06/11/2014 09:40 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

3 Mini Desserts for Summer Entertaining

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With summer's arrival, it's time to tap into your inner Martha Stewart. That's right, it's the season of backyard cookouts, 4th of July parties, and lots of outdoor parties. If you're like me, then you want to serve up some sweet treats without spending the entire day in the kitchen covered in flour. These sweet bite-size cuties are the perfect solution. Your guests are far more likely to grab a mini treat or two as opposed to be the first to cut into a showpiece cake. I get it. Minis mean you can eat 10... er... 2!

Here are the minis I'll be serving up this summer:


MINI STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BITES -- These little cuties are the perfect patriotic treat!


MINI STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MILKSHAKES -- Oh yes, turn that last treat into a sweet sipper!


MINI CHERRY PIE PARFAITS -- Turn your favorite pies into little bite-sized treats!

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