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The next time you order pizza for dinner, finish your meal with this vibrant, delicious Fresh Fruit Pizza! Easy and a stunning showstopper!

Add whatever fruit you’d like for your own customizable dessert pizza recipe. Just as perfect for a summer gathering as for a casual grand finale for a pizza party.

A slice of Fresh Fruit Pizza being removed from a whole pizza on a metal pizza pan

Fresh Fruit Pizza Recipe

How does this sound: a soft sugar cookie crust topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting and garnished with colorful glazed fresh fruit? Pretty darn good, right? Did you know it’s National Pizza Month? I thought a dessert pizza was in order!

I dug out my pizza pan and pat out a round of cookie dough to form the crust. My favorite cream cheese icing was spread over the baked cookie before artfully placing berries and fruit over the surface. A dessert pizza is a perfect way to celebrate pizza, spring, summer or any occasion!!

Close view of the fruit on a Fresh Fruit Pizza

National Pizza Month

If not for my blogger friends, I’d have no idea that October was the month of the pizza. My Pizza Margherita is one of the few entrees that the whole family loves. I have one, not to be named daughter, who favors plain cheese pizza, while the guys want the meat lovers, heart attack special. My preference is for a more gourmet version with a fair share of veggies like artichokes, spinach, and mushrooms.

But I get vetoed every time. So why not go with a dessert pizza? Dilemma solved.  

What is a fruit pizza?

It’s just what it sounds like! It’s a dessert pizza topped with fresh or cooked fruit. My kids discovered Pizza Hut dessert pizza and were smitten. They’re made with either cookie dough crust or pizza crust, topped with a “sauce” or frosting, then fruit, and often a glaze.

What kind of crust goes with dessert pizza?

It’s up to you and can depend on your toppings. A traditional yeast bread pizza crust works well. I’d love it rolled out thin and topped with sweetened sauteed apple tossed with cinnamon. But my favorite crust is a sugar cookie crust, which is baked first and cooled before adding toppings.

Can I use store-bought sugar cookie dough?

Yes, it should work just fine. Just watch your baking time as it may vary from my recipe. A great shortcut!

Can I use canned fruit?

If the fresh fruit options look dismal, canned fruit will work in a pinch. Slice as needed, then lay it over a couple of layers of paper towels to remove excess juice which will dilute the “sauce” layer.

Can you make dessert pizzas the day before?

If you’re serving to company or a special dinner, it’s best to make this fruit pizza on the day you plan to serve it. The fruit will start to release some juices as it sits over the cream cheese frosting. It may discolor the frosting and even make the crust a bit soggy. My family will still eat leftovers days later, so it all depends on who you’re feeding!

How to glaze

When you make an apple pizza, the apples are generally cooked with cinnamon and sugar and form their own glossy juices. There’s no need for a glaze. But when making a fruit pizza recipe, a little glaze gives a nice finished sheen to the fruit. My go-to fruit pizza glaze is super easy. Take a few tablespoons of a jelly that works with the colors of your fruit. Apple and apricot jellies are generally pretty neutral. Raspberry or red currant jelly is perfect for berry toppings as they’re red in color. Melt the jelly on the stovetop or microwave with a bit of water. Let cool slightly before brushing over the fruit-topped crust.

Tips for how to make a dessert pizza

This fun dessert pizza recipe can be tweaked in so many ways. Use just strawberries or try a different cookie recipe for the crust. Here are some of my tips to help make your dessert pizza perfect every time.

  • PRO-Tip: Use chilled cookie dough to make your crust. This helps prevent undue spreading when it’s baked.
  • If the dough happens to spread too much when it comes out of the oven, just use your spatula to tap the crust back while it’s still warm and pliable.
  • For a shortcut, an easy alternative is to use a refrigerated store bought cookie dough.
  • Feel free to make the crust from any flavored cookie dough. A sugar cookie dough, though, is the most versatile.
  • You can always top with a single fruit, like all strawberry slices or whatever combination appeals to you!
  • PRO-Tip: Using soft fruit like berries, peeled peaches and kiwi make it easy to slice your fresh fruit pizza into wedges.
  • Try other toppings and frostings. How about a chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows with a drizzle of chocolate sauce?
Overhead view of fresh fruit pizza with a slice being removed

More Dessert Pizza Recipes:

There are so many delicious variations of dessert pizzas besides my fruit pizza recipe. You can easily swap out the fruits for your favorites and totally change the taste and appearance.

