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Candy Cane Dessert Shooters: Two-Bites of Holiday Bliss

By Brooke McLay |

Last week’s Snowman Shooters were much too cute to not inspire a repeat appearance.  There is something perfectly delicious about teensy bites of dessert served in little shot glasses.  After all, most of us are trying to be kind to our waistlines, so little tastes of chocolatey goodness are the ideal way to have our cake and eat it, too.  Or, in this case, it’s the ideal way to have your peppermint fudge, rich chocolate brownie, and cocoa-kissed whipping cream.

If you’re interested in purchasing a set of mini shot glasses, and wondering where you might find them, Cost Plus World Market sells them for about $1 a piece.  Once you have them in your hand, you’re ready to start dessert shooting!

These simple Chocolate Candy Cane Shooters take just seconds to prepare, but they lend an elegant little touch to any holiday party.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can put them together, and how you’ll entirely wow holiday guests of all ages!

Chocolate Candy Cane Dessert Shooters

  • 1 batch 50-second Peppermint Hot Fudge
  • 8 mini candy canes, crushed
  • 6 brownie bites, crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form.  Slowly add the sugar, cocoa and vanilla.  Whip until the cream holds its shape (but be careful not to overbeat the cream, else you’ll have butter on your hands!).  Spoon into an icing bag with a large star tip on top (or, if you don’t have an icing bag, you can just spoon the cream atop the shooters).

Spoon a small amount of warm fudge sauce in the bottom of each shot glass.  Sprinkle a layer of crushed candy canes on top.  Fill 3/4 of the glass with brownie bite crumbles.  Pipe the chocolate cream on top of the glass.  Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Candy Cane Dessert Shooters: Two-Bites of Holiday Bliss

  1. JulieVR says:

    Totally brilliant!! my kind of shooter!

  2. Angie McGowan says:

    I love these, it’s just like Season’s 52 desserts, but better. They put anything sweet in a shot glass, saves calories :)

  3. Julie says:

    Is there a recipe for the brownie bites? Or do I just take any brownies and crumble them?

  4. melissa shultz says:

    These sounds absolutely yummy. Where is the recipe for the peppermint fudge. The link takes you to the snowman recipe. And that recipe does not contain peppermint. Thanks.

  5. jen says:

    50-Second Peppermint Hot Fudge

    1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

    In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and whipping cream. Microwave for 35-50 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir peppermint extract into the mixture. Continue stirring until smooth. Microwave an additional 15-30 seconds, if needed, to completely melt the chocolate chips. Spoon over ice cream, and enjoy!

    Here’s the link

    These sound delicious. Thanks so much!

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