Fruit Pizza

I may not post a lot of dessert recipes on here, but as requested by popular demand, this week’s featured recipe will be fruit pizza! With a made-from-scratch sugar cookie crust, a hand-whipped cream cheese frosting, and an assortment of delicious fresh fruits, this has quickly become one of my new favorite go-to desserts. I will surely be bringing this as a go-to item for potluck events this year!

Did you know that homemade cream cheese frosting only contains between 4-5 ingredients? Interestingly, most commercial cream cheese frosting tubs contain somewhere between 14-15 ingredients per package… and surprisingly, most brands of cream cheese frosting don’t even contain  cream cheese as an ingredient. This makes no sense! As with most pre-packaged foods, commercial frosting contains a laundry list of preservatives, food colorings, and other additives, which ultimately make the food product more shelf-stable. By creating these products from scratch, you are able to save yourself from consuming these not-so-helpful preservatives, and are able to have more control over the ingredients you are using (ahem… like REAL cream cheese).

Like all desserts of course, this type of a dish is to be consumed in moderation; but what better way is there than to enjoy a sweet treat with a nutritious fruit-filled flare? Enjoy!


Cookie Crust Ingredients:
Yields two 6″ cookie crusts,

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda

Cream cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp. of milk, as needed

Fruit – Per preference, but I used: 

  • about 1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed, sliced in half, stems removed
  • about 1 cup of fresh blueberries, whole, rinsed

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large 9 x 13 inch baking sheet, and set it aside until step 4.
    As an alternative to greasing the pan, you could line it with parchment paper. 


  2. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup of softened butter for 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Slowly add the sugar to the bowl, and continue to rapidly stir the mixture for another 1-2 minutes, or until you reach a fluffy texture. Add the egg and vanilla, and stir for an additional 30 seconds, or so.
    Hint: Using an electric mixer for this part of the recipe will be ideal. Mix the ingredients over a medium speed. 


  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry cookie crust ingredients. Slowly add this dry mixture to the we ingredients, while continuously stirring until you achieve a soft, even dough, without lumps. For best results,  chill the dough for 30 minutes or so, before proceeding to step 4.

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  4. Once the dough has chilled,  form it into two even balls. Press each dough ball  down onto the baking sheet, to form two circular crusts. Be sure to keep about 1 inch of distance between the two crust. Bake for about 18-20 minute, or until you notice the edges of the dough are starting to brown. Proceed to step 5 while you wait for the cookie crusts to bake. 

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  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, begin beating the cream cheese and the rest of the softened butter together for about 2-3 minutes. If you are using an electric mixer, use a medium speed. Once the mixture is smooth, slowly stir in the powdered sugar, and the milk, as needed, if the mixture seems too dry. Beat for about 1-2 additional minutes, until you achieve a smooth, thick texture.


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  6. Once the cookie crusts are finished baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to completely cool, before you begin frosting. Once the crusts have cooled, use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the frosting over the entire cookie crusts, as shown below. 

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  7. Finally, decorate your frosted cookie crusts with fruit, in any design that you choose! You can literally use any fruit for this recipe; all will be delicious. Cut your fruit pizzas into 8 triangles, or if you are serving a large crowd you could cut them into small squares. Enjoy!!!

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Fruit Pizza
Portions: 16 triangle-shaped slices – (8 slices per individual 6″ pizza)
Food Groups Amount Per Portion
Grains ½ ounce(s)
Refined Grains ½ ounce(s)
Fruits ¼ cup(s)
Whole Fruit ¼ cup(s)
Calories Amount Per Portion
Total Calories 210 Calories
Added Sugars 64 Calories
Saturated Fat 53 Calories
Alcohol 1 Calories
Nutrients Amount Per Portion
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Total Sugars 19 g
Added Sugars 16 g
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Linoleic Acid 0 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.1 g
Omega 3 – EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 – DHA 2 mg
Cholesterol 36 mg
Minerals Amount Per Portion
Calcium 32 mg
Potassium 69 mg
Sodium 143 mg
Copper 39 µg
Iron 1 mg
Magnesium 7 mg
Phosphorus 39 mg
Selenium 5 µg
Zinc 0 mg
Vitamins Amount Per Portion
Vitamin A 87 µg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.0 mg
Vitamin B12 0.1 µg
Vitamin C 14 mg
Vitamin D 0 µg
Vitamin E 0 mg AT
Vitamin K 3 µg
Folate 42 µg DFE
Thiamin 0.1 mg
Riboflavin 0.1 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Choline 15 mg

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