Move over, cupcakes. Here’s the latest in little desserts
These bite-size desserts can't be resisted. Click ahead for photos, recipes, and quick prep tips for this deliciously sinful chocolate buffet:
Use a wine cork or a shot glass to press the crumbs into the tiny muffin cups.
Recipe: Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pies
Store-bought ice cream works fine here, or you can make your own; our classic Vanilla Bean recipe would be a good place to start.
Recipe: Brownie Ice Cream Mini-wiches
Caramel-roasted almonds covered in chocolate make the ultimate finger food, or wrap in pretty boxes for take-home gifts for your guests.
Recipe: Chocolate Candied Almonds
These gourmet doughnuts can be prepared ahead, requiring only a quick baking once your guests arrive.
Recipe: Sugared Chocolate Beignets
Hold a potluck. Assign a recipe to each friend. The booze, cream pies (in pan), and beignets (frozen) are easiest to transport.
Simplify the bar. Set out hot chocolate in a thermos, with nut- flavored or peppermint liqueurs so guests can serve themselves.
Cherry-pick. Choose one or two recipes (beignets should be on your list) and supplement with store-bought truffles.
Plan. Do a little each night. Each recipe can be prepared ahead and baked or set out on the day of the party.
Why stop with the desserts? Add chocolate to your cocktails. To serve 12 guests, stock your bar with 1 bottle of ruby port, 1 bottle of chocolate liqueur, and 3 bottles of sparkling wine.
For each cocktail, pour 2 tbsp. each chocolate liqueur (such as Godiva) and ruby port into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon-zest strip.
For each drink, pour 2 tbsp. each chocolate liqueur (such as Godiva) and ruby port in a 4 oz. highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.