If you didn’t fall off the diet wagon with our cream puffs you will with this pizookie. Years and years ago when we were in California visiting friends we went to BJ’s and had pizza and pizookie. It left quite an impression on me. And when I say it was years ago, I was probably in high school. I’ve pretty much been obsessed with pizookie ever since. They also have pizookie at my favorite Chicago pizza place, Lou Malnati’s. But every time we go there I fill up on pizza and I never order the pizookie. In October, we went to our friends wedding in Las Vegas. These were the same friends that took us to BJ’s in California. For the rehearsal dinner we went to BJ’s for pizza. On the way there I said to my family, I hope we get pizookie! And we did! Each table got a huge pizookie. It was about 14 inches in diameter. Each pizookie had 4 flavors. Chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, Oreo, and then there was a fourth one. I couldn’t quite tell what flavor the fourth one was, so I enlisted Kelly to try it. She said it was butterscotch, so I gave it a try. I was like, yep butterscotch. It was good, but I really loved the Oreo and chocolate chip ones. Then the bride came to the table and asked if we had tried the red velvet pizookie. Red velvet? We thought it was butterscotch! Anyway, I thought it was funny. How do you confuse butterscotch and red velvet?
I decided to make pizookie to bring to my New Year’s Eve party last week. I couldn’t decide if I should make Oreo or chocolate chip. I even thought about bringing both. But being that there were only 8 of us, I decided that 2 was excessive, especially since I also brought cream puffs. (I am a dieter’s nightmare) Kelly decided that she too would bring pizookie to her party. So, we decided to make 2 pizookies that were each half chocolate chip and half Oreo. It was a great decision. They were super easy to make and they were a huge hit at our parties. I see many pizookies in my future. And yours too!
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugars, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. While that is mixing combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside. To the butter/sugar mixture, add the egg. Gradually add in the dry ingredients. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips. Spread in an even layer in a 9 inch cake pan or cast iron pan. Bake for about 25 minutes. Slightly less if you want it really gooey and slightly more if you want it more like a cookie. After 20 minutes check to make sure it is not getting too brown. If it is cover with foil for the remaining time it is in the oven. Remove from the oven and add a few scoops of ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts; whatever you want.
Source: Inspired by BJ’s, adapted from Nestle Tollhouse