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Any ideas for desserts for a crowd?

Asked by christine215 (3173points) July 27th, 2010

My hubby’s got a ‘section’ picnic next week (a bunch of scientists) they decided that the “boys” will make dessert… and then the “girls” will judge whose dessert is best

I’m a competitive person, so of course, if it’s being judged, I simply cannot allow my husband to bring anything less than stellar, but alas, HE has to make this himself. (and he works with some reall ‘foodies’ too, so there’s definately competition)

Any ideas of some easy, yet absolutely delicious desserts which he can make (feeding at least 50 people)??

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Austinlad's avatar

Fancy cookies.

lindsey23's avatar

I have a cookie recipe that is absolutely delicious. It’s a twist on plain old chocolate chips – people really seem to love it. They’re always a hit! If I halve the recipe, then I usually make somewhere around 60. Yeah, it’s a big one. ;) My aunt taught me to make them and they’re simple enough that your husband could definitely make them himself. Be warned, though – they are somewhat time consuming, as there are so many of them!

Here’s the full recipe:

Makes 112 cookies

2 cups butter
24 oz. chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (Your choice – I use walnuts, which seem to go over well. Also, although the recipe calls for this much, I usually put in a little less so that they’re more of an accent.)

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. (Read: pulverize. It should look like “oat meal flour” or something) Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

What about something like a bite-sized cheesecake? If people are going to be sampling a lot of desserts, it seems like the smaller the portion, the better.

Cruiser's avatar

We have won first place more times than I can remember in scout cook-offs with this.
Cherry Chocolate Surprise Cake

1 chocolate cake mix; prepared as directed
1 (20 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 (8 oz.) brick cream cheese
1 egg
3 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Bag of chocolate chips

Pour prepared cake batter into a greased 12″ dutch oven. Spoon cherry pie filling into clumps over the cake batter. The scouts add a a layer of chocolate chips over the cherry filling.

In a small mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla, until the mixture is smooth. Drop by the tablespoon over the top of the cake.

Bake using 8–10 briquettes on the bottom and 14–16 briquettes on the top for 1 hour or until the top center of the cake springs back when touched. (Now melt another layer of chocolate chips if going for chocolate heaven is desired)

Serve warm with whip cream as a topping.

kimmisofly4's avatar

If they are scientists try to make whatever dessert you choose to incorporate something scientifical.

ex: cookies shaped like beakers or a test tube.

It will make your dessert more wittier :)

ItsAHabit's avatar

If strawberries are in season, dip them in warm chocolate. It’s easy to do and is more popular than the desserts over which people have labored for hours.

YARNLADY's avatar

This Jello recipe? will knock their socks off. The glasses can be purchased in bulk at any party supply store.

christine215's avatar

What’s the collective opinoin of grilled peaches with an amaretto syrup in one big bowl, another big bowl of whipped lightly sweetened mascarpone and a third big bowl of crushed amaretti saronno cookies for a make your won Italian Parfait dessert?

A) interactive
B) has booze (but not really because MOST of the alcohol cooks off)
C) a nice mixture of textures and flavors

partyparty's avatar

Quick and easy:-

Throw strawberries (or other fruit) into individual glasses, pour over some Baileys, break up meringues roughly and add to the glasses. Grate some chocolate over the top. Done!

Cruiser's avatar

@christine215 That sounds like an interesting and interactive make your own desert. I would add bowls of gummy worms and confetti sprinkles. Kids scientists would go crazy for that!

perspicacious's avatar

My first suggestion is that if it will be self-served, make something that is made as individual servings. When people start helping themselves to a dish, it immediately looks very unappetizing. You can do that easily with cakes or pies. I once took angel food cake cupcakes to a large party and placed a bowl of berries and cans of whipped cream next to them. It was a hit.

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