25 Best Mini Dessert Recipes

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You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best mini dessert collection!

I’m sure by now, you know what a mini dessert is, right?

It just means that it’s smaller than a regular dessert.

How many times have you seen a regular-sized cheesecake in a bakery?

How about an Oreo cheesecake instead of an actual cheesecake?

What about cakes instead of cupcakes?

What about trifles instead of tarts?

What about cookies instead of cookies?

The answer is, quite often, “a lot.”

But I’m here to talk about mini desserts.

What are they, and why should you invest in them?

Let’s find out.


1. Biscoff Mousse

If you’re looking for a natural, gluten-free alternative to cobbler, this might just be the dessert for you.

Made with Biscoff cookies and cream cheese, it’s like having a decadent cheesecake in a glass.

This recipe is simple to follow and requires only six ingredients.

It’s ideal for serving as an after-dinner treat or to keep refrigerated for breakfast.

2. Cheesecake With A Surprise Inside

If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to serve on a rainy day, this cheesecake with a surprise inside will be your new favorite.

It’s creamy, sweet, and nutty.

But most importantly, it has that same wonderful texture you love in no-bake cheesecakes.

You can make this one in under an hour and watch as it fills up with crushed pineapple.

Just be sure to let it cool completely before you cut into it!

3. Black Forest Cake Mini Cups

Black forest cake is a classic candy-like treat that’s usually eaten in the summer.

It has a sweet and tangy cream cheese filling, plus chocolate ganache on top.

It’s truly indulgent.

I love using black forest mini cups to make this dessert, since they’re so easy to eat and fun to customize.

You can add in any toppings you like – dried fruits, whipped cream, or even peanut butter chips!

4. Mini Brownie Chocolate Mousse Trifles

I’ve been guilty of making brownie and chocolate mousse in a bowl before.

It’s such a beautiful dish, but it looks so overwhelming.

Don’t be scared to try this recipe.

You could use other nut-butter fillings (like almond or cashew) and add some chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

The best part about the trifle is that you can make it ahead of time, giving yourself plenty of time to enjoy all your favorite desserts without having to worry about leftovers.

5. Mini Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake

This recipe is perfect for those with a sweet tooth but who don’t want to overindulge.

It’s creamy, delightfully chewy, and completely indulgent.

It’s made with Biscoff cookies and caramel sauce for an extra-special taste.

Plus, it’s topped off with layers of Biscoff cream cheese icing, making it even more decadent.

Best of all, the prep time takes just 5 minutes!

6. Mini Blueberry Mousse Cakes With Mirror Glaze

Okay, we’re going to get a little crazy with these!

These mini blueberry mousse cakes are delectable and low-carb, but they’re not exactly paleo.

Thankfully, you can still make them with only seven ingredients.

Just be sure you use the full batch of blueberries and sweeten them with coconut sugar.

7. Creme Brûlée

Creme brûlée is a classic French dessert that’s sure to please any palate.

This custard-filled pastry shell is topped with a simple caramel-like glaze and baked until golden brown.

It’s elegant, delicious, and easy to make!

Want some quick tips?

Serve this treat hot or cold.

The key is to let the custard cool before covering it with the top crust so the caramel doesn’t melt when you turn it out of the oven.

8. Caramel Apple Trifles

These caramel apple trifles are the perfect dessert for any occasion.

They’re so easy to make and require only basic ingredients, like apples and brown sugar.

You can serve them as a sweet treat or add some fresh berries on top!


9. Ferrero Rocher Tartlets

These are a fun way to feed your sweet tooth with something different.

They’re also great for prepping ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about running out during the holidays.

The recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream, but you can use any flavor of yogurt or mayonnaise that you like.

Alternatively, top them with a simple sugar-cream cheese frosting.

Either way, these will be a hit at your next family gathering!

10. Lemon Tarts

You can never go wrong with lemon if it’s part of the name.

It’s bright, zesty, and just about all you need for a summer dessert.

These lemon tarts are wonderfully buttery and have a fantastic crust.

The filling is beautifully tart and is made creamy with a simple mixture of heavy cream and Greek yogurt.

They’re crisp on the outside, but incredibly tender on the inside.

They won’t be hard to make at all!

11. Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

These luscious little cheesecakes are so good you’ll want to eat them in the morning.

Yep, they’re that good.

As far as desserts go, these are one of my favorites.

They’re tart and tangy with a delicious lime flavor that never goes out of style.

They’ll see you through any occasion – if you have a hard time choosing your favorite dessert when all around you seem to be eating deserts!

12. Mini Pavlova

Pavlova is the name of a popular Australian dessert.

It’s such a shame it isn’t used more often in the UK!

This recipe is everything you could want in a Pavlova, and then some.

The base has an excellent buttery texture that will melt on your tongue when you bite into it.

Then, there are layers of fresh berries, fluffy whipped egg whites, and melted butter.

It’s not just sweet but also savory with a hint of citrus from the orange zest.

Made purely from ingredients that are already bursting with flavor, this dessert comes together quickly.

13. Mandarin Delight

While I love mochi and Japanese shaved ice, there’s something so refreshing about this amazing Mandarin delight.

The bright yellow color is beyond eye-catching, and the sweet, creamy filling is to die for.

You can make a big batch of it or just keep it simple with some whipped cream and berries.

Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

14. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Shooters

Let’s say you have a slew of guests coming over for Thanksgiving.

Instead of making lots of sweet treats and serving up a big spread, why not whip up these easy peanut butter cheesecake shooters?

