This Fruit Pizza is a sweet refreshing dessert that is always a hit! Full of color, and pizzaz this is a delicious way to eat your fruit!
I love this pizza! I do not think that this refreshing fruit pizza can claim its origins from Italy, but that doesn’t matter. It is still luscious. A sweet sugar cookie crust forms the base of this sweet treat. Then it is topped with a cream cheese layer that helps hold it all together. It is creamy, sweet and the perfect frosting for the fruit. Then comes the fun part, decorating it with your favorite fruit. It becomes so colorful and inviting. Slice it up and watch it disappear.
Fruit pizza, is the perfect dessert for BBQs, parties and family gatherings. It’s light and fresh, which is so nice on a hot day. Nobody wants anything too heavy, and although it has fruit on it, it’s sweet and tastes so heavenly, no one will complain. If you haven’t tried a fruit pizza yet, it’s time. and this is the recipe to do it with, tried and true, and a family favorite!
Ingredients For Fruit Pizza
Fresh, sweet and a little bit tart, this a more than just a treat, it’s an occasion all by it’s self!
- Unsalted butter: softened and at room temperature.
- Granulated sugar: Sweet white sugar.
- Egg: Provides structure and moisture.
- Vanilla: Sweet flavor.
- Flour: All-purpose flour
- Baking powder: This will help your cookie crust be light and fluffy.
- Salt: Balances the sweet.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream cheese: softened and at room temperature.
- Powdered sugar: Sift it for easier mixing.
- Instant vanilla pudding powder: Adds an incredible vanilla flavor.
- Vanilla extract: Sweetness and great flavor.
Cookie Pizza For Dessert
Whether you make it round or square, this absolutely scrumptious.
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 350.
- Cream: Using a stand mixer, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and mix until combined.
- Dry Ingredients: Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.
- Roll out: Either press the dough evenly into a 14-inch pizza pan or roll it out into a 14-inch circle and put it on a cookie sheet. You can use a sharp paring knife to trim up the edges or leave them for a more rustic look.
- Bake and Enjoy: Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream: Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, pudding powder, and vanilla together until smooth and light. Spread evenly across the cooled crust.
- Fruit: Prep your fruits by rinsing them and allowing them to drain completely. Slice as desired and arrange on the pizza as desired. If you would like the glazed look of a fruit tart, mix a few tablespoons of apricot jam with a little water and then brush across the fruit. Serve immediately.
Tips For the Ultimate Fruit Pizza
With a crust that is golden brown, soft and chewy, and a creamy decadent topping this fruit pizza is amazing!
- Cookie: This is meant to be soft and a bit chewy. You do not want to overcook the cookie too much, it will make the crust hard and crumbly and hard to eat.
- Chill: If you find the dough a bit too sticky, try chilling the dough for about 30 minutes before rolling out.
- Cool Completely: You want the cooked cookie dough to be completely cool before adding the cream cheese frosting. Otherwise, it will melt and run.
- Fruit: Use fresh colorful bright fruit that is ripe for the best flavor. See below for more fruit ideas. If you are worried about extra moisture on your fruit pizza, after you slice the fruit, let it lay on paper towels for a bit to soak up extra moisture.
- Keep it Pretty: I try to avoid using fruits that will brown fast when left out, like bananas, apples, and pears. If you want to use those fruits, toss with some pineapple then allow to dry. This will help keep them from turning brown.
- Pattern: There is no wrong way to decorate a fruit pizza! Just let your imagination go with the flow, this is a great way to kids involved and let them put the fruit on!
- Holidays: Use fruits and patterns to celebrate certain holidays and occasions. Like red white and blue for the 4th of July or all red fruits for Valentine’s.
Fruit Pizza Variations and Short Cuts
This can come together in a pinch. Prebake your cookie and have the toppings cut and ready to go.
- Make-Ahead: This can be made ahead but keep the parts separate till ready to serve. Bake the crust and even put the cream cheese frosting on, but wait to put the fruit on till right before serving. This will keep the cookie from getting too soggy.
- Fruit: There are so many options you can use. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, kiwi, mango, grapes Oranges, clementines, peaches, and nectarines. Even canned fruit works, just drain well. Canned pineapple, mandarin oranges, pears, and peaches all would be yummy.
- Cookie Base: Yes you can use store-bought sugar cookie dough, just roll and bake and top!
- Shape: This can be rolled out onto a cookie sheet or even a 9×13 pan. Even though it’s pizza doesn’t mean it has to be a circle to be delicious. Use what works for you.
- Frosting: The cream cheese will give it a much-needed bit of tang and creaminess that compliments the fruit perfectly. You can use regular frosting or store-bought vanilla frosting as well. If you do not have vanilla pudding powder, you can omit it and add a bit more vanilla extract.
- Store: This is best eaten the day you make it. The longer it is stored the soggier it will get. It is best eaten within 2 days. Keep tightly covered in the fridge.
Summertime means fruit is in season in all its plump, juicy ripe glory. You can find fruit more readily in stores, fresh at the local fruit stands or farmer’s markets. And fruit is often cheaper when it is in season. For many people too, when it’s hot outside, fresh cold fruit is just refreshing. I love being able to use fruit in a variety of ways, it brings so much flavor, zip, and sweetness to my menus. You have to try some of these fan favorites as fruit comes into season. They are just scrumptious!
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Topping
- 1 8 ounces package of cream cheese softened
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon instant vanilla pudding powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Using a stand mixer, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and mix until combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool completely.
Cream cheese frosting
- Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, pudding powder, and vanilla together until smooth and light. Spread evenly across the cooled crust.
- Prep your fruits by rinsing them and allowing them to drain completely. Slice as desired and arrange on the pizza as desired. If you would like the glazed look of a fruit tart, mix a few tablespoons of apricot jam with a little water and then brush across the fruit. Serve immediately.