It sounds clichéd, but I believe that good things come in small packages…especially during gift-giving season. Little boxes can hold big things like diamond rings, keys to a new car or plane tickets to Tahiti. If you don’t see those in your future, try these mini Christmas desserts—they’ll inspire just as many “oohs” and “ahhs” (OK, maybe *almost* as many). Tiny tiramisu, cheesecake, pineapple upside-down cake and more—the little holiday dessert gang’s all here.
Check out my top 5 mini festive treats.
Easy Brownie Tiramisu
No need to deal with delicate ladyfingers and endless other ingredients. We’ve found a way to capture all the best flavors of traditional tiramisu in this super-simple, make-ahead, highly portable version. Fill individual cups with a coffee-soaked brownie and a rich, creamy combination of JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding mix, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Finish them off with raspberries and a dusting of grated chocolate for a dessert that’s as adorable as it is delicious.
Big ol’ cheesecakes are a family favorite at my house, but putting one in a cake carrier makes me more nervous than signing my first lease. These little cheesecake bites are the perfect solution—every bit as delicious as the full-size classic but much easier to make and take. Plus these babies have a perfectly balanced topping of sweet caramel and a dusting of kosher salt, making it the most sophisticated cheesecake you’ve ever tasted.
What’s a holiday without chocolate cake? There’s no need to find out, as long as you have this recipe on hand. But these are no ordinary German chocolate cupcakes. Because bacon. Yes, you read that right. These little cakes get their big flavor from bacon-studded batter as well as Easy Coconut-Pecan Frosting.
Pineapple-Coconut Upside-Down Cupcakes
Turn pineapple upside-down cake on its head by baking it in a cupcake pan—and using this extra-moist recipe featuring JELL-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin and BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut. With just the right ratio of caramelized pineapple and cherries to cake, you’ll have a crowd pleaser on your hands.
Mini Black Forest Tartlets
Impressive but un-fussy desserts are what holiday magic is made of. These little crunchy-creamy-chocolatey treats—with a cherry on top!—look fabulous as part of a festive dessert spread, yet only require 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. You’re welcome.
What other mini recipes will you be cooking up this holiday season?