Pizza + Cookie = Delicious.

And it happens to be one of two reasons we frequent Oregano’s, a locally owned Italian joint that is rightfully famous for it’s pizza cookie dessert, described as “A 1/2 pound of cookie dough slightly baked in a 6″ pizza pan and topped with three scoops of ice cream.”

Unfortunately, both of my kids have been sick with various ‘bugs’ for what feels like two solid months, which means we haven’t gotten out much. Which also means no pizza cookies for mommy.

So, to combat a 3 year old’s stir-craziness and my selfish craving for a warm, gooey pizzookie, Finley and I decided to whip up our own version at home.

This was such a fun afternoon activity for my little buddy. Not only did he get to dig through the coveted baking drawer to pick out his own toppings, he also got to press the dough into the pan with his kid paws. Double fun.

Finley’s Pizzookie

makes one 8″ pizza cookie
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8″ round pie tin. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, brown sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth and completely combined. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt, and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Evenly press the dough into the pan with your hands. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center begins to crack just a bit. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you’re making the “sauce.”

Chocolate “Sauce”
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp heavy cream

Pour the chocolate chips into a heat proof glass bowl. Microwave the cream for 15-20 seconds, then pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes. Stir to combine and melt completely. (If there are a few remaining unmelted lumps, throw it in the microwave for a few seconds then stir until smooth.) Spread the sauce over the cooled crust.

Before the chocolate sets, top with candies and other goodies. He went with Reese’s Pieces, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate marshmallows and crunchy candy jimmies. Feel free to mix-it up. I’m giving you a free pass to go bonkers, kids.

This was seriously a cinch to make and worth every minute for the chance to see happiness like this:

Even if it meant I was stepping on rogue runaway jimmies for the next three days.

And, in case you’re curious, reason #2 we frequent Oregano’s: It also happens to be the place with the most visually delicious menu covers under the sun, custom illustrated in the aesthetic of vintage album covers by my very own, Baby Daddy.

Yummy, right?