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Mini Treats

Recipes for Mini Desserts

Make dessert even more irresistible—make it mini. These hand pies, tartlets, and cupcakes draw inspiration from their larger counterparts, but are easier to eat and enjoy (no forks, no spoons, no guilt!). Plus, each packs a ton of flavor into a party-perfect treat. Video: Watch Abby Dodge demonstrate several of the featured recipes.


Mini Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Who doesn’t love red velvet cake? Think of these whoopie pies as a portable version of the classic Valentine’s Day dessert. Video: Learn how to make the whoopie pies.

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Mini Passionfruit Pavlovas

These tiny mouthfuls are a scaled-down version of the classic Australian dessert: a crunchy meringue shell, sweet-tart passionfruit cream filling, and colorful fresh-fruit garnish.

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Blueberry-Vanilla Cream Cheese Pies

These portable pies are like mini blueberry cheesecakes wrapped in puff pastry, only simpler to make since you can use frozen puff pastry thawed overnight.

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Kahlúa Fudge Bites

When a dessert is this chocolaty and rich, a bite will do. If you’re not one for boozy treats, you can sub in pure vanilla extract for the Kahlúa.

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Rustic Fig & Raspberry Mini Crostatas

An inspired combination of figs, raspberries, fresh thyme, orange zest, and honey makes these Italian-style pies an unexpected change from the familiar.

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Orange-Scented Mini Elephant Ears

Store-bought puff pastry and bittersweet orange zest bake up into a crunchy, flaky cookie with a sophisticated flavor that belies its simplicity. 

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Mini Pumpkin–Maple Tarts with Toasted Pecan Streusel

How many times has someone asked for a sliver of pumpkin pie? Answer that request with these sweet maple-y versions of the classic dessert. Video: Learn how to make the mini tarts.

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Sweet & Spicy Fried Peach Pies

Pie lovers will tell you there’s not a heck of a lot you can do to improve upon pie. Then they taste a southern fried pie. These hand pies get a spicy kick from cayenne.

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Toasted Coconut Snowball Cupcakes

These toasted coconut cupcakes and their frosting get their full-on coconut flavor from coconut milk that’s reduced to intensify its flavor. Video: Learn how to make the cupcakes.

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Brownie Cream Cheese Bites

These mini cupcakes add a delicious burst of fudgy flavor and a playful element to the usual dessert spread or holiday cookie platter.

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Blackberry Tartlets with Vanilla-Flavored Mascarpone Cream

The crusts of these gorgeous tarts are made with amaranth (slightly peppery) and millet flour (mild and sweet). Both pair beautifully with the berries and creamy mascarpone.

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Black-Bottomed Nutella Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is a natural party food, but balancing a plate, fork, and drink is no way to enjoy a slice. These mini cheesecakes solve that problem deliciously. Video: Learn how to make the cheesecakes.

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Fried Apple Pies

Fried pie? Absolutely! It’s a southern tradition and in this recipe, David Guas is inspired by a family favorite, his great aunt’s amazing apple pie. One FC reader says, "the filling is fantastic."

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Lemon-Meringue Sandwich Cookies

Lemon meringue pie is the inspiration for these cookies: crisp meringue buttons are sprinkled with gingersnap crumbs (the crust) and sandwiched around a vibrant lemon curd.

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Nuts About Butterscotch Tartlets

Toasted cashews, almonds, and walnuts are bound by a thick butterscotch filling in these very sweet tartlets.

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