15 Bite-Size Thanksgiving Treats for a Darling Dessert Buffet
Put a fresh spin on your Thanksgiving feast by creating a dessert buffet filled with bite-size treats that give everyone a chance to try a variety of desserts. But watch out — these little cuties might tempt everyone to fill up on dessert first.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, and these little beauties are 5-star winners. You can use an ordinary drinking glass to cut out the rounds if you don't have a cookie cutter that size, and bake them in muffin tins if you don't have mini pie dishes. That's what Hanna did, and she says they turned out great.
Mini Apple Pies
This tiny treasure can be topped many different ways. Here it is with a pastry top brushed with a beaten egg to give it gloss, and sprinkled with coarse sugar for that eye-candy effect. You could also finish it with pastry leaf cut-outs, or make a streusel crumb topping.
Mini Southern Pecan Pies
You know how everyone wants a slice of pecan pie but a lot gets left on the plate because it's just so sweet and rich? These minis are the perfect no-waste solution. One or two of these little bites might be just enough for some guests.
Brandied Pear Pie Poppers
Pears poached in brandy are baked in a cream cheese pie dough and drizzled with a simple glaze before serving.
Mini Lemon Meringue Pies
"The lemon filling tasted great and just right," says reviewer Jmassage58. "This recipe filled 11 of my 12 mini graham cracker crust shells, but that was enough for us anyway."
Mini Brownie Turkeys
"Miniature brownies are the perfect little bite, and dressing them up for Thanksgiving makes a fun project to do with your kiddos or grands!" says recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now. "Makes a great kid-friendly addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table."
Acorn Candy Cookies
So cute! So easy! This could be a hands-on project to keep kids distracted while you're cooking or watching football. Serving idea: Display them in a basket, like you just went out and gathered them in the forest.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Mini Cheesecakes III
Blueberry Upside-Down Mini Cakes
This recipe calls for frozen blueberries, but you could use any berries you like — even cranberries. Just be sure to adjust the sweetness to suit your taste.
Gluten-Free Cheesecake Cupcakes
"Coming from a family that has a lot of gluten intolerance, I decided to try and come up with a gluten-free cheesecake cupcake recipe that everyone can enjoy," says recipe creator Amenah. Reviewers all agree these gluten-free cheesecakes earn a solid five-star rating.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes
"After deciding against buying a springform pan, but wanting cheesecake for Thanksgiving, I combined a few recipes to get this final product. It got great reviews from all the family!" says recipe creator Cassandra.
Mini Sweet Potato Pies
"OMG the kids loved it!" says reviewer Lani G. "They loved the idea of cute mini pies just for them. They rushed around me to help make them. And they couldn't wait for them to be ready."
Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting
"These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole," says recipe creator Doughgirl8. "These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert! Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator."
Baileys Chocolate Mini Cakes
Potato chips and pretzels dipped in chocolate and butterscotch, top these fudgy chocolate mini cakes for one of the most decadent mini desserts around.