Cooking for Company: Desserts


n order to satisfy both my love of sharing food with friends and the grocery budget, sometimes we just do dessert and coffee instead of a full meal. Sometimes we even go wild and have everyone come over sans kids and stay up playing Balderdash.  Sometimes.

Beyond simply being a frugal option, desserts are also fabulous because they just feel special.  I mean, we’re not exactly eating chocolate pie ’round here every day. Not that that would be a terrible thing.

Simple and satisfying, these are some of my favorite sweets to make and share.

Sweet Treats for Sharing

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Chocolate Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream :: I feel a little bad eating a whole pie by myself/sharing only with Hubs, so I jump on the chance to make this for friends.  The crust is a grain-free masterpiece of crumbly, slighty-salty goodness and it complements the creamy chocolate perfectly.


Crème Brûlée :: It’s easier than it sounds and tastes amazing. Plus, with the exception of the sugar (which is actually a minimal amount), it’s a pretty legit “real-food” dish–it’s simply cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and sugar.

Crème Brûlée is sacred in my mind and therefore deserves a post all to itself. My favorite recipe to follow soon.

Chocolate Chip Cookies :: These are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. However, I do tweak the recipe a bit: I use kamut or spelt flour, about half the sucanat the recipe calls for, and coconut oil instead of butter.

I think the secret is the coconut oil. I also use Ghiradelli 60% cacao chips. No, they are not soy-free. But, yes, they are fabulous.


Berries and Cream Mini-Pies ::  The only non-chocolate option I could produce for you.  Use the crust recipe for this chocolate pie and press the crust into a muffin pan.

Cook at 350° F for about 10 minutes or until just beginning to brown.  Allow to cool, then fill with homemade whipped cream and top with berries.  Simple, bite-sized, and delicious.

What are some of your favorite desserts to cook for company?

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About Jenn

Jenn is the mommy of two small children + one obese cat and wife to The Hubs. She enjoys making pretty things out of random bits, filling her home with guests, and elevenses. She is not afraid to lead a one-woman crusade against the rampant misuse of the apostrophe.

  • Allie Rasmussen

    Yum! those all sound like great ideas. When we have people over (especially for a picnic) I make Barefoot Contessa’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars. It’s basically a PB&J sandwich with butter and sugar….and it’s as awesome as it sounds;)

    • Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Oh my. Those sound amazing.

  • brenda venable

    You know the old saying, “eat dessert first, life is uncertain”…… wonder who said that? More please.