Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza - Pinch of Yum

Oh, haiyyy. Just gimme a minute to lick the final cinnamon streusel crumbs off my sticky fingers and attempt to be coherent enough to write something.

Or get another slice. Cause coherent thoughts might not be happening.

This pizza, and by pizza I mean subtly sweet thick crust topped with a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon streusel crumbs and drizzled with a warm maple glaze, is so distractingly good. And much like yesterday’s awesome chili was inspired by my hoarding of those blue corn and flax tortilla chips from Target, today’s dreamy cinnamon sugar greatness was brought on by a summer trip to the Wisconsin Dells and a fine dining experience at the one and only: Pizza Ranch.

I kind of cringed when I wrote that because I’m visualizing of all you fancypants readers sitting there drinking your tea with your pinkies out who will now judge me.

Or more like GET JEALOUS. Fancypants, get real witcha self.

Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza - Pinch of Yum

What I found out relearned at the Pizza Ranch is that dessert pizza is basically the world’s most lovable food.

Show me a person who doesn’t like dessert pizza and I will show them this photo/diagram of deep dish cinnamon streusel dessert pizza, and how that barely sweet pillowy crust is just saturated with that butter and sugar cinnamon streusel while still holding on to its textured crumbs on top and how the whole thing is being altogether bear-hugged by that warm maple glaze.

Thaaaa Textuuuure. Gives me chills.

Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza - Pinch of Yum
“But when would I even eat this?”

Okay. I know this is breaking the rules on a few levels, but hear me out:

Eat it for breakfast. It’s so thick and pillowy and bready, and the cinnamon flavors are so cozy and I swear the flavors taste the better when you are wearing sweatpants and a fleece. At least that’s true if you live in Minnesota and you own items of clothing called “fleeces”. It reminds me of a cinnamon roll in dessert pizza form, or coffee cake pizza. It begs you for a steaming mug of coffee, a big glass of milk, or a shmear of sweet cream butter. But I did not just say that.

I think normal people have it for dessert or something. And I guess that’d work.

Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza - Pinch of Yum


5.0 from 4 reviews
Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza
Serves: 8
  • half of this batch of dough or any other pizza dough**
  • cinnamon sugar to taste
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil**
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  1. Crust: Preheat the oven to 425. Generously oil a round cake pan. Place the ball of dough in the cake pan and press outwards until the edges of the dough are creeping up the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the dough lightly with cinnamon sugar.
  2. Crumbs: Pulse the flours and sugars in a food processor with the butter and oil (or form crumbs with your hands). Pulse JUST until crumbs form and sprinkle over the pizza on top of the unbaked crust.
  3. Bake for anywhere from 8-10 minutes. When the crust and topping are golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Whisk the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and cream together. Adjust consistency with a little extra water or milk. Drizzle over the warm pizza. Cut into wedges and serve with coffee or a big glass of milk. Mmm.
**I was already making the cinnamon swirl bread when I made this recipe, so I just used half of the base dough for my crust in this recipe. I've also used store bought dough rolled into a circle and that worked just fine, too. You can adjust the amount of dough depending on how thick you want it.
**Use canola oil if you're worried about the taste of the olive oil. I didn't notice a taste at all.


I have one quick announcement to make unrelated to deep dish cinnamon streusel dessert pizza: Our house offer was accepted on Monday and come October-ish, we will be living in a cute lil’ old house by a beautiful lake! asjdflkajshgkldjas;fj

I’m sitting on cloud nine holding a slice of dessert pizza.

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  1. Congrats on the house, SO exciting for you!!! Streusel Pizza for everyone:-)

  2. Oh yum! This is my dream pizza!

  3. Um yes, here in Chicago I have a while closet o’ fleeces. Probably will be trying this recipe come January or Feb when it’s too cold to do much of anything besides EaT! :) sinful … But life’s too short to skip dessert (or not have apple pie for breakfast once in awhile) …

  4. You read my mind!! I have been dreaming up a pizza like this for week now except I was going to add apples!

    Also – YAY!! Congrats on the house!! It’s like my dream to live by some water and get to bring my coffee out on the back porch in the morning and drink it all wrapped up in a cozy blanket while over-looking the water! (it’s a very specific dream apparently, haha)

  5. This pizza. It blows my mind. Dessert pizza = love, but deep dish dessert pizza? That’s like… I don’t even know.

  6. Wow, this is so creative and looks wonderful!

  7. My husband is a former Pizza Ranch employee … like from way back before they changed from making their dough fresh to getting it in frozen. Anyway, this will be a great surprise! His birthday is in 2 weeks. I think we can ditch the cake this year!

