Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

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Serves 8 – 10

How pretty and delicious does this look? This one tastes as good as it looks and it is easily done with the kids. If you prefer, buy the cookie dough in the freezer section of the market and bake it according to the package instructions. Let the kids be creative and messy. It all still tastes great. Make sure you dry the fruit well before placing it on top of the frosting. It will keep longer if the fruit has no moisture in it.

CRUST:
Nonstick cooking spray
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package Tofutti cream cheese or dairy cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinch salt

FRESH FRUIT:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced kiwi
1 cup sliced nectarines
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
Or any fruit of your choice

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10 to 12-inch tart pan or pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. 


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars using a handheld mixer until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the creamed butter and mix until blended. Remove the dough from the bowl and press into the prepared pan. (You may need to dust your hands with some flour to prevent the dough from sticking to them. It is wet dough when it comes together.) 

Bake until the edges just start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. 



For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a pinch of salt until smooth. Spread evenly on the cooled crust. 





To assemble: Arrange the fresh fruit in the desired pattern on top of the pizza, slice and serve. 
If you want to glaze the fruit to give it more shine (totally not necessary), melt 1/4 cup jelly of your choice and gently brush it on the fruit.

3 thoughts on “Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

    • Th original recipe had a glaze made up of melted jam and corn syrup. I don’t care for the taste of these types of glaze and don’t think it needs one. If you want a glaze, just melt some jelly of your choice and gently brush on the fruit. It will give it a nice shine.

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