Today, we will be making some DELICIOUS dessert pizza! In this deep-dish dessert, there are sweet and savory flavors of chocolate and strawberry!
When I told my brother that I was making pizza for dessert, he was bewildered by the thought of pizza as dessert. After World War II, America’s craze for pizza sky-rocketed. People saw it as a fun way to have fast-food. Different regions began to add their own ingredients to pizza, and soon the dessert pizza was born from other’s creativity.
Pizza consumption has been on the rise in America with $38 billion in sales every year! In that mix of sales are dessert pizzas, which has been bringing pizza chain restaurants a larger revenue than pizzerias that do not offer the dessert option. When dessert pizzas were first being introduced to pizza chains in 2009, there was a 45% increase in pizza sales than previous years. I don’t think you knead to spend anymore dough on pre-made pizza, when you can make it at home!
Dessert pizzas are an easy and fun way to end a meal. This recipe is a great twist on the idea of a pizza. Instead of a normal flour and yeast pizza crust, we will be making a sugar cookie crust. Then it will be topped with a rich chocolate icing as the sauce and strawberries as the final touch.
The “crust” will need the following ingredients…
- 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups of sugar
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
The ” sauce” will need….
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup of milk
And finally, the only “topping” you’ll need is strawberries!
To begin the pizza, you need to start at the first layer– the sugar-cookie-crust!
- Pre-heat the oven to 375°F
- Combine the sugar and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed. Once they are blended, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and corn syrup. Beat the mixture until it is fluffy.
- Gradually add some portions of the flour to the mixture while the electric mixer is on the lowest speed. (Be careful on this step! Only add a little bit of flour at a time or else the flour will go everywhere!!) Then add the baking powder, baking soda, and the salt.
- Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, let the cookie dough chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- After it cools, evenly spread the dough inside of a circular pan that has a deep enough dish to allow the cookie to rise. (It will rise about an inch and a half higher than what you originally put in the pan.) Allow the cookie to bake for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown. Once it is done baking, let the cookie cool.
While the cookie is baking, you can start making the frosting.
- Melt the butter and mix the cocoa into it.
- Alternate between adding powdered sugar and milk to the mixture. Beat the mixture with the powdered sugar and milk until it is consistent and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla to the frosting.
- Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
When both the cookie and frosting are done cooling, evenly distribute the frosting along the center of the cookie-crust. Then chop clean strawberries, into thin pieces to put on top of the “sauce”.
This dessert pizza is a quick, but fun dessert and can be eaten by up to eight people! It can be elegantly served for a dinner party, or for a family game night!