Jack o’lantern Pizza

By Laura

Years ago, my girls desperately wanted to get Papa Murphy’s jack o’lantern pizza, but at the time there was no way we could afford to eat out.   So, I grabbed my trusty pizza recipe and thus began our tradition of making jack o’lantern pizzas on Halloween before the kids headed out to trick or treat.  They’re the perfect choice, because they’re both fun and functional–even if dinner gets cut short by the neighbors begging to get started, the pizza is still great later.  And of course, you could also just use refrigerated pizza dough to speed up the process.  After all, you’ll need that time to get the kids in their costumes.

Find the recipe below for our favorite dough!

Also, Melessa and I found a bunch of cute ideas that show how to decorate a Halloween pizza (see recipe links below).

This recipe is another one by my dear friend, Elizabeth Tobler Holman.  See her recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bars here.  She’s the best!

Tobler Pizza Dough (makes 2 pizzas)

Dissolve :
1 T yeast in
1 1/2 c warm water

Add, mix and knead:
1-2 T sugar
1 t salt
4 c flour (can use any combo of AP or whole wheat flour)

Our family also likes to add 2 T Herbes de Provence to this dough for added flavor, but that’s definitely optional.

Preheat oven to 450 with pizza stone in it.  Knead dough until it stays together nicely.  Let rise until double, gently press down to deflate, and let it rest ten minutes.

Smooth corn meal onto your pizza peel.  Form dough into a circle (pull up a bit of the dough to make a stem for jack o’lantern pizza) and top as you would like.  I usually just use jarred spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella, and pepperoni and mushrooms.  They make great jack o’lantern faces, as they don’t shrivel up as much as onions and peppers.  Olives would also work great.

Slide onto stone and bake ten minutes.

If you don’t have a stone, don’t despair!  Just dust a cookie sheet with corn meal, shape the crust, top it, and put it in the oven after it’s done preheating.  It won’t be as crispy, but it’ll still be delicious.


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  • Natalie Douglass
    October 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    What a cute idea! I actually just made a pizza in a cast iron skillet on my grill. It’s so quick and easy. Love these ideas!

    • Laura and Melessa
      October 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Wow! That sounds amazing! I only have a charcoal grill, so I rarely think of anything like that. Our friends just got a brick oven for pizzas outside (and I’m guessing it tastes similar to your grill), and they say it only takes 90 seconds to cook. I love brick oven pizza at restaurants, so I’d love to try theirs sometime too. Yum!

  • Allison T.
    October 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    It honestly blows my mind how creative people can be! We are definitely going to be making one of these Halloween themed pizzas! I can really see how hard you both have been working on these posts and want to thank you so much for all of it!

  • Denise
    October 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    So cute—love this ideas!! Thanks for posting them!!

  • Denise
    October 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I tried sharing this on my FB timeline and it won’t obey my command and post!! I want to share this and also let others know about your blog. Any ideas of what I need to do?

    • Laura and Melessa
      October 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Denise! Scroll down to the bottom of the post and click on the Facebook logo to share on your page. Let us know if it doesn’t work!

  • Lillian Soza
    October 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Fun fun fun!!! Those Frankenstein ones are so cute!!!

  • Denise
    October 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    It worked! Thanks, Laura. I was doing it another way and hit a dead end. I hope friends of mine that don’t know about it will check it out–it is such a great blog!

    • Laura and Melessa
      October 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Denise! That really means a lot. 🙂

  • Elane Teasdale
    October 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Love this idea. I think we have a new Halloween tradition.

  • Jana
    October 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    These are so cute! I can’t believe I have never run across anything like this before?! Cullen just mentioned the other day he’d like to make a pizza, so I think this is on our to-do list. Thanks for the great ideas!

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