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Scare up a Mini Dessert Shooter for Halloween

Updated on August 22, 2013

A Halloween Spider Dessert Shooter - sure to spook your guests

Looking for a delicious light dessert to serve at a Halloween Party? Here's a fun dessert shooter - a small mini dessert served in 2 to 5 ounce glasses. The dessert Halloween dessert shooter in this article was the work of an hour of fun; a friend and I came up with the idea, ran out to buy the dessert supplies and put it together in a jif (2 broken dessert shooter glasses later - but that's a separate issue)...

All you need to make this mini dessert is a dessert shooter glass, orange sherbet, cool whip, licorice whips (for the legs) and silver dots (for the eyes). Oh, and petite brownies! You need petite brownies. You can either make the brownies yourself in small muffin tins or go the easy route like I did and buy them pre-made.

Skeleton Hand Glasses

Skeleton Hand 2 oz. Glasses
Skeleton Hand 2 oz. Glasses

These are the same Halloween glasses I have and love. They're very cheap, have a good 'feel' to them, and have even been known to make it through the diswasher a few times. I highly recommend these for Halloween parties, Halloween Weddings, or any Halloween themed events.


Dessert Shooter Glasses

I've spotlighted some of Amazon's best dessert shooter glasses below. I've had a lot of people, whom I've recommended these to, comment back to me how cute their mini dessert presentation was and what a hit of the party!

If I had had time, I certainly would have mixed up this delicious brownie recipe and sent a little more love to my Spider Halloween Dessert Shooters. They were yummy anyway but they could have been even more yummy.24

  • Prep time: 7 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 37 min
  • Yields: 24 non-brownie lovers or 8 real brownie lovers!


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (butter is better)
  • 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate (Ghiradelli is best)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Nuts if your Halloween ghouls like them (we don't)
  • 2 eggs


  1. Scramble eggs lightly in a bowl. Melt chocolate and butter in a medium sized saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add in vanilla, sugar and eggs. Add in flower slowly and beat by hand just to mix. Don't overdo the mixing!
  2. Spread in a 8.8" greased pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  3. You can ice these if you want but they're rich and scrumptious enough just as they are.
Cast your vote for My all time favorite brownie recipe

Black licorice whips make up the Halloween spider legs

I had a really hard time finding black licorice whips so I cut up chocolate licorice twists into long, thin pieces for the legs. However, longer and thinner licorice whips would have been nicer. I wish I'd bought these from Amazon a while ago. Plus, I love> black licorice - even if it's not atop one of my dessert shooters.

Licorice Vines (American Licorice) Whips - Black Twists, 2.5 oz, 24 count
Licorice Vines (American Licorice) Whips - Black Twists, 2.5 oz, 24 count

I would make the spider legs longer so that they droop down the glass.


Halloween dessert shooter - Arachnophobics beware!!!

Halloween dessert shooter - Arachnophobics beware!!!
Halloween dessert shooter - Arachnophobics beware!!!

Halloween Lolita dessert glasses

I actually prefer a clear glass for my dessert shooters as I love to see the individual layers but, for Halloween, these adorable Lolita martini glasses would be just right on the table next to your witches' brew. They're a bit bigger than your average dessert shooter glass which just means you can ladle in more goodness.

Dessert Brownie Fixin's

I like to add extra chocolate to my already fudgy brownies by throwing in a handful of chocolate or peanut butter chips. Coconut makes a nice addition too.

Halloween decorations for your dessert shooter

Just because your Halloween dessert shooter is already garnished with a scary spider on top doesn't mean that a few more Halloween embellishments wouldn't be cool. I love these Halloween appetizer picks.

Halloween Spider Dessert Shooter - Spooky good.

Anyone who recognizes my name would say that I write a lot> about dessert shooters - I'm that much of a fan of just a 'taste of something sweet without the guilt.' And, this Halloween dessert recipe is no different. I'd suggest using a 4 ounce dessert shooter glass for this mini dessert as you'll be layering in a bit of ice cream, a taste of sherbet, and a dash of whipped cream.

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


  • 1/4 cup orange sherbet
  • 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 2 mini brownies
  • black licorice whips (long
  • thin pieces)
  • Silver or white candy beads
  • 1 crumbled orea


  1. Halloween Spider Garnish:
  2. 1. Cut eight 2" pieces of licorice whips - these will form the legs.
  3. 2. Poke 8 holes in a brownie with a skewer.
  4. 3. Place one piece of licorice in each hole to form the Halloween spider's legs.
  5. Dessert Shooter:
  6. 1. Add a small amount of oreo crumbs to the bottom of the dessert shooter glass.
  7. 2. Add in 1/2 of the sherbet, sprinkle more oreo crumbs, add in 1/2 the orange sherbet, 1/2 of the vanilla ice cream, and the brownie.
  8. 3. Make another layer of ice cream, sherbet and top with a dab of whipped cream.
  9. 4. Place your scary spider on top so that his (or her) legs hang over the glass.
  10. Happy Halloween!

Come see my other Halloween articles here on Squidoo - With a few Christmas articles thrown in as a bonus!

I love writing Halloween (and Christmas) articles here on Squidoo - and, it's profitable too! The below are among my favorites that I've penned.

I can't imagine not loving dessert shooters, unless, sometimes, they're just too small for that sweet tooth. But, they're always a lot of fun to put together and serve. What do you think about dessert shooters? Please leave me comments so I know you wandered by my 'sweet' little place in Squidoo.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I am, in fact, and these look delightfully spooky! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love them - just a bite or two is all I want.

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      nicolane 5 years ago

      The only problem with shooters is that they are small - then again you can always have two!

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I want one right now! You always come up with the cutest ideas!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Cute dessert idea. I love shooters but prefer the larger ones, or else I crave more.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You are so creative in the kitchen and I really appreciate your sharing the "how to" so I can look creative when I make it for my guests.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another great idea - Thank you Lori.

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

      This sounds deliciously scary! That spider is pretty cute (but I don't like black licorice so would step on him! Spider be gone!).

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Love all your cute, sweet ideas.