Every year when my birthday rolls around instead of birthday cake I'll ask my mom to make a fruit pizza in a big sheet pan. This is one of my favorite desserts. Fruit Pizza isn't really comparable to cake, but if you like fruit as much as me, this substitute just makes sense.
The basic construct of a fruit pizza is a big sugar cookie base, glazed with a sweet cool whip and cream cheese frosting, topped with your favorite fruits. It's simple and you'll love it!
Ingredients You’ll Need for Fruit Pizza
Fruit Pizza Crust
2 rolls (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookies
Fruit Pizza Cream Cheese Topping
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tub (8 oz) cool whip
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Sliced Fruit toppings
For a brunch I went to last week, I tried taking this presentation up a notch by turning my fruit pizza into individual fruit tarts, the same concept, just bite-size.
The first step is to roll out your sugar cookie dough. Store-bought works fine, but if you wanna get fancy, I like this recipe here.
Next cut out your cookies, the cookies will spread wider than you think in the oven, so depending on what cookie cutters are available, you might want to bake one large cookie first, then cut out your shapes after.
While the cookies are baking, I move onto the toppings, slice your bigger fruits into smaller pieces. Some great fruits I use to add great flavor and color are: kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, bananas (soaked in the pineapple juices, to prevent browning). Drain off juices and set aside.
Blend together softened cream cheese with cool whip. When you get a smooth consistency, add a splash of vanilla and spoon in a few tablespoons of powder sugar to taste. Once your fruit pizza cookies have cooled, spoon your cream cheese mixture into a piping bag to add a thick later on your cookies, top off with a variety of fruit. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Note: stick to the cookie recipe and don't over-bake your cookies- we want a soft fruit pizza cookie crust, not crispy. Depending on the types of fruit you choose, the cookie base of your fruit pizza will probably soak up the fruit juices. It's best to drain your fruit after slicing and to assemble the same day you plan to serve these. That's it, hope you enjoy this simple but amazing dessert!