fruit pizza

I’ve seen these made at other BBQs and it is always so delicious. It’s really easy to put together & fun to decorate, too! Bonus: you feel like you’re eating something really healthy, but really … it’s just a frosted sugar cookie with bonus fruit on top ­čÖé

Fruit Pizza (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough … the Pillsbury brand is 16.5 ounces. So, I bought 2 packages, used a whole one plus a little bit of the second. Now I have to make something else with the leftover dough. Bummer.
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • some vanilla extract
  • some powdered sugar
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • kiwi
  • … or banana, peaches, grapes … I thought starfruit would be festive, but I couldn’t find any at the grocery.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest [I didn’t have an orange, so I left this out]
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slice cookie dough and arrange on greased pizza pan, overlapping edges. Press dough flat into pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, soften cream cheese, then fold in the whipped topping. Here, I added some vanilla extract & some powdered sugar. I couldn’t tell you how much. A little bit? A sprinkling? Try a tiny bit and taste test. I got the idea for adding these 2 ingredients by reading the comments on the original recipe.
  3. Spread over cooled crust. You can chill for a while at this point, or continue by arranging the fruit.
  4. Begin with strawberries, sliced in half. Arrange in a circle around the outside edge. Continue with fruit of your choice, working towards the middle. If bananas are used, dip them in lemon juice so they don’t darken. Then make a sauce to spoon over fruit.
  5. In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice and water. Cook and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, and add grated orange rind (again, I omitted). Allow to cool, but not set up. Spoon over fruit. Chill for two hours (I chilled for 0 hours … I procrastinated and we were late to the party. It was fine), then cut into wedges and serve.

{I learned how to peel a kiwi for the first time by watching this}