Did you know it’s National Pizza Month? The next time you order a pizza or two for dinner, finish your meal with this vibrant and delicious Fresh Fruit Pizza!
Add whatever fruit you’d like for your own customizable dessert pizza. Just as perfect for a summer gathering as for a casual grand finale for a pizza party.
Fresh Fruit Pizza
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?
I dug out my pizza pan and pat out a round of cookie dough to form the crust. My favorite 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!!
National Pizza Month
If not for my blogger friends, I’d have no idea that it 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.
Tips for Making a Fresh Fruit Pizza
This fun dessert pizza 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.
More Dessert Pizza Recipes:
There are so many delicious variations of dessert pizzas besides my fresh fruit pizza. You can easily swap out the fruits for your favorites and totally change the taste and appearance.
- Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza by The Foodie Affair is perfect for a fall entertaining!
- Cheesecake Pizza by The Redhead Baker is MY kind of pizza!
- S’mores Dessert Pizza from The Cookie Rookie would be fabulous on the 4th of July.
- Apple Pie Pizza
- More Dessert Recipes
You Might Like These for Making Your Dessert Pizza:
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)
- Fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
- Cream Cheese
- Fresh fruit like berries, kiwi, seedless grapes
- 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
- 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
- Fresh fruit, sliced as needed (I used blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, green grapes, and kiwi)
- 1/4 cup trained apricot jam to glaze, optional
- Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread frosting over cooled crust leaving about ½-inch of the edge unfrosted. Arrange fruit in concentric circles as desired.
- To glaze, heat the strained apricot jam with a teaspoon of water. I used the microwave. Using a pastry brush, glaze the fruit.
- To serve, cut in wedges.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g