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!
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!
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!
Orangettes are a perfect, simple homage to the combination of orange and chocolate. This recipe is designed to create candied orange zest that is delightfully chewy on the inside, with chocolate the snaps between the teeth on the outside. Get the recipe!
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!
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!
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!
Date Pecan Caps
In these treats, a sweet cream cheese-based dough is filled with a chewy pecan-date meringue. The meringue keeps things light, while the pecans add depth and the dates keep things festive. We like them paired with a glass of champagne. Get the recipe!
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!
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!