This sugar cookie fruit pizza is the perfect spring or summer dessert! Topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit, it looks and tastes absolutely delicious!
Easy Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
Hi there! It’s Fiona stopping in from Just So Tasty, and today I’m sharing this Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza recipe. It’s perfect for summer and is one of my go-to desserts for BBQs and potlucks.
I don’t know about you, but this summer already seems like it’s going by too fast. I’ve been waiting for a lazy summer day to spend at the beach or relaxing in the backyard. But between summer weddings, friends visiting, and about 1 million summer activities, just about every weekend is packed. I’m definitely not complaining, but being this busy definitely makes summer go by extra fast.
So I figured I better share this sugar cookie fruit pizza ASAP since it’s one of my favorite summer desserts. It starts with a giant soft and chewy sugar cookie, then it’s topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting that’s not too sweet, and decorated with fresh fruit.
I’m usually not one for spending too much time decorating desserts, but I found it oddly enjoyable to arrange the fresh fruit on this sugar cookie pizza. I used a combination of strawberries, kiwis, mandarin oranges, and blueberries, but you could use whatever your favorite fruits are.
If you have a potluck, BBQ or family supper coming up, I definitely recommend this sugar cookie fruit pizza. Delicious, not too complicated, and bursting with summertime happiness!
Fruit Pizza Ingredients
The ingredients for this sugar cookie pizza are mostly pantry staples. Here’s what you’ll need for this sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe:
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Cream of tartar
- Cream cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Fresh fruit
What Are the Best Fruits for Fruit Pizza?
You can use any assortment of fresh fruit on this sugar cookie pizza! A few options include:
- Sliced bananas
- Canned mandarin oranges
How to Make Fruit Pizza
The sugar cookie crust is a simple recipe that uses a little cornstarch and cream of tartar to keep the cookie soft and chewy. After the dough is made, it’ll need to chill for about 30 minutes to minimize the cookie spreading too thin. Then you’ll roll it out, or press it down with your hands into a large circle on your cookie sheet.
Then our sugar cookie is frosted with a sweet cream cheese topping made from cream cheese, a little butter, and powdered sugar. It’s not too sweet, and it’s perfectly smooth and tangy.
Then the pizza is decorated with fresh fruit and we’re ready to serve. The bright colors make this so pretty. Plus, fresh summer berries are always a good idea.
How Long Will Fruit Pizza Last?
You can make this sugar cookie fruit pizza up to one day ahead of time and store it (tightly covered) in the refrigerator. However, the fruit will look brighter and fresher if you prepare it within 4 hours of serving. Store leftovers for up to 3 days.
Can You Freeze Fruit Pizza?
You can definitely freeze the sugar cookie crust. Just cool it to room temperature and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap before freezing. You can freeze it up to 2-3 months. When ready to make a sugar cookie pizza, thaw the frozen cookie and add cream cheese topping and fresh fruit.
Tips for Making Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
Make sure that you don’t roll out the cookie to the very edges of your pizza pan, otherwise it might overflow off the edges since the cookie will spread as it bakes. I left about 1 inch around the edges of the pan, then as it baked it expanded to almost the full size of the cookie sheet.
To make the creamiest frosting, be sure your butter and cream cheese are room temperature so your topping is super smooth. If the butter or cream cheese is too cold, you’ll wind up with lumpy frosting!
If possible, I recommend topping this cookie pizza with fresh fruit rather than canned. If using canned fruit, such as mandarin oranges, be sure to drain it thoroughly and pat it dry before decorating the pizza.
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- Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
- My All-Time Favorite Peach Crisp
- The Best Strawberry Shortcake
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- Simple Blueberry Pie
- Sugar Cookie Lemon Fruit Cups
- Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
- ALL OF OUR FRUIT DESSERTS!
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
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Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese topping
- 8 oz cream cheese , softened
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
- Assorted fresh fruit (I used 3 kiwis, about 1 pint strawberries, a handful of fresh blueberries, and about 10 mandarin orange slices)
Make the Sugar Cookie:
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla extract, almond extract and egg and continue beating until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, cream of tartar and salt.
- Carefully beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
- Form the dough into a large round disc, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- Line a 12-inch pizza pan with parchment paper or very lightly grease and flour.
- Using a floured rolling pin or your palms, roll out or press the sugar cookie dough into a large circle on your pizza pan.
- Leave a border of about 1 inch around the cookie. Do not roll out/press the dough to the very edges of the pan. It can expand as it bakes.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 13-16 minutes, or until the top looks set and the edges are just starting to turn golden.
- Allow to cool fully before frosting.
Make the Frosting:
- In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until very soft.
- Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until your desired sweetness level is reached.
- Frost the cooled cookie using a flat-edge knife.
- Decorate with fresh fruit of choice.
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