23 Reduced-Guilt Mini Dessert Recipes

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  • 23 Reduced-Guilt Mini Dessert Recipes 1 of 24
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    One-bite brownies, mini donuts, and more!
  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick 2 of 24
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    Everything is better on a stick, including ice cream sandwiches! These little guys make for a fuss-free snack, and they're perfect for munching on while poolside or in the park.
    
Make mini ice cream sandwiches on a stick
  • Apple Cinnamon Tartlet 3 of 24
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    What better way to embrace the upcoming fall season than by sinking your teeth into this warm, toasty apple cinnamon tartlet? Add a mini scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra sweet treat! 
Make an apple cinnamon tartlet
  • Snickerdoodle Key Lime Tarts 4 of 24
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    The refreshing combo of tart and sweet in these tiny Key lime tarts is bound to hit the spot on a hot summer evening.
    Make snickerdoodle key lime tarts 
  • Lemon Squares 5 of 24
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    Pucker up! These bright and tangy lemon squares are perfect for your next summer picnic.
    Make lemon squares 
  • Mini Peanut Butter Brownies 6 of 24
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    Nothing goes better together than peanut butter and chocolate, and these cute one-bite brownies are guaranteed to disappear as soon as you set them out on the table.
    Make mini peanut butter brownies 
  • Pretzel Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches 7 of 24
    Pretzel Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches
    You had us at Nutella! And when you see how simple it is to make these 4-ingredient sweet treats, you’'ll be smitten, too.
    Make pretzel Nutella ice cream sandwiches
  • S’mores on a Stick 8 of 24
    Smores on a Stick
    We love s'’mores, but they get messy when little hands are involved. Enter s’'mores on a stick: It's easy for kids to eat and easy for moms to whip up — even in the dog days of summer.
    Make s’'mores on a stick 
  • Banana Split Bites 9 of 24
    Banana Split Bites
    Banana splits are a classic summer indulgence, but even when shared it can end up being a one-way road to tummy-aches. This fun-sized version is the perfectly sweet middle ground to end a meal without aches.
    Make banana split bites
  • Mini Blackberry Pie Cups 10 of 24
    Mini Blackberry Pie Cups
    What to do, what to do with all that late-summer fruit you just picked? Try your hand at these mini pies. Fresh blackberries are around until autumn frosts so you can make this summery recipe well into school season, too! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make mini blackberry pie cups 
  • Brownie Cups with Mini Peanut Butter Cups 11 of 24
    Brownie Cups with Mini Peanut Butter Cups
    What'’s better than the classic brownie? A portable, (virtually) crumb-free mini brownie in a cup — complete with equally mini peanut butter cups.
    Make mini peanut butter brownie cups 
  • Pop-Tarts Pops 12 of 24
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    For a healthier version of the classic breakfast pastry, make these extra cute Pop-Tarts on a stick. The small size means they'’re just the right amount of summer sweetness that won'’t send your kids on a sugar high.
    Make Pop-Tarts pops 
  • Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake Bites 13 of 24
    Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake Bites
    What better way to commemorate the waning days of summer than eating strawberries, the quintessential warm-weather fruit? These cheesecake bites are a decadent dessert that won'’t leave your tummy stuffed.
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    Make strawberries and cream cheesecake bites 
  • Nutella & Toffee Frozen Banana Bites 14 of 24
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    Sweet, gooey, and cool, these frozen banana pops are dangerously addicting all year round.
    Make Nutella and toffee frozen banana bites

  • Oreo Truffles 15 of 24
    Oreo Truffles

    This no-bake recipe is a mouthwatering spin on our favorite sandwich cookie — just the treat to bring to that last BBQ on your calendar.
    Make Oreo truffles

  • Do-It-Yourself Mini Donuts 16 of 24
    Do-It-Yourself Mini Donuts

    If you missed the county fairs that passed through your town this summer, add a little carnival-style flair to your dessert with these mini donuts. They’'ll hold you over ‘until your next Ferris wheel sighting in May.
    Make do-it-yourself mini donuts

  • Low-Fat, Two-Bite Brownies 17 of 24
    Low-Fat, Two-Bite Brownies
    These baby brownies can be gobbled up in just two bites and are low-fat, so you can maintain your bikini body all through back-to-school season. Using your mini muffin tin to avoid a muffin top? Genius.
    Make low-fat, two-bite brownies
  • Chocolate Port French Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches 18 of 24
    Chocolate Port French Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches
    So what if Bastille Day already passed? We'’ll take any excuse to celebrate the French if it means indulging in their macaron cookies, with just the right amount of ice cream added in. These cookies are so pretty, they'’ll please little kids and gourmand parents.
    Make French macaron ice cream sandwiches 
  • Kiwi Pops 19 of 24
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    These fruit “pops” are simply sliced kiwi with a touch of melted chocolate — a pretty smart way to get your kids to eat fruit over ice cream any day!
    Make kiwi pops 
  • Raspberry Cheesecake Bites 20 of 24
    Raspberry Cheesecake Bites

    When you’'ve loaded up on raspberries from the farmers' market, bake them into this classy bite for your Labor Day shindig.
    Make raspberry cheesecake bites

  • Pineapple Upside Down Mini Cakes 21 of 24
    Pineapple Upside Down Mini Cakes

    Imagine how excited your kids will be when they learn dessert's getting a little kooky — it's upside-down! These mini pineapple cakes are just tropical enough for the last days of summer.
    Make mini pineapple upside-down cakes

  • Sundae Shooters 22 of 24
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    Sundaes have fewer calories if you don'’t need to use a spoon, right? Just gulp these shots down for a sweet treat that won'’t put you in a sugar coma.
    Make sundaes for sliders
  • Mango Lassi Pops 23 of 24
    Mango Lassi Pops

    For a treat that's just the right amount of cool, try these mini mango lassi pops. This traditional Indian smoothie tastes even better frozen — and it's super tiny!
    Make mango lassi pops

  • Strawberry Shortcake Pops 24 of 24
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    These pops combine strawberries, Nilla wafers, yogurt and honey for a frozen treat that's so much better than the typical ice-cream truck fare.
    Make strawberry shortcake pops

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