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List of Mini Dessert Ideas

We received an Ask Gillian question from a reader asking for mini dessert ideas for a baby shower she is planning. There are so many delicious mini desserts that we’ve decided to publish the answer as a list, rather than as a video.

Here’s the question:

“Hi! I have a question about desserts. I’m planning my best friend’s baby shower and she doesn’t like cake but she loves pretty much every other dessert. We’re going to do a big, pretty display of mini, two-bite desserts. Any ideas of what we should include? I don’t want to miss anything. Thanks in advance! Kimberly.”

Great question, Kimberly. Here are some ideas for your mini dessert table:

Fruit-based desserts

  • Mixed berry tarts
  • Lemon bars
  • Mini turnovers (any fruit)
  • Jam tarts
  • Mini fruit tarts (any fruit)
  • Baked or broiled fruit topped with whipped cream or ice cream
  • Apple strudel
  • Fruit trifle (strawberry or raspberry are usually favorites)
  • Bananas foster
  • Peices of fresh, ripe fruit served with whipped mascarpone and served with a wafer
  • Poached pears


  • Put anything on a stick, dip it in chocolate and add a topping. Popular choices: strawberries, pretzels, marshellows or bananas
  • Mini brownies
  • Truffles
  • Macaroons
  • Mini s’mores
  • Chocolate pudding with a topping
  • Molten chocolate cakes
  • Cannocini di Sfolgia
  • Mini flourless chocolate cake


  • Mini cheesecakes
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Mini ricotta cakes
  • Mini bundt cakes
  • Mini pound cake
  • Mini strawberry shortcakes (served in mini cups)
  • Cake pops
  • Petit fours


  • Mini lemon tarts
  • Mini lemon meringue pies
  • Mini fruit pies (any fruit: applie, peach, cherry, etc)
  • Mini pecan pie
  • Mini pumpkin pies
  • Mini Mississippi mud pies
  • Mini cream pies
  • Pie pops

Cookies, Biscuits and Breads

  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Macadamia nut cookies
  • Peanut Butter cookies
  • Sugar cookies
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Ginger bread cookies
  • There are SO MANY types of cookies. Check out Wikipedia’s list of cookies from around the world.
  • Ginger Snap biscuits
  • Mexican wedding cake (regardless of the name, I consider MWC to be cookies)
  • Cream filled cookie sandwiches
  • Mini elephant ears
  • Mini cinnamon rolls
  • Mini pecan rolls
  • Mini banana bread
  • Mini apple cinnamon bread
  • Scones


  • One-scoop of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet or gelato
  • Mini sundaes (same as a the regular size, just use a smaller dish)
  • Mini ice cream cookie sandwiches
  • Flavored ice
  • Frozen smoothie shooters
  • Frozen lemon-chiffon pie
  • Sorbet and Limoncello
  • Granita (any flavor)

This and that

  • Mini Crème Brûlée
  • Mini souffles
  • Baklava
  • Mini Pavlovas
  • Mini whoppie pies
  • Angel wings
  • Pudding (any flavor)
  • Bread pudding
  • Phyllo rolls
  • Marshmallow bars
  • Mini parfaits
  • Gelatin with fruit mixed in topped with whipped cream
  • Mini eclairs
  • Cream puffs
  • Mini tiramisu
  • Mini mousse (any flavor)
  • Mini cannoli
  • Donut holes
  • Flan
  • Toffee
  • Fudge


What have I missed? Share other mini dessert ideas in the comments.

Photo credit: kristin_a (a Meringue Bake Shop)

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