Cookie-Crusted Dessert Pizza

Today, we will be making some DELICIOUS dessert pizza! In this deep-dish dessert, there are sweet and savory flavors of chocolate and strawberry!IMG_9042

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!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, let the cookie dough chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  5. 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.

  1. Melt the butter and mix the cocoa into it.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the vanilla to the frosting.
  4. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

When both the cookie and frosting are done cooling, evenly distribute the frosting alongIMG_9043 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!

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