Gooey and packed with chocolate, brownies are always a big hit with kids. This brownie pizza is so easy to make that even preschoolers can help stir the batter.
· 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
· 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
· 2 1/2 tbsp. milk
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
· Red food coloring paste (available at kitchen and party supply stores)
· 6 oz. white chocolate
· Assorted candies
1. Prepare the brownie recipe, with one exception: Instead of pouring the mixture into a rectangular or square pan, pour it into a lightly greased (and clean!) 12-inch pizza pan.
2. Bake, in an oven preheated to 350 degrees, for 20 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool.
3. Meanwhile, mix up the red frosting "sauce." In a large bowl, cream the confectioners' sugar and butter.
4. Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of red food coloring paste and mix until you have the desired shade (think tomato sauce). Use a spatula or knife to spread the sauce evenly over the cooled "pizza."
5. Now you're ready to add the toppings. For white chocolate "cheese," roughly chop or grate (adults only) white chocolate.
6. Sprinkle it over the frosting (your kids may want to add extra cheese). For other toppings, add M&M's, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or any other favorite candies.
7. Use a pizza cutter to slice the brownie into 16 pieces. Present it in a pizza box (ask a local pizza parlor if you could have or buy one).
8. Serve the Brownie Pizza at an after-school gathering, a pizza party, or--most fitting--a Brownie troop meeting. Serves 16.
· 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares
· 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
· 3 eggs
· 1 cup sugar
· 3/4 cup light brown sugar
· 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
· 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 1/2 tsp. baking powder
· 1/4 tsp. salt
· Confectioners' sugar (optional)
1. Unwrap the chocolate squares and the stick of butter, then place them both in a medium-sized saucepan.
2. Place the saucepan on the stove top and heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. Set aside until cool (this will take 15 minutes or so).
3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular baking pan or a 9- by 9-inch square baking pan (the square pan will produce thicker, more cake-like brownies).
4. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk until foamy. Pour in the sugar and brown sugar and whisk until the mixture is well combined. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then carefully add the cooled chocolate mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
5. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this mixture to the egg and sugar mixture and beat for about 50 strokes or until the flour has been fully incorporated and the batter is smooth.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes for the 13- by 9- by 2-inch pan, 40 minutes for the 9- by 9-inch pan. Test the brownies for doneness. Cool thoroughly in the pan.
7. To cut the cooled brownies into uniform squares, use a sharp knife (adults only) to first score the top in a grid pattern, then slice the brownies and remove them from the pan.