Fruit Pizza

I don’t know about you, but it’s this time of year that I start missing warm weather.  I decided that the perfect dessert to transport me from January to July would be a classic fruit pizza.  You know, that dessert with a sugar cookie crust topped with cream cheese and a ton of fruit.  Hello, delicious.

153 170 158Fruit Pizza             Printer-Friendly Recipe

From: Pillsbury
Makes: 12 servings

Ingredients

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
1/2 cup apple jelly or apricot preserves

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray.  Spread the cookie dough in the pan in an even circle.  Bake in preheated oven for 16-20 minutes, until the dough is starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Prepare the cream cheese topping by combining the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat together until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Spread cream cheese mixture over the cooled cookie crust.  Place fruit over the cream cheese mixture.  Brush the fruit with apple jelly or apricot preserves (stir to smooth out; add a tablespoon of water to thin out a bit, if desired), you will most likely not use all of the preserves.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before slicing and serving.  Refrigerate any leftovers.  Enjoy!

Tube o' cookies. (Of course you could make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough and use that instead.)

Tube o’ cookies. (Of course you could make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough and use that instead.)

Press dough out in pizza pan. I didn't have a pizza pan so I used a large cake cutter to shape my dough...not the easiest route, but I don't have a pizza pan. I think a large round cake pan would work, too.

Press dough out in pizza pan. I didn’t have a pizza pan so I used a large cake cutter to shape my dough…not the easiest route, but it works! I think a large round cake pan would work, too.

I baked my cookie on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes. My cookie sheet was too small though, soooo...

I baked my cookie on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes.

I got out that trusty cake cutter and cut around the edges, so my pizza was nice and round. Silly, perhaps. But I wanted my pizza to look pretty.

The cookie ran into the sides of the pan and were smushed, soI got out that trusty cake cutter and cut around the edges, so my pizza was nice and round. Silly, perhaps. But I wanted my pizza to look pretty.

Prepare the "sauce" for your pizza. This is cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

Prepare the “sauce” for your pizza. This is cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

Whip them up until smooth and fluffy (about 2 minutes with a hand mixer).

Whip them up until smooth and fluffy (about 2 minutes with a hand mixer).

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie and then top with your favorite fruits. I used strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, and raspberries.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie and then top with your favorite fruits. I used strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, and raspberries.

Use apple jelly or apricot preserves to top the fruit. I thinned out a 1/2 of preserves with about a tablespoon of water.

Use apple jelly or apricot preserves to top the fruit. I thinned out a 1/2 cup of apricot preserves with about a tablespoon of water.

Brush over the top of the fruit. I had a bunch extra, FYI. Slice and serve!

Brush over the top of the fruit. I had a bunch extra, FYI, so I just put the preserves back in the jar.  Refrigerate for an hour and then slice and serve!

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