Individual Dessert Pizzas – an easy DIY entertaining idea

I created Individual Dessert Pizzas, which are an easy DIY entertaining idea, using Hershey’s™ Spreads as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes
Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

Christmas is almost here and before you know it, we’ll be leaping into 2014. I’ve been in total Christmas mode for weeks, but I’ve had New Year’s Eve on my radar for the last week. In our house, David and I don’t go out, but rather we plan a fun party at home with our kids. This usually means party foods, movies, games, and anything else that we can think of.

But, after the rush of Christmas, I’m pretty tired once New Year’s starts to roll around. With all the holiday cooking and baking I do, I’m not interested in complicated recipes that will have me spending hours in the kitchen. I want simple recipes and easy entertaining ideas….can you relate?

Today, I’m sharing an easy dessert idea that is perfect for New Years Eve or other fun occasions. I think Individual Dessert Pizzas are perfect for families with kids, but it can also be great for adults. They are a “do-it-yourself” type dessert where each person would make their own personal dessert pizza with the topping of their choice.

Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

The star of my Individual Dessert Pizza is new Hershey’s™ Spreads, which comes in three awesome flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Chocolate with Almonds. I had such a hard time choosing which one to use on my dessert pizza…I wanted them all!

Hershey's Spreads #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

The “crust” of our Individual Dessert Pizzas is a giant sugar cookie. You can make your favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe or buy one that is already prepared. I used a refrigerated sugar cookie dough and found that 1/4 cup of cookie dough was the perfect amount to make a 5 1/2″ diameter sugar cookie crust. Roll your dough into a ball, place it on a baking sheet, and slightly flatten it with your hand. I was able to fit 3 on a large baking sheet and 30 ounces of cookie dough made 11-12 cookie “crusts”. I also recommend under-baking them just slightly (so they won’t be as likely to break when cutting into “pizza” wedges) and they can also be made a day or two in advance, if needed.

Sugar Cookie Crust #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

Because this is a DIY dessert, I set everything up to create a topping bar where my family would make their own creation.

Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

In addition to the three varieties of Hershey’s™ Spreads, we kept with a Hershey’s theme and had Hershey’s Mini Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, and Heath Bits ‘O Brickle English Toffee Bits for toppings — all of which are sold in the baking aisle.

Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

We also had granola, pomegranate seeds, coconut, sliced almonds, and chopped walnuts. There are so many types of toppings you could do — fruit dessert pizzas would be great too. I’m already thinking a strawberry one in the summer will be great with the Hershey’s™ Spreads.

All of our toppings were placed into individual bowls and the bowls were placed in a large tray. As you can see in the photo below, I placed the Hershey’s™ Spreads on a wood box to give them a bit of height. Not only does it make it a bit more visually interesting, but it also made it easier to reach when more than one person was creating their pizza.

Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

One of my favorite parts is seeing how different everyone’s dessert pizza looks. I love seeing the kids go crazy with their toppings and others taking a neat and organized approach. Each one is unique…and full of personal style. For mine, I used Hershey’s™ Spreads in Chocolate, coconut, granola, and pomegranate seeds. This was the first time I had paired pomegranate seeds with chocolate spread and it was really good!

Individual Dessert Pizzas -- an easy DIY entertaining idea #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes

I hope you give this easy entertaining idea a try. The Hershey’s™ Spreads work out to be the perfect base for almost any topping, so no matter who you have as a guest, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone.

I’d love to hear if you make your own individual dessert pizzas and what types of toppings you put on them — leave me a comment below! And here’s the complete “recipe” (not really a recipe, but all the ingredients and steps):

Individual Dessert Pizzas

Ingredients

  • 30 ounces sugar cookie dough
  • Hershey's™ Spreads (your choice of flavors)
  • Optional Toppings: Hershey’s® Mini Kisses (sold in the baking aisle), Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, Heath Bits ‘O Brickle English Toffee Bits, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, granola, pomegranate seeds, sliced strawberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, crushed candy canes, etc.

Instructions

  1. Before your party, prepare sugar cookie "crust": take 1/4 cup of cookie dough, roll into round ball, place on baking sheet. Repeat 1-2 more times, depending on space on baking sheet (dough will likely flatten to 5 1/2 - 6" diameter, so be sure there is enough room). Bake according to directions on sugar cookie package or recipe -- while additional bake time may be needed due to the large cookie size, it is best to undercook the "crusts" just a bit, so they won't crumble when cutting into wedges. Allow to cool completely.
  2. Spread Hershey's™ Spreads on sugar cookie "crust". Top with desired toppings. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter, if you wish.

Notes

--For a complete no-bake experience, you can purchase premade sugar cookies at your bakery, however, they will be much smaller and less "personal pizza" size.

--Sugar cookie "crusts" can be made 1-2 days in advance.

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Comments

  1. says

    These look delicious!! I make big dessert pizzas with chocolate chip cookie dough and a round pizza pan. I buy the toll house cookie dough in the plastic rolls, smooth it out on the pan and cook it until the edge is golden brown. While it’s still hot, add butter scotch and chocolate chips and smooth with a butter knife, as the “sauce” starts to set, add your toppings…mini marshmallows, mini m&m, peanut butter chips etc. SO GOOD!

  2. says

    This sounds so fun & tasty. Thanks Brandi. Stopping by here via crowdtap I just got my first crowdtap campaign & loved the almond chocolate flavor Hershey’s spreads. I tested mine on a pie crust as tiny nit size thumb print cookies. But I sure lobe this idea of yours & will try it for my grandson & his school parties. Heading no to sub to your newsletter. Drop my spot if time allows & say hi or enter my two giveaways still going before they end. Nice to meet you & will enjoy reading more post on your food related items :) ~Julie @ http://mamawjsmomentaway.blogspot.com/

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