18 Small Batch Treats Perfect for Celebrations During Social Distancing

Celebrations these days are looking a bit different, aren’t they? Facetime play dates and Zoom birthday parties are the new, temporary norm as we all do our part and stay home.

But one of the things that makes celebrations so fun – the treats! – can be a challenge while social distancing. Making a cake for each virtual celebration can be a drag if you don’t have enough people to share it with – but so can skipping the cake completely.

In this case, small-batch desserts are an awesome answer.

I’ve rounded up eighteen awesome small batch dessert recipes for you today – perfect options for making for your next celebration during social distancing special without burying you in leftovers!

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Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches #SpringSweetsWeek

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Need a weekend pick me up? These coffee ice cream sandwiches are the perfect project! Rich, decadent coffee ice cream is sandwiched between two soft, chewy chocolate cookies. What more could you want?

To me, ice cream sandwiches are such a happy treat – and a reminder of one of my childhood favorites. This version elevates the kid-loved treat into something that is definitely grown-up.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sweet Rolls #SpringSweetsWeek

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One of my favorite spring activities is strawberry picking! Ever year, we visit an awesome local farm, load ourselves up on gorgeous betters, and then spend the next week putting them up and making a ton of treats.

These strawberry rhubarb sweet rolls are a favorite – and I always put up extra filling so we can have them in the doldrums of winter, too!

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Cake Batter Milkshakes #SpringSweetsWeek

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My mantra for the year is “keep things simple”. I adopted it in January to be a reminder that simple can be plenty good too – and these milkshakes are a perfect example. They taste like you’re drinking a slice of cake!

Five ingredients, ten minutes, and this fun treat is ready for sipping. When was the last time your dessert was that easy?

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Baklava Cake for Passover #SpringSweetsWeek

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I just love baklava – it’s definitely one of my favorite desserts to get when we go out – but it only gets made at home sparingly. Baklava can be a lot of work!

This beautiful cake has the great flavors of baklava – with significantly less work. A nutty cake is soaked in a honey-citrus syrup and then topped off with candied orange slices and nuts.

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Lemonade Crinkle Cookies #SpringSweetsWeek

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I’m so excited #SpringSweetsWeek kicks off today because I feel like we all need a little happy right now. And what’s more happy than a week choc full of bright, springy desserts?

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I’m starting off with some couldn’t-be-easier cookies that taste nothing short of amazing! These lemonade crinkle cookies have a nice, tart bite but are also soft and creamy, thanks to the addition of cream cheese.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I get to make a lot of fun things, but cakes? Cakes are something special. When I realized that our rescheduled soup swap was the same day as a friend’s birthday, I was pumped to make something special to celebrate her!

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Her only request? Something chocolate. That I can do!

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Jelly Doughuts (Sufganiyot)

Growing up, my Dad used to get us doughnuts from the bakery on Sundays. Boston cream and jelly. They’re still my favorite doughnuts.

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I had no idea doughnuts were traditional for Hanukkah until we started celebrating with a friend – when asked what we could bring, that’s what she suggested. For the first few years, I was too afraid to actually attempt them myself – we just made a trip to the bakery.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions. I always make a massive amount of cookies – both traditional family favorites and new ones – to share.  We bring the cookies to every holiday party we’re invited to, and then fill some containers for recipients of the church’s wish tree and make up a big platter to go to the soup kitchen’s Christmas dinner.

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These were one of my new tries for this year. I was drawn in by the color – it’s always fun to vary the cookie tray up with more color – but the subtle flavors really won me over.

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Dark Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Pears

Caramel apples are so fun – and synonymous, for me at least, with fairs and being outside in the fall. Dark Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pears are their classier cousin – a little more refined and perfect for your holiday table.

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I’ll willingly confess that for years I’ve wanted to be the person that could easily whip up something chocolate dipped. I always thought there was some huge secret I was missing out on – and it turns out there was… good chocolate.

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