Happy Endings

If you are a chocolate lover, this month's recipe is for you! It features a fun "pizza" that has a brownie crust, chocolate sauce, and a neat set of toppings (including white and dark chocolate chips).

One word of caution: this is NOT a dieter's dessert! To help me feel a little less guilty about indulging myself, I substitute this sweet treat for all of the candy and sweets that usually grace an Easter basket. Then, I smile more when I talk my morning jog.

Brownie Pizza

  • 1 package of your favorite brownie mix
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals or flavored coffee mix (like General Mills International Coffees)
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (milk chocolate, if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Depending on how thick you want your "crust", spray nonstick coating on the bottom of a round pie or pizza pan (10-14 inches in diameter). Prepare the brownie mix as indicated on the package. Add coffee crystals and coffee liqueur, if desired, to the mix and blend well. Turn into your prepared pan, spreading the batter until level and to approximately 1/2 inch from the rim. Mix together the coconut, chips, and pecans in a separate bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the brownie mixture. Bake on the center rack of your oven about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, then cut into "pizza" wedges.

  • Yields: 8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour