"PIZZERT" - Dessert Pizza

A soft and chewy cookie crust covered in your favorite sweet treat toppings!

By Samantha Benajmin, Executive Pastry Chef and Owner of The Dessertist August 1, 2020

Makes one 12” round pizza crust or two 8" crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter – softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole oats

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Using shortening or non-stick spray coat a 12” pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

In a bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars for about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and mix until incorporated. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well mixed.

On a lightly floured surface scoop dough mixture onto table and form into a ball. Place the dough ball into the center of the pan. Using floured hands press the dough into the pan, turning the pan as you press making sure it’s pressed evenly. Place into the over and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

While the crust is baking prepare your frostings and toppings. You can use any type of frosting you want and top your Pizzert with your favorite treats like cookies, brownies, marshmallows and even edible cookie dough!

Once the crust has cooled spread your choice of frosting up the edge leaving about an inch. Sprinkle toppings evenly. The amount is your choice! You can also divide the crust use different frostings and different toppings on half, quarter or even a single slice!

About Samantha Benjamin

After moving to NYC in 2007 with degrees in both business and art Samantha needed a creative outlet to put her artistic talents to use. With lack of space she opted to use her kitchen as a studio by using cake, cookies and other desserts as her medium. She discovered the fun and excitement in making edible art and it quickly became her passion.  Her love of art and baking helped turn her dreams into a reality and with that she launched her company THE DESSERTIST.

THE DESSERTIST has since then become a well-recognized name and Samantha has become a notable Artistic Pastry Chef with a growing list of clientele across the country. Her ability to create customized, one-of-a-kind desserts have captured the eye of many giving her the privilege to create pieces for notable chefs and celebrities. As the brand expanded, Samantha has become a voice within the culinary industry and not only inspires but also educates her followers. As an ambassador for working mothers she takes part in many parent organizations and her daughter, Charley, is constantly featured as part of THE DESSERTIST brand.  

As Food Network described Samantha as an - “An easy-to-love chef", one that kids and adults can relate too as well as professionals and experts of the field respect. The outlook on the future of dessert is guaranteed success with her expert knowledge of flavor combinations and unique concepts of presentation; for her creativity is key. She is always working on the next "big" thing and her ability to create edible beauty is one-of-a-kind that has been well noticed.

An award-winning chef, her unique approach to desserts in both flavor and design have gained her recognition within the culinary and design worlds. She regularly makes appearances at national food festivals and charity events sharing her love of edible art. She is often a guest writer for multiple publications, recipe developer and a guest culinary instructor in schools across the area.

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