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