With all of the delicious food you’ll be eating this holiday season, saving room for dessert may be easier said than done. That’s where mini-desserts come in. They’re just the thing you need at this time of year, considering you can easily pop one of these in your mouth to satisfy your sweet tooth without pushing yourself further into a food coma.
This recipe for mini French silk pies comes from Pillsbury, and they’re almost as easy to make as they are to eat. So, if you’re looking for a quick dessert that your guests are sure to love, this is just what you should be preparing this holiday season.
You’ll need a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, milk, whipped topping, some chocolate chips or chocolate shavings to top each mini morsel with, and, of course, chocolate instant pudding mix.
Once you’ve got those few ingredients gathered, slice the crescent dough into tiny squares, place them in a muffin tin and bake them until they’re nice and crispy. It should only take 6-8 minutes.
That’s the only time this dessert will need in the oven. Now that the crescent rolls have baked to form cute little cups, you’ll just fill each dessert with the chocolate mixture you whipped up while they were baking and top each with whipped cream and more chocolate.
Pillsbury has a handy little YouTube video to show you how it’s done:
Once you’ve topped them with the chocolate of your choice, the dessert will be ready to be served to your guests and should look like this:
These adorable, tiny treats are sure to get gobbled up!
However, if you really love to make at least some of the components of your desserts from scratch, you can follow this recipe from House of Yumm, which walks you through making the filling and whipped topping on your own instead of using store-bought whipped cream (but still uses a pre-made crust). House of Yumm recommends using a cookie cutter to create these fancy little cups so they’ll be both pretty and delicious, too.
Both of these recipes call for making mini pies using a muffin tin, and that’s a great option. But if all of your muffin tins are already in use — or if you just want to make even smaller pies — you can try this trick of using an ice tray and pie dough to make pretty much any kind of pie you or your guests could want.
A video from the Twisted YouTube channel will give you an idea of how you could be using an ice tray to make a yummy dessert:
May the mini-pie eating begin! ‘Tis the season, after all.