Looking for a sweet ending to your impromptu pizza party? You’ve come to the right place.
Pizza is the ultimate comfort food. It’s what you eat when you’re celebrating a promotion, feeling blue, or just too lazy to cook.
What’s not to love? Crisp and tender dough: check. Sweet and tangy marinara sauce: check. Meat and veggie toppings: check.
Stringy, ooey-gooey cheese: check. It’s heaven in every bite!
But even though pizza is always a hit, it’s not complete without dessert.
I’ve rounded up 12 desserts that pair perfectly with pizza.
Whether you have a hankering for something light, something heavy, or something Italian, I have all the options for you.
Trust me, you’ll love these desserts to bits and “pizzas!”
1. Ice Cream
In my household, where there’s pizza, there’s ice cream. This pairing is as classic as salt and pepper!
When it comes to ice cream flavors, the sky’s the limit! Whether it’s chocolate, vanilla, peppermint, or butter pecan, there really is no wrong choice.
Or how about a sinful banana split for the total cheat meal package? Come on, you totally deserve it. I mean, there’s fruit in it, so it’s kind of healthy! 🙂
If you want a lighter option but still want the goodness of ice cream, sorbet is a fantastic alternative. Sure, it’s not as rich and creamy, but at least it’s semi-guilt-free.
To balance out that heavy meal, opt for fruit-flavored sorbets. Pineapple, lemon, and berries make great, refreshing palate cleansers!
3. Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza
Can’t get enough pizza? Well then, how about even more pizza for dessert?
Dessert pizzas may look like regular pizzas, but there’s nothing savory about them at all!
For instance, a cinnamon streusel dessert pizza is loaded with cinnamon, sugar, and butter! What a sweet and decadent way to round out your meal.
End your Italian treat with an Italian sweet!
Tiramisu is layers of ladyfingers drenched in espresso with a mascarpone filling.
Light, airy, and perfectly creamy, this popular Italian dessert is a fantastic way to complete your meal.
Dough for your main course and dough for dessert? Why not?
End your meal with irresistible cream-filled cannolis! These fried treats are definitely delightful.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookies
What’s better than having pizza for dinner? Easy: having chocolate chip cookies after!
Call me biased, but chocolate chip cookies are the best way to end any meal, regardless if it’s gourmet, rustic, or takeout!
How can anyone resist thick, chewy cookies loaded with chocolate chunks? They’re the ultimate dessert champion!
7. Chocolate Mousse
Speaking of a chocolate explosion, chocolate mousse is another epic dessert that’s perfect with pizza.
I love its smooth and velvety consistency. Every spoonful is utter perfection.
These Mexican snacks may be simple, but they sure hit the spot.
Light and airy dough, deep-fried into golden perfection and then coated in cinnamon sugar? So yummy!
Dip these sticks in melted chocolate or caramel for the ultimate bite. With this sweet ending, anyone will definitely make room for dessert.
Plus, did you know that churros are actually easy to make? No need to go to a churreria to get a hold of this popular treat.
Just head to your kitchen and make them yourself!
9. Fudge Brownies
Wow, typing that alone made me drool. I’m completely in love with brownies, and I’m not afraid to say it.
Rich, chewy, fudgy, chocolatey brownies: how on earth can anyone say no to them? They’re the perfect ending to your pizza.
The best part about brownies? They are the most forgiving baked treat known to man! They’re so easy to make, no one can mess them up.
10. Fruit Tart
Want another fruity treat to end your pizza party? Well, fruit tart it is!
Sweet crust topped with a rich custard and fresh fruits: aah… that’s the stuff! If you think about it, fruit tarts are a lot like pizza, but in dessert form.
No wonder these two guys pair well together!
When it comes to this dessert, you can customize however you want! Just as long as you have the three basic elements – crust, custard, and fruit – you’re all set.
Pick whatever fruit or custard flavor you wish.
Gelato is another popular dessert that pairs beautifully with pizza. You’re already having Italian for dinner, so you might as well go all in with the theme!
As you may know, gelato is an Italian ice cream. But do you know and can you tell the difference?
Gelato contains more milk but has fewer eggs and cream. That means it’s thicker, denser, and more flavorful than traditional ice cream.
In short, there’s no reason not to fall in love with it!
Ending this list is another Italian dessert that will give you that extra boost of energy. It’s perfect if you have an important meeting after lunch!
Affogato is vanilla ice cream (or gelato) doused with a shot of espresso. The flavor is awesome, but the combination of hot and cold knocks it out of the park.
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