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Candy Cane Dessert Minis

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These Candy Cane Dessert Minis are an easy holiday dessert - perfect for Christmas. There are only 3 simple ingredients - Jell-o, Cool Whip and Candy Canes but they combine for an elegant holiday party treat in a shot glass #holidaydessert #shotglassdessert #minidessert #candycanes

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When it comes to the holiday season I love things that are easy to make – and delicious too of course. These Candy Cane Dessert Minis are perfect, because they are made with three simple ingredients!

candy cane dessert minis with whipped cream

I got the recipe for the Candy Cane Dessert Minis from the Kraft website, where you can find quite a few easy recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. I was intrigued by these desserts because I think mini desserts are cute and practical! They are especially good for parties, when there are lots of delicious treats to sample and you want a little taste of everything.

top view of candy cane minis

And I especially love how easy these are to make. There are only 3 ingredients – Jell-o, Cool Whip, and Candy Canes. It doesn’t get much simpler that that. To make the desserts I crushed up some candy canes putting them inside a bag and by smashing them with a rolling pin. This is a great chore for kids, who love an excuse to bang things and make noise.

Smashing Candy Canes to make the Candy Cane Minis

Then I combined the candy cane pieces with Raspberry Jello, and added boiling water. I stirred the water until the candy cane pieces melted, to add a nice peppermint taste to the dessert. Then I added in most of a container of Cool Whip, and poured the desserts into shot glasses. It is much easier if you use a bowl with a pour spout, since spooning things into the small shot glasses is messy!

Filling the Shot Glasses for Candy Cane Dessert Minis

If you don’t have as large a collection of shot glasses as I do, you could use wine glasses or other pretty decorative glassware for a nice presentation. After refrigerating the dessert for a few hours to firm up the gelatin it is topped off with the remainder of the Cool Whip and some candy cane sprinkles.

closeup of candy cane minis on a table

The result is simple, yet elegant desserts.

Yield: 12

Candy Cane Dessert Minis

Candy Cane Dessert Minis


  • 12 mini candy canes
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package Raspberry jello, JELL-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 tub whipped topping


  1. Crush the candy canes and reserve about 2 T for using as a garnish.
  2. Combine the remaining candy canes, about 1/3 of a cup, in a bowl with the jello.
  3. Add the boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes, until the Jell-o dissolves and the candy cane pieces melt.
  4. Reserve 1/2 c. of the Cool Whip. Stir the rest of the Cool Whip into the Jell-o mixture until it is well mixed.
  5. Pour into 2 oz. shot glasses and refrigerate for a few hours until set.
  6. Top with reserved Cool Whip and candy cane pieces.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Saturated Fat: 2gSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 19gSugar: 14g

What are you favorite mini desserts?

dessert shot glasses set up for a party

By on December 22nd, 2015

12 thoughts on “Candy Cane Dessert Minis”

  1. 5 stars
    These are beautiful to share – and a great Holiday (plus year around) recipe to have handy – I have had something like this in the past and this is soooo very tasty – thank you 🙂

  2. Those are adorable! What cute little drinks to serve at your next party…and you could definitely change up the flavor combinations for a little variation, too. Very nice!


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