You’ve been sucked into planning an awesome party for your friends and family. You have no idea what dessert to prepare to wow your guests, not to mention your kitchen expertise may not be that of Emeril. What about a pie? How about a cake, Jell-O molds, Fruit pizza! What a treat this fruit pizza will be. You have the ability to encompass everyone’s favorite fruit into one delectable dessert. We cannot forget mention the awesome sugar cookie crust and sweet pizza sauce alternative that everyone WILL love. Our group of five fruit pizza experts, everyone has at least 6 years of fruit pizza making experience, has compiled a recipe that has everything you need and more to help crown you a dessert-making champion. Even if you already possess this crown, this will be the perfect opportunity to separate you from the competition.
This recipe calls for a lot of fruit. Fresh fruit costs vary depending on seasons, so the total cost of making fruit pizzas may vary. The cost of fresh vs. frozen fruits may also play a role in the final cost of the dessert.
Making a fruit pizza, along with most other events taking place in the kitchen involves taking precautions. This recipe does not require any cooking experience, but it is very important that directions are closely followed as ovens are hot and cookie and pizza cutters are sharp! Be sure to set aside about 3 hours for complete preparation as fruit pizzas are best served chilled. Enjoy!
Step 1: Recipe
1 roll (16.5 oz.) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup fresh thin sliced peach slices
1 cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup grapes (green or red)
½ cup kiwis
Mixing bowl, pizza pan or cookie sheet, cooking spray, knife, mixing spoon, wax paper, and plastic wrap.
Project total time: 1 hour
Step 2: How To
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
3. In pan, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
Cookie cutters can be used to make shapes and form individual fruit pizzas for finger foods.
4. Bake the crust of the pizza while preparing the fruit, cutting it to the desired sizes of thickness or shapes.
5. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Take the cookie “pizza crust” off the metal pan and onto a cooling rack or wax paper for cooling.
- Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
7. In bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled crust.
When spreading the mixture, try to not “lift up” your knife.
Keep knife pressed down lightly against the cookie to ensure no lifting of the cookie.
Apply all or some of your “pizza sauce” to your desire of thickness.
8. Arrange fruit over sauce.
Patterns or neat designs can be arranged with the fruit.
9. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
To serve, cut into wedges or squares 2 inch X 2 inch.
Store leftovers in refrigerator covered lightly by plastic wrap up to three days.
Step 3: Variations
There are many different variations that you can make to your own fruit pizza to make it stand out. There are ways to make it healthier and ways to make it out of the ordinary. Impress people with these little twists to the recipe.
• You can use alternative ingredients that will make the recipe healthier. Try using low fat cream cheese or use half the sugar while adding a little bit more vanilla extract to replace the sweetness.
• You can use a brownie base. Get a box of Pillsbury Brownie Mix and follow the instructions on the box on how to make it. Once the brownies are made, top with cream cheese mixture and fruit.
• You can use multiple smaller cookies for the base, instead of one big pizza. This creates individual serving sizes that are easy to eat on the go. No need for utensils for cutting or eating.
• You can make a fruit “pie”. Spread cookie into a pie tin when you are going to and make a fruit pie instead of pizza
• You can also lay the fruit out in a creative design. For a great 4th of July desert, use strawberries and blueberries and lay them out in the shape of the American Flag.
• You can create a fruit Pizza bar and let people make their own. Bake the sugar cookies. Place the cream into a bowl and set out fruit along with individual cookie bases. Allows people to assemble their own fruit pizzas.
Step 4: Troubleshooting
• If the crust is too crisp for your taste, only cook at 350°F for 14 minutes.
• If the crust is still too doughy after the 20 minutes, try leaving it in for a few minutes longer or increase the heat by 20°F.
• If your fruit toppings tend to be too mushy, try to avoid bananas or canned fruits like oranges.
• If the spread is not to your liking, try variations of cream cheese with whipped topping or marshmallow fluff.
• If the crust, spread, and fruits are not chilled or fall apart easily, keep the pizza in the fridge for longer, at least 2 hours.
Step 5: Thank You for Reading!
A Fruit Pizza is a great way to impress the crowd, even if your baking skills are sub-par. However, whether pro or beginner this desert is sure to knock-the-socks-off of anyone interested in a tasty and mildly healthy desert. The learning curve is mild and the ingredients cheap; so go ahead and give this desert a try! Enjoy!