Fruit pizza is a refreshing dessert for your summertime event! It is easy, customizable, and oh so yummy! My kids absolutely loved this fruit pizza and it was a great dessert to let them help in me in the kitchen. This would make a great 4th of July dessert, just switch up the fruit and use strawberries, blueberries, and bananas to create the red, white, and blue for your celebration!
The first thing we do is create the crust out of sugar cookie dough. I sliced the dough in thin slices and placed them on a round baking pan, slightly overlapping. I then pressed the pieces down flat and together to start forming one large circle.
Let this bake in the oven at the recommended temperature for the dough, usually 350˚, until it is baked through and slightly brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
While the cookie crust is baking, I went ahead and made my topping. I let the cream cheese soften at room temperature and combined that with Fat Free Cool Whip. I used a block of cream cheese this time, but I normally use the whipped cream cheese as it makes it smoother. You could also use the strawberry whipped cream cheese and that would give it some additional color and flavor.
I then mixed up the peach preserves with some water to make the glaze and set that aside. I cut up all the fruit I was using: bananas, strawberries, fresh peaches, and some canned pineapple chunks. I drained the pineapple chunks well by letting them sit in a colander for awhile.
Now that the cookie crust is cool, time to assemble. I spread the cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture over the top. Since I was serving this as a true pizza, I left some area at the edges for people to hold the slice. Depending on your size of cookie, you may not use all of the cream cheese mixture.
Arrange your fruit in circles by kind. I started out with pineapple and banana slices on the outer ring and worked my way in with more peaches, more banana, and strawberries. Grape halves and Kiwi fruit would also be nice if you they are available to you. Try to pick the freshest fruit when it is in season. The customizations are endless with this dessert.
Once you have your fruit arranged, take a large spoon and get some of the glaze and drizzle over top of the pizza. This gives it a glistening look and some additional amazing flavor. Don’t use too much glaze as that will start to make the crust soggy. If you are not serving right away, store in the refrigerator and bring it out to about 10 minutes prior to serving. Cut in to pizza slices and enjoy!
18 oz package sugar cookie dough
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 small container Cool Whip
1-2 bananas, sliced
1 lb peaches, sliced. You can use can or fresh, but fresh are better
8 oz can pineapple chunks, drained well
1 pt strawberries, sliced
(Use any fruits you wish, kiwi fruit, sliced grapes, blueberries, etc)
1/2 cup peach preserves
2 Tbsp water
1. Cut the cookie dough into slices. Arrange on a circular pan, slightly overlapping. Press down to make a continuous circle crust. Bake according to the directions, until lightly browned.
2. Blend cream cheese with Cool Whip. Spread evenly over the cooled crust.
3. Arrange the fruit in groups.
4. Combine the peach preserves and water, mix well. Drizzle over the completed fruit pizza. (Can use Apricot preserves for a different flavor)