The key to making a dessert shooter nearly everyone will love is to offer many mini-desserts in various flavors. Dessert shots — small dessert choices within shot glasses — are a great idea for a nice dessert presentation and just the right size. Use your imagination — there’s no limit to the combination of sweet ingredients you can fit in a shooter glass.

Offering dessert shooters for that special treat after dinner not only gives your guests lots of choices, but also gives them “just a taste” so the caloric intake is much less — your dieter friends will love you for it. Expect that each guest will eat 2 or 3 dessert shots, so prepare enough.

Make a dessert sundae by squirting a bit of chocolate sauce on the bottom of a shot or shooter glass. Add a heaping tablespoon of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce, whipped cream and — of course — a cherry or, if in season, a fresh plump raspberry.

For chocolate lovers, crush some Oreo cookies and put a layer in the bottom of the glass. Add slightly softened chocolate ice cream and garnish with chocolate shavings and a raspberry.

Jello makes a no-bake cheesecake that’s quite good and easy to prepare. Make a graham cracker crust out of graham crackers, butter and a bit of sugar and line a shot glass. Pour in a bit of the cheesecake mixture and top with frozen berries and a dash of cinnamon.

Press a bit of pound cake into the bottom of a shot glass and top with a drizzle of vanilla pudding. Add another layer of pound cake and pudding and garnish with whipped cream and a flower garnish.

Tips

  • Get creative and mix and match ingredients. Come up with fun names for your concoctions and print the names on small place cards which you can place in front of each dessert.