I love kids. Got a handful, myself. I just don’t really want them “helping” me while I cook. With Kid Rock blaring, it’s my turn to be the enfant terrible and make a mess. At the other end of the spectrum stands my saintly sister, Chef Lisa. To her, sticky fingers + chaos + flying flour = heaven. Heck, she’d wear a Carmen Miranda get-up if it’d lure the wee ones whisk-ward.
Here’s a recipe Lisa’s kids (and mine, when they’re Chez Gnat) have mastered:
CANDY-COATED COOKIE PIZZA RECIPE
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
½ butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1¼ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp kosher salt
¾ cup Skor/Heath Bar toffee bits
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp milk
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup M&Ms, or any decorating candy of your choice
Sprinkles, for garnish
1) Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 12-inch round pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir together eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, butter and vanilla until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, salt and toffee bits into the butter mixture. Stir until combined.
3) Pat the dough onto prepared pizza pan, taking it to the edge of the pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until crust is golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before spreading chocolate sauce.
4) For the chocolate sauce, place chocolate chips, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Melt over low heat for about 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. When all the chocolate is melted, take the pan off the stove and stir in icing sugar until well combined. Spread chocolate sauce over cooled cookie crust and sprinkle immediately with candy decorations.
Yield: 16 pizza/cookie slices