INRODUCTION TO DESSERT SHOOTERS

Shooter-style glass

   We have  had a special request for some Dessert Shooters and, as promised, I will try and honor every request.  In doing my research I discovered that this craze is sweeping the Country (and who knows where else).  Not only are these tiny desserts made in shot glasses delicious, they can be very good if you're on a diet. A chocolate dessert shooter can satisfy any sweet tooth for a fraction of calories of a full sized dessert.  Or, you can indulge in 2 or 3 different desserts, and still not feel guilty!

  The Shooters are best served in mass so, for the prettiest and most impressive display, prepare at least two per person and mix it up. One of the best things about dessert shooters is that you can get very creative and come up with your own recipes. Unlike appetizer shooters, you rarely drink these, unless they're milk shake shooters. Hmm..

     One thing I find absolutely necessary is that the glasses and dessert spoons be 100% disposable. So I am going to give you some ideas about where to get them.  I prefer Party City, because of the pretty shapes and colors, but from www.squidoo.com here are some other ideas:

Case of 120 - Small 4 ounce Disposable Plastic Pedestal Wine Glasses - Mini Desert Cups

 
Mini Plastic Martini Glasses - Case of 100

Mini Plastic Martini Glasses - Case of 100

Amazon Price: $42.49 (as of 06/28/2012)

 
 
 
Disposable Plastic Spiral Shot Cups - 1.75 oz: Pack of 50 Cups

Disposable Plastic Spiral Shot Cups - 1.75 oz: Pack of 50 Cups

Amazon Price: $10.50 (as of 06/28/2012)

And to make sure to get every single drop of your dessert shooter you will need these

long handled spoons

  • You cant go wrong with this one. Omit the alcohol if you are making it for kids.

    Ingredients
    •1 Brownie cut into small squares about 1/2 inch each
    •4 T chocolate ice cream or mousse
    •1 t caramel sauce
    •Whipped cream
    •Mint leaf for garnish
    •A 2-3 ounce shot glass

    Instructions

    Place 3 or 4 brownie pieces in the bottom of the dessert shooter glass.

    Add 2 T of ice cream on top - note: you can use any flavor of ice cream you prefer but keep it simple. Vanilla or chocolate work best.

    Drizzle with 1/2 t of caramel sauce.

    Repeat the brownie and ice cream layers. Add a dab of whipped cream and drizzle with 1 t caramel sauce. Add the mint leaf to the top (sub in a cherry if you prefer). For adults, drizzle with any type of liquor

  • Key Lime Pie Shooter

    •3 large egg yolks
    •1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
    •1/2 c. Key LIme Juice
    •1 T melted butter

    Instructions

    Add the sweetened condensed milk into a medium sized saucepan. With a whisk, mix in the egg yolks until well blended. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.

    Mix in the lime juice and butter until well blended. Pour into a glass bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or until set up.

    Note: if you're a cheater (and, remember, cheaters never prosper but they do save a lot of time), mix up the filling with Jello's Key Lime pudding. It's delicious and, with a squirt of extra lime juice, it will be more tart too.

  • Banana Pudding Shooter

    Grab a ripe banana and cut in small slices. Cut each slice in quarters. Grab some vanilla pudding - I prefer the pudding that you mix up yourself on the stove but, for ease, you can use the prepared vanilla pudding. Place a bit of banana in the bottom of a shot glass, add a small amount of pudding, add a layer of crushed vanilla wafers, and repeat. If you're serving adults, top your banana pudding dessert shooter with a splash of dark rum for a savory topping to a delicious dessert. (personally, I'm not that into layering, so I would put the banana pudding in first, then whipped chream (or cool whip), then crumble the vanilla wafters on the top!

Top 5 Vanilla Shooters:

Samples of Vanilla Pudding

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Vanilla Creamsicle

Lighten up creamsicle ice cream by layering it into a dessert shooter glass along with layers of fluffy, sweetened whip cream. Add a vanilla sugar wafer to the top - just right for scooping out your vanilla creamsicle dessert shooter!

Vanilla Butterscotch Sundae Dessert Shooter

This delicious dessert is a bit rich so making it in a shot glass is a good thing. Crush vanilla wafers and place in the bottom of the shot glass. Add in a bit of butterscotch sauce and then vanilla bean ice cream. Add another layer on top and top the whole dessert shooter with chopped peanuts and a cherry. If serving adults, top off with a splash of Buttershot schnapps.

