*This post was created in collaboration with Arctic Zone . All images and opinions are my own.
Cookie cakes bring back so many fond memories of childhood birthday parties, but they don’t have to be reserved just for celebrations! Much simpler than an actual cake, this Pepperoni Pizza version is inspired by Arctic Zone’s brand new lunch bag collection featuring designs and shapes that look like food. I thought it would be fun to create a dessert “imposter” pizza using all sweet treats to match the pizza slice tote.
With the sweltering temps of summer in full swing, lighter, fruit forward flavors sounded especially delicious! I started with a soft and chewy lemon cookie crust, and then topped it with strawberry jelly “sauce”, marshmallow and white chocolate “cheese” (the marshmallow even gives it the cheese pull effect), and fruit leather “pepperoni”. Of course, I couldn’t leave out a dash of cuteness, so I added some simple chocolate faces as well. This recipe is truly a piece of cake, and kid friendly (with adult supervision). You can even start with a roll of refrigerated cookie dough to cut down on time and ingredients. Any way you slice it, this pizza cookie is sure to be a new favorite!
Lunch totes aren’t only for school lunches either! I like to use mine to carry snacks when I got to the park, bring surprise treats to friends and family, and also for road trips (you can’t have a road trip without yummy snacks). I also love that Arctic Zone lunch bags are free from PVC, BPA, lead and phthalates, so you don’t have to compromise cuteness for quality (and they are easy to wipe clean as well). You can find the Pizza Lunch Pack at Arctic Zone, along with the full collection of lunch bags.
12 inch nonstick pizza pan
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon lemon extract
1 large egg
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Zest of ½ lemon
1 large egg
2 teaspoons water
Granulated sugar for sprinkling* (optional)
6 tablespoons seedless strawberry fruit spread (I recommend a reduced sugar variety)
½ cup marshmallow fluff
Warm water, as needed, to thin marshmallow
White chocolate bar
2 inch round cookie cutter
4 Raspberry Fruit Leathers/2 Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups
1/8 cup chocolate chips
The cookie dough can be made and chilled the day before baking. Because we are adding so many sweet toppings to the cookie crust I recommend using a reduced sugar strawberry jelly to help balance the level of sugar and sweetness (natural spreads also have a brighter color which works well for the “tomato sauce”).
*All cutting should be done by an adult.
Leftover pizza cookie can be covered and refrigerated (or even frozen for longer storage).
You can find this perfectly cheesy (in all the best ways) Pizza Lunch Pack at Arctic Zone.
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