These flavor-packed cookies, brownies and meringues dole out a hearty dose of rich flavor in a petite package.
Blood Orange and White Chocolate Cream CupsReturn toasted and cooled cups to the tray they came in. It's a steady base to use when filling. For ease, work with two spoons: one to scoop, and the other to scrape the mixture neatly into the cups. You can make the cups up to a day ahead.
Chocolate ThumbprintsClassic 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.
Bite-Sized Cookie RecipesJust 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.
Cheesecake Christmas TreesA 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.
White Christmas Dream DropsFor an elegant touch, dip the edges in melted dark chocolate.
Peanut-Chocolate MacaroonsThese 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 BrowniesIn 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 CookiesFlavor your meringue with cocoa, then fold in mini chocolate chips for a lightly-browned cookie that's doubly sweet.
Chocolate-Peanut BarsGive 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 MeringuesServe 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 BarsWhen 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.
Chocolate Chip MeringuesAlthough 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.
Mini Whoopie PiesThese bite-sized treats are heart-healthy! The secret is unsweetened applesauce and vegetable oil, not vegetable shortening.
Bourbon BallsBourbon 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 CakesThese walnut-filled apple cakes are made in muffin pans and just the right size for your own personal cake.
Brownie Ice Cream Mini-wichesIf you just need a little bite of something sweet, these mini ice cream sandwiches are just for you.
Double Chocolate Chip CookiesDouble chocolate is great, but with ganache is even better.
Spicy Chocolate-Chili TrufflesIf these bite-sized truffles pack too much of a punch for your palate, try excluding the chipotle, cayenne, chili powder, and cinnamon.