  8. A pizza filled with cinnamon sugar!?!! Yes, please! This is awesome and so fun and so perfect for a cozy fall dessert. Love it!

  9. I’m a little lost in the recipe – the second part of the recipe says to sprinkle the crumbs over the pumpkin layer, but I don’t see anything about the pumpkin layer in the ingredients or previous steps.

    It’s early here so maybe I’m just missing it.

    Congrats on the house! I would love to live near a lake.

    • Ooh, thanks Cynthia. I did a quick last minute change after some recipe testing and took the pumpkin layer out (we liked it better with just the crumbs) so I must have done a sloppy edit on the actual recipe. :) Thanks! I’ll change it now.

  10. What?! I have to have this. Like right now, with my cup of morning coffee. Seriously. I’m not joking. I neeeed it.

  11. I just died and went to heaven.

  12. congratulations on your house! very exciting. :)

  13. I am so happy for you guys – this def is a celebratory pizza :)

  14. Looks delicious! I love a good dessert pizza. An easy one to make with store bought pizza dough is bananas, strawberries, and nutella. Add vanilla ice cream and it is heaven! How about an apple pizza with a cheddar cheese topping? :)

  15. Congrats on the house. And yes to dessert pizza. Who doesn’t like it?!?!

  16. Oh, wow, dessert pizza! I’m blushing and probably the only person left in North America who have never tried a dessert pizza. Congrats on the house! Living by the lake is a dream! Maybe one day when my blog makes money like POY, I’ll be sitting in a house by the lake and eating dessert pizza and thinking of you. LOL

  17. Man, this looks so good!

  18. Congratulations on the new house! This pizza is definitely the best way to celebrate!

  19. Congrats on the new place! So excited!
    And this pizza looks ah-may-zing. Especially for breakfast.
    Breakfast of a champion.

  20. Dessert pizza is definitely amazing and this one sounds incredible. Congrats on the house!!

  21. I’m seriously head over heels in love with this!

  22. I would totally eat this for breakfast, even if it is really decadent! It looks just amazing.

  23. Look at all those giant cinnamon streusel crumbs!!! This cake is amazing, and so perfect for fall!

  24. You had me sold with merely the words ‘cinnamon’ and ‘pizza’. 2 of my favourite things and now I can combine them!!

  25. This looks like heaven’s version of pizza. I LOVE cinnamon streusel topping and this look like is has plenty to make my mouth smile :) Thanks!!!

  26. Yaaaay so happy for you guys! Plus, this recipe is awesome!

  27. Oh, I could die for a slice of it!:D I love cinnamon! You dessert-pizza is wonderful! I take the recipe and I follow you everywhere :) XOXO Ines.

  28. This is more than a pinch of yum!! It’s the whole container!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  29. Hi Lindsay, this looks wonderful! I am Celiac and wonder if you have a suitable substitute for the high gluten flour for the sweet pizza base as I prefer not to use a box raisin bread mix :)

    Thank you! Lisa

  30. I live in Minnesota, and you had me at Pizza Ranch! I love their chicken and their dessert pizza equally! I will have to try this! Thanks.

  31. oh my – this is one heck of a dessert pizza!
    So…hypothetically…if I said I didn’t like dessert pizza…any chance of you sending me a slice of this (instead of showing me the picture)? ;)

  32. I’m going through my next few days trying to figure out when would be a good time to make this.

  33. Lindsay!!! This looks AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to try it!!! I want this now. Like this very second.
    If I give you my address, will you send me one? Or two …

  34. OH MY GOSH this looks incredible. I would go to Pizza Ranch if it meant getting to come over to your new house (!!) afterwards to eat a slice of this. Oh yes. This is going on my drool-worthy list. :) Congrats on the upcoming, exciting season of life!

  35. I dont know which one i am more jealous of, the house by the lake or eating dessert for breakfast in fleece! yum, now can’t wait to see your gorgeous new house, share with us the pictures :-) ..and pinning this as my weekend dessert!

