This EASY Fruit Pizza Recipe is made with a soft sugar cookie crust, cream cheese frosting, and loaded with fresh vibrant fruit. It’s the perfect summer dessert.
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I love this Fruit Pizza Recipe in summer. Between the seasonal fresh fruit and yummy crust and frosting, it’s the best dessert for barbecues and outdoor parties.
- TASTE: Sweet berries and fruit are the perfect complement to the rich, sweet cream cheese frosting on this cookie crust.
- TEXTURE: This Fruit Pizza has juicy fruit on top of thick, creamy frosting. The base is a soft and crumbly sugar cookie crust that’s absolutely delicious.
- TIME: This recipe only takes about 35 minutes, with a chill time of 30 minutes.
- EASE: It’s a simple recipe with lots of variations and tips for saving time. You’ll love how easy this dessert is.
What You’ll Need
- Cream cheese- Regular cream cheese is best as it creates a rich, creamy frosting to top your Fruit Pizza.
- Powdered sugar- This is fine enough to easily mix into the frosting without leaving a grainy texture, like regular granulated sugar would.
- Fruit- Choose your favorites. I like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi because of their similar flavors and fun colors.
Add-ins and Substitutions
- Substitute different fruits- You can use any fresh berries or fruit you like on this Fruit Pizza, including blackberries, pineapple, pears, bananas, apples, mangoes, peaches, or mandarin oranges.
- Make fruit pizza cookies- You can also make smaller individual fruit cookies, then cover each one with the cream cheese frosting and top them with your choice of fruit.
- Use store-bought cookie dough- You don’t have to make your own sugar cookie crust from scratch. You can also use a store-bought dough to save time.
- Make it lighter- You can make a lighter version of this Fruit Pizza by substituting a lower-fat cream cheese, or cutting some of the cream cheese with Greek yogurt.
How to Make Fruit Pizza
- Make the cookie dough. In a food processor, add the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, unsalted butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Pulse a few times until the butter becomes pea-sized.
- Work it into a ball. Now place the dough in a large bowl and begin working it into a ball using your hands. Be patient, it will eventually take shape as the butter warms.
- Chill the dough. Put the dough ball onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a disk, then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
- Make the frosting. Meanwhile, add the softened cream cheese, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat them together until well combined. Then set aside.
- Roll out the dough. Now take your dough out of the refrigerator and place it on a well-floured surface. Add some flour on top and begin rolling it out to about 14 inches in diameter. Then transfer your dough to a 14-inch pizza pan.
- Bake. Generously poke the dough with a fork to vent steam and bake in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Frost and add the fruit. Evenly spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the cooled sugar cookie crust, then add the sliced strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, and blueberries. Eat within a few hours.
Pro Tip: To better preserve the fruit, brush a fruit glaze over the top of the Fruit Pizza. This will give them a shiny appearance as well as keep them fresher. All you need to do is combine 1/2 cup apricot jam and 2 Tbsp boiling water.
- Use cold butter- This is important because cold butter holds onto air, creating structure in the cookie crust so it doesn’t spread and become too soft and flat.
- Cube the butter and cream cheese- This will make it easier for them to break into smaller, consistent pea-sized pieces that will warm as you work the dough into a ball.
- Let the cookie cool before frosting- To avoid the frosting melting, let the cookie crust cool before spreading it on.
- Make a holiday version- You can make this for Valentine’s Day by forming a heart shape and using food coloring for a pink frosting. For 4th of July, use red, white, and blue fruits.
The best way to avoid your fruit pizza getting soggy is to make it only about 3 hours before you serve it. The longer it sits, the more the juices from the fruit will leak, so don’t prepare it too far in advance.
Yes, you can store your fruit pizza overnight in the fridge so long as it is tightly covered with plastic wrap. This will keep the cookie crust from getting too soft and the fruit from drying out in the arid refrigerator air.
Fruit glaze is a common technique that is used to cover pastries, fruit tarts, and cheesecakes. It gives the fruit a shiny look, as well as adding a little bit of extra flavor. Fruit glaze also protects and preserves the life of the fruit on your dessert. Just heat jam or jelly (apricot is common) in a saucepan with a little bit of water to thin it out, and brush the mixture on your dessert with a pastry brush.
This delicious Fruit Pizza Recipe is versatile enough to work at any summer picnic or barbecue. Here are some tasty things to serve with it.
- Meats: This dessert is perfect after a savory plate of Smoked Ribs, BBQ Chicken Wings, and Spicy Chipotle Burgers with Avocado Sauce.
- Salad: Serve it alongside bowls of Cucumber Radish Salad, Chicken Salad With Grapes, Tri Color Pasta Salad (VIDEO), and Crab Salad (VIDEO).
- Cakes/Pies: Pair this Fruit Pizza with a slice of Lemon Pound Cake (VIDEO), Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake, or Easy Peach Cobbler (VIDEO).
- Cookies: Some Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, S’mores Cookies, or Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies (VIDEO) would also be great with this dish.
Make This Recipe in Advance
Make ahead: You can prepare the sugar cookie crust ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to roll it out. You can also make the frosting beforehand.
Storing: Store this Fruit Pizza in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3 days. But it is best served within 24 hours of assembly.
Freeze: You can freeze the cookie crust for up to 3 months if it’s wrapped well in plastic wrap. The fruit and frosting don’t fair as well, so it’s best to thaw the frozen crust and then add fresh frosting and fruit before serving.
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Full Recipe Instructions
Fruit Pizza Recipe
Sugar Cookie Dough
Cream cheese frosting
- In a food processor, add 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup of cold cubed unsalted butter, 4 oz cream cheese (also cut in cubes), and then 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Now snap the lid on and begin pulsing the blades. You’ll want to do about 5ish pulses or until the butter gets down to the size of a pea.
- Now add the dough into a large bowl and begin working it into a ball using your hands. It might not come together at first but have patience. Keep working it in and it will take shape as the butter slowly warms up.
- Now place your dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a disk. cover the plastic wrap around it and place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, begin working on the cream cheese frosting. In a large bowl, add 8 oz softened cream cheese, 2 tbsp of softened unsalted butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Using an electric mixer beat all the ingredients together until it’s all well combined. Then set it aside.
- Now take your dough out of the refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap and place it on a well floured surface.
- Then add another generous sprinkle of flour on top and begin rolling it out using a rolling pin. Roll it out to about 14 inches in diameter. The. transfer your dough into a 14-inch pizza pan.
- Generously poke the dough with a fork. Then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
- Once the sugar cookie crust has cooled Evelyn spread the cream cheese frosting on top.
- Now add the sliced strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, and blueberries on top. Eat within a few hours.