Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun for Friday

Somehow, I'm in charge of the 8th grade Bake Sale this afternoon from 4:30-8pm, in conjunction with a PTA event at the middle school. If you're a mom, you understand how these things happen. My husband and sons just roll their eyes.

My daughter is excited about it, though. She and I baked up a flour storm in the kitchen yesterday in preparation. Her creation (straight from the "Bake Sale Cookie Bible," honestly) is a cookie pizza, complete with melted white chocolate "sauce" and candy toppings. Yummmm.

My creations were a lot more straightforward, 4 chocolate chip cookies in each ziploc bag. Lots of ziploc bags. Boring, perhaps, but profitable.

The recipe for the pizza cookie appears below. You can make the crust peanut butter as recipe suggests, or regular sugar cookie dough if you have allergy concerns. Either way is sure to be yummy. And fun for a rainy Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pizza Cookies
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup Crisco
3 Tps milk
1 Tbl vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped (*we used Nestle white morsels)
candies to decorate: Twizzler pull-n-peel, thick chocolate bar, jellied candies of different colors

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine sugar, peanut butter, Crisco, milk, and vanilla in large bowl until well-blended. Add egg.

3. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and mix until blended.

4. Divide dough in half. Form each half into ball. Place 1 ball onto ungreased pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread dough with fingers to form 12 inch circle. Repeat with other ball.

5. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove with large spatula to cool completely. (*we used a clean, thin aluminum cookie sheet to slide under cookie and remove. see photo. Once the cookie was decorated and cut, we were able to move it onto a dinner plate.)

6. Place white chocolate in shallow microwave-safe bowl. Nuke on High for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat 30 second intervals until chocolate is all melty.

7. Spread melted chocolate on center of cooled cookies to within 1/2 inch of edge. Decorate with candies while chocolate is still warm. Let set completely. Cut into wedges with pizza cutter.


  1. This brought back so many memories because when our kids were little I made cookie pizza for lots of bake sales!!! I would put them in boxes from the local pizza place. Always a good seller!

    Cookie Pizza, Carol Volpe 1989
    ½ cup butter at room temperature
    ¾ cup packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¾ cup flour
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    1 cup oats, not instant
    1 cup chocolate chips
    2 ounces white chocolate, coarsely grated
    ½ cup M&M’s
    12-inch disposable pizza pan

    Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease the disposable pizza pan. In a medium bowl, beat
    together butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking
    powder, baking soda, and oats, beating until blended. Spread dough in the greased
    pizza pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then grated white chocolate, then M&M’s,
    leaving space about ½ inch all around the outside edge of dough to resemble pizza
    crust. Bake 13-15 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut into wedges – a pizza cutter works well.

  2. Thanks for the recipe, Carol!

    Tea and I were just talking about how to do this with sugar cookie dough - couldn't take the peanut butter one to the bake sale (for allergy reasons) so we took it to her band rehearsal today - and took the second one for her brother's band rehearsal. (The teacher loved it most!)


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