This is going to be somewhat of an image-heavy post since these cute, little Autumn Leaf Shaped Mini Pizzas are actually easier to explain with photos.
This was a fun dinner we did one night. The girls helped me out. And I’ve done this before, for example with dinosaurs, but I used our leaf cookie cutters this time to give it an autumn spin.
And to make the pizzas from scratch, you follow my Easy Pizza Dough Recipe. Except, once you roll out the dough, you cut out leaf shapes instead of transferring the whole thing to a large pan.
For the cheese topping, I used three kinds: colby jack, cheddar, and mozzarella cheeses. I used the sliced versions they sell at the store that are meant for sandwiches and burgers because they’re easier to cut with cookie cutters. And the extra cheese left over after cutting out my “leaves” went into some macaroni and cheese the next night.
I used 3 flavors of cheese to give it more of a colorful fall-leaf feel, and even if you’re hesitant about doing this, I can assure you – all of the flavors taste amazing on the pizzas.
As you can see in the photos, I used the cookie cutters to cut out both the dough and the cheese. I topped the dough with tomato sauce, spices (especially garlic), Parmesan cheese, and then a leaf shaped slice of cheese.
It is a little difficult to get the dough to keep it’s precise shape and to fit the cheese over the dough with the shapes lining up in with an exact perfection… but that’s okay. Really, one of my favorite parts of these little pizzas is the cheese that drips over the side of the crust onto the pan and mixes with the extra garlic powder and Parmesan and gets all crispy and delicious.
If you’re not into that, this may not be the recipe for you.
Here is the Wilton Leaves and Acorns 9-Piece Aluminum Cookie Cutter Set, in case you want to use the same ones I did:
And another pic of the yummy finished pizzas: