Fancy mini-trifles, also called Dessert Shooters

A couple of weeks ago I saw the cutest desserts ever at a Seasons 52 restaurant in Atlanta. We had a company dinner and the restaurant was amazingly crowded for a Monday night. Their unique approach to dining, offering a menu inspired by the seasons and the fresh market, is very popular.

For appetizers we had some flatbread, which is almost like a gourmet pizza on super-thin crust. I had curry Kobia fish with rice and grean beans and it was very good! Now, I’m not a big eater (quantity-wise) and my portion was sufficient, but if you are very hungry or used to big plates, then this place is not for you. What I really liked was the healthy twist they give to their dishes:  low-cal (under 475 calories), low-carb, fresh and seasonal ingredients, lots of veggies and moderate portions.

Their biggest hit however, was the dessert tray. I usually skip dessert when eating at a restaurant, but these desserts really looked tempting and they were only 200 calories each! Have you ever had, seen or heard of “shotglass desserts?” Also called “dessert shooters?”  It was created by Seasons 52 and they call it ‘mini-indulgences’, now copied by other restaurants. Before my visit to this place, I didn’t even know American restaurants served mini desserts!

The waitress offered a variety of mini trifles, from double chocolate mousse, to tiramisu and key lime pie (one of my favorites). How can you decline that? One of those was just enough to finish off a great dinner! Without feeling guilty…

As I was planning my Thanksgiving dinner, I kept wondering what to make that would actually get eaten. After a big meal at my house I usually get stuck with desserts because no one has room for anything else. And then … aha!!  Why not make some shotglass desserts? They’re mini and they’re cute!

Since I only learned about these a few weeks ago, I had no idea how to make dessert shooters, so off I went to surf the web. Don’t you love the internet? I found some great ideas that I will be trying out this Thanksgiving. Chocolate mousse, raspberry trifle, key lime pie, and more.

Here are some wonderful resources I found, plus a video on how to make these fancy, yet simple desserts. The beauty is in the presentation and I think that beautiful food makes you enjoy it even more.

Mini Desserts Recipe

If you are having problems viewing the video on this blog, go directly to the site at .

More ideas and instructions on how to make the dessert shooters:

Be sure to come back to find out how my experiment went.

In the mean time:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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10 thoughts on “Fancy mini-trifles, also called Dessert Shooters

  • 24 November, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    Pecan Buche De Noel to Tiramisu Eggnog Trifle there's a treat for every occasion and sweet tooth.
  • 25 November, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    What a great idea! Pleasing to the eye, easy to prepare and everyone can sample a variety of bite sized desserts. Love it! Thanks for sharing.
  • 19 December, 2009 at 12:45 pm
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  • 25 May, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Love your blog! I was the original author of the ehow article "how to make a dessert shooter everyone will love" and sold the article to eHow. I now have a series of dessert shooter articles and ideas that are noted in this squidoo article: I'd love if you'd link over to it and I, in return, am going to provide a link in that article to your blog. Thanks. Lori
  • 25 May, 2011 at 10:44 am
    i just added your link into the "Need some inspiration?" section of the dessert shooter article. Hope it drives some traffic to your great blog.
  • 1 June, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    Oh wow Lori! That's awesome! Never thought the original author of that article would visit my blog! I feel very honored. I visited your blog and absolutely love the ideas you're sharing. Thanks for your comment!
  • 1 June, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    Thanks a million for the link and for listing me under the "inspiration" section! I know I get inspired by great people sharing their ideas with the world, so keep adding to your site too :)
  • 16 August, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    Dropped back by for some inspiration. Love the site even more the second time around. I just launched and, once I figure out how to do it, I'll link your website over to mine. Nicely done website.
  • 18 August, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Hi Lori, Thanks for coming back and for the compliment :) I also checked out your new site and I think it looks great!! Let me know if you need any help with the site, I have some experience with those too. Of course I'd like to link back to your site, it's a good niche!
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