Desserts

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Pizza Today’s Gingerbread Wreath “Pizza”

  Pizza Today’s Gingerbread Wreath “Pizza”   Print The Pizza Today team was challenged by our Man on the Street Scott Wiener, founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours in NYC, to create a holiday pizza in the #holidaypizzachallenge. Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients ½ cup butter, chopped 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed ¾… Read More

Double Fudge Brownies, Classic Cannoli Filling, Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Biscotti   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 large egg ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup chocolate chips Instructions Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a stand mixer, combine… Read More

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Desserts Ingredients 2 sticks butter ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 2 cups oats 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips Instructions Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar together. Add eggs… Read More

Double Fudge Brownies, Classic Cannoli Filling, Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Classic Cannoli Filling

Classic Cannoli Filling   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Desserts Ingredients 1 pound ricotta cheese ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels Instructions Whip the ricotta cheese with a mixing spoon. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract and whip again. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place the… Read More

Double Fudge Brownies, Classic Cannoli Filling, Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Double Fudge Brownies

Double Fudge Brownies   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Desserts Ingredients ½ cup butter 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 8 ounces sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup flour 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Instructions Melt butter and 8 ounces of chocolate… Read More

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

Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 cup butter-flavored shortening ¾ cup white sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk chocolate chips Vanilla ice cream Instructions Preheat oven to… 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.