Bite-Sized Treats

These flavor-packed cookies, brownies and meringues dole out a hearty dose of rich flavor in a petite package.

  • Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
    Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Bite-Sized Cookie Recipes

    Just a bite of sweetness may be all you need when serving a crowd during the holidays or packing treats for a school party. And all of these recipes promise big flavor in small cookies.
  • Chocolate Thumbprints
    James Carrier

    Chocolate Thumbprints

    Classic thumbprint cookies are always a hit! Start with a simple butter cookie recipe, then fill thumb depressions with gooey chocolate ganache. To save time, substitute a small milk chocolate candy for the ganache and let the piping-hot cookie transform it into a melty treat.
  • White Christmas Dream Drops
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Robyn Valarik

    White Christmas Dream Drops

    For an elegant touch, dip the edges in melted dark chocolate.
  • slices of cheesecake that look like Christmas trees
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Cheesecake Christmas Trees

    A tray of these Christmas trees makes a festive open house dessert. For more chocolate decadence, use mini Twix bars (cut in half) for the tree trunks, as shown here.
  • Peanut-Chocolate Macaroons
    James Carrier

    Peanut-Chocolate Macaroons

    These delicate cookie sandwiches, made from egg whites and rich chocolate ganache, taste best the day they're baked. If you do make them ahead, store them in an airtight container for no more than three days. But these tasty treats will probably be long gone before then.
  • Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Brownies

    Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Brownies

    In our opinion, this decadent mix of chocolate, nuts, and gooey caramel needs no further introduction. But just in case you need one more reason to try it, remember that a hint of crunchy coconut rounds out the flavor combination.
  • Double-Chocolate Meringue Cookies
    Randy Mayor

    Double-Chocolate Meringue Cookies

    Flavor your meringue with cocoa, then fold in mini chocolate chips for a lightly-browned cookie that's doubly sweet.
  • Chocolate-Peanut Bars

    Chocolate-Peanut Bars

    Give your oven a break and serve these sweet-and-salty bars. The crunchy peanut butter and crushed vanilla wafers add an unexpected crispy crunch to the dessert.
  • Coffee Meringues
    Quentin Bacon

    Coffee Meringues

    Serve these vanilla-flavored coffee treats with an after-dinner cup of espresso. The cream of tartar helps boost the egg whites into a fluffy whipped concoction that bakes slowly, so start this dessert before dinner guests arrive.
  • Lemon-Scented Coconut Macaroon Bars
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Lemon-Scented Coconut Macaroon Bars

    When your chocoholic side goes on vacation, reach for one of these buttery, lemon-infused confections topped with flaky coconut. Your taste buds will celebrate the easy-to-make dessert's resemblance to lemon meringue pie.
  • Santa and Reindeer Truffles
    Photo: Miki Duisterhof

    Santa and Reindeer Truffles

    Start with store-bought truffles to make an easy, giftable Christmas treat for friends, family, or holiday visitors. Save one for Santa; we hear he likes truffles too, and certainly deserves one all to himself.

  • Chocolate Chip Meringues
    James Carrier

    Chocolate Chip Meringues

    Although it looks fancy, a meringue is simply a mixture of egg whites and sugar. Flavored with almond extract and semisweet chocolate, these "hard meringues" (meringues baked at a very low temperature) box up beautifully as hostess gifts and hit the spot during a sweet-tooth craving.
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    Mini Whoopie Pies

    These bite-sized treats are heart-healthy! The secret is unsweetened applesauce and vegetable oil, not vegetable shortening.
  • Bourbon Balls
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Bourbon Balls

    Bourbon Balls offer up a powerful punch while packaged in a small bite. These sweet, no-bake treats are a favored gift and a perfect nibble for parties.

  • Mini Apple Crumb Cakes

    Mini Apple Crumb Cakes

    These walnut-filled apple cakes are made in muffin pans and just the right size for your own personal cake.
  • Brownie Ice Cream Mini-wiches
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Brownie Ice Cream Mini-wiches

    If you just need a little bite of something sweet, these mini ice cream sandwiches are just for you.
  • Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon Ganache
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Double chocolate is great, but with ganache is even better.
  • Spicy Chocolate-Chili Truffles

    Spicy Chocolate-Chili Truffles

    If these bite-sized truffles pack too much of a punch for your palate, try excluding the chipotle, cayenne, chili powder, and cinnamon.
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