When birthdays roll around each year, I’d rather say “yes, please” to a piece (or 2!) of fruit pizza, than to birthday cake and ice cream J. It’s a family-favorite: super-delicious and super-easy. (I wish it was super-calorie friendly…but hey, I have it once/twice a year, so no worries!)
Last Sunday, we celebrated 3 of the 4 family birthdays in July (5 if you count Uno Robusto's b-day), so I made a fruit pizza, complete with birthday candles.
Here are the step by step instructions on how to make this delicious dessert:
· Bag/box of sugar cookie mix
· Ingredients needed to make the sugar cookie dough (listed on box - typically a stick of butter and 1 egg)
· (1) block of cream cheese or 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1 tsp vanilla
· choice of 5 fruits
Step 1: Make sugar cookie dough, according to bag/box directions.
Step 2: Press into a large circle, on a pizza pan sprayed with PAM. (if dough sticks to your hands, dip them in a small amount of water - it will help the dough release from your hands while you're pressing it into the circle).
Step 3: Bake at 350-degrees for 12-ish minutes. Keep an eye on it, as when it's evenly light-brown on top, it's done! Let cool.
Step 4: Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Spread mixture onto cooled "pizza crust".
Step 5: Arrange cut fruits on top in whatever design you'd like!
Step 6: Keep in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
*Here's a handy tip: take a pineapple ring and stick it right in the middle of the pizza...then place fruits around the pineapple until you reach the very edges.
- pineapple ring
- canned mandarin orange slices
- grapes, halved
- strawberries, sliced
- kiwi, sliced
- pitted cherry (for the very middle)
*If you make this ahead-of-time, wait to put the cream-cheese mixture and fruit on the crust until 2-3 hours before you serve it. Otherwise, the crust can get mushy.