Mini Desserts – a Hot New Trend for Prom

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Laramie Mini Dessert DishMini desserts are one of the hottest trends for Proms and celebrations right now! These small servings of delicious indulgences will impress your guests. If you’d like to serve one of these trendy little sweet dishes at your Prom, Homecoming, Senior Dinner or Banquet, we’ve got some fun ideas and great mini dessert recipes to share with you!

Anderson’s now offers a line of elegant mini dessert dishes. These mini dessert dishes are unique because you can have them imprinted with your theme, logo or mascot, making them a great keepsake as well as a dessert serving piece.  And the imprinting is included in the price!


Each of the mini dessert recipes below makes 12 servings. Multiply the ingredients to make the number of servings you’ll need for your event.

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Carey Mini Parfait Dish

Cherry Almond Macaroon Parfait Mini Desserts

These mini desserts look beautiful in the Carey Dish.

  • 1 small box of vanilla pudding. You can use either instant or cooked, but cooked has a slightly creamier result.
  • Cold milk
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 macaroon, sugar or shortbread cookies, coarsely crumbled

Prepare the pudding as directed on the box. In a separate bowl combine the cherry pie filling and almond extract. Start with a layer of pudding in the bottom of the glass, sprinkle some cookie crumbs, then top with a spoonful of cherries, then another sprinkling of cookie crumbs.

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Chocolate Raspberry Tart Mini Desserts

Harper Dish with Chocolate Raspberry Mini Desserts

The Harper Dish is perfect for these devine little morsels of chocolatey goodness.


  • 1 cup of Chocolate graham crackers or chocolate cookie wafers, crumbled
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey

Mix ingredients well and place a small amount in the bottom of each dish. Pack down slightly.


  • 2 cups whipping cream (not whipped)
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

In a heavy saucepan bring cream to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sugar. Stir until the mixture is smooth and silky. Pour chocolate mixture over crust. Chill for at least 2 hours. Top with fresh raspberries before serving.

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Chocolate Praline Fantasy Mini Desserts

Kennedy Mini Dessert Dish

Serve these mini desserts in a stemmed party glass, like theSeraphina or a dessert dish like the Kennedy Dish.

  • 1 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 30 caramels
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

Melt butter in a microwaveable bowl, then add cookie crumbs and sugar. Mix thoroughly. Place a tablespoon of the crumb mixuture in the bottom of a dessert dish and press down lightly.

In a heavy saucepan, melt caramels and ice cream topping together over low heat until melted. Stir in 1/4 cup of whipping cream. Remove from heat and add the pecans. Spoon into desert dishes to about half full while still warm.

For the topping, in a small heavy saucepan, bring remaining whipping cream to a low simmer over low heat, stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the pecan mixture in the glass, to create a criss-cross pattern. Serve and amaze!

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Banana Cream Delight Mini Desserts

The Lockwood Dish is perfect for these creamy, banana-pie like morsels.


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Mix together and divide among the dishes. Press down lightly.

  • 1 large box vanilla or banana pudding. You can use either instant or cooked, but the cooked type is creamier.
  • Cold milk
  • 5-6 bananas sliced
  • 1 container whipped topping

Mix cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Divide the crumb mixture equally between the 12 dishes., press down firmly in the bottom of each dish.

Put 5 slices of banana in the bottom of each dish. Make the pudding as directed on the box. Divide among the dishes and cover the bananas with pudding. Chill until set, at least one hour. Top with whipped topping and serve. Optional garnishes, a slice of banana, finely chopped walnuts, chocolate shavings, or a vanilla wafer.

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Just about any dessert recipe can be modified for use as a mini dessert recipe, and served in a pretty mini dessert glass or dessert dish. They exude elegance and sophistication. All your guests will be wowed and amazed, not to mention they’ll love the delicious desserts and have a keepsake to take home.

If you have a favorite dessert that you’d like to convert to a mini dessert, but are not sure how to do it, post your recipe here and we’ll help you modify it!


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