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Super Bowl Desserts

Got invited to my husband’s friends house for Super Bowl. I have to bring dessert. About 15-20 people. I’m deciding between a big layer cake or 3-4 different small desserts (cookies, brownies etc). So, would prefer to have a slice of say, triple-layer chocolate cake after you finish a bowl or two of chilie? Or would you like to have some small finger-sized desserts that you could snack on with the rest of the food?

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  1. Generally at parties i prefer foods that i can pick at. don't like to have to commit, especially if there isn't much room to sit at a table and eat without dropping food everywhere. So I would go with the smaller desserts. Of course, everyone likes cake. I guess just follow your heart's desires!

    1. I agree with smaller desserts. No need for forks and plates. But most of my family doesn't like cake, so maybe I'm biased.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        Doesn't like cake? I didn't realize such people existed. We should all take a moment of silence to mourn their loss.

      2. I'm making cupcakes for the SB party...... I just made a recipe from the Everyday Baking show (on public tv) and they are sooooo good. They seem like a fun, portable kinda dessert.

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        1. re: franprix

          I like the idea of cupcakes. I made black bottom cupcakes recenlty for a big cookout and they were a hit. I like them because there is no frosting so much less mess than your typical cupcake and they're super easy. Bars or cookies would be nice too. I would probably shy away from doing a big cake. Unless you're doing a sit down meal, it seems if something like that is on a table people ignore it simply because they have to cut, plate and serve themselves. Much eaiser to have a sweet you can plunk on a napkin.

          1. re: franprix

            I just found Everyday Baking on TV while flipping through our food channels. I haven't watched it yet, but I recorded two episodes. I also just started watching Cook's Illustrated. Good Show.

          2. I think that if you do the finger-sized desserts, you should be sure to do easy ones. If you're making, say, four, make a couple of squares or things that are less involved. It's okay to make one, complicated cake, but when you have to have multiple options, it can get ugly.

            I really don't think that only chocolate cake is a great bet, either. in my experience, many women tend to shy away from heavy chocolate desserts at the best of times, but after chili would be too much. Maybe a smaller chocolate cake, and a smaller white cake with lemon, or angel food with fresh fruit (if you can find some this time of year)?

            1. I'm making a tres leches cake.

              1. Go with the cookies & brownies. Easier to pick up and move around to watch the game. Although franprix's idea of cupcakes also works!

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Good ideas. I think I'll stick with small finger-sized desserts.
                  Perhaps....

                  *Coconut filled tassie cups- Easy and uniquely delicious.
                  *Paula Deen's Chocolate Gooey Cookies- They are so good and chocolaty.
                  Plus super easy. They use a cake mix (I know, I know) but they turn out
                  super soft and everyone loves them.
                  *Mini cupcakes of some sort, baked in the mini muffin pans.

                  1. re: BakeAholic

                    A nice little sugar high with which to end the Super Bowl! :-)

                2. Why not make humble pie? Serve it to those whose team comes in 2nd.

                  http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1837,1...

                  1. how about something like the guinness/stout brownie recipes that are out there, or like some i've seen for chipotle brownies....beer and spicy items are often served at SB parties...so those would fit !

                    1. On the Tollhouse butterscotch chips bag is a recipe for oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies and they are soooo good. One batch is enough to make a half sheet pan full. Save yourself the work and make them into bars.

                      1. Probably too late, but I find something lemon after a big buffet is always welcome, as chocolate can be too rich. If you need a recipe for delicious (tart) lemon bars, let me know. The secret to tartness, if you like that, is to grate the lemon rind before you juice the lemons and incorporate into the mixture. Definitely agree on small, finger sized desserts. Would also do a variation of a toll house bar cookie with chopped walnuts or pecans, perhaps some decadent brownies with cream cheese filling, or the black bottom cupcakes mentioned in another post. Homemade shortbread cookies can also be good, as they are rich but plain.

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                        1. re: Diane in Bexley

                          Well, I ended up making small gooey chocolate cookies, carrot cake cream cheese sandwich cookies and coconut tassie cups. They were all a hit.

                          My dad loves lemon desserts and I'm always looking for a good recipe, so if you come back to this post Diane, I would love to have your lemon bar recipe. Thanks.

                          1. re: BakeAholic

                            Lemon Bars

                            Shortbread Base
                            1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut in tablespoon size pieces
                            2 cups all-purpose flour
                            1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
                            1/2 teaspoon salt
                            Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut butter, flour, sugar & salt together to form crumbly mixture. Sprinkle mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and press evenly onto bottom. Bake shortbread in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes. While shortbread is baking, prepare topping.

                            Lemon Topping
                            4 large eggs
                            1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
                            3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4-5 lemons)
                            grated lemon rind from 4-5 lemons
                            1/3 cup all-purpose flour
                            In a bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in lemon juice, lemon rind and flour. Pour lemon mixture over hot shortbread. Bake bars in middle of oven until set, about 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars. Sift 3 T confectioners' sugar over bars before serving. If freezing, defrost before adding confectioners’ sugar.

                            1. re: Diane in Bexley

                              Wow, these do sound delicious and tart! 3/4 c lemon juice plus the zest will definitely give these a zing. Can't wait to try them. I'll let you know how they turn out when I do. Thanks.

                          2. re: Diane in Bexley

                            I will definitely try the oatmeal butterscotch cookies, what a great combo!