Vanilla Berry Delight

This dessert shooter is just berry berry delicious (sorry, couldn't refuse). Get some ripe raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries and place a few in the bottom of the shooter glass. Add in a layer of that vanilla pudding you made earlier. If serving to adults, add a splash of chamborg between layers. Do another layer and top with a bit of fresh whipped cream and a mint leaf for garnish.

White Chocolate Chip and Graham Cracker Truffle

Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir (white chocolate chips won't melt down in the microwave so appear whole even when melted). Microwave longer if needed to melt. Place some crumbled graham cracker in the bottom of the shot glass. Pour a bit of the melted chips on top and add a dash of cinnamon. Add a bit of ice cream or pudding and repeat the layers. Top with more melted white chocolate and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

 

CHOCOLATE SHOOTERS

Chocolate Dessert Shooters

A chocolate dessert shooter can satisfy any sweet tooth for a fraction of calories of a full sized dessert.

Kiss Bliss Dessert Shooter

This chocolate dessert shooter is made by squirting chocolate syrup in a dessert shooter shot glass, adding a layer of oreo cookies crumbled. Add in a small layer of chocolate pudding and top with your delicious dessert shooter with a chocolate kiss. Yum.

For the Kids, How About a Dirt Dessert Shooter?

Kids love dirt so they'll get a kick out of this dessert shooter. Fill a dessert shooter shot glass with chocolate pudding, add a sprinkling of chocolate ants and top with gummy worms or bugs.

Bananarama Dessert Shooter

Dip slices of banana in chocolate. Allow to harden and layer in a dessert shooter glass. Top with fresh whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Shooter

Oh boy! There's not much better than mixing chocolate and raspberries in a shot glass! Use crumbled chocolate cake as the bottom layer. Top with a teaspoon of raspberry jam and repeat the layers. Top with whipped cream and a splash of Chamborg (raspberry liquor).

Chocolate Mousse Dessert Shooter

For the richest chocolate dessert shooter of all, layer in fresh chocolate mousse topped with chocolate ice cream dessert topping. Repeat the layer and top with a piece of hershey's chocolate bar.

Top 5 Dessert Shooters of All-=Time (well, all shooer-time)

Strawberry Shortcake In a Glass

 

Grab a bit of pound cake, some strawberries and whipped cream and layer into a dessert shooter. Add a sprig of mint on top and, voila! Instant dessert!

 

Tiramisu Dessert Shooter

Tiramisu lends itself very well to a dessert shooter as it's got few ingredients yet is still a rich, supple dessert just right to get rid of that sweet tooth. Get some lady fingers, soak them in Kahlua and smoosh into the bottom of your dessert shooter glass. Add in some vanilla pudding, another layer of lady fingers and top with a drizzle of chocolate. This is a dessert shooter for adults only!

Banana Pudding Dessert Shooter

Yum! Add some crushed vanilla wafers to the bottom of the dessert shooter glass, layer in a slice of banana and vanilla pudding. Make one more layer of all 3 ingredients. Top with a slice of fresh banana.

Coconut Cream Pie Dessert Shooter

This one is very easy! Put a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of the shot glass, add in some toasted coconut and vanilla pudding. Do two full layers and top with fresh whipped cream.

Chocolate Kiss Goodnight!

Crush a few chocolate kisses and put in a layer at the bottom of the shot glass. Top with crumbled chocolate cake and a bit of raspberry liquor. Add another layer and top with fluffy whipped cream drizzled with raspberry liquor. Nighty night!

DIETER'S DELIGHT SHOOTERS

     Staying on your diet plan doesn't mean you sweet tooth goes away so it might be helpful to know the top five dessert shooters for a dieter. Dessert shooters are mini desserts made in shot glasses and, by their very nature of being small are great desserts for any dieter. You'll be able to have your cake and lose it too (couldn't refuse).

Jello Shot Shooter

No, this dessert doesn't involve a bunch of twenty year olds running naked around your backyard, high on vodka! This jello shot shooter is made by whipping sugar-free jello until its a lighter consistency and layering the jello and a bit of cool whip in a shot class. Top with cool whip and just one cherry for a festive look. Delicious and healthy for any dieter or diet plan.  Of course, if you wanted to add a bit of vodka, there's nothing wrong with that (if you are over 21).  Just add a bit more gelatin.

