Margherita Pan Pizza

The September Issue of Cooking Light has a super yummy looking pizza on the front. The pizza shown was a Deep Dish Mushroom and Onion Pizza but the photo made me think of pan pizzas I used to love as a kid. So I decided to try to make my own in my cast iron pan but give it a more “grown up” twist by making a margherita pizza.

Margherita Pan Pizza


The result was a nice thick and chewy crust with the perfect amount of tangy tomato sauce, creamy melted mozzarella, and fresh basil! The dough is so simple to make but it does need to rise overnight so prepare ahead. Margherita Pan Pizza

Ingredients: For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 15 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried organo
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped or julienned

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Spritz Cookies #OXOGoodCookies

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Annually, OXO highlights this month with a program benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, founded by two OXO employees who’s son battled pediatric cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides inspiration and support to allow anyone to easily get involved in fundraising to find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Spritz Cookies #OXOGoodCookies


To show support, OXO will donate up to $100,000* to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer  through the sales of specially marked items, bake sale matches, and other fundraising efforts.   And that’s where this post comes in! OXO sent me a set of cookie-baking tools including specially marked OXO baking products with this Cookies for Kids’ Cancer sticker:



OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for for each blog post dedicated to this cause in September. (I made these Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and these Gluten Free Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes last year in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as well.)

But they aren’t stopping there. For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers in September. (Here’s a list of OXO products that include the sticker.)
* In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
So my cookie-baking set came with a Cookie Press with Disk Storage Case, as well as a Cookie Spatula and a 3 Piece Spatula Set. OXO was even kind enough to send over their newest Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons! I have never made Spritz cookies before so I was really excited to try the Cookie Press out. Although Spritz cookies are typically thought of as a holiday cookie, OXO’s Cookie Press comes with plenty of other non-winter shapes, including a Leaf, Daisy, Sunflower, Buttercup, Fleur-de-lis, Butterfly, Shell, and Heart! (More winter-y shapes include a Bear, Snowflake, Tree, and Wreath)

Spritz Cookies #OXOGoodCookies


For my first attempt, I stayed traditional and made a normal Butter Spritz Cookie Dough using a recipe adapted from the Food Network.



  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon sized pieces
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar, for garnish
  • Food dye (optional)

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