Chocolate Chip Dessert Pizza is, in my humble opinion, the best kind of pizza ever made. With a simple thin crust, a cream cheese based “white pizza sauce”, lots of chocolate, and a crumbly streusel topping, I think you can see why this is such a favorite of mine!
So there’s this pizza place where Zach and I used to eat lunch together during college.
It wasn’t the best pizza place, but it was an all-you-can-eat deal where you paid about 5 bucks for unlimited pizza and soda and a mostly-wilted salad bar, and it was a college student’s dream. We ate so. much. pizza., but the best thing about this place was their variety of dessert pizzas.
They had a few varieties, cherry, apple, and other fruits, but I bypassed all of them for the Chocolate Chip Dessert pizza, and Zach and I piled our plates with as many slices as we could respectfully carry every single time.
Naturally, I wanted the recipe, but despite politely harassing at least three employees, nobody seemed to be able to tell me what was actually in this magical dessert pizza. Only that it was “Mostly dairy. I think.” Thank you, pizza-place guys.
taste-testing research ensued. I must have eaten a whole dessert pizza in a single sitting (for science, of course). Testing continued at home, and after many tasty, but not just quite right attempts, I finally got the recipe down. In fact, this dessert pizza was one of the first recipes I shared on the blog years ago (this was 4 years ago, even before the blog’s official “unbirthday”), and it has remained one of my most popular recipes ever since then.
The crust for this recipe is a very, very simple one (please don’t be intimidated by the yeast!). It’s thin and chewy and needs to bake only briefly, just long enough for the toppings to melt.
What Toppings Do You Put On A Dessert Pizza
For this dessert pizza, the only option here is chocolate. We first start by layering our base with a cream cheese “sauce”. this will help to hold the toppings in place and give the pizza a great creamy texture.
Next, we’ll add a cup of mini chocolate chips and press them into the sauce before topping everything off with a simple, crumbly, slightly crisp streusel topping.
And that’s it. Enjoy!
How to Make Dessert Pizza
Chocolate Chip Dessert Pizza
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (185g)
- ½ teaspoon instant yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup warm water (155ml)
- 8 oz cream cheese (225g)
- ¼ cup sugar (50g)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (175g)
- 3 Tablespoons butter melted
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour (50g)
- ⅓ cup sugar (66g)
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar tightly packed
Preheat oven to 500F (260C) and line a pizza pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt and stir well.
Add water and stir until ingredients are mostly combined. Use your hands to continue to combine until the dough is cohesive enough to form a ball.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes (until elastic). If needed, add additional flour 1 Tablespoon at a time if dough is too sticky and sticks stubbornly to your hands.
Roll dough out into a 12” circle and transfer to prepared pizza pan. Pinch edges or gently fold over to form a crust.
Prepare your cream cheese “sauce” by cutting your cream cheese into 8 pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 10 second intervals, stirring between each, until cream cheese is easy to stir.
Add sugar and vanilla extract, stir well.
Spread cream cheese “sauce” evenly over pizza dough.
Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly overtop and press/spread into the “sauce”. Prepare your streusel.
Add vanilla extract to melted butter, stir, and set aside.
In a separate bowl, use a fork to mix together flour and sugars.
Add butter mixture and use a fork to combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
Sprinkle evenly over pizza
Bake pizza in 500F (260C) oven for 7 minutes or until streusel turns a golden brown.
Remove from oven, allow to cool for several minutes, then slice and serve.
This chocolate chip dessert recipe was originally published 04/29/2014. Photos and text have been updated on 04/16/2018, and recipe has been updated for clarity and to include metric measurements