Slideshow: 9 Cocktail Party Sweets For New Years Eve

First, A Few Tips
First, A Few Tips
When serving sweets at cocktail parties, there are a few things to remember. First, beware of melting. That doesn't just include avoiding the obvious things, like ice cream, but being careful about where you put your chocolates or sticky candies. Try to keep them away from candles, warming trays, or other sources of heat. Another tip? Save your guests clothes and don't choose crumbly desserts. Test all recipes ahead to make sure you know the consistency of what you're making. Lastly, think about using toothpicks, just as you would for savory items. You'd be surprised at the weight those little guys can hold!

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Quatre Epices Candied Nuts
Quatre Epices Candied Nuts
In France, it would be perfectly natural to serve a big bowl of walnuts with a little apéritif before dinner. But at times, gilding the lily is half the fun. With a caramely, sugary boost, these nuts go from pre-drinks to post-drinks in a snap. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Mini Grape Galettes
Mini Grape Galettes
Tiny tarts are just made for superlatives (easiest, cutest, most delicious—you get the idea.) This version is filled with a homemade grape "jam", which we think is a particularly nice pairing with cocktails. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cups
Salted Caramel Shortbread Cups
These are surprisingly decadent one-bite desserts. A light, buttery shortbread cup holds a pool of gooey salted caramel. Be careful, they're addictive. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Chocolate and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Truffles
Chocolate and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Truffles
In these elegant treats, soft goat cheese, dark chocolate, coarsely ground black pepper, and flaky sea salt are mixed together and rolled in bitter cocoa powder to finish. They aren't over the top sweet but they're plenty chocolaty. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Joy Wilson]

Chocolate Covered Bacon Turtles
Chocolate Covered Bacon Turtles
If you're mixing sweet and savory snacks at your cocktail hour, think about mixing them in the same dish! These turtles are full of gooey caramel and crunchy nuts, with some salty bacon thrown in. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Bite Sized Chili Cinnamon Brownies
Bite Sized Chili Cinnamon Brownies
As long as they're not too crumbly, almost any brownie recipe would work well as a cocktail party dessert. Just cut them into 1-inch squares. You can even serve them on toothpicks, if you want.Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Andrew Alexander]

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
We first made these tiny treats for Halloween, but making them for other occasions is actually easier (no decorating necessary!). Plus, these two bite cheesecakes are just rich enough to feel celebratory while not overwhelming the other desserts on the table. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]