Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SHF #61: Sweet Comforts

This month's theme for Sugar High Friday is Sweet Comforts: Desserts You Turn to for Comfort, and is hosted by A Merrier World.

When I get to a place where I need comfort food, I'm not spending any time trying to buoy my spirits in the kitchen; definitely not happening. No, I'm rushing to the store for something sweet, maybe tangy and chewy, and probably chocolate more often than not. I want something satisfying, and I want it now.

The next best thing is an old family favorite: Candy Pizza. This recipe incorporates half of this philosophy, combined with the best cookie crust you will ever consume. If I'm not so far gone, however, that I'm willing to exert a little bit of effort, yeah this would be the winning recipe too. It's incredibly indulgent and sinfully rewarding.
Candy Bar Pizza
1 pound bag of M&M's, holiday colors are always appropriate
4-8 of your favorite candy bars
(Twix, Payday, Reeses, Snickers, Rolo's, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch)
Crush, cut and mash into tiny pieces
Mix together in a bowl, set aside

Cookie Crust
1 ½ sticks softened butter
¾ cups white sugar
¾ cups brown sugar
Cream together until fluffy

1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
Mix together until color lightens

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ¼ cups flour
½ cup mini chocolate chips
Stir until flour is incorporated

Spread into a greased jelly roll pan, or lipped pizza pan
Bake at F350°, 10-12 minutes until edges just begin to brown
Remove from oven, let rest 5 minutes
Prepare sauce
2 cups, or ½ bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
Melt, and stir until smooth
Spread evenly over cookie crust
Top with candy bars
Let cool

My sister Pammy posted a great photo tutorial of her process making these cookies; like I said, it's a family favorite.

What desserts do you turn to for comfort?

One year ago: Simply Delicious, Chocolate Chip Cookies

18 Sweet Talkers:

Camille said...

oh my sweetness! That's comfort foods all wrapped up in one delicious bar! Great recipe!

Cupcake Activist said...

Wow, I can already feel my teeth starting to hurt. That looks so good!

Chef Aimee said...

That is one perfect looking pizza! My ultimate dessert comfort food is profiteroles...its more so the hot chocolate sauce than anything else. I just want to drink it. :)

Tangled Noodle said...

This would put me over my sugar quota for 3 months but it would be so worth it!

Connie said...

M&Ms and candybars and peanut butter, Oh MY!
That's my kind of pizza!

Kate said...

What can I say! Gosh!
Thanks for taking part in Sugar High Friday :-)

Barbara said...

Love that name! Candy bar pizza surely describes this little piece of sugar heaven! And your choice of candy is great- the colors are super.

Pamela said...

This candy pizza is for the record books. It is always a sugar go to and a perfect for a crowd.

Barbara Bakes said...

These look like they would make a great Valentine's treat! Beyond yummy!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Holy heck...can I have that for breakfast, lunch and dinner please. You had me at hello ;-)

bboyyak1f said...

My cousin made a very rich version of this recipe for our 4th of July family get together. Her recipe was

1 Roll of refrigerated Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. Spread into a 14 round pizza pan and baked until brown.

2. Top crust with 1 c. of chocolate chips and spread evenly

3. Top with PB & Cream Cheese mixture
1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese
1/3 c. Peanut Butter
1/3 c. Brown Sugar
4. Top that with a cup of your favorite candy bars and 1 cup of chocolate, caramel or butterscotch chips or all of them.

I in turn took this recipe and created a truly decadent gourmet version of her Candy Bar Pizza.
Layered accordingly

1 Batch Rich Peanut Butter Cookies

1 C. of Chocolate Ganache

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese

1 C. Prepared Caramel (I use caramel sauce bought from a foodservice store-Gordon's)

1 1/2 C. Chopped up Snickers Bars

1 C. Chopped Honey Roasted Peanuts.

1/2 C. Melted Chocolate Chips.

Email me if you would like the receipe

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