After completing my second round of Whole30, and successfully avoiding sweets & treats of any kind for thirty days, it feels good to be back with a new Paleo dessert recipe!
This one started off as a new cookie recipe I wanted to test out during one of my "Sunday recipe testing" days. I soon realized, however, that the cookie "dough" I had whipped up was just not firm enough to scoop into cookies that would hold a good shape. So, I changed plans and decided to turn it into a giant cookie.
My inspiration was the much loved "pizookie" from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. If you haven't had one before, it's basically a giant, warm, deliciously gooey chocolate chip cookie baked in a pizza dish & made for sharing. I thought this could be a Paleo answer to that famous dessert- and it worked out perfectly!
The texture is that of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Crisp on the edges, but soft & chewy in the center. The best part is that when you slice it like a pizza, you can actually hold up a slice without it breaking in half or crumbling to bits.
The ingredients are really simple, and the outcome is awesome! I think this would be perfect for any gathering, date night in, or a birthday celebration. You could also scoop this cookie dough "batter" into smaller single-serving pie dishes to make baby pizookies...!
Top with fruit or dairy-free ice cream, and serve it warm... & you are in for a treat! Hope you enjoy!
- 3/4 cup almond butter (I use fresh ground from Whole Foods Market for the best taste & texture)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use the "Enjoy Life" brand)
- coconut oil, butter, or ghee for greasing
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, stirring in the chocolate chips last.
- Grease a cookie sheet, pie dish, or pizza pan (I used a 12" nonstick pizza pan) with fat of your choice so the cookie won't stick.
- Spread your cookie dough out, leaving about 2 inches of pan around the circumference for the cookie to spread. Don't worry about leaving space if you're using a pie dish & going for a "deep dish" sort of pizookie.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the cookie is golden brown around the edges and "set" in the middle (no longer jiggles if you shake the pan).
- Allow to cool, and slice with a pizza slicer into equal sized pieces. I stored my leftovers in the fridge & heated in the microwave for a few seconds to serve it warm! Try it topped with a dairy-free ice cream, fruit, or chocolate drizzle.