30 Mini Dessert Recipes

They're small, but mighty.

lemon blueberry mini cheesecakes

We can all agree, dessert is one of life’s greatest joys. Cookies, cakes, pies… we truly love it all! We can only think of one way to love dessert more, and that’s to make it smaller so we can eat twice as much. Whether you’re looking to do the same, are looking for kid-sized desserts, or are looking for ways to celebrate on a smaller scale, we’ve got a recipe for you. Check out our 30 mini desserts for ideas—they’re small, but mighty!

We’re big bakers here at Delish, but even the best of us will admit to being overwhelmed sometimes at the prospect of embarking on a big baking project. You’ve really got to be in the right mood, and be willing to expect things not turning out exactly as planned—sometimes we just don’t have it in us! We love turning to these mini desserts to hit all those sweet cravings, without all the drama. Love pie, but hate rolling out the pie crust, crimping the edges, and latticing the top? Try our chocolate-covered key lime pie bites, our apple cutie pies, or our peach pie pops instead. Want to celebrate with layer cake, but worried yours will come out more baking fail than win? Check out our mini Boston cream pies (traditionally more cake than pie, and here we eliminate it all and use Nilla wafers), our mini Easter cakes (cute enough for year-round), or our mini chocolate raspberry cake. They're sure to make even small celebrations feel extra sweet. Big cheesecake fan, but scared of the water bath? (Us too!). Check out our cheesecake cupcakes, our lemon-blueberry mini cheesecakes, or our mini death by chocolate cheesecakes. Eat one, or five! Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Want even more easy dessert inspiration? Check out our icebox cake recipes and our no-bake desserts too.

boston cream pies
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Mini Boston Cream Pies

Boston cream pie is a favorite at Delish and these mini ones are the easiest and cutest of all. Nilla wafers are used as the cake with pudding sandwiched in between and rich ganache drizzled over top. What could be better?

Get the Mini Boston Cream Pies recipe.

mini chocolate raspberry cake
Andrew Bui
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Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Not having a big gathering? Not to worry, this cake is perfect for a mini celebration, and you only need one cake pan to make it!

Get the Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cake recipe.

mini lemon blueberry cheesecakes pin
Park Feierbach
3 of 30
Lemon-Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes

Even though these cheesecakes might be miniature, they deliver maximum flavor. Bonus: no finicky water bath!

Get the Lemon-Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes recipe.

mini s'mores tarts
sally quinn
4 of 30
Mini S'mores Tarts

These mini chocolate ganache-marshmallow tarts will satisfy all your s'mores cravings, without a campfire!

Get the Mini S'mores Tarts recipe.

cheesecake cupcakes
Emily Hlavac Green
5 of 30
Cheesecake Cupcakes

Who doesn't love an ultra-creamy slice of cheesecake? This mini version is super-easy to make (no water bath!), but just as delicious as its full-size counterpart, and much easier to take along with you on a picnic. Feel free to swap out the fruit for whatever's in season!

Get the Cheesecake Cupcakes recipe.

chocolate covered key lime pie bites
Parker Feierbach
6 of 30
Chocolate-Covered Key Lime Pie Bites

We hate the idea of turning on our ovens in the summer, so we turned our favorite key lime pie into mini frozen pies. These no-bake treats get covered in chocolate and topped with more zest to get that punch of key lime flavor. We dare you to just eat one. 😈

Get the Chocolate-Covered Key Lime Pie Bites recipe.

apple cutie pies
Jonathan Boulton
7 of 30
Apple Cutie Pies

What's easier than homemade apple pie from scratch? These cute little cookies! They have everything you love about traditional apple pie—flaky crust, spiced apples, and even a little caramel. 😋

Get the Apple Cutie Pies recipe.

mini bailey's cheesecakes
Brandon Bales
8 of 30
Mini Bailey's Cheesecakes

These might be small, but they're bursting with creamy, boozy, chocolaty flavor. We're hooked. Wanna supersize it? Try our classic Bailey's cheesecake too.

Get the Mini Bailey's Cheesecakes recipe.

cheesecake stuffed strawberries recipe
Ethan Calabrese
9 of 30
Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

No time to cook? These cuties are the perfect no-bake treat.

Get the Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries recipe.

mini apple berry crumble pies
Rachel Conners
10 of 30
Mini Apple Berry Crumble Pies

We used tayberries (a blackberry/raspberry hybrid) for these mini pies, but feel free to replace them with any of your favorites. Blackberries will give the most similar flavor, but really, anything works!

Get the Mini Apple Berry Crumble Pies recipe.

mini death by chocolate cheesecakes
Charlie Gillette
11 of 30
Mini Death By Chocolate Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes are the best way to get a party started...or rather, the best way to end one. Either way, lots and lots of chocolate are always the best. These cupcakes are rich and creamy, and chocolate is involved from top to bottom. They're the perfect indulgence.

Get the Mini Death By Chocolate Cheesecakes recipe.

