This colorful fruit pizza recipe is the perfect summer treat! With its buttery sugar cookie crust top, tangy cream cheese frosting, and beautifully arranged fruits, it’s a dessert that not only tastes incredible but also looks stunning.
Easy Fruit Pizza
Go ahead and get creative with your fruit toppings, have fun making the sugar cookie base, and revel in the luscious butter and cream cheese frosting. Your taste buds and your guests will surely thank you for introducing them to this fantastic dessert!
There are countless reasons to give this gorgeous fruit pizza a try:
- VERSATILE – You can easily customize this dessert with your favorite fruits, making it suitable for anyone’s tastes.
- SIMPLE – No need to be a seasoned baker as this recipe is really simple to make! Using store-bought cookie dough means you’ll be able to whip up this delightful treat with ease.
- HEALTHIER – Lastly, as a bonus, the fresh fruits in the recipe contribute essential vitamins and minerals, making it a slightly healthier option compared to other conventional desserts.
Here are the key ingredients you’ll need for this recipe with the full details in the recipe card at the bottom of this post:
- REFRIGERATED COOKIE DOUGH – This will act as the base for your fruit pizza, providing a sweet, sturdy foundation. You can use a Pillsbury store-bought sugar cookie dough which will just make life easier!
- FRESH FRUIT – Fresh strawberries, blueberries, sliced kiwi, sliced grapes, and canned mandarin oranges are some popular options for decorating your fruit pizza. Feel free to get creative and use your favorite fruits to give your pizza a unique twist!
- CREAM CHEESE – Full-fat cream cheese is a key component for the creamy, delicious frosting that holds the fruit toppings in place. Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature for easy mixing.
- POWDERED SUGAR – This adds the perfect sweetness to the cream cheese frosting. To avoid lumps, you can sift the powdered sugar into the bowl before combining it with the cream cheese.
- UNSALTED BUTTER – This adds a rich, buttery flavor to the frosting and helps it spread smoothly across the cookie dough base. Make sure the butter is softened before mixing it in with the other ingredients.
- VANILLA EXTRACT – Adds flavor to the frosting. You can also use almond extract.
Which fruits work well on a fruit pizza?
Strawberries, grapes, mangos, blueberries, and kiwi are all popular choices. However, the fruit options are very flexible – Other options also include bananas, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and canned mandarin orange sections. Pat the fresh fruit dry with a paper towel before you start decorating to remove any excess moisture.
One important tip is to avoid fruits that are too juicy, as this might cause a soggy crust. For this reason, I only recommend using fresh fruits and not anything that’s been frozen.
Feel free to mix and match fruits to find your favorite combination!
How To Make Fruit Pizza Recipe
- PREPARE – Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a round pizza pan by greasing it with nonstick cooking spray.
- DOUGH – Take a roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough and flatten it on the greased baking sheet, making sure to cover the entire surface evenly. You can use the palm of your hand or a rolling pin to spread it out over the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Then remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely before adding frosting.
- FROSTING – In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat together using an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes, until it is smooth and creamy.
- SPREAD FROSTING – Spread the cream cheese frosting layer evenly over the cooled cookie crust using a spatula or a butter knife. Leave a little bit of cookie showing around the edges.
- DECORATE – Now comes the fun part! Decorate your fruit pizza with sliced fruits to your liking! You can start on the outside, arranging circles of each fruit until your reach the center. Or you can design it any way you’d like!
That’s it! The fruit dessert is complete and ready to serve. Enjoy this vibrant and delicious treat with your friends and family. It’s best to slice and serve immediately or place it in the fridge until you’re ready to slice it up.
How To Store Fruit Pizza
This colorful dessert tastes best when served fresh. However, if you have leftovers or want to prepare them ahead of time here are a few tips:
REFRIGERATING – Place the fruit pizza in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Keep in mind that the crust may soften over time due to the moisture from the fruit and frosting.
PREPARING IN ADVANCE – If you want to make your fruit pizza ahead of time, there are a few steps you can take to ensure it stays fresh and delicious. First, bake the crust and let it cool completely before adding the frosting and fruit.
Store the baked crust in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Keep the prepared frosting in the refrigerator, and only frost the crust when you’re ready to add the fruit.
Lastly, cut and prepare the fruit just before assembling the pizza to prevent it from becoming soggy or discolored.
- BAKING TEMP – Keep an eye on the baking temperature. Bake your fruit pizza at 350°F to get a lightly browned crust, but watch closely to prevent burning. Baking times usually range from 12 to 16 minutes, so monitor your oven accordingly.
- CREAM CHEESE FROSTING – For a creamy and smooth frosting, whip cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla together for at least 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- COOL CRUST COMPLETELY – Wait until the crust has cooled completely before spreading the frosting on top. To speed this up you can place it in the fridge once it’s cooled enough to handle.
- FRUIT SELECTION – Use fresh seasonal fruits for the best results in taste, texture, and visual appeal. Frozen fruits will not work for this recipe! They can be watery and a bit mushy, so stick to fresh fruit. Make sure to wash and dry each fruit type well before arranging them on the fruit pizza.
What are some alternative crust options for fruit pizza?
You can make a homemade sugar cookie crust using gluten-free flour, almond flour, oat flour, or whole wheat flour. You can also use store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough. The cooking times might vary slightly, so adjust accordingly. Another alternative to sugar cookie dough crust is using a graham cracker crust, which can add a nice crunch.
How long can I store my fruit pizza before it goes bad?
You should store your fruit pizza in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. It is best to consume the leftovers within 1-2 days of making them, as the fruits may start to release juices that can make the crust soggy over time.
If you know you won’t be able to finish your fruit pizza quickly, consider making smaller portions (for example, bake the crust in smaller cookie shapes) or assembling the pizza right before serving to maintain the crust’s texture and the fruit’s freshness.
This fruit pizza recipe is easy-to-make and is perfect for any 4th of July celebration (like our American flag fruit pizza recipe), summer picnic, or backyard BBQ. Incorporating a healthy dessert pizza, into your summer gatherings brings a vibrant and refreshing dessert option.
Feel free to get creative with your choice of fruits, ensuring a colorful and visually appealing treat. Remember, the perfect fruit pizza includes a combination of a soft cookie base, creamy frosting, and fresh fruit toppings.
Enjoy experimenting with this delightful dessert, and wow your guests with this easy summer treat!
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Fruit Pizza Recipe
- 16 oz refrigerated cookie dough - softened at room temperature for 1 hr
- 8 oz cream cheese - softened to room temperature
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
- 2 kiwis - skin removed and sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- 9 oz canned mandarin orange sections - drained and pat dry with a paper towel
- Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray a round pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Let the refrigerated sugar cookie dough sit at room temperature to help it soften. Use the palm of your hand and fingertips to press it out into the shape of the pizza pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding frosting.
- In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, softened unsalted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Use a hand mixer. It will start clumpy at first, but will turn smooth and creamy after 2-3 minutes.
- Spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the cooled sugar cookie with a spatula. Leave a little bit of cookie showing around the edges
- Wash and slice the fruit. Arrange the fruit in circles, starting with the outer edge and working your way in until you reach the center. Serve immediately or place the sugar cookie in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Slice using a knife or pizza cutter.