Monday, November 01, 2010

Cookie Carnival---A Happy Halloween Cookie Pizza

Hope you all had a SWEET Halloween.  We have a lot of sweetness going on here at our house right now, that’s for sure.

Here’s the best photo I snapped of our Tricker and Treater.  (Scott and Sam)

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For weeks before Halloween, whenever I’d ask Sam what he wanted to be he’d always say, “I just want to be a “treater with a bucket”.  Knowing he would not be putting up with me dressing him in any kind of fun, cute costume, he was just that, “a treater with a bucket” for Halloween.  Orange shirt (the front has a monster on it, so I couldn’t fit the word “treater” on the front.

Scott is in that phase of life where you want to trick-or-treat because you want the candy, but you don’t want to dress up anymore.  So using the brilliance of my friend, Suzanne and her idea, Scott was a “tricker” and Sam was a “treater” (with a bucket).  Then in trying to get them to pose for a quick picture, of course Sam wouldn’t cooperate.  In fact, he was screaming and throwing a fit.   So, so sad to have to take one little picture before heading out for treatin’ with a bucket.   People sure thought that was a cute idea though!

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Here I’ll throw this picture of Sam in that I took a few days before Halloween after he’d eaten some chocolate pudding.

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Parker was Ash from Pokemon which was a fun costume to make up, since it isn’t one you can just find available anywhere.  While we were in Idaho a few weeks ago, my mom helped me with the blue and white jacket.  I found a men’s white button up shirt at a second hand store and we used that for the sleeves and collar and mom sewed it to the t-shirt that we cut to work as the jacket.  Thanks, Mom!  I made the green gloves with some white knit gloves that I colored with permanent marker and cut out the fingers.  I searched hi and lo for a green backpack and finally found one.  Then I hand sewed the yellow and orange stripes on.  As well as the white on the red hat.   Cute Parker!

Taylor was the resident policeman and kept us safe through the night.  I love his missing front tooth!

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Cookie Carnival

Let’s close out October with a Halloween Cookie Pizza, which is our Cookie Carnival recipe this month.  The recipe is from the Hershey’s website.  I made the cookie pizza a couple weeks ago and am just now getting around to posting it.  The cookie was a big success.  The boys each had a slice  the evening I made it.  I ate one tiny little bite, then we took the rest over to Cindy’s house and gave the rest away.  I love to share the goodies I make and I love not eating too much of some of these things.  I knew I’d just keep eating too much of this “pizza”, so it had to go. ;)  Cindy and family later told me they LOVED the cookie pizza.  This is definitely a fun treat to make with so many different options for things to put on top of it.  I did switch up a bit from the recipe on Hershey’s, including using butter instead of shortening and white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour because the unthinkable happened when I made this—I was out of all purpose flour!

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Here’s my adapted version.

Halloween Cookie Pizza, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Hershey’s (linked above)

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 large egg

1 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (I was out of all purpose flour!)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided use

1/2 cup fall colored M&Ms

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Chocolate glaze*

Orange glaze**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. 

Beat the butter and brown sugar together until well incorporated.  Add the egg, vanilla and water and beat for 1-2 minutes.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to the creamed mixture and blend just until combined.  Stir in one cup of chocolate chips.  Spread the cookie dough evenly in the pan.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from the oven  and sprinkle with the half cup of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, pecans and M&Ms.  Bake for another 5-7 minutes until marshmallows are puffed and getting toasty.  Cool the cookie in the pan.

Chocolate glaze---1/4 cup milk chocolate chips melted in glass bowl in the microwave with 1 1/2 teaspoons butter.  Put the glaze in a sandwich-sized plastic zipper bag and snip off a little bit of one corner.  Drizzle chocolate over the cookie pizza.

Orange glaze---1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water, 3 drops yellow food coloring, 2 drops red food coloring.  Whisk ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.  Put the glaze in a sandwich-sized plastic zipper bag and snip off a little bit of one corner.  Drizzle the glaze over the cookie pizza.

Slice the cooled and topped pizza and serve.

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Looks like my kind of pizza!

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19 comments:

Lisa said...

This pizza looks as sweet as your boys. Amazing job on the costumes, especially Ash.

Donna-FFW said...

EASILY my favorite kind of pizza as well. It looks scrumptious!! What a treat!

-- Anna said...

Happy Halloween!! And that is my kind of pizza, too.

Susan: My Food Obsession said...

Great costumes and that candy pizza looks deliciously deadly!

Eliana said...

You have got the cutest boys ever! And that cooke pizza looks to die for!

Jennifurla said...

I think I just gained 10lbs reading this!

Deb said...

Your kids look great I love the tricker or treater idea I might use that for the boys next year.

Tracy said...

Wow, this looks so decadent!!

Lee Ann said...

That looks amazing!

Lisa said...

Cute costumes!Your boys are getting so big!

♥peachkins♥ said...

cute boys and cute costume! Pizza cookie is a great idea!

jillbert said...

Looks like a fun Halloween, and the cookie pizza looks great! I would definitely need to get that out of the house ASAP.

Kerstin said...

What a pizza!! Fun costumes too, glad they had fun!

Lauryn said...

this looks AMAZING! Evan lives for cookie cake, so this is going to become a MUST BAKE for me! And your boys are the cutest!

Megan said...

The kids look adorable and leave it to Suzanne to help come up with that costume idea. LOL

Now, that cookie pizza looks to die for! I need more kids to feed. Boys, I need boys! I only have a soon to be 16 year old GIRL. Guess how much of that pizza (calories) she would eat?
Me? I could eat it for dinner and then have a tiny slice for dessert. (Gotta save some for breakfast ya know!)

Tessa said...

I'm sure the flour switch wasn't even noticed, and hey, they were just a little bit healthier that way right =)

Your boys' costumes are cute. Love the tricker treater idea. Wish I could be as creative as that!

Tiffiny Felix said...

Your pictures look *way* better than the one with the recipe. Your pictures actually make me want to eat it ;) Yum!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Great costumes. All of them are looking super cute :)

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

I love that costume idea! I might have to steal that next year (we are already set for this year). It is a great idea for an easy couples costume! The cookie pizza looks so delicious and fun! Happy Halloween!