July? Add some red jello to the bottom of your shot glass, layer in some whipped cream, and top with blue berries. Add a sparkler on top and serve a tray to your adoring picnic guests.
You'll find plenty of ideas and supplies in this dessert shooter article, including 4 delectable ideas:
Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters, Coconut Dream Dessert Shooters, S'mores Dessert Shooters and 4th of July Dessert Shooters.
Photo credit: All pictures which are not products on Amazon.com are my own creations.
A great miniature dessert set with spoons
I love serving mini desserts.
These demure desserts are definitely in style these days for many reasons. And, my favorite reason, of course, is that I get to eat more than one with little guilt!
This Libby dessert set has everything you need to serve up a platter of delicious dessert shooters, including the spoons. The only thing this dessert shooter glass set is missing is the dessert ingredients!
Get the whole dessert shooter set at once
Libby dessert shooter sets
These Libbey dessert shooter sets comes complete with glasses and long handled spoons so you can get every single lick from the bottom of the glass. I love the shape of the glasses too - they're adorable filled with the key lime pie shooter and served on a pretty tray.
You'll get 100 disposable dessert cups in this Restaurantware Mini Kova set. That should be plenty of servings for quite a few dinner guest.
This set would be especially nice for larger gatherings such as picnics, wedding showers or even wedding dessert tables themself.
Dessert shooters make a beautiful display in these dessert servers
One of the fun things about serving dessert shooters is finding pretty dessert servers to place them upon.
I love the tiered dessert stands. I usually load it up with all different types of dessert shooters including:
S'more Dessert Shooters - My personal favorite
or any kind of Chocolate Dessert Shooters
Think about creating 3 or 4 different types of mini desserts and arranging them artfully on one of these dessert stands. Your table will shine!
Here's another take on a fun way to serve delicious dessert shooters - Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shhine. This beautifully illustrated cookbook offers some unique recipes and presentations for these dessert shooters. You'll find recipes that combine peaches and raspberriess with a delicious lemon cream, and cardamom with fresh pears. This book can be your entryway into creating your very own dessert shooters
A satisfied dessert shooter customer - my darling 95 year old Mom, Gertie - 1 month after hip surgery!
Bonus dessert shooter recipe - Key Lime Pie in a glass
If you love tart desserts, a good key lime pie can't be beat unless, of course, you make a key lime pie shooter and have just a taste. Your full stomach will thank you, as will your hips in the morning. The below recipe may be adapted to your individual tastes; this is just how I make a delightful key lime pie dessert shooter.
Note: this key lime pie dessert shooter is the easy way to make this delicious dessert. You can go to the trouble of making your own key lime pie filling with key limes, egg yolks and condensed milk but, for ease, just follow this recipe.
Additional note: the below recipe is the *easy* way to make a Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooter. I've actually created another squidoo lens: Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters which has my actual recipe for the key lime pie layer. It's truly delicious and customizable in that you can make the Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooter as sweet or as tart as you like.
Make these delectable treats as tart you like by adding a bit of extra key lime juice to the pudding.
If you prefer to make your own Key Lime pie filling (as I do), click HERE to go to another more involved Squidoo lens about Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters.
- 1 package key lime pudding prepared and chilled
- 1/2 cup graham crackers
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- Fresh whipped cream
- 1 key lime
- 4 shooter glasses
- 1 tsp Nellie's Key Lime Juice (optional)
- 1. Mix the graham crackers, sugar and butter just until moist.
- 2. Layer the graham cracker mixture in the bottom of the dessert shooter glasses. For a pretty presentation, press into the bottoms and up the sides of the dessert shooter glass just a bit. Sprinkle on just a bit of the Nellie's Key Lime Juice for added tartness.
- 3. Add in 3 tbsp of the prepared key lime pudding
- 4. Add in a bit of whipped cream.
- 5. Repeat layers with more graham cracker mixture, Nellie's Key Lime Juice, key lime pudding, and whipped cream.
- 6. Top with a sprinkling of graham crackers and garnish with key lime peel and a splash more of key lime juice.
- Note: if you like a tarter filing, squeeze 1/4 of the key lime juice right into the pudding mix. Taste and add more key lime juice if you want it tarter still.
Get a quick start to the world of dessert shooters with this dessert shooter cube glass set
The first key to making the best looking and tastiest dessert shooter is to have the right dessert shooter glass. Since these mini desserts are, well, small, you want to make sure they're not too small. A glass which is two to five ounces is just about right.
Come read more in my latest dessert shooter article: Dessert Shooter Glasses.
I love the shape of these dessert shooter 2 ounce glasses - it's not often that square is "in". These beautiful dessert shooter glasses are 2 ounces and that's it - perfect! They're classy and elegant at the same time and would be perfect for that Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooter you just mixed up!
Bonus #2: Coconut dream dessert shooter
I just came up with this wonderfully light dessert shooter the other night. And, it's so simple to make, you can whip one up in about 3 minutes.
