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Gorgeous Winter Dessert Table + Recipes!

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winter white dessert table ideas

I’ve been wanting to share this gorgeous winter-inspired dessert table with you for a while – and since half the country seems to be snowed-in right now, I can’t think of a more fitting time! Kristine of Kristine Shin Designs {a floral styling & food boutique} is the creative mastermind behind this beautiful set-up… such fantastic presentation style for everything from the desserts to the feathers & candles backdrop!

Added bonus: Kristine was kind enough to share the recipes for several of the treats pictured here – including Chocolate Mousse, Joyful Shortbread, Espresso Panna Cotta, Meringue Pudding, Buttercream Icing, and Magnolia Bakery‘s famous Vanilla Cupcakes! {Thanks, Kristine!}

winter white dessert table ideas

Read on for lots more yummy pics + creative details and recipes!

winter white dessert table ideas

winter white dessert table ideas

winter white dessert table ideas

winter white dessert table ideas


PARTY DETAILS from Kristin:

“My focus for the table was a winter theme, so I picked items like feathers, snowflake picks, crystallized sugar, floating candles and a white & gold color palette. Some of the sweet treats were store-bought, but most were actually made by me – including the chocolate mousse, espresso Panna cotta, shortbread cookies, meringue puddings.

I wanted to create a luxurious feel for the guests, so I incorporated champagne colored linens and labels decorated with sparkling pins. The white-as-snow color of the roses and Gardenia was not only beautiful, but was also fragrant – everybody there mentioned it!”


– Photography: Shawn Lee
– Flower arrangement, food styling: Kristine Shin

winter white dessert table ideas


1 3/4 cups whipping cream
12 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces espresso coffee
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon flavorless, granulated gelatin

In top of a double boiler combine chocolate chips, espresso coffee and butter. Melt over barely simmering water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat while a couple of chunks are still visible. Cool, stirring occasionally to just above body temperature.

Pour remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream into a metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin. Wait for 10 minutes. Then carefully heat by swirling the measuring cup over a low heat. Do not boil or gelatin will be damaged. Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.

In the chilled mixing bowl, beat cream to medium peaks. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining whipped cream here may be streaks of whipped cream in the chocolate and that is fine. Do not overwork the mousse.
Spoon into espresso cup and chill for at least 1 hour. Garnish with gold flakes and biscotti.



3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugarplus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 to 7 ounces quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and- sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with desired cookie cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.



1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Place the heavy cream,instant coffee and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer then turn off the heat and steep for 6 to 8 minutes.

Add the powdered gelatin and using a wisk stir over low heat to warm the mixture and dissolve the gelatin. Do not let it simmer. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve then pour into individual Magarita glass. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until set, about 30minutes. If you want to decorate your glass with crystalized sugar you need to place water and sugar in the seperate shallow plate and dip rim of the glass in the water first and then dip in the sugar.



I used the famous Magnolia Bakery’s recipe for these cupcakes. You can get dragee from sugarcraft.com.

1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla Buttercream icing {see recipe below}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.



“The vanilla buttercream we use at the bakery is technically not a buttercream but actually an old-fashioned confectioners’ sugar and butter frosting. Be sure to beat the icing for the amount of time called for in the recipe to achieve the desired creamy texture.
{via More from Magnolia}

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup 2% milk
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
store-bought meringue cookie for decoration
culinary torch

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1 minute longer to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to individual remakin and refrigerate for 1 hour. Caramelize store-bought meringue with torch. When you use torch, keeping your hands away from frame and wave the frame evenly over the meringue until you get nice brown color.


By |2018-02-12T18:16:55+00:00February 1st, 2011|Christmas, Sweets|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Bridget February 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love that you shared menu and recipe ideas. Thank you!

  2. Michele @ crazyfordesign February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    OH MY! L-O-V-E it! The jewels are perfect!

  3. Rowaida Flayhan February 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This is really beautiful and so elegant! Love the menu and recipes. Love it

  4. Tia Alloway February 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    B-E-A-U-T-FUL!! <3

  5. Sandy February 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    This is jaw dropping beautiful. I finally have some inspiration for a dinner party I’m having this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Jennifer @ Darling Notes February 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    How beautiful! My eyes were bugging out looking at all the desserts, and then I scrolled down and saw the recipes — eek! Thanks!

