Over the weekend we had a small, combined birthday celebration for our son, who turns 6 on Thursday, and our daughter, who turned 5 last month. Since they both get the cake of their choice on their actual birthdays, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate with something a little different.
So the three of us brainstormed some different ideas. They had a few good suggestions and a few that were completely off the wall, but I guess that is to be expected with a 5 and almost 6 year old. In the end, we decided that a brownie pizza was the way to go.
Brownie pizza is definitely a fun and different dessert. It would never be part of our regular dessert rotation the way we served it though because it is just too sweet. But for a birthday, it’s perfect! (For other times, I think it would still be a completely doable option when topped with some fresh berries or something similar.)
- 3/4 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/4 c. baking cocoa
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- Topping options: marshmallows, coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, M & Ms (peanut and/or plain), peanut butter chips, etc.
1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat an additional minute or so, until well combined.
2. In a second bowl, combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Gradually add to the mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed.
3. Press the brownie batter into a greased, round pizza pan. Top with any desired toppings. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Since I usually use either a cookie sheet or a pizza stone when making pizza at home, I had to pick up a round pizza pan. I found a pack of three disposable ones at our grocery store for just 89 cents! I thought that was a great deal and so worth the few extra cents to make a birthday dessert special.
By the way, please excuse the quality of my latest pictures. My camera suffered a painful and untimely death and until I’m able to purchase a new one, I’ll be doing my best with our 10 year old’s point and shoot. It works great, but the quality for food photos is just not what I’d like it to be.