If you're looking for the ultimate Halloween party dessert, look no further! This treat looks incredible but tastes even better. I couldn't help but grab a piece from the kitchen as I sat down to begin this blog...the chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie combined with the creamy chocolate frosting and thin mint cookie crumbles is oh-so-yummy.
Halloween has always been so much fun in our home. While it's always sort of crazy with the costume making, baking, and parties, we love it! I always try to go the extra mile to make every one special for our girls. While I'm not the greatest seamstress in the world, I do know my way around a sewing machine a little bit, and I insist on making the girls' costumes year-after-year. This year the girls have decided to dress up as an 80's "punk rocker" (Sydney, the 8-year-old), the Little Mermaid (Taylor, the 4-year-old), and Snow White (Brooke, the soon-to-be 2-year-old). It's going to be fun putting those costumes together...
To make it even more fun, every year we host an informal Halloween party at our house just before the trick-or-treating begins in our neighborhood. We invite anyone and everyone that lives on our street...It's really fun! Hot cocoa and apple cider, monster popcorn hands, and rice crispy treats are typically what our guests snack on, but this year, we're proud to add the new Ghosts in the Graveyard Cookie Pizza to the menu. It looks great (and spooky), and I think it's going to be the star of this year's party!
To make the cookie, combine the softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar using a mixer.
When the mixture looks smooth and creamy, add the egg and vanilla.
After the mixture looks smooth, add in the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix it on low speed until a dough has formed. It doesn't take very long.
Stir in the mini chocolate chips. At this point, the dough is ready, so you could refrigerate or freeze it, bake it, or if you're like my husband, you could grab a spoon and go to town as is...For the recipe's sake, let's bake it.
Dump the cookie dough onto a lightly greased (or parchment-lined) 12" pizza pan. I prefer to use parchment paper because it makes it easier to transfer the cookie to a decorative plate when ready. You can buy parchment paper at just about any grocery store, and it can usually be found by the plastic wrap and foil paper.
Next, spread the cookie dough evenly in the pan. I used a sheet of waxed paper that was sprayed with no-stick spray and used my hand to help spread the dough. A rolling pin also would have worked nicely...
When the dough is almost at the pan's edge, it's ready for the oven!
Remove the waxed paper, and bake the cookie at 350 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes.
When the cookie is ready, remove it from the oven, and place it on a cooling rack.
While the cookie cools, carefully crush the chocolate sandwich cookes into tiny pieces. I put mine in a plastic bag and crushed them with a rolling pin...You know you're done when the cookies resemble delicious dirt!
To create tombstones, I used "Nutter Butters", and chocolate-covered graham crackers. To prepare the "Nutter Butters", I cut each one in half so that each cookie made two tombstones; the graham crackers were small enough that I didn't need to cut them. If you need to substitute the "Nutter Butters", you can probably use regular vanilla sandwich cookies or plain graham crackers.
To create the decorations on each tombstone, I used white and dark chocolate that I melted in the microwave. You could also use candy melts, piping gel, or even royal icing to decorate with. If using chocolate, melt it in the microwave, and put it into a plastic sandwich bag with one of the corners cut off (or you can use a decorator's pastry bag with a #2 or #3 tip). Decorate the tombstones with messages, spiderwebs, skeletons, or ghosts. The more creative the better...
How cute are these?
Now that the cookie is cooled completely, add the chocolate frosting. Using a butter knife or spatula, spread the frosting until the entire cookie is covered.
Next, sprinkle your "delicious dirt" onto the cookie.
Using the tombstones you made earlier, decorate the cookie to resemble a graveyard. Because it's a spooky Halloween graveyard, no need to be perfect. Crooked tombstones, ghosts, skeletons, and spiders are absolutely welcomed!
Add some candy pumpkins, marshmellow ghosts, and a decorative Halloween plate to complete the dessert. It's super cute! No tricks are needed to make this spooktacular treat. Enjoy, and I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!
I would love to know how you decorated your Halloween cookie pizza. Remember also to rate and review this Halloween recipe, Ghosts in the Graveyard Cookie Pizza.
On Monday come back to view the Funny Face Pizza Parade. It is a recipe that is perfect to make with kids.