Pizza Cookie Cake

by Erin

If you love pizza as much as my husband you need this pizza cookie cake, decorated to look just like a pizza with his favorites toppings!

Pizza Cookie Cake with a "Hell Yeah" cake topper.

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Yesterday was Bob’s 35th birthday! But we were in Chicago for a wedding so we actually celebrated a week ago in Columbus with a full day of pizza – breakfast, lunch and dinner. He always says he could eat pizza every day so I took it a step further and treated him to an all day pizza fest, and dinner was even a pizza buffet in case he didn’t get his fill the rest of the day.

Oddly enough when it came to deciding on his birthday dessert, it didn’t immediately occur to me to make something pizza-related, but thank goodness that light bulb finally went off. Guys, I made him a pizza cookie cake that looks like a deep-dish pizza!

How do you make a cake look like a pizza?

  • Sauce = strawberry jam
  • Mozzarella cheese = grated white chocolate
  • Pepperoni – cut-out Fruit-by-the-Foot
  • Other creative options for additional toppings in the recipe!
Pizza Cookie Cake Toppings.

Let me tell you, preparing a surprise birthday pizza cookie cake for someone you live with is not an easy task. Even the ingredients had to be hidden and I banned him for stepping foot in or even peeking into the kitchen.

Although I doubt he would have figured it out from the ingredients alone (heck he would’ve probably been confused), I still wanted the entire thing to be a surprise. And then transporting the pizza cookie cake to the pizza restaurant (I got approval first) meant it had to be in a concealed container that would also not crush it.

Pizza Cookie Cake with the Birthday Boy.

Since the man also loves Oreos I stuffed the pizza cookie cake itself with chopped Oreos and white chocolate chips. I made sure to hide any black pieces of Oreo that appears on the outer edges of the cake in order to preserve the eventual tan color the cookie dough would turn when baked to resemble pizza dough.

Once cooled, I smeared strawberry jam on top to act as the pizza sauce, grated white chocolate over the top for mozzarella, and cut little circles out of a Fruit by the Foot for pepperoni.

The other toppings for the pizza cookie cake were decided based on Bob’s go-to pizza: pepperoni, black olive, and hot pepper. The hot peppers were created by slicing yellow sour Twizzlers.  For the black olives I had several ideas but ended up sticking to mini chocolate chips.

What candy would you use to mimic your favorite pizza toppings on a pizza cookie cake?

A slice of Pizza Cookie Cake on a plate.

Four years ago: Honey-Sriracha Ketchup Grilled Chicken

Five years ago: Black Cherry-Peach Crisp Ice Cream

Six years ago: Greek Yogurt Everything Bagels

Eight years ago: Cosmic Brownies

Pizza Cookie Cake 1


Yield: 12 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mix-ins (I used white chocolate chips and chopped Oreos)


  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam ("pizza sauce")
  • 2 oz. shredded white chocolate ("mozzarella")
  • 1 Fruit Roll-Up, cut into circles ("pepperoni")
  • 3 sliced yellow Twizzlers sour mini twists ("banana peppers")
  • 1/2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips ("olives")


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat melted butter and sugars together until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, chopped cookies, and coconut. Dough will be thick and sticky.
  3. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper in the bottom of an 10-inch cake or springform pan. Grease the sides.
  5. Spread cookie dough evenly into the pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until center is set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. Spread jam on top, leaving the outside edge exposed as the "crust". Sprinkle shredded white chocolate on top, followed by remaining toppings.
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Source: Adapted from my Coconut, Mango & White Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

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Selah Mapes February 8, 2021 - 11:11 pm

I love this idea and copied for my son’s 10th birthday! I did the pepperonis and I made olives by slicing little tootsie rolls and poking a hole with a chip stick. I even went to my neighborhood pizza joint and they gave me a box to store it in. It was a hit!!!

Erin February 9, 2021 - 4:09 pm

That’s wonderful! Love the Tootsie roll trick.

Susan July 22, 2019 - 10:23 am

I’m so glad Bob liked the cake. You are amazingly and seemingly endlessly creative. Bob sounds a lot like my husband, whose middle name should be confusion (actually probably his first name should be confusion).

spiffycookie July 23, 2019 - 8:07 am

Thanks! I definitely run out of steam sometimes but coming up with new things is what keeps me going!

Bob Snow July 22, 2019 - 7:23 am

First off: best birthday cake ever?

Secondly and more importantly where are the leftover “toppings” hidden????????

spiffycookie July 23, 2019 - 7:25 am

I assume you didn’t mean to question your fist statement. As for the second part, I will show you tonight haha.


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