Our 15 Favourite Dessert Recipes to Cook in a Pizza Oven
You know you can make pizza in your pizza oven, but did you know you can use it to make dessert too? After a pizza party, we love to make a sweet pizza or throw in a cast-iron baked dessert to round off the meal. Since our sweet tooth is just about the same size as our pizza tooth, we’ve compiled a list of our top Ooni-baked desserts.
Before we share our favourites, here are a few tips to consider when cooking sweet things in your oven.
Parbake Your Pizza
When cooking dessert pizzas topped with sugary ingredients like caramel sauce, frangipane, marshmallows, or chocolate chips, you want to ensure that your base gets cooked before your top catches on fire. We recommend parbaking your pizza dough, a technique for cooking something part of the way, before finishing it with sweet sauces and toppings. For tips and detailed techniques , check out our blog, For Sweet Pizzas, Consider Parbakings.
Cast Iron is Your Friend
Not only does cast iron stay safe when cooking at the high temperatures of our pizza ovens, but it’s also a great, even conductor of heat that’s naturally non-stick. That makes it an ideal vessel for cooking pizza and cookies at high heat. It’s also wonderful for making easy crumbles and quickly fire-roasting fruits to be served with ice cream in the summertime.
Take Advantage of the Cool Down
Some of the things we love to cook in our ovens don’t need to be cooked at the top temperatures you can reach when you’ve got the flame at full blast. We love to make use of every moment of the heat, which is why you’ll see recipes on our site for recipes like Flame-cooked Sticky Toffee Pudding that take advantage of the oven even as it’s cooling down and the heat is gentler.
Now for some dessert inspiration….
The chocolate chip skillet cookie is a warm and gooey dessert that takes the classic chocolate chip cookie from an individual dessert to a shareable centrepiece. Baked in a cast-iron skillet and cooked under the heat of the Ooni oven flames, this oversized cookie boasts a crispy edge and a soft, chewy centre. We love it even more served warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Apple and pear crumble is a heavenly dessert that combines the natural sweetness of apples and pears with a crunchy, buttery crumb and oat topping. Cornwall-based recipe developer Grant Batty’s version puts all the best parts of a crumble into a blistered, chewy pizza dough calzone and serves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Based on a famous chocolate cake out of the (now-defunct) Ebinger’s bakery in New York City, this pizza is a chocolate lover's dream come true. It has a decadent and rich combination of pudding, melted chocolate and chocolate cake crumble toppings on a crispy, cocoa-infused crust that mimics the original’s chocolate, pudding and icing layers.
Brown butter, buckwheat and a chopped chocolate bar set these cookies apart from a classic shop-bought batch. Ooni Volt is great for cooking a small amount of oversize bakery-style chocolate chip cookies whenever you’re craving some sweetness.
Pimm’s No. 1, the famous aromatic gin-based liqueur, marries beautifully with summer strawberries on this dessert pizza. A jam made with Pimm’s, strawberries and sugar is just the right combination of tangy and sweet. Post-bake cream, mint and shortbread add richness, herbal flavour and a buttery crunch.
Three dessert classics—poached pears, almondy frangipane, and Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread—come together to top this pizza. Prepping the pears and frangipane in advance makes this an easy dessert to whip up at the end of a pizza party.
One of our preferred ways to make dessert is to fill calzone with our favourite ingredients –apple pie filling, peanut butter and bananas, minty peach cobbler–and bake it until puffed and bubbling. Then we cut it in half and fill each side with a heaping serving of ice cream. It’s melty, messy and extremely riffable. Check out our past calzone combinations on Instagram using the link above.
Based on the flavours of a classic candy bar, this dessert pizza is a deconstructed version of classic sweets that you can eat by the slice. Pizza dough gets topped with pastry cream, chocolate and caramel sauce before it’s finished with chopped peanuts and flaky salt.
Queen of Southern Baking and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Cheryl Day developed this pecan galette specifically for Ooni ovens. Smaller and squatter than a classic galette, it’s chock-full of pecans and ooey-gooey filling that’s wrapped up in Day’s extra-flaky all-butter pie crust.
This recipe for the traditional British dessert takes a classic, low-and-slow approach to the bake. Cooked with the wood flames of an Ooni oven that’s cooling down after cooking at top temperatures, it’s sticky, rich and topped with a deliciously balanced toffee sauce.
Pistachio and white chocolate are an excellent pairing. We like them even more when they’re mixed with mascarpone and used to top a pillowy, pan-baked pizza.
This recipe is excellent for using any extra dough hanging around after a pizza party. All you need are some pantry and fridge staples–brown sugar, cinnamon and butter–and an extra dough ball for a crowd-pleasing dessert.
Looking to take your dessert game to the next level? Try making a batch of pâte à choux and turning it into handheld profiteroles under the flames of your Ooni oven. They're a showstopper when served sundae-style, stuffed with ice cream and then topped with chocolate sauce.
Drawing on classic French holiday flavours–clementine and chestnut–this half-moon-shaped pizza is delicious all year round. With richness from chestnut custard, bittersweet flavour from clementine marmalade and a sugary crunch from an almond praline, this dessert has it all
Combining the best of fast-casual cinnamon sticks, buttery cinnamon rolls and sticky gingerbread cakes, this spiced pizza is sugary, warm and a little bit crunchy from a sprinkling of pecans and crystallised ginger.