I have been in love with mini desserts for years. They are just so darn cute and the fact that you don’t have to pick just ONE dessert but can in fact try several, due to their tiny size, is just awesome to me. I love them so much that I actually used to cater desserts and only did miniature sizes. It was so much fun and sometimes I really miss planning dessert tables for weddings or parties with loads of colorful, bite-size desserts! Thank goodness for the holidays when I can unleash my creative baking skills (obsession?) on all my family and friends!
So, I thought what would be better for a New Year’s Eve party than mini sweets?! Finger foods are VERY popular for New Year’s Eve parties and these desserts stay right with that theme. Some of these are super easy (2-3 ingredients), which is great since you have no doubt been in the kitchen waaaayyyy too much between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, another way to make easy miniatures is to bake up a normal 9×13 pan of brownies, blondies, cake, etc. and cut them small with a knife or fun-shaped, small cookie cutters or take any regular ‘ole cookie recipe and just make smaller than normal cookies (be sure to cook them for less time!). Ok, let’s check out some other awesome tiny goodies from around the blogosphere:
I LOVE baklava. Love it. It was the one thing I was looking most forward to indulging in over the Christmas holiday. I’ve actually made Baklava Cups before and they are super good and MUCH less labor intensive than the traditional way. See more ideas from Women’s Day here.
Mini Oreos. Yum.
Mini Ice Cream Cookie Pops. How fun! However, if you’re afraid of the ice cream melting before people can scarf them down, try it with buttercream frosting.
I love these Mini Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats. Rice Krispie treats are sooo classic and just plain good.
Banana Split Bites. Delicious and gorgeous.
Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts. Perfect after a night of imbibing.
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. One of my favorites.
Poptarts on a stick. Totally awesome. AND easy.
These Chocolate Salted-Caramel Mini Cupcakes look soooo rich and decadent. Pure bliss.
Cut these yummy Red Velvet Brownies super small for bite-size treats.
These Lindt Mini Chocolate Trifles are adorable. Use some larger shot glasses for the cups and think about switching up ingredients…caramel sauce for the fudge, brownies for the cookies, etc.
I have been making Brownie Tassies forever. The only thing I do differently is top them with coffee buttercream and toasted, slivered almonds. People will go nuts over these.
Ummm, excuse me but this Chocolate Covered Bacon Caramel Popcorn is dangerous. Dangerous I tell you!! And I am SO going to make it.
These Mini Cherry Pies are just down right pretty. And begging to be eaten.
I love the playfulness of this Gumdrop Fudge. Very festive and party appropriate. Not to mention easy. We like easy!
Well, hopefully this gives you some inspiration for whatever crazy New Year’s party you may be hosting or attending. Tomorrow I’ll have my own recipe for Mini Doughnut Muffins!