RED Hearts: The Pancake Princess

pazookieRED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of  RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today.

 This is the first in a RED Hearts series of spring-into-summer recipes -- things you can cook or bake, usually healthy things, always easy things -- for the people you heart. Served up by Erika Kwee, 23, “the baker, photographer and typo-maker” behind vegetarian food blog The Pancake Princess.

After becoming fascinated by the gooey deep-dish pizza-cookies, or “pizookies” from a certain chain restaurant, my brother started baking up overgrown cookie cakes of his own and hauling them to school in pizza boxes to honor his friends’ birthdays (nice kid, right?). He got so into it, he’s set up a little online bakery business.

The best part of this pizookie business is the personalization factor. My brother has spent many hours decorating pizookies with everything from volleyballs and tennis balls to a Hunger GamesMockingjay and the Deathly Hallows logo from Harry Potter.

You can order these from him, but as with most things in life, they’re so much better if you make them yourself. All sorts of cool stencils can be found on Pinterest, but you can definitely just let your imagination run wild.Here’s how you do it:

 Bake up your favorite chocolate chip cookies in an 8- or 9-inch cake pan (a recipe that usually yields 12-15 cookies works great for this! I love halving this one). Let the pizookie cool completely.

 Cut your desired stencil out of paper, place it over your pizookie and sprinkle on powdered sugar! Make sure to smear the powdered sugar around the edges of the stencil a bit so that the lines come out looking crisp.

 I filled in the “cut outs” on this Sweet 16 pizookie (pictured) with an easy glaze of powdered sugar and milk topped with rainbow sprinkles, but you can leave them blank.

 For those with advanced decorating skills, the possibilities are endless. Among them is the deliciousness of melting down chocolate chips and drizzling designs onto wax paper (place a picture underneath the wax paper if you want a guide to follow). Let the chocolate cool completely before peeling it off and placing it on the pizookie.

Have fun. Experiment. Maybe even show my little bugger of a brother how it’s done…

RED Hearts guest poster Erika Kwee is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.