They’re creamy, chocolatey, and loaded with rich peanut butter flavor.

Plus, you can use your favorite graham cracker crust instead.

As long as it’s crunchy and has plenty of chocolate chips or mini-chocolate bars in the mix, that’s all you need.

15. Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

These mini cheesecakes pack all the same yumminess as the big-boy ones, but they’re a whole lot smaller and easier to make.

You’ll need just four basic ingredients – Oreo cookies, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and chocolate chips.

That’s it!

Just be sure you also have a good container to hold them in.

Otherwise, they’ll end up all over the counter.


16. Chocolate Orange Tartlets

I love the versatility of these chocolate orange tartlets.

You can serve them as a light lunch or dessert with a cup of coffee.

But I think for breakfast, you could add some fresh raspberries to the top and serve them alongside your eggs in their own juices.


17. Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This recipe is a great treat for all the holidays and birthdays in your life.

It’s sweet, creamy, and loaded with classic flavors.

There are caramel apples, pecans, almonds, cream cheese, and more.

Trust me; this cheesecake will be your new favorite!

The added cinnamon-pepper toffee sauce makes it even more irresistible.

Buttery crumbly crust is infused with spicy dried cranberries that are oh-so delicious.

Best of all, you can make this amazing dessert ahead of time.

(In fact, I would encourage you to do so.)

18. Mini Key Lime Pie

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Key lime pie.

It’s basically just lime zest and lime juice, right?

No bake recipes are great for those who don’t want to go all out and make a big pie.

However, I do like this recipe because you can use any kind of Key lime you like best.

You can also switch it up by adding some fresh pecans or walnuts.

19. Chestnut Mascarpone Mousse And Tuile Cookies

These cookies are as soft and tender as you can get.

They’re also incredibly rich in chocolate flavor and a little bit sweet.

With such a beautiful presentation, I always make these cookies double-batch.

I add some extra Tuiles when the mousse is still warm to give them that extra oomph!

But if you want just one more layer of decadence, you could use marshmallow cream instead.

20. Mini Pecan Pies

I don’t know why I thought there was something wrong with these.

They may look plain, but they taste like a piece of heaven.

Inside the crust, you’ll find a mix of chopped pecans and brown sugar that creates a soft, sweet filling.

The topping is a simple mixture of powdered sugar and butter.

Covered in the pie dish, it will melt into an ooey-gooey mess.

21. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes

Here’s another spectacular dessert. It’s a chocolate-covered cheesecake that has the consistency of mini-muffins.

Both versions are super light and fluffy, making them perfect for summertime snacks or even a light breakfast.

The best part is, you can make these in less than 10 minutes!

You might want to do it as soon as you see this recipe.

They’re just as good but take around 15 to 20 minutes to prepare.

Don’t skip this one if you want some of the prettiest cheesecake on the planet!

22. Brownie Bites

Brownie bites are sweet, chocolatey, and perfect for when you want a quick bite.

I prefer them in the form of bars because brownie bits are already mine.

But they can be cut into squares or served as mini-brownies.

The trick to making these is to use a box Brown Betty chocolate bar.

I like to use the ones with white chocolate, but any kind will work.

And if you’re looking for some fun packaging ideas, try using mini-chocolate candy bars!

23. Mini Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes

If you’re looking for a new way to use your chocolate, these mini triple chocolate cheesecakes are just the thing.

With layers of rich, smooth and creamy cheesecake, cocoa-covered strawberries, and sweet, chocolate-dipped cherries, they’re unbelievably indulgent.

But somehow they’re still versatile enough to be enjoyed on a cold night.

And you can make them ahead of time if you like – in fact, I suggest making extra!

24. Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

You guys, this cheesecake is out of this world!

It’s like a little piece of heaven.

The mint chocolate chip filling is so tangy and sweet.

The crust is crunchy and buttery, while the sauce is smooth and creamy.

This cheesecake has everything – it’s moist, delicious, and beautiful!

25. Tiramisu Tartlets

These pretty little desserts are the perfect bite-sized dessert to take with you on your next trip.

They’re easy to make and require minimal ingredients, so they’re ideal for busy moms.

The filling is a simple combination of mascarpone cheese, condensed milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.

It’s sweetened with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

This tartlet recipe will give you that classic treat in a bite-sized package.


25 Best Mini Dessert Recipes

If you're looking to survive the winter blues, try treating yourself to some Brownie Trifles with Chocolate Mousse every now and then. The chocolate will surely lift your mood, even if the calories might stick to your hips and belly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 9966 kcal


For the Trifles:

  • 200g chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. water hot
  • 400g cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar confectioners'
  • 4 brownies

For the Decoration:

  • 1 brownie crumbled
  • chocolate chopped


  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, and hot water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add the confectioners’ sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until fully combined.
  • To assemble the trifles, place a layer of brownie pieces at the bottom of four individual serving dishes. If desired, add a splash of liquor over the brownie pieces.
  • Spoon the chocolate mousse mixture over the brownie layer, filling each dish about halfway.
  • Add another layer of brownie pieces over the mousse, followed by another layer of the chocolate mousse.
  • Cover the dishes and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • When ready to serve, top each trifle with some crumbled brownie and chopped chocolate. Enjoy!



Calories: 9966kcalCarbohydrates: 1143gProtein: 79gFat: 688gSaturated Fat: 406gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gMonounsaturated Fat: 222gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 5690mgFiber: 106gSugar: 971gVitamin A: 1960IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 549mgIron: 53mg
Keyword Brownie Trifles with Chocolate Mousse
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