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27 Best Mini Dessert Recipes You’ll Love

Mini desserts are by far my favorite way to end a meal! Tiny bites are packed full of flavor and sweet deliciousness. Chocolate and fruit and cream, oh my! The possibilities are seemingly endless.

I have found some fun takes on family-favorite desserts and some creative takes on new and original treats.

These little dishes are sure to satisfy all! These are the best mini dessert ideas on the web. From cheesecakes and pies to shooters and cakes, we found easy recipes for all taste buds.

Are you hosting a party? These cute morsels make any dessert table look amazing. Are you looking for a quick-fix dessert?

Most of these recipes are ready in a flash! Do you need a little something sweet to finish your meal? Take your pick! Check out these 27 mini dessert ideas and pick your faves!

Mini desserts are the best, but for those times when you need something a bit larger in scale, these 35 Easy Fun Desserts to Impress Guests are the way to go!

1. Lemon Drop Mini Cakes

Lemon is my all-time favorite ingredient in desserts.

The tart brightness seems to balance the sugary sweetness in just about any dish, and these lemon drop mini cakes are no exception.

In under 30 minutes, you can have 4 dozen delicious bites of lemon goodness.

You make an easy butter cake with lemon juice and zest, bake it in mini muffin tins, and then drench it with a mouth-watering lemon glaze!

2. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate. Covered. Strawberry. Mini. Cheesecakes.

Need I really say more? One bite of these 2 bite beauties will have you making a double batch. A sweet, buttery, and salty graham cracker crust is topped with a traditional, creamy cheesecake filling.

These are baked to perfection, cooled, and then topped with a luscious chocolate ganache.

While this sets, you make a homemade chocolate-covered strawberry that perches atop the ganache, just begging to get eaten. Decadence at its finest!

3. Boston Cream Pie Cookie Bites

Although Boston cream pie is really a cake, nothing is confusing about the addictiveness of this dessert.

These Boston Cream Pie Cookie Bites take a traditional dessert to a whole new level.

What’s the secret ingredient? Yellowcake mix. This buttery box of yum is transformed into a cookie crust for the mini-dish.

This is piped full with luscious vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate ganache.

The best part? These amazing treats are ready to eat in under 30 minutes!

4. Nutella Crunch Dessert Shooters

Finger food desserts are the best! No mess, but all the yum.

These Nutella crunch dessert shooters are one of my favorite mini desserts yet! Whoever created Nutella deserves an award and a lifetime of thank you hugs!

This highly addictive chocolate hazelnut spread is mixed with cream cheese and whipped cream to create a light and fluffy mousse.

The mousse is piped over an Oreo cookie crust and topped with whipped cream, and Oreo crumbles. It doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this mini dessert.

5. Mini Banana Pudding Cheesecakes

Banana pudding and cheesecake come together to create this creamy concoction of yum! Vanilla wafers and butter are the base for this mini-masterpiece.

The crust is then topped with a cheesecake batter made from cream cheese, sour cream, and bananas.

Once cooled, the cheesecake is topped with whipped cream and another banana and vanilla wafer.

This is the perfect dessert for a party or shower as it always wows!

6. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are just as adorable as they are delicious.

This patriotic mini dessert is perfect for a year-round treat! Guilt be gone!

This dessert is also a healthier version of a traditionally rich and decadent cheesecake.

Strawberries are stuffed with a sweetened cream cheese filling and topped with a fresh blueberry to create these mini-masterpieces. Better yet, these cheesecake stuffed strawberries are Keto friendly and gluten-free!

7. Chocolate Mini Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Cheesecakes really are a perfect mini dessert!

They come together quickly, use simple ingredients, and are in and out of the oven in no time at all.

What makes this version so enticing? Chocolate! Oreos are used to make the crust, chocolate chips are melted into the cheesecake batter, and a rich and decadent ganache drips over it all.

This recipe is a must-make for a fancy dinner party or a romantic night in.

8. Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake

There’s a reason this mini dessert has only 5-star reviews.

It’s absolutely amazing! It’s a miniature version of one of my all-time favorite desserts: pineapple upside-down cake!

Jumbo muffin tins are filled with a traditional pineapple, rum, and butter topping.

A homemade pineapple rum cake batter is poured over, and it is all baked to perfection! Let cool slightly, dump out, and unveil little servings of paradise perfection.

9. Mini Apple Pies

Are you looking for a quick, easy, and oh-so-delicious mini dessert recipe?

