Ingredient Crisis

If you want it, ask for it.

I am not known for being a patient guy. When I know I want something, I want it now. In most cases I’m not afraid to push for it and I have some issue with people who are not willing to make the ask themselves.

I feel the same way about recipes. A standard recipe template gives the creator a specific place to make the ask: the ingredient list.

I find, however, ingredients that enhance the recipe, or in some cases may be critical to it, do not find their way into the ingredient list. This is very common with salt, pepper (“salt and pepper to taste”) and cooking spray (“spray the pan”). I get that. You need to have these on hand and if you don’t, you probably are not prepared to cook anyway.

In some cases, however, as with the recipe below, a more important ingredient is left off the list. At the very end of the recipe it tells me to drizzle chocolate syrup over the top. Well, I got to the end and didn’t have any.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not the end of the world. But if you have an opportunity to drizzle chocolate syrup and don’t have any, well, that is just wrong!

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This was a good combination of fruit, cream and chocolate.

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The tube of cookies were a little small, so I used one and part of another.

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I was a little skeptical about the oats added to the cookie, but it works.

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Baked cookie….ummmmmmm.

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With the apples and cream topping.

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And nuts.

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Delectable. I just wish I had some chocolate syrup!

Apple Chocolate Chip Dessert Pizza

Prep Time: 15 m | Cook Time: 25 m | Makes: Serves 8


  • 12 ounces STOUFFER’S Harvest Apples, defrosted according to directions
  • 1 package 18 oz. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough,
  • 2/3 cup quick or old-fashioned oats,
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream,
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar,
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts,


Combine cookie dough and oats. Press mixture into bottom of heavily greased 10 to 12-inch pizza pan to form crust (9 x 13-inch pan may be substituted).

Bake in preheated 375°F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Remove from oven.

Blend cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth in mixer bowl.

Layer Harvest Apples on top of crust. Spread with cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is set in the center. Cool in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Harvest Apples in microwave on 50% power for 6 to 7 minutes.


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Categories: Baking 2, Chocolate, Dessert, Fruit, kosher, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Ingredient Crisis”

  1. April 30, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Another fantastic dinner/dessert idea!


  2. April 30, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Looks good but agree the chocolate would add just the right touch!


  3. April 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I so agree….chocolate syrup is a CRITICAL item! Enjoy! 🙂


  4. April 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    sounds better to me without the syrup, i’m not a big chocolate fan!
    looks yummy!


  5. April 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Now that I have time in the evenings, (job change) I’ve been rather manic with the kitchen creations. You’ve given me plenty fuel for the flames!


  6. April 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I have never seen anything like this. It looks divine.
    Thanks for the idea.


  7. May 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    >I was a little skeptical about the oats added to the cookie, but it works.
    – A (supersized) oatmeal cookie?




  8. May 2, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    I nominated you for an award You truly are Super Sweet!!!


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