Add to Your Shopping List for a Fresh Fruit Pizza:

  • Kitchen Staples: Butter, Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Flour, Salt, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder (if you have some, check the expiration date)
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fresh fruit like berries, kiwi, seedless grapes (I like using a variety of colors, but a monochromatic palette with all red berries would be beautiful, too)
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Fresh Fruit Pizza

Fresh Fruit Pizza

A vibrant, delicious dessert pizza with a sugar cookie crust and cream cheese frosting! Crust adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction,

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

To finish:

  • Fresh fruit, sliced as needed (I used blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, green grapes, and kiwi)
  • 1/4 cup trained apricot jam to glaze, optional

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes, but longer is better to prevent spreading when baked.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan and pat the cold cookie dough into a flat round. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until very light brown. Do not over-bake. Cool before frosting.
  4. To make frosting, whip the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and lemon juice and mix until combined. Add the powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Spread frosting over cooled crust leaving about ½-inch of the edge unfrosted. Arrange fruit in concentric circles as desired.
  6. To glaze, heat the strained apricot jam with a teaspoon of water. I used the microwave. Using a pastry brush, glaze the fruit.
  7. To serve, cut in wedges.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

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36 comments on “Fresh Fruit Pizza”

  1. Very pretty Liz! Your cookie crust sounds like a great recipe too, I’ve bookmarked it for later:@)

  2. You have outdone yourself this time, Liz! That is one of the most stunning desserts I’ve ever seen. Bet it disappeared in a heartbeat!

  3. A dessert pizza with lots of fresh fruits is the BEST!

  4. This fruit lover would LOVE to try a dessert fruit pizza! (We have the same issue in our house, with Rachel preferring a cheese pizza, while the rest of us like toppings. If we’re ordering, we usually get two.)

  5. I adore fruit pizzas! This is my kind of dessert!!!!

  6. Fresh fruit is totally my jam! Love that you went all bakery style on this with the fancy apricot glaze. So professional.

  7. This is a classic recipe, Liz.

  8. I remember seeing a fresh fruit pizza some years back and thought it was clever, kids would love it! I had no idea there was a pizza month, go figure!

  9. This looks beautiful and I know it tastes great too! My mom used to make this back in the day but she didn’t make sugar cookie from scratch. Great recipe!

  10. So pretty, Liz! I love that fresh fruit topping!

  11. Such beautiful slices! And it sounds tasty too. Pizza for dessert feels such a treat!

  12. This is almost too pretty to eat…but I wouldn’t be able to resist. 🙂

  13. This is almost too pretty to eat…but I wouldn’t be able to resist. 🙂

  14. I believe that’s the prettiest pizza I have ever seen!

  15. Pretty cool combination, dear! Have a great week! xoxo

  16. Divine! Definitely saving this recipe…Must say the whole dessert would appeal very much to the Japanese sensibility…and of course to this Ninja Baker =)

  17. Hi Liz, this pizza would be a big hit at my house, love all the vibrant color, looks delicious!

  18. Liz you are an artist. Look how even your fruit is on that pizza, it is gorgeous. Now this is something that would make the hubby and the boys very happy. Sharing, of course! Take care

  19. This is so impressive! It would make a great dish to bring to a brunch!

  20. Fresh fruit pizza sounds yummy. I love the colors of the pizza.

  21. Ahhhh this is definitely my kind of pizza… Colorful, festive, and filled with lots of fresh fruits. This definitely needs to happen soon!

  22. Look at all of those pizzas to check out!!! I’m in heaven. What a fun meal to have pizza for every course. Your fruit and cookie pizza is a fantastic way to end it all. Fun post!

  23. One of my favorite desserts ever! Going to read the recipe more carefully to see how it compares to mine. 🙂

  24. I love the idea that you made your own crust instead of using a sugar cookie package like most of the recipes I have ever seen. All homemade is the best and this one trumps them all. This is awesome Liz!

  25. Oh yum! Such a great refreshing dessert! 

  26. Dessert Pizza is one of the best kinds of pizzas! My girls are going to love this.

  27. This is my go to dessert for pot lucks and barbecues.

  28. Love that I can customize this with whatever fresh fruit I have on hand.

  29. oh wow, such a different recipe really apprised.

  30. This looks incredible. My mouth is literally watering! This would be a fun one to make with my kids while we’re all home.

  31. This is simply beautiful. I actually have all the ingredients so my kiddo will be super excited in the coming days. Thank you! 🙂

  32. Yum! This looks delicious and I bet my kids would love it. Think I might add a little passion fruit to it too.

  33. This is one of my favorite desserts! Thank you for the reminder to make it again this summer with your recipe!

  34. This looks really yummy 😋. I’ll have to try it sometime.

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