Sometimes it’s easy to forget a restaurant near you may not be a national chain… so you have to explain what a pizookie is.
Had to do that with my nephews when we were making one for Grandpa’s birthday. 😁
So the traditional pizookie is a chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven, with vanilla ice cream.
Then came other cookie flavors, then a pizza sized version with all the flavors.
Then another restaurant did their twist on it, with a brownie instead of cookie. And the option of mint & chip ice cream on top!
Needless to say, easy crowd pleaser!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
For the purposes of Super Bowl entertaining & my goal to make hosting easy, I suggest getting store bought cookie dough.
I know, I know. I’ll share my fave chocolate chip cookie recipe soon. 😘
The round tube kind is the PERFECT amount for 2 8″ cake pans. Even 9″ would work!
Take dough & press into pan, covering the bottom. Doesn’t have to be perfect, because cookie dough naturally spreads & can fill in any time gaps. Don’t make it too thick, as it does take time to get the center cooked all the way through.
Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, turning the pan halfway through. From 30, check every additional 5 minutes, if it needs more time.
The ice cream I topped mine with here is ProYo’s Dark Chocolate Toffee. Here is where you can make healthier alternatives, even in a not so healthy dessert! ProYo’s ice creams are loaded with protein. So at 35g protein per pint, you can feel good about the healthy swap!!
Now for the brownie version, again, I want to uncomplicate your party prep, so go ahead & take my shortcut secrets.
Betty Crocker box brownie mix. Get one fudge & one dark chocolate. 👍
If you’re only making one pan, I still do half of each box & save the rest. Their oil amounts vary, but if making one pan, just do the smaller amount of oil or split the difference.
I also add 2 tsp. Spirulina powder & 1 TB. Cacao powder to the mix. Just an easy way to hide something great for you, like Spirulina, without impacting the flavor! 😉 In the ones pictured, I also added cacao nibs to add a little crunch!
Also, based on the football shapes, you can probably tell this wasn’t served hot like the pizookie normally is. But I wanted the shape to show you a simple way to add football elements to your desserts!
**MVP Tip: whenever you’re making brownies, unless serving hot, when done, put the pan immediately into cold water bath [shallower than the pan] or the freezer for a few minutes. This stops them from baking further & keeps them fudgy!
And, just like the pizookie above, the ice cream here is another healthier swap: Yasso’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Greek Frozen Yogurt!! This option gives you 6 grams of protein per serving.
So even if you’re indulging in a pizookie come Game Day, making a couple swaps on ice cream will keep you from feeling weighed down if the game goes down to the wire!
And I promise these swaps won’t cost you MVP!!!