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Piña Colada Mini Cupcakes

On days when you can't lounge poolside with a tropical piña colada, these cupcakes are the next best thing.

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mini eggnog cheesecakes
Parker Feierbach
13 of 30
Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

Eggnog is one of the best ways we know how to celebrate the holidays so, naturally, we had to turn some into mini cheesecakes. Using a gingersnap for the crust makes these extra easy and makes them taste even more seasonal.

Get the Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes recipe.

peach roses
Jonathan Boulton
14 of 30
Peach Roses

Use store-bought puff pastry and peach jam to turn out these beautiful desserts in no time! Dust with powdered sugar to make them extra sweet.

Get the Peach Roses recipe.

toffee bites horizontal
Brandon Bales
15 of 30
Toffee Bites

Chocolate toffee makes for the best gift, snack, or dessert, and these mini bites are extra perfect for sharing.

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mini key lime pies
Sally Quinn
16 of 30
Mini Key Lime Pies

Here's a quick key lime pie tip: If you don't live in paradise, key limes might be a little hard to find at the store. That's OK! We use store-bought key lime juice (check the juice aisle) all the time, and it tastes very similar to the real thing.

Get the Mini Key Lime Pies recipe.

pretzel ice cream sandwiches
Laura Rege
17 of 30
Pretzel Ice Cream Sandwich Bites

These mini ice cream sandwiches are equal parts adorable and delicious. As far as the ice cream goes, the possibilities are endless. Go as crazy as you'd like!

Get the Pretzel Ice Cream Sandwich Bites recipe.

mini upside down peach cobblers
Chelsea Lupkin
18 of 30
Mini Upside-Down Peach Cobblers

Cooking these mini cobblers in a muffin tin creates a delicious caramel layer on the bottom that, once flipped, makes a beautiful topping. Serve these babies warm with some whipped cream for the cutest individual desserts.

Get the Mini Upside-Down Peach Cobblers recipe.

strawberry sundae bites
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Strawberry Sundae Bites

These poppable bites are perfect for mini celebrations. The best part? Unlike an ice cream sundae, you can eat a ton of them!

Get the Strawberry Sundae Bites recipe.

nutella stuffed pretzel bites
Brandon Bales
20 of 30
Nutella-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Years ago, we fell in love with nutella-stuffed cookies, and our lives were never the same. Since then, the question has been: What else can we stuff with Nutella? The answer: mini soft pretzel bites.

Get the Nutella-Stuffed Pretzel Bites recipe.

shortbread bites
Parker Feierbach
21 of 30
Shortbread Bites

These shortbread bites are our favorite way to celebrate any holiday. They're even easier to pull together than sugar cookies...but way more addicting and fun.

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strawberry kiwi tarts
Laura Rege
22 of 30
Strawberry Kiwi Mini Tarts

These mini tarts make the best summer dessert. The graham cracker crusts are filled with an innovative kiwi curd that will remind you of a tropical vacation.

Get the Strawberry Kiwi Mini Tarts recipe.

chocolate strawberry cheesecake
John Komar
23 of 30
Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes

Chocolate covered strawberries + cheesecake = OMG. Plus, since you're covering them in chocolate, you don't have to worry about your cheesecakes cracking. Win!

Get the Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes recipe.

skinny mini watermelon cakes horizontal
Chelsea Lupkin
24 of 30
Mini Watermelon Cakes

These are OFFICIALLY the cutest way to eat watermelon (and we've got a full-size watermelon cake complete with black jellybean "seeds", so we know cute!).

Get the Mini Watermelon Cakes recipe.

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Mini Easter Cakes

These baby cakes aren't just for Easter, and are impossible to mess up! Check out our best food coloring ideas for decorating tips.

Get the Mini Easter Cakes recipe.

mini baked apple pies
Ethan Calabrese
26 of 30
Mini Baked Apple Pies

A lattice pie crust is SO much easier to master when you just have to criss-cross it over an apple. Drizzle with caramel for a winning autumnal dessert.

Get the Mini Baked Apple Pies recipe.

peach pie pops
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Peach Pie Pops

If a full size peach pie seems outside your grasp, make these adorable mini pie pops instead! Handheld means these are also great for an outdoor BBQ when you don't to deal with plates and forks.

Get the Peach Pie Pops recipe.

strawberry chocolate mousse cups
Brandon Bales
28 of 30
Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cups

For this no-bake dessert we made edible cups out of chocolate and filled them with a light and airy chocolate mousse for a decadent dessert. Top it off with a strawberry and you'll have the perfect shareable dessert.

Get the Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cups recipe.

muffin tin cherry pies
Jonathan Boulton
29 of 30
Muffin Tin Cherry Pies

Correct us if we're wrong, but when desserts are this cute and tiny, they're even more delicious. Who needs a regular cherry pie when you can have a MINI one?!

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mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
Sally Quinn
30 of 30
Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin and chocolate, together at last. Warning: Because they're mini, you might find yourself popping them by the handful. 😍

Get the Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe.

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