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Candy Cane Dessert Minis

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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!

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.

Looking for more mini desserts? Try mini rum cakes, cheesecake parfaits and mini brownie bites!


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.

5 from 5 votes

Candy Cane Dessert Minis

Published By Anne
Make these cute Candy Cane dessert minis for a holiday celebration! Candy canes are dissolved in Jello for a deliciously simple peppermint dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • 12 mini candy canes
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package raspberry jello
  • 1 tub whipped topping


  • Crush the candy canes and reserve about 2 T for using as a garnish.
    12 mini candy canes
  • Combine the remaining candy canes, about 1/3 of a cup, in a bowl with the jello.
    1 package raspberry jello
  • Add the boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes, until the Jell-o dissolves and the candy cane pieces melt.
    1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 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.
    1 tub whipped topping
  • Pour into 2 oz. shot glasses and refrigerate for a few hours until set.
  • Top with reserved Cool Whip and candy cane pieces.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 33mg | Sugar: 14g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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What are you favorite mini desserts?

dessert shot glasses set up for a party

Hi, Iโ€™m Anne!

I love to cook and I want to share my recipes with you. I believe cooking should be approachable and fun, not a chore. I want to make simple recipes using everyday ingredients that you can make again and again, whether it is for a busy weeknight, a summer cookout or a special dessert. Read more...

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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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