If you are trying to make something festive, fun and sweet, you can’t go wrong with shot glass dessert recipes!
What are Shot Glass Dessert Recipes?
A shot glass dessert can pretty much be made with any dessert imaginable. From cookies to pie, mousse to cake, brownies to Strawberry Shortcake, you can make shot glass dessert recipes out of almost any sweet treat.
How do you make a shot glass dessert? You simply stuff whatever dessert you have made into a shot glass and serve with a teeny espresso spoon.
Does a shot glass dessert have alcohol? Unless I am making a kid-friendly version I almost always splash in a bit of whisky or almond-y amaretto (Disaronno is my favorite). You would be amazed at what just a touch of alcohol does to dessert. You don’t need to drown your treats in liquor, but just a splash does wonders! Of course you can always leave the alcohol out too.
Is a glass dessert a clean dessert? Called “Mini Indulgences”, I first learned about the concept of shot glass desserts from Seasons 52 restaurant. Although the restaurant does not make a special effort to make “clean desserts”, by serving them in teeny shot glasses they are portion controlled. However, I always make my shot glass dessert recipes clean. The definition of a clean dessert to me means no dairy, no refined sugar, no refined flour, no refined oil and no processed ingredients. ***You could use any of the recipes from my clean eating desserts category on the blog to make a shot glass treat!***
Cookies and Milk Shot Glass Desserts
The featured recipe in this blog post is for Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk Shot Glass Desserts. Since Christmas is in less than three days, I figured this would be the perfect treat for Santa (wink.)
Sneak in a Green Superfood
Unless the kids pitch in and help make them, they will never believe these rich and chewy cookies are made with avocado!
The first time I made this recipe we had a houseful of friends over to watch the first Dolphins game of the season. I was trying to keep all the little kids (who were not one bit interested in football) busy in the kitchen with a cookie project. I had tons of avocados from our backyard tree and got the idea to mix the avocado in the batter and see what happened. The kids thought I had lost my mind and most of them insisted they did not like avocado. But they all pitched in good naturedly to help me make the cookies anyway. All I can say is that not a single cookie was leftover! They were a huge hit with everyone —even the no-avocado fans.
Of course you can always just skip the shot glass part and serve the cookies as-is. But shot glass desserts make cookies (and everything else) so much more fun and festive.
For those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities, it’s helpful to know this Cookies and Milk Shot Glass Dessert Recipe meets the following dietary restrictions:
Bean-Free / Gluten Free / Vegetarian/ Nut Free / Dairy Free
More Shot Glass Dessert Recipes
As mentioned, you can turn pretty much any of my clean dessert recipes into a shot glass dessert. However, here are two additional shot glass recipes from the blog:
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cassava flour (or sprouted spelt flour if not gluten free)
- 1 cup gluten free oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 3/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 9 medjool dates, pitted
- 3 pasture-raised eggs plus 1 egg yolk (such as Vital Farms)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mashed and very ripe avocado
- 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)
- 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 20 tablespoons of unsweetened “whole” almond milk (see notes below)
- 20 teaspoons whiskey (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut palm sugar, cassava flour, oat flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a high speed blender, add the coconut oil, dates, eggs and vanilla. Process on high speed until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.
- Add the avocado to the bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly, but do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Measure out approximately 2 tablespoons of the dough and drop the mixture onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack
- Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, crumble each one into a shot glass, pour the almond milk and whiskey on top and serve at once. (Note: Cookies and Milk Shot Glass Desserts can be made up to 48 hours in advance.)
Unlike most conventional store-bought (and watery!) almond milks, “Whole” almond milk is rich and creamy. Unless you make your own and don’t filter it, then the only nationally available name brand almond milk that I am aware of is New Barn. Once you taste “whole” almond milk, you’ll never go back to the watery stuff again!