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Cotton Candy Dessert Shots Remind Me of the State Fair

Make these creamy cotton candy dessert shots that will remind you exactly of your favorite state fair food! Perfect for parties – easy and delicious.

cotton candy dessert shots

Cotton candy recipes are so popular right now! I’m wondering if it’s because everyone remembers going to the state fair during summer and eating it when they were young. I know we did.

My parents loved to take us to the fair and buy us elephant ears and cotton candy – and in exchange they’d get to tell us long stories about the time they owned a farm (they really did!).

Stories like the time my dad kissed their pig. All about the ducks, cows, and chickens. I have to say . . . the state fair treats were totally worth listening to the same stories every year!

Recently we did a cotton candy rice krispie treats recipe, and now we’re upping our game a bit with these cotton candy dessert shots. Why dessert shots? Because they’re tiny and that means built-in portion control.

Which some of us need . . . not naming names.

Dessert shots are also perfect for parties and everyone loves how “cute” they are. I’d have to agree – and they are very easy to make.

If you’re looking for a dessert recipe that takes 10 minutes and makes everyone happy, these cotton candy dessert shots are for you.

Cotton Candy Dessert Shots Recipe

Cotton Candy Dessert Shots

This quick dessert recipe is really easy! Learn how to do it below.



Cotton candy dessert shot recipe with cream cheese and Cool Whip

Garnish with tufts of cotton candy and enjoy!

Cotton candy dessert shot

I love that these are delicious and look pretty too. So cute for parties, weddings, or anywhere else you need a fun dessert.

desserts with cotton candy

They are great not only in the mini shot glasses, but in mini mason jars as well. Then you can put lids on if you like.

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Yield: 10 shots

Cotton Candy Dessert Shots

Cotton Candy Dessert Shots Recipe

These shot glass desserts with cotton candy will remind you exactly of your favorite state fair food! Perfect for parties - easy and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ tsp cotton candy flavoring, Lorann’s
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 2 drops food coloring - red and blue
  • cotton candy for garnish


  1. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl. Mix together until smooth, adding the cream (or milk) in small increments at a time until you reach a soft icing consistency.Mixing the cream cheese and sugar
  2. Add the cotton candy flavoring and mix well.
  3. Separate the mixture into three bowls and put 1 – 2 drops of each color into separate bowls. The third bowl will stay white.
  4. Divide the Cool Whip evenly into the bowls, and fold gently until mixed in and distributed throughout.
  5. Use piping bags or sandwich bags with the corners snipped, pipe the cream cheese mixture into the glasses in layers.
  6. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Before serving, garnish with tufts of cotton candy.Cotton candy dessert shot recipe with cream cheese and Cool Whip


Milk can be substituted for the heavy cream. The only difference is the dessert will be thinner.

You can match the food coloring to the colors of cotton candy, but you don't have to. You can color the mixture pink and use blue cotton candy, or something similar. The color combinations are up to you!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

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If you’re looking for some additional cotton candy recipes and bite size desserts to float your boat, here are some from blogging friends!

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