Desserts

scratch chocolate brownies

Scratch Chocolate Brownies

Scratch Chocolate Brownies   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 cup butter 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 cup flour Instructions Combine butter and chocolate in saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring periodically. Stir in sugar then beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour. Pour… Read More

peach dessert pizza

Peach Dessert Pizza

Peach Dessert Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Desserts Ingredients 10 ounces refrigerated pizza dough, dusted with sugar 1 can peach-pie filling, more if desired 1 cup flour 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter, chilled and diced ¼ cup peach preserves Cinnamon for dusting Nutmeg for dusting Instructions Preheat oven to 400… Read More

Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Mojito   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 2 ounces Watermelon juice 2 ½ ounces of Bacardi Razz ½ Teaspoon sugar ½ ounce of Watermelon Pucker 1 Splash of lemon juice 6 mint leaves club Soda Instructions Smash mint, sugar, watermelon pucker and lemon juice. Add juice, alcohol and watermelon juice and… Read More

Italian Cake with Ricotta and Chocolate

Italian Cake with Ricotta and Chocolate   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 21/3 cups flour ¾ cup sugar 1 cup butter, sliced 1½ teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 1 tablespoon milk 14 ounces fresh ricotta ¾ cup sugar 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Instructions In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour,… Read More

Fresh Strawberries with Espresso Zabaglione, Cinnamon Cream and Shaved Chocolate

Fresh Strawberries with Espresso Zabaglione, Cinnamon Cream and Shaved Chocolate   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients ½ cup heavy cream ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 4 egg yolks 2 tablespoons espresso, cooled Salt 4 ounces fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate Instructions Shave room temperature… Read More

Fruit and Wine Sponge Cake

Fruit and Wine Sponge Cake   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 cup Marsala wine 2 tablespoons sugar 2 pints fresh strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries 1 sponge cake, cut into 8 equal slices Instructions Combine the wine and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit and mix well…. Read More

tiramisu dessert

Tiramisu

Tiramisu   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 8 ounces espresso or strong black coffee, cooled 4 egg yolks (extra large) ½ cup sugar 2 tablespoons dry Marsala ½ pound mascarpone cheese 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar 24 ladyfingers Instructions In the top section of a double boiler, whisk the… Read More

Chocolate Lava Cake

Ganache Chocolate Lava Cake — Ganache   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 4 ounces dark semi-sweet chocolate 3 ounces heavy cream 2 teaspoons butter Instructions Chop chocolate and place into metal bowl. Heat heavy cream and pour over chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Add butter and whisk again. Cool mixture in refrigerator, whisking… Read More

Chocolate/Strawberry Pizza

Chocolate/Strawberry Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: desserts Ingredients 10 ounces refrigerated pizza dough 1 12-ounce tub regular cream cheese ¼ cup chocolate syrup 6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar 1 cup chocolate chips 1 pink strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced Whipped cream to finish Sprinkles for garnish Instructions Preheat oven to 425 F. Blend… Read More

Halloween Pizza

Halloween Cookie Pizza

Halloween Cookie Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert, pizza Ingredients 12 ounces peanut butter cookie dough ¼ cup hot fudge sauce ½ cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies ¼ cup Halloween candy corn 1 cup mini marshmallows Instructions Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a round pie plate or deep-dish pizza… Read More

Desserts Make for an Easy Upsell Menu Item

Parade a decadent looking and smelling dessert pizza through your dining room and customers will add the dessert to their order. From pizza-sized cookies and house-made gelato to tiramisu, biscotti and cannoli, desserts will raise check averages and help your bottom line.

We cover the sweet gamut of dessert recipes including traditional Italian favorites to out-of-the-box flavor combinations, like ricotta and berries, and themed treats, like our Halloween pizza cookie.

It isn’t enough just to offer sweet treats though. Descriptions and photos on your menu should make customers’ mouths water. Your staff should be able to explain each dessert and why they like a certain menu item. Finally, if you offer dessert items for catering and carryout, put them in a lit display case at the register. A freezer case filled with colorful gelato is hard to resist. If you try our cookie or brownie recipes, individually wrap them for a quick last minute purchase for carryout.

 

Make Desserts Using Your Pizza Dough

Desserts are the perfect way to incorporate your unused pizza dough and it’s an efficient way to limit waste in your pizza operation. The possibilities are endless for making sweet treats with pizza dough. Some of the most popular are cinnamon knots or breadsticks and dessert pizza and calzones.

We’ve provided you a starting point to take your dessert menu to the next level. You can experiment with adding herbs and spices — nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and more — into the dough to make a truly unique dessert.