12/21/2011 02:52 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

10 Elegant Dessert Recipes For Cocktail Parties

Whether you're throwing a holiday-themed cocktail party or a swanky New Year's Eve bash, the occasion calls for petite, pretty desserts that can be served in individual portions. (Not to mention ones that will impress your guests!)

So if you're interested in making your party-goers wonder if you secretly had your shindig catered, look no further than our 10 cocktail party desserts below, from classic French fare like Raspberry Macarons to elegant Princess Tea Cakes. Each recipe provides the perfect sweet balance to any salty and savory appetizers you serve before. And since people tend to mingle for awhile at cocktail parties, be sure not to let any food hang out on the party tray for more than four hours. That way, everything stays safe to eat.

Looking for bigger desserts like cakes and tarts? Our 12 Gorgeous Holiday Dessert Recipes await.

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