Brilliant Idea: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pizza Cookie with Baileys Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It’s rainy season here in Liberia, which means that my friends and I have to be even more creative about how we spend our time since our weekends at the beach are now just distant memories. It’s also one of the rainiest seasons on record, or at least feels like it, and in Monrovia, which ranks second in the most annual rainfall of any city in the world, it’s a lot of rain!

So, dinner parties, game nights, theme parties, etc are all we are doing. A few friends and I are having regular dinners where we can show off our culinary prowess, and recently we had a dinner where a friend made homemade ramen (to be honest, I didn’t know that was possible!), which was genius.

This was dinner. With imported beer. Yes.
This was dinner. With imported beer. Yes.

Me? I made a gigantic pizza cookie.

Best. Idea. Ever.

um yes pizza cookie

Inspired by a California chain B.J.’s, that has the best dessert in the world, a Pizookie, it’s basically a gigantic cookie made on a pizza sheet, pulled out of the oven when it’s still gooey in the middle, and topped with ice cream and served immediately. My friends are geniuses and had made a Bailey’s chocolate chip ice cream to go on top of it, and so we gorged ourselves on cookies and ice cream. Pizza cookie for the win.

pizza cookie for the win

Seriously, enjoy. 🙂

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pizza Cookie

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes one pizza sheet sized cookie (and I recommend using a pizza sheet because it has edges so the cookie doesn’t expand all over your oven!)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) unsalted butter, melted and browned
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit/178 degrees celsius. In one bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the sticks of butter to a sauce pan and melt – once the butter has melted continue to heat. The butter will start to foam, and once the foam has subsided you will notice brown flecks in the butter. Remove from heat immediately so it doesn’t burn, and add right away to a heat proof bowl.

To the browned butter add both sugars, and mix well. To the butter mixture add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat or mix until the ingredients are well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a spatula or your hands, drop the batter in spots on the pizza sheet, and spread the batter out until it’s covering the sheet evenly and ideally covering the entire sheet.

Bake for about 18-21 minutes, until the cookie is firmer around the edges but still soft in the center. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and either add the ice cream directly to the pizza cookie and eat communal style (the best way!) or cut and serve with the homemade ice cream recipe below. Enjoy!!

Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Recipe adapted from Cuisinart
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup Baileys
3 1/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup chocolate chips*

Place cocoa and sugars in a medium bowl and stir to combine.  Add whole milk and Baileys and use a hand mixer on low speed to whisk until cocoa and sugars are dissolved, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream.
Turn ice cream machine on and pour mixture into the frozen freezer bowl; let mix until thickened, about 25-30 min. After about 30 minutes, remove the bowl from the machine and place in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 3-4 hours. If you’re in a hurry and want to eat it, you can eat it even when it’s not as thick, it will still taste delicious on top of the pizza cookie! Or, for even better results, this ice cream can also be made the day before.
*You can substitute roughly cut chocolate chunks instead, which also add a great texture!
Nothing but smiling faces here!

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