10 Best Bite-Sized Desserts

10 Best Bite-Sized Desserts

From sugar glossed mochi donuts, to fist-sized sticky date puddings - we've got all your small hunger pangs satisfied

1. Mochi Donuts

 

This bowl of mochi delights are thoroughly addictive and the kind of chewy affair that you can only have with donuts - hands down. It's simple to make, with easy kneading of typical flour batter, cookie-cutter shaping, or just rolling palm to palm, before they're thrown into hot oil and cooled with swirls of icing sugar. 

2. Ube Buko Triangle Pockets

A sweet purple puff pastry that you can nibble at, ube, the Filipino purple yam, is mashed with juicy buko (coconut flesh) to get a double delight pastry perfect to satisfy any of those in-between meal hunger. The earthy sweetness of its filling is made merrier with buttery swirls of thick coconut milk, vanilla and creamy condensed milk that makes this deep-fried chewy triangle a winning treat for everytime.

3. Chocolate Bowl Cake

 

On a cool night, start by fork-crushing rounds of chocolate cream sandwich biscuits, and then its a straight pour of cold milk. Now, all it needs is a microwave to become fluffy, chocolately mug cake. If you want to give it extra love, we did a cute heart-shaped icing stencil on top too!

4. Pumpkin Salted Egg Yolk Round Cakes

 

These extremely chewy and satisfying doughy glutinous rice cakes should be devoured with a cup of tea in hand. Indeed, it’s a salted egg yolk deviation from the traditional Nan Gua Bing that’s just pumpkin-stuffed. Here, mashed also with creamy salted duck yolks, it’s then fried and bubbled in hot oil, and will make a perfect snack in the moon-marvelling Mid-Autumn festival. If you want some crunch, sprinkle nutty pumpkin seeds on top before frying. Best munched on while still hot.

5. Fluffy Banana Cake

 

Not just for frying, use your air-fryer to bake a Fluffy Ugly Banana Cake too. The best part about this snack is that no one will fight you over it at first glance –and you can horde that sweet-tasting goodness to yourself. If your banana is really ripe, you can omit the sugar, as the natural sugars will be more than enough. For even more protein and a nice crunch, crush a handful of almonds or walnuts and fold it into the mixture before baking.

6. Flourless Peanut Butter Gula Melaka Cookies

 

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? This easy-peasy recipe gives you an excuse to stop eating peanut butter out of the jar and turn it into a legitimate melt-in-your-mouth cookie creation. You can use chunky or smooth peanut butter for it (we recommend smooth for a nicer texture), and even other nut butters if you don’t have peanut butter on hand. As these Peanut Butter Cookies are flourless, be sure not to over bake them, as they would become all crumbly.

7. Fist-Sized Sticky Date Pudding

 

Sticky date pudding always brings to mind the heavenly butterscotch drizzle and vanilla ice cream over a sticky warm pudding. You don’t have to head to a fancy restaurant to recreate this - we’ve got you covered with our homemade recipe. Dates are naturally sweet (they are a source of fructose), so you can definitely add less sugar or even go without. You can also replace the sugar with molasses or honey to give it an even stickier texture in this recipe from Yuda Bustara.

8. Small Souffle Pancakes

 

Surprise your loved ones with a super fluffy twist on traditional pancakes in the morning. Souffle pancakes in the popular Japanese jiggly style are all the rage these days, and once you’ve had a piece of this pillow-soft pancake, breakfast might never be the same again. It’s not difficult to recreate this Instagram worthy wobble stack that goes so well with a golden maple syrup drizzle and a sprinkling of bright blueberries and strawberries.

9. Lebanese Shortbread (Maamoul)

 

Maamoul is Lebanon’s answer to shortbread cookies and is usually found on the tables of Middle Eastern families during celebratory events like Eid. These buttery semolina cookies are usually stuffed with dates but you can use fig jam, walnuts, almonds or pistachios as well. Traditionally, they are made using special wooden Maamoul molds -if you don’t have any molds on hand, just form the dough and decorate with a fork. Or, you can even try molding them by hand and make different shapes. Make ahead of time serve them with a side of tea.

10. Milk Peda Sweets

 

As the name suggests, milk is the star ingredient of this traditional Indian sweet. Also known as Doodh Peda, this sweet treat is usually served during festive occasions like Deepavali and came from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. That doesn’t mean you can’t have it as a reward on normal days (especially those with a sweet tooth). Almonds and pistachios, too add a nice crunch to this soft and chewy dessert.

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