Crumble a coconut macaroon and add a layer to the bottom of the dessert shooter glass. Top with a scoop of any flavor ice cream (I had Rocky Road - the marshmallows made it even tastier). Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Add another layer of each ingredient and top your dessert shooter with toasted coconut and a few chopped peanuts.
Note: a small blow torch is a very quick way to toast coconut. No need to heat up the whole kitchen for a bit of toasted coconut.
A challenging position when making dessert shooters
Aka: how the heck do I get THAT into a skinny glass?
Since presentation is 9/10ths of the beauty of serving dessert shooters, you might want straight lines between your layers. But, how the heck do you do that when working with a teeny weeny 2 or 3 ounce shot glass? Well, for one thing, realize that straight lines shouldn't drive you crazy. So what if they're off? The dessert shooter will still be a beautiful presentation and taste good. But, if you have OCD you might want to invest in a good funnel to layer in liquid ingredients.. Another good purchase is asmall ladle to help construct your dessert masterpiece.
Well, if it's cake you're layering, cut the cake into very small cubes and pack them down into the dessert shooter glass with any flat ended item. A very small pestle (like used for muddling mint leaves) will work well for this purpose.
For layering liquid ingredients, try a plastic bottle like the kind used for ketchup and mustard in restaurants. You can also use a pasty bag with a smaller tip to reach into the bottom of the shot glasses. For liquid items on top layers, if you don't have a pastry bag, use a plastic bag and just cut off the corner.
If you're layering fruit, use the demitasse spoon or any thinner teaspoon to get into the far reaches of the dessert shooter glass. Cut fruit into very small pieces before attempting to smoosh a whole mandarine orange slice attractively into the bottom of a shot glass. Fruit cocktail works well in dessert shooters as it's already cut into small pieces.
My Halloween dessert shooter recipe - I scared up something special!
Dessert shooters supplies are easy to order from Amazon
Here's some more decent dessert shooter glasses on Amazon.com. Plastic dessert shooter glasses are a particular help for larger parties - no clean up!
These 5 ounce dessert shooter glasses are great for lighter dessert shooters, like those made with gelatin.
Another nice shape in which to serve dessert.
Dessert shooter glasses with lids!
I love the look of these 4 ounce dessert shooter glasses, and, especially love the little bitty lid!
More pretty mini dessert serving dishes
I have my own collection of dessert shooter glasses going and some of the below are on my wish list. Your little desserts will be elevated to a new status when layered in these beautiful mini dessert glasses.
Mini desserts on Good Morning America!
I saw an expose on the new mini dessert craze documented on Good Morning America (GMA). The show focused more on saving calories as mini desserts are at least 1/2 the calories of full size desserts. For example, the New York Style Cheesecake, full serving at 6 ounces, packs in a whopping 450 calories! The Mini Cheesecake, on the other hand, is still indulgent and is 210 calories. That's quite a caloric savings - not to mention that the mini desserts are a fraction of the price of the full size desserts at various restaurants.
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Restaurant chains which serve dessert shooters
Dessert shooters are a lot of fun to create but, if you're heading out and hoping to have just a taste of something sweet following dinner, head to one of these chain restaurants. You're sure to find one (or six) dessert shooters that are just ripe for the tasting.
- Chili's. Called "sweet shots", Chili's offers dessert shooters in the following flavors: Seven layers of chocolate, Strawberry wave cheesecake, and Dutch apple caramel cheesecake.
Here's Chili's webpage documenting their dessert shooters: Chili's dessert shooters.
- TGIF. "Mini dessert shots" at Friday's include Rocky Road, Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Chip Mint and Orange Cream.
Click here for TGIF desserts.
- Applebee's. Dessert shooters at Applebee's include Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse, and Hot Fudge Sundae Dessert Shooters.
Check out these beautiful Dessert shooters from Applebee's.
- P.F. Changs. PF Changs mini desserts are Great Wall of China, Tiramisu, Tres Leche Lemon Dream Mini, Carrot Cake Mini, Apple Pie Mini, Red Velvet Cake Mini, and Creamy Cheesecake.
Scroll to the bottom of this link for more information: PF Changs mini dessert shooters.
- Outback Steak House. After a filling steak dinner, you might like the dessert shooters served as part of the Sweet Adventure Sample Trio: Chocolate Thunder from Down UnderÂ® with pecan brownie, Carrot Cake with coconut and pecans and Classic Cheesecake.
- Olive Garden. I was surprised to find Olive Garden on the list of chain restaurants which have dessert shooters as they're pretty much the leader in overeating! The "endless pasta bowl" is just a bad thing all the way around, if you ask me. They did wise up though by offering a good selection of choices of dessert shooters - order any 3 for $6.75 or they're $2.50 apiece.
Check out these delicious dessert shooters flavors at Olive Garden by clicking this link and scrolling to the very bottom: Olive Garden's Dolcini dessert shooter menu.