Hors D’oeuvres and Finger Foods Recipes: Sweet bites

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strawberry shortcake bites

These are all super easy to make and your guests will love them


If you’d like some variety, you can add about 1/2 c of chocolate chips or any of the chip like items in the baking section. Heath bar chips, m&ms etc. 


  • 8 lg egg whites
  • 2c super fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp extract. Vanilla or almond are most commonly used. Coconut extract is nice too. We’ve used all sorts of flavors. You can cut the ingredients in half and make 2 batches with different flavors.

coconut meringue bites


  1. Pre heat the oven to 250
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Beat the whites till foamy
  4. Add salt while beating
  5. Add sugar 1 Tbsp at a time
  6. It will take a while, about 10 min
  7. Warning- we have said this before but it bears repeating. EGGS ARE TRICKY. If you have even a smidge of yolk in there- forget it. They won’t peak.
  8. If you dump all of the sugar in at once- they won’t peak
  9. Always follow the recipe with eggs
  10. Once the sugar is all in, add the extract
  11. Beat until they are shiny and form stiff peaks
  12. Don’t over mix
  13. If you are adding chips, fold them in by hand
  14. Use a piping bag or make a cone out of parchment paper and pipe small dollops onto the parchment lined sheets
  15. They will end up just the way you shape them
  16. Bake for 1 hr
  17. Turn off the oven
  18. Do not open the oven door
  19. Leave them alone for several hours. Overnight is fine
  20. Refrigerate to keep them fresh

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

An old fashioned summer dessert, miniaturized. This one surprises people. We were stuck for a mini dessert one day and decided to wing it. It was a hit. 


  • 2 1/4c Bisquick
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1 1/2 lb strawberries cored, stemmed and quartered
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2c heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

strawberry-shortcake bites


  1. Preheat the oven to 450
  2. Toss the strawberries with the sugar in a bowl
  3. Cover with seran wrap and refrigerate for 30 min
  4. Mix Bisquick with milk to make a dough
  5. Roll out the dough
  6. Use a small cookie cutter to make the base for the bites
  7. Bake for 8-10 min until golden
  8. Whip the cream with sugar and vanilla
  9. Remove the biscuits
  10. Let them cool a bit
  11. Just before serving, top with a dollop of whipped cream and a couple of pieces of strawberry
  12. Don’t over top them or they will fall apart when your guests pick them up


These are very tasty as is but we like to have a variety available. We roll some in coconut flakes, sprinkle some with pink salt, add a touch of cayenne to a few, just make sure you know which ones those are. We’ve made that mistake before and one woman was pretty unhappy about it. Oops. 


  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temp
  • 3 c confectioners sugar
  • 3 c semi sweet chocolate chips. Melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Beat the cream cheese till smooth
  2. Slowly add sugar while beating
  3. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla
  4. Make sure that it’s well mixed
  5. Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hrs
  6. Shape into balls. If you are rolling the balls in nuts or some extra ingredient, do that now
  7. Cover with seran wrap and keep them cold until you are ready to serve them

Almond Butter Balls

These are salty and sweet. People love them when they try them. Some folks initially snub them because they’re healthy. 

If you want to make them look more festive, roll the balls in crushed nuts or coconut flakes.


  • 1/4 c raw almonds
  • 2 c medijool dates
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c (heaping) almond butter


  1. Use a food processor to coarsely grind the nuts
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Combine in the food processor for a few seconds. Use pulse and do it on and off a few times
  4. Shape into small balls
  5. If you want to roll them in coconut flakes or nuts, do that now
  6. Cover with seran wrap and refrigerate

Enjoy your sweet bites

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