My best pal came up with this gem of a recipe. It’s the perfect excuse to make a dessert whenever you bring home a decent pizza box. (As if you need a reason to make dessert.)
This month has been full of birthdays. I’ve gone back to some old recipes a few times already, like the Chocolate Pistachio Nut Cake, but I thought it was time for something new…..so I figured a Pizza Cookie was in order. It doesn’t take much effort or time and it is a fun alternative to a standard cake. Plus, the look of confusion on the recipient’s face turning into relief and amazement is worth the price of admission.
You are more than welcome to make the cookie dough from scratch, but the kind in the tube in the dairy section works just fine. All you have to do is let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes to soften up a bit. Then you slice it at 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick and place the slices flat down, kind of pressing them together at the edges as you go. This makes it easy to get the dough in a uniform shape, which makes for even baking! Make sure that the size of the cookie is small enough to fit in your pizza box. You don’t want to go through the trouble of making a giant cookie and then find it is too big for the box.
Bake in the oven on parchment paper on a large baking sheet at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cookie cool completely before decorating. (You don’t want your toppings to melt before you even get a chance to eat it.) Trim the parchment paper so that it will fit the bottom of the pizza box.
Now for the toppings: I recommend using Cool Whip as the ‘sauce’ part. It is not crazy sweet like frosting, so it helps balance out all the chocolate and candy that will eventually go on top. It is also a beautiful contrast to the toasty brown cookie underneath. Next are the mini oreos. They are the perfect ‘pepperoni’ substitute. I bought the peanut butter filled kind, ’cause I’m crazy like that. Mini chocolate chips and regular butterscotch chips go next. Top it off with some caramel sauce. You know, for good measure.
Not only is this a super fun way to celebrate a birthday, or a holiday, or a payday, or a Wednesday, but it is easily cut, shared, and stored for later in a convenient cardboard box. Pretty much the perfect pizza pie.
Speaking of pizza pie, the person who thought up this delicious creation, also has a cat named Cookie, who he calls ‘Cookie Pie’, who just so happens to have the very same coloring as the Pizza Cookie. Coincidence? I think not.
- 1 16 oz chocolate chip cookie dough log
- 1 tub Cool Whip
- 1 bag mini chocolate chips
- 1 bag butterscotch chips
- 1 jar caramel sauce
- 1 box mini Oreo cookie sandwiches
- Leave cookie dough to soften on counter for 5-10 minutes. Cut up dough in 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices, lay on lined cookie sheet, pressing dough together to form a large cookie. (Making sure that it is slightly smaller than the size of the pizza box.)
- Bake cookie in 325 degree oven for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.
- Spread Cool Whip in one layer almost to the edge of cookie.
- Place Oreos on top of Cool Whip sparingly.
- Sprinkle mini chocolate and butterscotch chips over Cool Whip topping.
- Taking a spoon, drizzle caramel sauce over all the toppings.
- Place in box and watch your pizza cookies dreams come true.