On Monday I shared with you all about the totally fun Favorite Things party I
pretended to helped throw.
And do you remember this little darling, darling dear of a dessert?
I promised I share with you how to make this little bit of heaven. Even though it's not exactly a Lazy Mom Recipe (it has more than five ingredients and is a bit more involved than our typical recipes).
It is seriously one of my "favorite things" to take to a party in the Fall when dessert is required of me. Because A) it looks fabulous and B) it serves a lot of people.
I actually got this recipe from a Pampered Chef party years ago. It's been a staple in my recipe box ever since.
Taffy Apple Pizza
2 (16.5oz) packages of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup peanuts
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Note: The original recipe calls for one 18oz package of sugar cookie dough, however I think most packages are 16.5oz these days. I always felt that one package of the sugar cookie dough even at the 18oz size wasn't quite enough to make the "pizza" bottom to my liking, so I like to buy the mack-daddy size, which I think is 30oz, so I have enough to play with. However, the 30oz size isn't always available. That's why my ingredient list up above says to buy two 16.5oz packages of sugar cookie dough, but you won't use all of it! *left over cookie dough alert!*
Line a pizza pan with parchment baking paper and cut off where it hangs over the pan with scissors (don't skip this step... it will burn! I may or may not have learned this by experience. *ahem*). Then spray the parchment with cooking spray (I like to use PAM's Baking Spray - it has flour in it).
Take the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and shape one package of it into a ball. Place the ball of cookie dough in the center of the pizza pan and start to push it out into a circle with the heel of your hand. When you feel like you need more dough to get to the edges of the pan, use the second package of cookie dough to add to it as needed. *left over cookie dough alert!*
This next step is VERY important. Don't skip it!! -- Pop left over bits of cookie dough in your mouth as you work on your pizza bottom. This will give you the energy you need to get through the rest of this not-so-lazy recipe.
I usually end up using about a package and a half of cookie dough, but my pizza pan is quite large (it's 16" across), so you may not use as much if your pan is smaller. *left over cookie dough alert!* My end result looks like this:
Try to get a nice edge if you can. I usually use the side of my finger and sort of bump the edge back a little to get it to form into a nicer edge. Notice the bottom right of this picture I didn't do so hot on this and that side sort of crumbled on me when working with it later, but it wasn't that big of a deal, I just covered it with the cream cheese mixture. It definitely doesn't have to be perfect because the cookie puffs up while baking and usually covers any mistakes pretty well.
Bake this ginormous cookie for 16-18 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely on the pan. (Sometimes I even do this part the night before so it cools overnight).
Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl. It takes a little while to get it all mixed together, but mix it well! Then spread the mixture evenly over the cookie using a spatula (I leave a slight space at the edge of the cookie). At this point it will look like this:
Slice apples about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thick and let them soak for a minute or two in a bowl of cold water and lemon juice. This will prevent the apples from turning brown on your dessert. Pat them dry with paper towels then arrange them in a pattern or however you like on top of the cookie.
Sprinkle peanuts over the cookie and drizzle with the caramel ice cream topping (sometimes I wait and drizzle the caramel right before the party).
At the party cut the dessert into wedges (I usually cut the wedge around each apple slice) and step back and watch people "Oo" and "Ahh" over your dessert!
On my size pizza pan, this dessert will serve about 24-30 people. So it's great for large parties!
Now if you really want to wow, you can make this recipe into individual cookies instead of one big one, but I have never done this before because I think that would take even MORE work and would be harder to transport, but it sure would be impressive looking!
Like I said, this is not a typical Lazy Mom Recipe, but it is one of my favorites for parties, so I had to share!
By the way, in the coming weeks, I'll be sharing some Lazy Mom Tips on cooking for the holidays! If you have a great lazy cooking tip, please email it to me! Pictures are always appreciated with your emails.
Also, some of you may remember last year when I did A Lazy Mom Thanksgiving week. Well, this year I've decided to do a Lazy Mom Christmas Cookie week from November 14-18! I'd love to feature YOUR lazy Christmas Cookies, so submit those to me as well! (Again, pictures are appreciated!)
Ta-ta for now!
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