There are a lot of perks to having kids.

Hubby and youngest, rockin' the inflatables

1) You get to goof off in the name of “hands-on parenting.” I’d look kind of silly doing a science experiment with a bottle, pen cap, sculpting clay, paper clips, flossers, and LOTS of water…everywhere – without a kid next to me. I’m sure I looked pretty silly, anyway, but I felt like MacGyver. ¬†ūüėÄ

2) Balloon volleyball is a viable form of exercise. 

3) You are reminded that clouds and lightning bugs never lose their appeal.

4) You get to make – and eat – absolutely decadent food creations. Which brings us to the topic for today:


Cookie Pizza

image and recipe below from: Gifts from the Kitchen, Publications Int'l, 2003

My youngest son decided to celebrate the end of the school year in style: ¬†a Dungeons and Dragons party (’cause that’s how he rolls) with a few of his friends. ¬†But he wanted to make something special for the party, and cookie pizza fit the bill perfectly. ¬†

What’s not to love? ¬†It’s a sugar cookie crust, a “sauce” of melted chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk, and its toppings are mini marshmallows, M&Ms, nuts (we left these out), and any other candy decadence you can dream up. ¬†It has a visual “wow” factor that can’t be beat.


  • Your favorite sugar cookie dough (we used Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie Mix, but you can use the already-prepared 18oz pkg of refrigerated dough)
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups M&Ms
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 deg F, or per sugar cookie baking instructions.  Divide dough, and press into 2 ungreased pie pans.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.  Cool.


2. In either a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave, melt chips and sweetened condensed milk until smooth and blended.  Spread over crusts.  Sprinkle with remaining ingredients.

Bake 4 minutes, or until marshmallows are lightly toasted.  Cool and cut into wedges.

Our result was yummy!

Do you have a favorite decadent treat at your house? ¬†I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,


P.S. – This post will stay up as the current one next week, while I’m away. ¬†Catch ya later!

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