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).
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
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.
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.