my favorite fruit pizza
When the weather warms up, there is no better way to make the season sweeter than with my favorite fruit pizza! This pretty-as-a-picture dessert features a soft and chewy sugar cookie crust, a creamy almond-cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit toppings with a drizzle of honey to finish. Play around with the toppings to make your own simply stunning design and enjoy every delicious, fresh and fruity bite.
Fruit Pizza Recipe
Oh helllooooo, fruit pizza! Do you feel like when spring is in the air, it is customary to celebrate with a fruity dessert pizza? I know I do. There is nothing more exciting than going to the grocery store, picking up a bunch of fresh fruit (that finally tastes decent again), coming home and putting it on top of a giant sugar cookie with a smooth cream cheese frosting in a decorative fashion. I love it so much, and I know you will, too.
This is my FAVORITE fruit pizza recipe. It features a half-batch of my soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe as the crust, plus an almond-kissed cream cheese frosting that is so good, I could eat it alone with a spoon. Then, everything is topped with beautiful, colorful, fresh fruits, a sprinkle of sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey. It’s almost too pretty to eat–but you know we should eat it, anyway, because it is downright delicious.
It’s also kid-friendly, too! My three-year-old daughter had the time of her life helping me make this pizza (especially when I let her lick the beaters full of frosting).
Ingredients You’ll Need
There are three main components that make up this recipe: the cookie crust, the cream cheese frosting and the fruit toppings. To break it down, here’s everything you need to make this fruit pizza:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Cream cheese
- Almond extract (or more vanilla!)
- Brown sugar
- Fresh fruit — about 2 cups of whatever floats your boat! I used sliced mango, sliced kiwifruit, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and halved grapes on mine
- Sliced almonds, if desired (bonus points if you toast them!)
- Honey, for drizzling on top
If you’re short on time or ingredients, you can also skip the first 8 ingredients listed above and use a store-bought sugar cookie dough for the crust! But IMHO, the homemade crust is just as easy and 1000x more tasty. 😉
How to Make My Favorite Fruit Pizza
Since this is unofficially The Dessert Recipe of Spring/Summertime, we want to keep it as simple as possible so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying slice after slice of fruit-topped sugar cookie goodness outside in the sun (at least, that’s my life goal here). Here’s how to make this pizza magic happen in no time:
- Step One: Make the cookie crust! Combine all of the cookie crust ingredients in a bowl until a dough forms, then let the dough chill while you preheat the oven.
- Step Two: Bake the crust. Press the slightly chilled dough onto a foil-lined pizza pan, then bake until the edges are a light golden brown and the center is just set. Let the crust cool completely before topping.
- Step Three: Make the cream cheese frosting. Whip together the frosting ingredients until creamy and super-smooth. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cookie crust.
- Step Four: Add the toppings! Arrange your prepped fruits in a pretty pattern (or a random scatter, you do you) on top of the cream cheese frosting, then sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with honey. Commence devouring.
Can I Make This Fruit Pizza Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can! If you want to make the pizza a few hours ahead of time, you can assemble the whole pizza (save the honey), cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve (top with honey just before serving). If you want to make it a day or two ahead of time, I highly recommend waiting to assemble. Make the cookie crust and, once cool, cover tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also make the cream cheese frosting 1 to 2 days in advance; just store in an airtight container in the fridge and spread on top of the cookie crust just before serving.
What Are the Best Fruits to Use for Fruit Pizza?
No fruit is off-limits for the fruit pizza! But, if you want to make the pizza ahead of time, I recommend not using fruits that brown quickly once sliced (such as bananas, apples, pears, etc.). Also be sure to peel and slice any fruits with rinds/skins that are inedible. We want to make sure these slices can go straight from plate to face.
Here are some of my favorite fruits to use on a fruit pizza:
- Green grapes
- Mandarin oranges
- Red grapes
- Honeydew melon
If you’re feeling the springtime/summertime vibes already like I am, let this fresh and colorful fruit pizza recipe help you celebrate the return of warm weather, sunshine and in-season fruit that actually tastes delicious again.Print
This fruit pizza recipe features a soft and chewy sugar cookie crust, almond-kissed cream cheese frosting and tons of fresh fruit with a drizzle of honey on top for a simple-yet-stunning dessert that brings serious wow factor to the dessert table.
For the crust:
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the frosting:
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
For the toppings:
- 2 cups assorted fresh fruit (such as halved grapes, blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwifruit, sliced mango, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- First, make the cookie crust: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined. In a separate bowl using an electric hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients just until a dough forms.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and transfer dough to refrigerator for about 20 to 30 minutes (while you preheat the oven) to firm up slightly.
- Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-inch pizza pan with foil. Once dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and place on prepared pizza pan. Press evenly into an 11-inch round on pan (the dough will spread to the edges of the pan as it bakes).
- Bake cookie crust 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden and center is just set. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack; then, if desired, carefully transfer to a serving platter.
- Next, make the frosting: In a medium bowl using an electric hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese, milk, almond extract and 2 tablespoons brown sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Use spatula to spread frosting evenly over top of cookie crust, leaving a 1-inch border along the edges.
- Finally, add the toppings: Arrange prepared fruit on top of pizza. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if desired. Drizzle evenly with honey. Serve immediately.
- Store leftover pizza, covered in plastic wrap, in refrigerator for up to 1 day.
- Recipe adapted from Midwest Living.
- If you’re short on time or ingredients, you can swap the homemade cookie crust for store-bought refrigerated sugar cookie dough (use a 16-18 oz roll). Press the dough to an 11-inch round on prepared pizza pan, then bake 15 to 20 minutes at 375°F or until edges are light brown and center is just set. Continue with recipe as written.
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