This is it! It’s the best mini apple pie recipe. Apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg are mixed with a little flour and sugar to create a sweet, gooey, satisfying filling for the pies.

Store-bought pie crusts are cut to fit in the mini muffin tins, and tiny cookie cutters are used to make a top crust.

I like to microwave the apples for a couple of minutes before putting them in the crust to make sure they are extra delicious.

Bake it all together and enjoy!

10. Texas Sheet Cake Bites

Texas sheet cake has been a family favorite recipe for as far back as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite Texas desserts.

It brings back all kinds of nostalgia for childhood and memories of various celebrations of life.

This take on it does not disappoint. A rich, gooey, and fluffy chocolate cake is baked in mini muffin tins and then cooled.

A velvety smooth chocolate frosting enrobes each cake, making it even more irresistible.

I recommend toasting up some pecans and chopping them up to top the cakes and adding a bit of addictive crunch to each bite.

11. Peach Upside Down Mini Cakes

I always assumed pineapple upside-down cakes were my favorite, but then I tried these: peach upside-down mini cakes.

Butter, brown sugar, and peaches mix seamlessly to create a rich yet still fresh topping for the cakes.

I love adding a couple of splashes of bourbon to the topping to add even more flavor.

Fresh peaches are folded into a butter cake batter to add a fun fruit surprise with each bite. These are baked, turned over, and ready to enjoy!

12. Mini Eclairs

This mini dessert is a must-have for every dessert table! Elegant, adorable, and delicious, these mini eclairs are easy to make, and better yet, they’re freezer-friendly.

Just freeze the eclairs until ready to use and thaw them at room temperature.

An easy homemade puff shell is made and baked, then filled with a simple cream and with a rich chocolate ganache.

This dessert is mini but mighty in flavor.

13. Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts

This is another mini dessert that brings back so many childhood memories! Saturday nights at home making dessert pizza with the family.

This take makes mini versions that are even more elegant. Mini-sugar fruit tarts are beautiful and delicious.

A homemade sugar cookie crust is pressed into a mini muffin tin and baked, then filled with sweetened cream cheese and topped with fresh fruit. These are a make again and again and again recipe.

14. Easy Lemon Tarts

Are you looking for the perfect springtime dessert? These mini lemon tarts are it!

They are simply delicious and oh so easy to make! 3 ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for these little beauties.

A store-bought sugar cookie dough is pressed into mini muffin tins and baked.

These shells are cooled, then filled with tart, sweet, delicious lemon curd, and topped with a single berry!

Want to take it to the next level? Add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of the lemon curd, and enjoy!

15. Pistachio Blossoms

A simple white cake mix is made even more delicious with pistachio pudding and almond extract in this recipe for pistachio blossoms.

These tiny desserts take the cake as far as I’m concerned when it comes to all desserts, not just mini ones.

A crazy flavorful and moist cake is enrobed with an almond glaze and topped with toasted pistachios.

I also love adding a raspberry for a pop of color and a bit of tartness.

16. Salted Caramel Brownie Bites

Salted Caramel Brownie bites combine so many of my favorite things to create a stand-out mini dessert.

Sweet, chocolatey, and moist brownies are baked in a mini muffin tin to perfection.

A simple caramel filling is made with caramel candies and cream, then poured into each brownie.

Sprinkle with sea salt and have all your guests drooling. Planning?

The brownies can be baked, cooled, and frozen, then thawed and topped with caramel and salt when ready to serve.

17. Mini Key Lime Pies

The recipe for these mini key lime pies was derived from the web’s best key lime pie recipe.

I like these even better than their bigger counterparts because they are more compact, and each bite is the perfect ratio of crust to filling to cream.

Even better, they are super simple to make and use only 8 ingredients.

What’s the secret ingredient? Greek yogurt is used in the filling to make it extra creamy and provides a tart bite that compliments the key limes.

18. Apple Hand Pies

This mini dish is a little bit of Americana in the palm of your hand.

Apple hand pies are the quintessential dessert for a summer get-together, a picnic, or a BBQ. They never disappoint.

This recipe cuts no corners by making it all from scratch.

I recommend making the filling ahead of time and keeping it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

This recipe is a stand-out pie recipe in any category, and the labor of love comes through in the dynamite flavor and texture.

19. Mini Raspberry Almond Tarts

Raspberry and almond are some of my all-time favorite dessert combinations.