Sponge Cake and Fruit Dessert Shooter

Sponge cake is usually less caloric than other types of denser cakes so go ahead an indulge. For ease, you can even pick up those spongecake rounds that are usually by the strawberries in your grocer's produce aisle.

Layer small piece of sponge cake and light juice fruit cocktail. Add just a bit of juice to the top of the cake to add some moisture. Adding a bit of whipped cream between the layers will further add flavor. Top with whipped cream and a small cube of fresh fruit.

Low Fat Brownie Delight Dessert Shooter

Bet you didn't know you can make fat free brownies, did you? Sounds weird but use any brownie mix and simply add in a (stick with me here) pureed can of black beans. That's right and, no, I'm not nuts. Black bean brownies have been a treat of Weight Watcher diet followers for years but the secret is out. Bake as you would normal brownies and layer small pieces in a dessert shooter shot glass with fat free vanilla pudding or even fat free ice cream. This delicious dessert shooter will feel indulgent but it isn't and you'll be able to stick to your diet plan with no problem.

Grilled Peaches and Cream Dessert Shooter

Split a peach in two and brush lightly with vegetable oil. Add split side down to a hot grill just until grill marks appear. Cut in small cubes and layer in a dessert shooter glass with reduced calorie vanilla ice cream. If you really want to go all out. add just a dribble of peach schnapps in between the layers. Top with just one fresh mint leaf.

A Berry Berry Good Dessert Shooter

Grab any berries which are in season and have at it. Berries are very good for you as they contain antioxidants and are low in calories and mostly lower in carbs than other fruit. Layer fresh berries and tapioca pudding in a dessert shooter shot glass. Top with a dash of fresh whipped cream and one ripe raspberry. Add a little raspberry liquor (Chambord) right over the top for a delicious treat.

COOKIE SHOOTERS

     Since you can buy all types of prepackaged cookies, the varieties of dessert shooters made with cookies are only limited by your imagination. Mixed up in small glasses, such as shot glasses, dessert shooters are a delicious way to satisfy a sweet tooth but are not too filling.

Oreo Dessert Shooters

Make an Orea dessert shooter by crunching up three Oreo cookies (double stuffed work really well). Add a small layer of the cookie crumbs to the bottom of a shot glass. Add in a layer of vanilla pudding and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Make another layer of each ingredient and top your Oreo dessert shooter with a bit of vanilla ice cream and 1/2 of an Oreo cookie. Sprinkly a bit of cookie crumbs on top to give it a nice crunch.

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Dessert Shooter

Vanilla wafers and banana pudding go so well together that they're just perfect in a dessert shooter. Add 1/2 of a vanilla wafer to the bottom of the shot glass and top with a spoonful of banana pudding and two slices of fresh banana. Repeat the layers and top with a bit of butterscotch sauce and a slice of banana as garnish. Yum!

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Dessert Shooter

This one is for the peanut butter fans among us. Melt one tablespoon peanut butter and add to the bottom of a dessert shooter glass. Add 1/2 of a nutter butter peanut butter cookie on top of the peanut butter and a bit of chocolate ice cream. Repeat the dessert shooter layers and top with a bit more melted peanut butter and one salty shelled peanut as garnish.

Raspberry Delight Dessert Shooter

This delicious concoction is made with raspberry jelly cookies and Chambord (for adults). Slice a raspberry jelly cookie in half and add to the bottom of the shot glass. Add in a layer of fresh whipped cream and drizzle with Chambord. Repeat the layers and top with a mound of the whipped cream and another drizzle of the raspberry liquor. Add one red ripe raspberry to the top as a garnish. A mint leaf can also be added to the top as a pretty addition.

Lemon Coolie Dessert Shooters

This one will make you pucker! Crunch up some lemon coolie cookies (they have powdered sugar on the outside) and add to the bottom of the dessert shooter glass. Add in a drizzle of real lemon if you like it even tarter. Top the layer with a small dollop of lemon ices and repeat the layers. Raspberry goes well in here too so if you're serving adults, drizzle with Chambord. Top the whole dessert shooter with a bit of whipped cream and a lemon drop candy.

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Debra Genetin-Tate