It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change and children’s minds return to scary stories and gorging on Halloween candy. It’s also a great time for the cooking dad to scare up some entertaining grub for the family.
This recipe melds two of every dad’s favorite things: candy and pizza. The Halloween candy pizza is a dessert pizza made using a cookie crust. The most difficult aspect of baking a large cookie pizza is making sure the middle is done and not raw…then again who complains about eating cookie dough?
Start by preheating the oven to the needed temperature. The cookie dough box will give you the precise temperature needed, but it’s usually around 350. I like using premade cookie dough and putting in the freezer for a while to make it easier to work with. Get out a round pizza pan or cookie sheet and line it with foil or wax paper and then spread shortening or spray a non-stick spray on the covering. This will make it easier to get the cookie off without breaking it.
Slice and Smoosh
Cut the dough into 1/2- to 1/4-inch pieces. It’s very important that you keep the pieces a uniform thickness. Place the pieces on the sheet and then smoosh them together into the desired shape, in this case round. Once again, make sure the outside and middle are a uniform thickness. If you don’t, then one area will cook faster than another and you might end up with either a burnt or raw section.
Place the sheet in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until the outside is golden brown. The middle will not be done. Take the sheet out of the oven and set aside for an hour. The middle will continue to slowly cook as the pan cools down. Do not wait to take out the cookie until the middle is done. This will cause the faster cooking outer areas to burn either in the oven or while cooling.
Cool and Eat
After an hour, take the cookie off the sheet carefully. You’re going to want to have a layer of something sticky to keep the candy on. Peanut butter or marshmallow fluff is ideal for this. Spread a layer on top of the cookie and then sprinkle on your favorite Halloween candy.
This is completely up to preference, but candy corn adds some great color and make sure to chop up candy bars into smaller pieces. When the pizza is covered in ooey gooey goodness, heat up some frosting in the microwave and then drizzle it on top. My suggestion is to use a white frosting if you used peanut butter and a chocolate frosting if you used the fluff. It’s a nice contrast in color.
The Halloween candy pizza is officially finished and ready for you … I mean, the kids… to eat it. For more information and great recipes, visit www.dadsthatcook.com.