  7. pintsizedinFluence February 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am so in Love with this Winter Table. It is absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Rebecca @ ShutUpDuffy February 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I am so loving this! Although I don’t have a party to plan right now, I’m totally mad at myself for not throwing a “We’re in Chicago so come hide out from the blizzard” party and using all of these fun ideas.

  9. Mandy of Kini Style February 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the recipes. I can’t wait to try those vanilla cupcakes!

  10. Kim February 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Taking my breath away! just overly fantastic! I am speechless! (hard to do ;o) … you always show the best stuff!hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  11. Layne and Michelle Norris February 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    You’re awesome for sharing. I love your many inspirations!!!

  12. Design Goddess February 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. So chic.

  13. Sarah @ I Want Wedding Champagne! February 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I love all the wintery elements in this elegant dessert table! I love how the chocolate mousse was served in espresso cups! Too cute! So glad to see some winter inspiration still!

  14. Hillary Jo February 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Mmn that chocolate mousse looks sooooo good! I’m totally using that shortbread recipe!

  15. adriana February 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

    everything looks so yummy!!

  16. TheresaSea February 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What a gorgeous table! Thank you for including the recipes for these-I printed them all out! :)

  17. Jen February 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Loving this…planning a baby shower that this would be beautiful for!


  18. Kalena February 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

    This is awesome! I am planning a huge Roaring Twenties party with some similar decor…this has totally inspired me. I was wondering if you would share where you purchased the pins for the cards?

  19. Hannah February 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I love the flower on the floating candles! Where did you get them or how’d you make them?

  20. kristine Shin February 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Jen, thank you so much for the feature!
    I’m so glad to share this with everyone:-)

    Kalena, If you live in the Los Angeles area, there are so many wholesale stores in downtown area near Maple St & 8,9th St. Or check out Forever 21 they have some jewelry for sale they are very inexpensive and you may transform them for something that you want.

    Hannah, I think you can only get fresh gardenia from flower shop and attach with cold glue(which is special glue for the flower) but I recommend just get silk flower from Joann or Michaels’ and use hot glue gun.
    You can also get floating candles from Michaels’.

  21. jae February 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm


  22. julia February 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    awesome! love everything.

  23. VicToria February 17, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Love the winter sparkles….its glistening like snow…..

  24. BethG February 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful! Where did you find the JOY cookie cutter???


  25. Tiffany March 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

    This is beyond words amazing! thankyou so much for sharing your recepies, love it all!

  26. Michelle March 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Looks AMAZING

  27. Anna Rachel Pessanha March 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Simply, Elegant and Gorgeous!

  28. Selina Gomez April 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

    The decor is gorgeous. Would love to have a party like this when I am forty.

  29. Samantha May 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Where did you get the diamonte features on the cards?
    And is there any websites we can go to see the rest of the party. This is so great, i would love to see the rest of the photos :)

  30. Linda November 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Oh so soft and white! I love it all!!! And you even included recipes! You’re fabulous! I featured this on my blog so my readers can come over and check out all of your amazing posts.

  31. yadirasalazar January 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Creation of important memories are priceless…All I can say is WOW! From the Menu to the finish setup is a perfect match and a romantic Ostrich Feathers touch. My daughter had her sweet sixteen a year ago and we used Ostrich Feathers for the table centerpieces, the theme was masquerade and I wish I would have seen this website before to have even more ideas for that special day. They would have been perfect for the ball room and dinner…I will definitely check here before I even start another party. Thanks for sharing~

  32. Samantha July 1, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Hi, I have been trying to think of a winter cocktail that looks good and tastes good..and then I saw the white drink with the sugar rim in your picture. Can anyone tell me what it is? It is so pretty and actually looks drinkable!

  33. Ronald Waterford October 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

    what kind of vase is that? its gorgeous! [email protected]

  34. Carol March 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

  35. Charity November 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful idea!! What size cylinder vases did you use?

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