Desserts

red velvet cookie pizza

Red Velvet Cookie Pizza

Red Velvet Cookie Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Ingredients 1 egg 1 red velvet box cake mix ¼ cup powdered sugar 2 cups topping or sweetened fresh whipped cream, whipped ¼ cup cream cheese icing 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup unsalted butter 2 ounces cream cheese 5 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed Instructions Preheat… Read More

chocolate chip cookie pizza

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: dessert Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature ¾ cup packed light brown sugar ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1¼ semi-sweet… Read More

tiramisu

Don Giovanni’s Splendid Tiramisu

Don Giovanni’s Splendid Tiramisu   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 2 packages of good mascarpone, 17.6 ounces (Giovanni recommends cheese from Granarolo, Italy) 4 eggs separated into two bowls, one yolk, one white 1 cup sugar 6 cups espresso and coffee mix (80/20 mix) 1 cup amaretto (less quantity, less dunking if… Read More

Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza

Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: dessert Ingredients 9-ounce dough ball ⅔ cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 medium tart apples, like Granny Smith, cored and sliced thin using a mandolin ½ cup all-purpose flour ⅓ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats… Read More

lemon bars recipe

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars Base Crust   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients ¾ cup flour ¼ cup cornstarch ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup powdered sugar ½ cup butter, cut into pieces Instructions Grease a baking pan. Put flour, cornstarch, salt and powdered sugar in a food processor and mix until combined. Add the butter… Read More

lemon biscotti with coffee

Lemon Biscotti

Lemon Biscotti   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour ⅓ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3 tablespoons strained lemon juice Instructions Mix flour, granulated sugar,… Read More

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

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.