Fruit Pizza


Fruit pizza is one of my favorite desserts! The sugar cookie and cream cheese frosting combo is seriously to die for.  And not to mention you get the health benefits of fresh fruit:) Fruit Pizza is definitely a crowd pleaser because in addition to being delicious, it's pretty!  Bring it to any party and you'll instantly impress all of the guests:) 

This recipe is pretty easy to make from scratch but if you're in a time rush (or don't like to bake) you can make it even easier by purchasing pre-made sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.  If you go this route, you can skip to step #1


Ingredients:

For the crust:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 11 1/4 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
10 tablespoon butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites

For the Frosting:
1 block 1/3 fat cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar or sugar substitute

For the Toppings:
Choose any fruits you like! I usually use strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and kiwi but the choice is yours.  If you’re making this dish for a special occasion decorate accordingly by selecting the appropriate color fruits.  Ex: fourth of July you could use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc. 


Directions:
1.) First you will prepare the cookie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir together. In a separate large bowl, combine the sugar and butter. With a mixer, beat on medium speed until soft and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and egg whites and continue to beat. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until just combined. Let the dough sit a few minutes.  

2.) Grease the bottom of a 9 in round pan with cooking spray.  I like to use round pans with removable bottoms for easy decorating. Pat dough onto the bottom of the circular pan so it’s about ¼ inch thick.  Cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until edges have begun browning.  If you have a thicker crust, make sure you cook longer.  Remove the crust from the oven and set aside to let cool.


3.) Next you’ll want to prepare the frosting.  Combine the cream cheese, sugar (or sugar substitute) and vanilla. Beat until combined and well blended.  Set aside and let chill in the refrigerator until the crust is completely cooled.

4.) Once the crust is 100% cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the crust. If the crust is still warm, it will melt the frosting and the fruit won’t stay in place, so make sure the crust is cooled! 

5.) For decorating, (the fun part!) cut fruit into small pieces and place atop the frosting.  You can scatter the pieces randomly or do a pattern of your choice. After decorating I like to put the pizza in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let it chill and set.

This dish is best served cold, I recommend leaving it covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Enjoy!


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