The Joy that is Pizookie!

It is Wednesday, which technically means I’m supposed to be blogging about travel. But I feel like posting on food. Huzzah! I thought I’d share a fun cooking adventure I had the other day. In a desperate attempt to be that-cool-babysitter, I attempted my first pizooki (and stuffed it with homemade caramel because I’m an overachiever). It turned out so well that I nominate EVERYONE TO TRY MAKING IT.

Here are the instructions:

Step 1: Make the best cookie dough in the entire universe. No joke. Not kidding. 

Preheat the oven to 375 F. DO NOT FORGET TO PREHEAT THE OVEN.(Who am I kidding? I always forget to preheat the oven).

Cream together:

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
then add:
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 teaspoon of hot water (til dissolved)
MIXAH MIXAH MIXAH reaaaal good.
Finally throw in:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chocolate chips
Stir til combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
There you have it. The best cookie dough in the whole world. If you rolled the dough into half inch balls and threw them onto a cookie sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes, you’d get those perfect golden crispy edged gooey middle chocolate chip cookies of your dreams. BUT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. Because we are making pizookie… remember?

Perhaps you didn’t even make it that far. Perhaps you just ate all that dough raw. Honestly, every time I make cookies I reconsider the raw diet. I’d probably just eat raw cookie dough all day long. 

IF you restrain yourself from eating all the dough AND from baking it into the most perfection of cookie you will ever meet then CONGRATS. You deserve a major reward in the form of ooey gooey caramel stuffed pizzokie.
Throw that dough in a glass bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. Far far far back in the fridge. Hide it behind the  mayonnaise, century old mustard, and last week’s leftovers to fool any sneaky siblings. Then continue on to making your caramel.
Step 2: Make the Caramel 
The kids I was babysitting were pretty amazed that caramel is nothing more than cooked sugar. It is  exciting to watch white sugar magically transform itself into ooey gooey caramel. I know it is hot and dangerous, but be nifty and careful and for goodness sakes let those little kids take a peep. It will make their day. Maybe even let them stir it a lil.
All I did was dump some white sugar in a pot, turn the stove on medium low, and then stir occasionally until it got to looking like caramel. No fuss. No candy thermometer.
Obviously rules and directions are not my thing. If you like them, here are some more detailed instructions. 
Once your caramel is looking delicious, stir in a bit of heavy cream to turn it into a caramel sauce.
Step 3. Layer it like you mean it
You are almost to pizookie! Pull out your perfect cookie dough and magical caramel. Press the cookie dough into a greased pie dish, Pour the caramel on top. Then cover the caramel layer in another layer of cookie dough.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let it cool/set for 10 painfully long minutes before topping with vanilla ice cream.
Ooh la la. At least the kids I was babysitting were impressed.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

9 thoughts on “The Joy that is Pizookie!”

  1. Mmmmmmmmmm that looks so good!!! Must try this. And it looks easy, too…although I'm a little wary of making my own caramel….it can't be that simple! I will mess it up. Somehow. :p just kidding…but my sister's been on a baking kick lately, maybe I'll sneak this recipe her way!

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  2. That looks so fantastically yummy. Definitely 'cool babysitter' level 🙂
    I didn't realize caramel was that easy…I guess I figured there had to be some sort of catch to it. Also, this is one of the most entertaining recipes I've ever read. I'll definitely have to try this out. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. I've never had pizookie before! Maybe it's not that big of a thing where I live, but I've never heard of anyone even making it. Yours looked really good! I MUST TRY IT! Plus, your directions are fun which makes it way more appealing to follow, tehe.

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  4. I'm glad you approve : ) My cousin-in-law first introduced it to me. She seemed absolutely appalled that I had never heard of it before, but it doesn't get all that much love on the internet either so perhaps it is lesser known than she made it seem? Giant medium rare cookie served hot with ice cream… I'm pretty sure it will catch on fast.

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  5. Things can go wrong (oh belive me, I've got caramel disaster stories) but the concept is pretty easy. Just make sure you watch it so that it doesn't burn but don't stir it too much (cause it will get lumpy). Most people keep a candy thermometer on hand to get it to some golden temperature, but I'm horrible at following directions that require precision of any kind and mine turned out just fine.

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  6. Wow! I never knew there was such a thing as a pizookie, but since it seems like a mutant child of a cookie and a pie, I think it sounds like the bestest thing in the world!
    P.S. I am totally with you, I always, always forget to preheat the oven. XP X)

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  7. Oh wow, I did not know this existed but I SHOULD. I can never cook caramel right — I just end up buying premade caramel and making caramelised milk. And CHOC CHIP COOKIES!!! This feels like a really great snack for a I-need-a-sugar-high day 😀

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