Pizza Making Party with the Girl Scouts and Recipes

A few weeks ago, a fellow homeschooling mom and leader of the Savannah Girl Scouts troop (#30273) contacted me to see if I would be willing to give a tour of my church's kitchen to the girls. I was delighted for the opportunity!

Independent Presbyterian Church is located just across from the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scout USA. It is a common sight on Bull Street to see troops paying a visit to their beloved founder's home year around.

Since it wouldn't take but several minutes to tour the IPC kitchen, I thought it would be fun to make some homemade pizzas and surprise the girls with a special dessert using their famous cookies.
Choose your favorite topping! (I told the girls the most interesting pizza I've eaten was topped with squid and garlic!) From plain cheese to pepperoni, roasted peppers and onions, we all had a great time talking and assembling our own personalized pizzas.

It's just something about cooking and sharing food together...memories are made and friendships forged. I've made more friendships through cooking in the kitchen than anywhere else!

After devouring our pizzas, we had our Girl Scout Cookie Cake Bars! Girl Scout Samosas and Tagalongs can be used as toppings for this recipe. Many thanks to Kevin and Amanda for this super easy and yummy recipe!

Girl Scout Tagalong (or Samosa) Cookie Cake Bar by Kevin and Amanda

Homemade Pizzas
*I usually triple this recipe for my family of 6 so we have left overs. These pizzas are great re-heated in toaster oven!

Simple Pizza Crust
Makes 1 large or 4-6" personalized pizza crusts

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups bread flour, more for dusting
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, lower the oven rack to bottom third

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, using your hand.

Stir in flour and salt and knead until smooth, 4-5 minutes. Dough should be supple and not sticky. Form it to a smooth ball, place it in a bowl greased with 2 tablespoon of olive oil.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and stretch or roll into a round. If the dough is hard to stretch or roll, let rest for a minute. Resume stretching to the size to fit your pan or make personalized pizzas.

Place a sheet of parchment paper over a baking pan. Lay stretched dough discs on paper.

Spoon on marinara sauce (recipe below), spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes (longer if making a large pizza) , or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Simple Marinara Sauce

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, grated
1/2 teaspoon dried organo
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried pepper flakes
1 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 dried bay leaves
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the garlic, dried oregano, basil, pepper flakes and sauté garlic and herbs until just beginning to sizzle and heat. Add the crushed tomatoes, bay leaf and grated parmesan cheese, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 45 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe can be doubled. Portion the sauce and freeze in quart-size bags for future use.


  1. The pizzas look great, and the Girl Scout Cookie bars look amazing! Thanks so much sharing for these recipes. I'm always looking for something new.

  2. How fun! I'm sure the girls had an absolute blast, and those bars look amazing. Tagalongs are my favorite GS cookies, though Samoas are a close second :-)

  3. What a great bonus outing for the girls! And, I'm sure it gives you an additional sense of joy to be able to share your passion with others. Cheers!

    oh... I've been meaning to ask you - did you ever find a use for that flying dragon marmalade?

  4. I love the pizza party you did with the girls! What a great idea. I'm sure they loved assembling their personalized meals. =)

  5. Fantastic recepie!As usual, great ideas.

    João Silva

  6. I bet the girls loved your bars and making the pizzas, Kay! I'm going to check out the bar recipe. Maybe I can use my box of Thin Mints:)

  7. I always wanted to visit Juliette Gordon Low's home when I was a Girl Scout - heck, at 26 - I still do! What a fabulous adventure for the girls and how yummy it all looks :)

  8. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago...I am enjoying your descriptions and seeing that someone else uses food as a tool in ministry. I do large scale cooking for a large Presbyterian church in Albuquerque New Mexico. I am currently making 800 Hot Cross Buns for Sunday! I'll be making soup for 100+ for Good Friday...Anyhow, keep up the great posts.

  9. That looks so yummy... seriously, I want to live near you. Why can't my girl's troop have interesting places like your kitchen to visit?

  10. This post brought back so many wonderful memories of Girl Scout meetings and outings with my daughter's troop! Scouting was such an important part of our lives through her growing up years! Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

    What a terrific pizza party, Kay!

  11. This post brought back so many wonderful memories of Girl Scout meetings and outings with my daughter's troop! Scouting was such an important part of our lives through her growing up years! Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

    What a terrific pizza party, Kay!