Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza
Dorcas Annette Walker

Like his older brother, Eric, Aaron Hines has curly red hair. Now that Aaron has grown as tall as Eric people often get them mixed up. There is one definite factor that sets them apart. No matter how serious or grown up Aaron tries to look he can’t hide his mischievous nature. Aaron believes in playing as hard as he works. So I shouldn’t have been shocked when I was shown a picture of him hanging off the edge of a rock bluff with nothing but thousands of feet of air beneath him- I was assured that it wasn’t as bad as it looked- nor hanging midair from the bottom of the second highest bridge here in Tennessee that our area is noted for. I could only hope that his mother would be sitting down when she saw the pictures. Being an outdoors type of guy, Aaron wasn’t exactly enamored at the thought of cooking. He reluctantly washed his hands and started mixing up the ingredients I put into the large bowl, but brightened up when I handed him an egg to crack. Aaron briskly stirred up the dough despite the few pieces of egg shells that remained. After flattening out the cookie dough on the pizza pan, I showed Aaron how to make a zigzag edge. Intrigued he carefully finished off the edge. He was rather startled when I told him he had to time his pizza so it wouldn’t burn up after sliding the pizza into the oven. The cookie crust was rescued in the nick of time. Since the fellows had plans for the night I told Aaron we’d finish up his pizza the next day. Saturday afternoon after stretching some fence line along the back of our property, before they headed off town, I reminded Aaron that his pizza needed to be finished so we could have it for dessert at supper. As he started spreading layers of cream cheese filling and pudding on the top of the cookie crust, Dwight and Eric started drooling as they saw Aaron build his pizza. As a finishing touch I poured some chocolate chips into his hand to sprinkle on top of the cool whip. Holding a handful of chocolate chips Aaron suddenly remembered- to my horror and the guy’s great amusement- that he hadn’t washed his hands. He tried to assure me that no one would notice any dirt as the chocolate chips were dark anyway. Dwight nearly doubled over shouting with laughter. Thankfully no stomachs had to be pumped after eating Aaron’s masterpiece that evening. To the fellows Aaron’s dirty hands was the highlight of their entire cooking adventure.

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This Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza is a rich and filling dessert. The flavors of chocolate and peanut butter mixed with a cream cheese filling are a luscious combination that guarantees an instant success. Aaron’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza was eaten up the second day. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza recipe takes only thirty minutes to prepare and serves sixteen.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza

2 c self-rising flour
½ c sugar
½ c brown sugar
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ c peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
½ c shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Mix ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl and spread out on a greased pizza pan. Bake at 350ยบ for ten minutes and cool.

Beat together until smooth:
1 pkg cream cheese
½ c powdered sugar
½ of a 16 oz container of cool whip
Layer over the cooled peanut butter cookie crust.

Prepare one box of instant chocolate pudding as directed and spread over cream cheese layer. Then spread the last half of the cool whip over the chocolate pudding. Garnish with chocolate chips or shaved chocolate curls. Chill and serve!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a freelance writer, author, columnist, and photographer from Jamestown, TN. If you have any cooking tips or favorite recipes you are welcome to contact me by mail at: Dorcas Walker, 929 Wildwood Lane, Jamestown, TN 38556 or email me at: dorcaswalker@yahoo.com. For more information about the Walker family and Dorcas’ books check out her website at: www.dorcasannettewalker.com or htpp://dorcasannettewalker.blogspot.com for other Creative Mountain Cookin recipes.


Dorcas said...

Hi Dorcas,
Your recipes and finished goodies always look soooooooo delicious!! And just how do you stay so thin?

You've been "tagged"!! I was "tagged" by my niece, Katressa to list seven random things about myself. Go to my blog to see what to do!!

Dorcas Annette Walker said...

Ha! Ha! Ha!
I'm getting the middle age spread too.

I'm glad you think my pictures of my recipes are tempting. I've worked already for over an hour to try and get the right effect- maybe if knew what I was doing it would help- ha!

Seven things about me:
1. Even though I'm a TN Walker living up in the Tennessee moutains I was actually born a Yankee up on the side of a mountain in Northern PA. The clinic was so tiny my mother was the only patient. After I was born the dr went out and shot a large buck. He said I brought him luck.
2. My father loved the name Dorcas and insisted that I be called that- my poor mother wasn't too sure.
3. So to add a more sophisticated touch she added Annette after her mother, Annie.
4. I named my daughter, Dawn Annette, and she named her girl Annette Joy!
5. Our family is evenly divided between the Yankees and the Rebels. I'm a PA Yankee; my daughter, Dawn, was born in PA before we moved South; Dana was a Rebel from FL; our son, Dwight, was born at Oakridge, TN the energy center of the world.
6. I have this crazy habit of diving in and doing a craft, garden, or house project that I'll find from a picture, idea, or conjure up from my imagination even though I don't have the slightest idea of what I am doing- not the smartest way to go- with some very interesting results
7. I enjoy painting pictures; I've actually finished a watercolor although it took me years of stopping and starting and am now working on an oil painting that I hope to finish before I retire- ha!
8. I go insanely wild whenever I get a paintbrush in hand- just ask my family. My husband is the professional painter but like every other occupation our home is the last to get his touch so when he is gone I grab a brush and work miracles- ha!

Oops! Was I only to list seven things, uh, can you tell I'm a writer? For any more info about me or my family check out my website at: www.dorcasannettewalker.com

Dorcas said...

Thanks for all "8" comments about yourself!! They're all very, very interesting. I've found this to be a lot of fun!