  36. Rejoicing with you! Congratulations on the new house! And yes, I like dessert for breakfast:) Thank you!

  37. Great idea to make a coffee cake cut in the shape pizza slices! Pizza is a favorite – cold or sweet! I think we need to try this one out for breakfast this weekend. Also, I wanted to say Congrats on the new house. Very exciting time for you guys!

  38. …..WUT.

    Sorry, having a hard time typing. My keyboard is now covered in drool. (Ain’t that a pretty mental picture?)

  39. Ohmygosh I looove Pizza Ranch!! Only, sad thing, I hardly ever get to eat there since it’s in Minnesota (and I’m in NC). Btw, the Pizza Ranch in Wadena is the best ever in my opinion. Every time my mom flies up there to visit her parents, I get a text of her at the Pizza Ranch with a “jealous yet?” caption. :)
    This dessert pizza looks divine, and while I don’t remember pizza ranch having deep dish dessert pizza, this looks every bit as good as I remember theirs to be (and maybe even better).

  40. I literally have a Pizza Ranch 1/3 of a mile from my house and I have never eaten there. I probably won’t now, either, but I will try making this! :)

  41. I have no words. This might be the best food blog post I’ve ever seen. It’s right up there with Sweetapolita’s Asparagus Cake.


    And congrats on the house! :)

  42. Congrats on the house! And dude – this pizza. Dessert pizzas are the best. Why even bother with the savory kind?!

  43. Love the idea… a sweet deep pan pizza is more than welcome.

  44. There is a sweet heaven and I think I have just entered it. Seriously.

  45. I’ve been dying for a dessert pizza recipe. My family does not like dessert pizza…wierdos, I know…I love it! Pizza Ranch and Godfathers are the BEST!

  46. I am SO making this recipe this weekend. I may make ita hand-tossed version instead of deep dish. And I will most certain eat it for breakfast. Every day. Until it’s gone.

  47. A dessert pizza that is deep dish?! Love it!

  48. This looks like my kind of pizza. Congrats on your new home. I hope it has a big-o-kitchen.

  49. You did NOT just remake the Pizza Ranch dessert pizza. Ahhh if you were here I would KISS you! As a fellow Minnesotan and also have a deep love for dessert pizza. Thank you…well my hips might not thank you but SMOOCHES! Love this! Congrats on the house!

  50. I really like your blog. I enjoy your stories and your recipes! Thanks for all your hard work :)

  51. Lizabeth K. says:

    I have zero doubts that this is delicious. But…. Pizza Ranch? It is the worst!! Put me in the Fancypants category I guess!!

    I would bet your dessert pizza is way better.

  52. Not sure I can go another day without eating this!! So amazing!!

  53. I love that this recipe has all pantry staple ingredients! I have some spare time this evening and I’m planning on making it tonight to take to work to share for breakfast tomorrow. What I love just as much as your recipes is your engaging style of writing. You’re witty and funny, and I actually read your blog, not just your recipes!

  54. Some of my favorite food-related childhood memories have to do with lunch buffets at chain pizza joints! The dessert pizza was by far the best reason for going. I seriouslly can’t wait to try this!

  55. That is great news about the new house, what an exciting time for you both! As far as the dessert pizza, it looks amazing- sweet and full of carb-y goodness! I wish I hadn’t just made a cheesecake earlier in the week (and proceeded to eat the majority of it myself) or I’d be all over this!

  56. wow this looks absolutely delectable! im definitely going to tried this out. thanks for sharing!

  57. that looks delish!

  58. We’ve been in MN for five years (counting years by the winters here), and definitely have fleeces by now :) We love the Dells each year, too. This pie is absolutely breakfast, snack, and dessert to me! Living outside the box :)

  59. I’m planning on making this soon (as soon as possible preferably, because this pizza looks like THE MOST DELICIOUS THING EVER!!!) and I had a question: How big is the pan that you used? And how big were your slices? I’ll be making this for about 8 people and don’t want to be stingy on the dessert, I can make two if need be :)

    Thank you!

    • Good question! It was an 8 inch round cake pan. 8 or 9, I’m not sure. And I did cut it into 8 slices and they were large slices, mostly because there was so much crust and crumbly topping! if it was thin pizza, it wouldn’t have been enough for 8 hungry dessert eaters IMO, but I think if you do a thick crust you’ll be fine! :)

  60. I just stumbled onto your website and I’m obsessed! I want to try everything. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Made this, yum! Added some walnuts for a nice added texture…will make again!

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