11 Easy Mini Dessert Recipes That Are Perfect Just for You — Eat This Not That


Bigger isn’t always better, especially when you’ve just finished a hefty meal, are serving a spread for a party, or just want a sweet snack. That’s when mini desserts are the best option—they’re small, delicious, and just make people happy.

We love pulling together a selection of small sweets for a friend’s night in or just keeping a stash handy for snack emergencies. They’re also a big hit with kids, and you don’t have to worry about them overindulging in sugar when it’s just a bite or two!

From rich, indulgent chocolate desserts to sweet and tart fruit bites (and, of course, pretty layered treats), we’ve found the best little bites to feed your sweet tooth–and many of them don’t even require baking! Read on for our favorite small-serving mini dessert ideas. And next, don’t miss the 22 best healthy recipes of the year.

Courtesy of The Creative Bite

These no bake treatswith rich chocolate and sweet strawberries, have just four ingredients and can be ready fast if you need a dessert and guests are on their way over.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

Mini Key Lime Pies
Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Get everything you love about a classic key lime pie, but baked in a cute, little serving! each mini pie has a buttery graham cracker crust and smooth, creamy key lime filling.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Mini S'mores Trifles
Courtesy of Five Heart Home

Layered with rich chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallow-laced whipped cream, these trifles are a simple no-bake dessert perfect for chocolate lovers!

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.

Six Inch Chocolate Cake
Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Sometimes, you want cake, but not a whole cake… just a little. This is the perfect answer: chocolatey and moist, it’s ideal for a romantic dinner for two.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Mini Cheesecakes
Courtesy of Inquiring Chef

These rich mini cheesecakes are a simple treat that can be made in advance. With just seven ingredients, they’re the perfect bite to end a meal with or add to a dessert tray.

Get the recipe from Inquiring Chief.

Mini Blueberry Mousse Cakes with Mirror Glaze
Courtesy of Love & Olive Oil

We’ve given you some simple ideas for mini desserts, but these impressive little cakes are sure to wow at any event. the airy blueberry mascarpone mousse surrounds a half-dome of intense blueberry gelée and features a layer of soft almond sponge cake, as well as a gorgeously shiny mirror glaze for that extra effect!

Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

Trifles are such an easy mini dessert, and this sweet treat has all the flavors of the classic strawberry shortcake (but with a soft cake layer instead of a biscuit) in an easy-to-eat cup.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

Mini Blueberry Galettes
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

What we love about these sweet little galettes is they have just six ingredients, and you don’t have to be an expert baker to create these rustic treats with fresh (or frozen) berries.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Banana Pudding Cups
Courtesy of Kim’s Cravings

You didn’t think we’d skip an adorable banana pudding dessert, did you? Creamy pudding and fresh bananas are layered with sweet Nilla wafers in small cups to create a perfectly portioned dessert that everyone loves!

Get the recipe from Kim’s Cravings.

Individual Raspberry Pavlovas
Courtesy of The View From Great Island

Naturally gluten-free, these divine treats have a marshmallowy center enrobed in a thin, papery crust and are topped with a tangy raspberry sauce.

Get the recipe from The View From Great Island.

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Microwave Peanut Butter Cup Mug Dessert
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

The easiest of baked desserts, the mug cup is dear to our hearts for a quick treat when we just need a little bite. rich and chocolatey, these treats take about five minutes to make–and probably less time to eat!

Tanya Edwards

Tanya Edwards is a seasoned food and health journalist, who has held roles at Yahoo Health as Managing Editor and at Food Network as Programming Director. Read more

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