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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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, painting furniture, filling her home with guests. She is not afraid to lead a one-woman crusade against the rampant overuse 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.