Desserts are the perfect way to end a meal, and even better when served alongside cocktails! A dessert buffet is an easy way to offer more variety for guests. Guests can mix and match different cake flavors, pie, cookies, or macaroons with various toppings. This will keep your guests entertained while they wait for their next cocktail! Here are some ideas you might want to try.
1 Chocolate-covered strawberries
Strawberries dipped in chocolate and rolled in shredded coconut surely make for a tasty dessert that is perfect for any occasion. To present this dessert in an artistic way, you can use a flower pot. Simply place the strawberries in each hole of the pot for an interesting centerpiece.
2 Molten lava cake
Molten desserts are always a big hit among guests! This dessert is easy to make and can be made ahead of time, meaning that you will have more time to spend with your guests instead of cooking in the kitchen. Prepare this recipe by heating up chocolate chips until they’re liquid, and then pour them into ramekins or other baking dishes lined with brownie batter. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream on top (perfectly complements flavors).
3 Fruit kebabs
Fruit skewers often come off as cliché but don’t let that deter you from serving it at your next cocktail party! This dessert is easy to assemble and offers a refreshing, light flavor. Choose from an assortment of fruits like pineapple chunks, strawberries, or grapes for your skewers. Feel free to get creative with the dipping sauces – honey-mustard is always a favorite!
4 Nacho cheese bars
This dessert will satisfy you guests’ sweet tooth thanks to these crispy desserts! Nachos are layered on top of brownie batter then topped off with chocolate chips and whipped cream (or marshmallow fluff if preferred). Cut into small squares so that each person can have their own individual nacho bar.
5 Creepy desserts
Who said desserts have to be pretty? Halloween just got sweeter with some caramel apples or spooky cookies! Add a few candy corn to the desserts for a more festive look and feel.
6 Apple pie
This classic dessert is always a crowd favorite! This easy-to-make American dish consists of thinly sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and flour, which are cooked in butter before being baked into an all-American apple pie. Of course, the best desserts are even better when served hot out of the oven with whip cream or ice cream on top!
7 Oreo cookies
Who doesn’t love these iconic sweet treats? Add some Halloween spirit by placing them inside mini pumpkins or using cookie cutters to make tiny pumpkin shapes instead (just be sure that you don’t spend too much time cutting open those little pumpkins!).
These French desserts have become popular desserts in recent years, and for a good reason. Macaroons are easy to make by simply combining egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds before baking them into bite-sized desserts!
9 Fried doughnuts
This is a dessert that most people will remember from their childhoods (and probably often yearn for!). Simply take the desired amount of dough, roll it out thinly with a rolling pin, or use an apple corer to cut shapes out of the raw doughnut. Then deep fry until puffed up like little balls of fried cake goodness!
10 Creme Brulee
Creme brulee is one of the more difficult desserts on this list because you need heavy cream and eggs boiled together at just below boiling point for five minutes before adding vanilla extract, whole milk, and sugar. You then bake it in the oven for one hour to set up before chilling it in the fridge overnight. You can also click hereto find more dessert recipes that are perfect for adding to your cocktail party.
Any kind of pie will do in a dessert buffet, but we recommend that you go with mini pies for convenience if nothing else and offer different flavors like lemon meringue or coconut cream to make your guests happy! Plus, mini desserts are always the best size, but you can also make a bigger pie and cut it into smaller pieces.
Whether salted or not, nuts offer a nice crunch to any dessert buffet, so consider adding some of them in your desserts as well! Butterscotch nut clusters would be perfect for this alongside apple tartlets with cinnamon ice cream.
13 Pudding Shots
A fun idea for desserts is pudding shots because they’re colorful and delicious served in shot glasses! Give guests two options, like vanilla pudding with whipped cream on one side and chocolate pudding with whipped ginger frosting on the other. You’ll have all their favorite flavors right there at their fingertips without having to worry about cutting anything up themselves.
14 Fruit Tartlets
These desserts are made by baking a tart crust at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until light brown (about 15 minutes), then filling them with fruit preserves mixed with heavy whipping cream before putting them back into the oven again. The amount of time they spend in the oven depends on how much topping is being used, so be sure to check after about five minutes.
15 Pumpkin pie and ice cream sandwiches
Pumpkin pie paired with pumpkin spice ice cream (or vanilla too) makes for an indulgent yet family-friendly treat! You can also just cut the pie into individual slices and put them on a platter with ice cream sandwiches for guests to grab as they go.
16 Bite-sized desserts
Serving small desserts like mini cheesecakes, tiramisu bites, or individual trifles is a great way to offer something visually appealing without having to serve large portions. You can also add in some biscotti or other desserts to keep guests happy.
17 Fluffernutter sandwiches
Just because it’s dessert time doesn’t mean you need to skip the sandwich! A fluffernutter sandwich pairs marshmallow cream with peanut butter and is easy for guests of all ages. You need to offer a toast or a dessert crust to go with it.
18 Brownie popsicles
Brownies iced with frosting are turned into ice pop sticks, so they’re ready when frozen and perfect on a hot day. Simply dip them in melted chocolate before freezing for an extra touch of sweetness!
If you’re having a large group of people over, be sure to serve plenty of desserts that provide big portions, so everyone is satisfied. With these dessert ideas, we hope you’ll feel less stressed about the desserts and can enjoy your special time with friends or family!