20 December 2012

Sorry I have been MIA lately.  December is just so busy, and then life threw us a curveball that took us out of town for a few days. But today is the Improv Challenge, and I wasn't about to miss that!

The premise of the Improv Challenge is easy: each month there are two assigned ingredients.  The participants must make a recipe using both ingredients and blog about it.

This month's assigned ingredients were chocolate and marshmallows.  I hope you weren't expecting some crazy savory dish, because there are so many fun Christmas desserts out there right now and I want to try them all!  I saw this Jingle Bell Cookie Pizza in an email from Pillsbury, and thought it would be perfect for this month's challenge.  

Jingle Bell Cookie Pizza

1 roll (16.5 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1½ cups miniature marshmallows
½ cup red and green M&Ms
½ cup hot fudge topping, heated, if desired

Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 12” inch pizza pan with shortening, or spray with cooking spray. 

On pan, break up cookie dough into pieces and press out dough evenly on bottom of pan to form crust. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown.

Sprinkle marshmallows and candies evenly over crust. Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed. Drizzle hot fudge topping over top. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 wedges to serve.

Makes 16 servings.

This is such a great holiday dessert because it's so easy and quick to make, but is really fun and festive.  I made it the weekend my mom was up visiting and we all really liked it.  I'm not a big marshmallow fan, but they work really well on this pizza with the M&Ms.

I just love the red and green colors on this dessert.  But you could easily use different colors for different holidays.  I'm thinking the Easter M&Ms would be really fun.  And you could use Reese's Pieces for fall colors at Thanksgiving.

 Gotta love chocolate on top of chocolate on top of chocolate!

 If you need a quick dessert for a small party, give this one a try.  And be sure to check out all of the other chocolate and marshmallow recipes below.  Next month's challenge is bananas and nutmeg; yum!

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  1. The nice thing about using m&m's is that you can keep making this pizza all year and just change the colors. Love the concept. I bet it was SO good.

  2. You picked the perfect dessert for this challenge~yummy and cute!

  3. That is cool idea and perfect for kids.

  4. Ooo! What a great idea! What's not to love about a cookie pizza plus marshmallows and M&M's? Yum!

  5. So beautiful, festive and EASY! Perfect holiday treat!!!!