Aug
01

Fruit Pizza Dessert

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Every year, we get together with family to celebrate all the summer family birthdays. Most years, each person has already had a birthday cake to celebrate on their special day. So, when we finally all get together with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, we often do something other than birthday cake for the dessert. Last year, we had chocolate fondue for dessert. This year, I decided to make a dessert pizza with fresh fruit.

It was a busy weekend for us, and I actually decided last minute what I was making, so I took a short cut and used Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix for the crust. (FYI: The mix can be made egg-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free.) I combined two mixes to make a 16″ pizza crust. Then, I made a simple cream cheese spread to cover the huge sugar cookie crust, and topped it with slices of fresh fruit. It’s a simple and easy dessert, but very satisfying and pretty. You can use whatever fruit you have available. Make a design with the fruit, like I did, or simply pile it all on.

Gluten-Free Fruit Pizza Dessert

Ingredients:

Sugar Cookie Dough (2 Cherrybrook Kitchen mixes, 1 Cup margarine or Earth Balance dairy-free substitute, 1/2 Cup almond milk, 5 tsp vanilla)
8 oz. cream cheese [I use Tofutti's dairy-free Cream Cheese to make this dairy-free.]
1/2 Cup powdered sugar, sifted
Variety of fruit, sliced (I used 3 kiwis, a pint of strawberries and a handful of blueberries.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Make the sugar cookie crust. Follow the recipe as usual for the sugar cookie dough. (I combined two mixes with 1 Cup melted butter, 1/2 Cup almond milk, and 5 tsp vanilla.)
  3. Place the dough on a large sheet of Parchment Paper and top with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Then roll, or press, out the dough to a 16″ round. Remove the plastic wrap and slide the parchment paper with dough onto a Pizza Pan or cookie sheet.
  4. Place the large cookie dough into the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it starts to brown around the edges.
  5. Remove the pizza crust from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. The parchment paper will make it easy to slide the crust off the cookie sheet and onto the wire rack.
  6. Mix up the cream cheese spread by thoroughly mixing together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  7. Once the crust is completely cooled, spread the cream cheese/sugar mixture evenly over the top of the crust.
  8. Now add the sliced fruit to the pizza. If you are going to make a fun design, I suggest you start in the middle and work your way out to the edges.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until time to serve.

Additional Notes:

  • We cut our pizza into 16 large servings.
  • Each Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix makes about 20 cookies.
  • One batch of homemade gluten-free sugar cookies works for the crust, too!
  • Feel free to use any variety of fruit: berries, peaches, nectarines, mango, cherries, etc. You can also use bananas, but remember they will brown so add them right before you serve it.
  • Want more fruit? Cut thick slices, overlap the fruit, or just pile it all on. Get creative and have fun!RedWhiteBlue
  • You can also use canned fruit, but be sure to drain any sauce or liquid completely from it, so it doesn’t make the pizza soggy.
  • Some of our family members added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top their pizza slice. I don’t think it needs any topping, but if it sounds good to you, you may also consider topping with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or a simple glaze.
  • You don’t have to make this as a round pizza. Use a baking sheet/jelly roll pan for the crust. Then, cut into squares for serving. fruitsquaresOr, halve the recipe, press it into a 9×13 pan, and bake it for about 15-20 minutes.
  • This is such an easy dessert to make, it would be a great project for the kids to make.

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18 Comments

1

That fruit pizza is absolutely stunning, Heather! Bravo, my dear!! I wonder if I could fit this in for my support group meeting next week. I would love to make it. If not then, I’ll certainly make it later for a special event. I bet your family just loved it! :-)

Hugs,
Shirley

3

Thanks, Shirley. The fresh fruit certainly makes it attractive. But really it is so easy to make, and I love that you can be creative with it.

4

that looks beautiful, and it looks like it was a lot of fun to make and eat, too!

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Seeing that picture made me smile. I used to love making this dessert before going gluten free. I tried it gf once or twice, but the cookie part was never right. I haven’t tried it for years though, and you have inspired me to give it another go. Yours looks beautiful, and those are the fruits I often liked to use.

8

Beautiful! I haven’t made (or eaten) one of these since I have been gf – 15 years!! Sounds delicious.

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Pampered Chef has a Taffy-Apple Pizza recipe with pb, apples, caramel, cream cheese and brown sugar. Many of my customers loved that recipe but being gf I never ate it. I am going to try it with your sugar cookie recipe. I wanted to make football helmet cookies for the Superbowl this year since my Colts were playing in it. I tried, but it was a big failure. It looks like your cookies held their shape so I am going to try again with this recipe instead! THANKS!!

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i enjoy the fruit pizza dessert alot

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