There was a baking competition at work today. I didn’t think I was good enough to bake at a competitive level, but I entered anyway. In a crazy fit of “inspiration” I jotted down dessert shooters on the sign-up sheet. I have no idea what I was thinking … that dessert shots are fun and come in shelf-contained containers probably, but 30 minuets later I was regretting it. After research on-line other people’s dessert shots looked extravagant and complicated, layered in tall glass vessels topped with fancy garnishes -very ill-suited for the outdoor BBQ where the competition was to be held. In the end I came up with these and entered the baking competition with a decent amount of confidence … even though no baking was involved.
Here’s what you need:
- 10 graham crackers
- 8 tsp butter, softened
- 1 pkg cream cheese
- 200 mg cream
- 0.5 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 packet powdered gelatin + necessary boiling water
- 1 packet strawberry jelly crystals
- Dollar Store plastic shot glasses (30 shots)
- Dollar Store bamboo skewers
- Strawberries, local and small
- Crush the graham crackers -I used a mortar and pestle- add the butter and mix well.
- With clean hands, push the crust into the bottom of each shot glass. Set aside.
- Blend the cream cheese and the confectioner’s sugar, slowly add the cream and vanilla.
- Prepare gelatin according to packet instructions, blend into cream cheese mixture. Let sit for a few minuets to thicken.
- Using a piping bag with a small tip, add a layer of cream cheese to the shot glasses. Use the piping bag to keep the sides of the glass clean. Refrigerate to set.
- Wash and hull the strawberries. Once the cheese layer is firm enough, place one strawberry in each. Back in the fridge.
- Make jello as per packet instructions, let it sit for a while so it starts to thicken.
- Pour jelly into each shot glass to cover the berry and place immediately back into the fridge! You have to be fast, or else the cream cheese will dissolve into the jello and it will look a mess. Refrigerate to set.
Keep as cool as possible until you serve. The skewers, or some other type of small spoon, is necessary as the crust is hard to get out.
They were a hit at the party! I got a lot of compliments and questions about them. The most asked question was is there alcohol in these? and everyone looked pretty disappointed when I answered no … next time, next time. I didn’t win by the way, although I was told it was a very close race. I guess I’m still not ready to go pro, but as they say, it was an honour to compete.