The New York Times COOKIE-Pizza for Kids

In-love with this idea and recipe for the last years, this is the perfect treat for the kids during the holidays, also suitable for Easter, April’s Fool, a Birthday party, a Kids’ Cooking Class, etc.

Nevertheless is amazing for adults too, of course, and the most fun things is the freedom you have to imitate Mozzarella, Peperoni, Anchovies or more in a pizza. Use Candy, Chocolate, Coconut Flakes, White Chocolate, Marshmallows and more! Get creative. . .


3 ⅔ cups minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 ½ tsp cornstarch

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp coarse salt

2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, softened

1 ¼ cups light brown sugar

1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp natural vanilla extract

half pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips


-Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

-Sift flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Set aside

-Using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (whisk attachment could work too) cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes, on medium-high

-Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

-Stir in the vanilla

-Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until the white streaks of flour just disappear, 5 to 10 seconds

-Stir in chocolate chips

-For one large rectangular pizza, transfer the dough to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and flatten out with your fingers or a rubber spatula

-For two cookies, divide the dough into two equal pieces on two separate sheet pans lined with parchment paper and flatten into the shape of a circle.

-(Be sure to leave a border of at least 1 1/2 inches as cookie will spread)

-Bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 25 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes.

-Top as desired:

*you could do any of this: spread a red jam as the “tomato sauce”, use melted white chocolate as “the mozzarella cheese”, sprinkle coconut flakes as “parmesan cheese”, use a round shape as your model and create fake “pepperoni” with Nutella, peanut butter, dried cherries, or a jam, etc.

-Cut in wedges and serve


*Published in an special edition of printed NYT Cooking for Kids, by Margaux Laskey

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