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Personal Pumpkin Pizzas

October 29, 2011

The Preschooler had snack yesterday and wanted to take pizza to share with her classmates.  Quite fitting as they were talking about their sense of taste.  I ended up making the kids little personal pizzas that looked like jack-o-lanterns.   And yes they were totally cute, and no they weren’t crazy time consuming.  It took me the same amount of time to make these as it did to make a trail mix and bag it up, or make a batch of mini muffins.

They would make an awesome classroom party treat for fall parties Monday.  They are fun and healthy and work for any age kid.  If you aren’t allowed to send in homemade snacks then make them Sunday night to send in lunches on Monday!  It also makes for an easy Halloween Dinner.  And I promise they are SO simple to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 recipe of quick pizza dough (see below) – makes ~20 – 4″ pumpkins pizzas
Pumpkin cookie cutter, we used a soft grip one from Wilton
pizza or tomato sauce
mozzarella cheese
pepperoni
small paring knife

 

Directions:

Roll out pizza dough to ~1/4″ thick.  Cut with cookie cutter, and transfer to prepared cookie sheet.  Leave a little space between each to allow for the dough to rise and spread while baking.

Spread each pumpkin shaped piece of dough with sauce and sprinkle which cheese.  Cut a few piece of peperoni into smiles and eyes.  The picture below offers one suggestion for how to cut the peperoni.  Place peperoni pieces on each pumpkin pizza and bake for 5-6 minutes at 450 degrees, or until crust is done and cheese is melted.

If needed, you can carefully reposition eyes or mouths right after they come out of the oven.  Cool on a cooling rack and serve.  They can be made a head of time and warmed in the oven before serving.  Refrigerated biscuits or pizza dough from the freezer section, could also be used as your crust, or contact your favorite pizzeria, some sell their dough ready to use.

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