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Recipes for Mini Desserts

Who says all the appetizers you put out for your party have to be savory? Call these bite-size nibbles sweet hors d’oeuvres, if you like (we decided it’s a thing). Our mini cheesecakes, one-bite cream cheese brownies, nutty tartlets, and fudgy Kahlúa “shots” require no forks or spoons, so you can pop ‘em in your mouth and have hands free to hold a glass of bubbly and your (long?) list of resolutions for 2015.

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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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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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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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Honey-Spiced Madeleines

Dorie Greenspan’s warmly spiced treats are meant to be served over the holidays. Like traditional madeleines, these are baked in shell-shaped molds and require a light hand when folding in the flour and butter. And they can be prepared ahead, even spooned into the molds, and baked à la minute, so that you can serve the little cakes warm.

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