The sweetness mixed with tartness tied together with the subtle earthiness… it’s just hard to beat!

These tarts combine these flavors seamlessly and package them in a beautiful tiny tart.

Almonds and almond extract are added to the tart base, which is almost cakey.

A little hole is poked in the middle, and raspberry preserves are piped in, then baked. They’re then dusted with powder sugar and ready to be devoured.

20. Milky Way Brownie Cups

Are you looking for the easiest mini dessert recipe on the web?

This is it! Just 4 ingredients and about 30 minutes are needed to create these decadent and delicious Milky Way Brownie Cups.

Brownies are baked to perfection in a mini muffin tin, then filled with caramel, and topped with a chocolate whipped cream.

This recipe is short on ingredients but packs in the flavor.

21. Smores Bites

Smores Bites are one of our favorite mini dessert ideas.

All you need are 7 simple ingredients and less than 20 minutes to create one of the most delicious mini dessert dishes.

Graham crackers and butter make a crust topped with chocolate and marshmallow and then baked to gooey perfection.

This is the perfect way to enjoy smores year-round.

22. Gluten Free Mini Pancake Skewers

These Gluten-Free Mini Pancake Skewers are another one of our favorite finger food dessert ideas.

You can serve them warm or at room temperature, making it easy to make these a packaged gluten-free pancake mix.

You make it according to the directions, cook up tiny versions of a traditional pancake, and layer it on a skewer with toppings.

I love to serve these at a brunch party layered with chocolate hazelnut spread and bananas or with almond butter and blueberries.

23. Mini French Silk Pies

This is one of our favorite mini dessert ideas: French Silk Pie! Store-bought pie crust is the base of the recipe.

I recommend using a flower cookie cutter to shape the crusts for the muffin tin, so you get beautiful scalloped edges when your mini pies are done baking.

Creamy, fluffy, decadent chocolate filling rests upon the pies, and it is oh so crave-worthy.

You top the pie with a homemade whipped cream that takes this pie to a whole other level of amazing.

24. Blueberry Hand Pies

Finger food desserts are great for a party or an event, and this recipe does not disappoint.

These blueberry hand pies are sweet, tart, savory, and flaky. They start with a store-bought pie crust to keep it simple and flavor up by making a homemade blueberry jam.

I recommend making extra jam and saving it to stir in yogurt, spread on toast, or add to your next bowl of oatmeal.

This recipe is nostalgic, satisfying, and delicious.

25. Bundt Cake Recipes

Bunt cakes are all the rage these days. Make them mini, and they’re even more irresistible!

All you need is a mini bundt cake pan, some simple ingredients, a bit of creativity, and this list of our favorite mini bundt cake recipes.

These small desserts are show-stoppers that will wow any crowd.

From chocolate peppermint to margarita and red velvet to pumpkin toffee, this list has it all! Get out your bundt cake pan and mixer and give these recipes a try.

26. Petit Fours

Petit fours are by far my favorite mini dessert. They are as beautiful as they are delicious and are totally customizable in flavor and decoration.

This recipe is for a simple butter cake which is then sliced, filled, and enrobed with icing.

What’s my favorite way to customize petit fours? I love to fill them with raspberry jam or compote and substitute half of the vanilla with almond extract.

They’re also amazing with lemon curd and cream cheese-based icing. However you choose to customize them, this recipe is a must-try.

27. Mini Cheesecakes

Cheesecake in under 30 minutes? Count me in! Mini cheesecakes are one of the most searched for mini desserts, and this recipe is my favorite.

It’s so simple and oh so delicious. The secret ingredient and time-saver in this recipe are vanilla wafers.

These are used in a crust and create a crunchy and nostalgic bite for each mini cheesecake.

These are also customizable, as you can top each with any pie-filling flavor you choose.

My favorite is cherry, but my kids love strawberries, so we go half a half, and everyone gets a little bite of heaven with these mini cheesecakes.

27 Best Mini Dessert Recipes You'll Love

27 Best Mini Dessert Recipes You'll Love

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 2 (8 oz) softened packages cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • ⅔ c white sugar
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  2. Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  3. Place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat it until fluffy.
  4. Pour the eggs, lemon juice, and sugar into the bowl and beat until combined and creamy.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with the mixture.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes then cool completely.
  7. Spoon pie filling over each cheesecake.
    If desired, pipe whipped cream atop each cheesecake before serving.

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