This fruit pizza is made with a delicious sugar cookie crust and topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and your favorite fresh fruit. It’s guaranteed to be crowd-pleasing and perfect as a summertime dessert.
For me, when I look at this recipe, it just reminds me of summer: fresh berries, peaches, and kiwi on a lovely sugar cookie. You can also use a brownie base too, which is just as good but not as sturdy, and then smothered in amazingly delicious cream cheese frosting and topped off with fruit that is in season. You want fruit that is nice and sweet, which for me is found in the summer months.
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Why I Love This Recipe
- Made from Scratch I like to make almost everything from scratch, and the sugar cookie and the cream cheese frosting are no exception.
- Fun to make This recipe is fun for the whole family to make and eat, and it can easily be made with children. (I always find kids are more willing to eat something if they help make it.)
- Easy to customize Of course, my favourite thing about this recipe is that it is customizable. You can use a variety of your favorite fruits or just use all of one type of fruit, completely up to your preference.
Ingredients needed for Fruit Pizza
Cookie Pizza Crust
- Unsalted butter brings the butter to room temperature and is softened slightly.
- Sugar Granulated sugar is best for sugar cookies.
- Egg You want eggs so that your cookie will hold its structure and provide some moisture too.
- Vanilla I like to use good-quality pure vanilla, but you can use what you have on hand.
- Flour All-purpose flour is best here; I haven’t tested it with other flour.
- Baking powder This will help you have a light and fluffy cookie crust.
- Salt I like to use salt to balance out the sweetness, but if you use salted butter, you can omit the salt from the recipe.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream Cheese softened and room temperature
- Butter softened and room temperature
- Powdered Sugar Sifting before using will help you have a nice, creamy frosting.
- Pure Vanilla For a nice vanilla flavor, use good-quality vanilla.
- Sour cream adds the perfect amount of bright freshness to the frosting without messing with the consistency.
Fall and Winter
- pomegranate seeds
- citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits
How to Make Fruit Pizza
Let’s walk through the steps of how to make this fruit pizza.
Make the crust
- The first thing you need to start with is making the crust because it needs time to completely cook before assembling the fruit pizza.
- Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar in the bowl until light and fluffy; this will take around 1-2 minutes.
- Then add the egg and pure vanilla until combined. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined.
- Next, transfer the dough from the mixer to a lightly floured surface and shape it into a circle. And then cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.
- After the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet or round pizza pan with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle, then transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake and Cool
- Bake the sugar cookie crust in the oven for 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the cookie looks a little puffy and fluffy, don’t allow it to overbake. The cookie will continue to cook once out of the oven.
- Allow the crust to cool on the baking pan or pizza wheel until it has reached room temperature, if you need it to cool quickly you can place it in the freezer or the fridge.
Cream Cheese Frosting and Fruit Topping
This step is done while the cookie is baking, you can make the frosting and then set it aside.
- Add the room-temperature cream cheese and butter to the bowl and beat until combined. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar and combine until smooth. Set aside at room temperature until the cookie has cooled.
- Prep the fruit by rinsing it and allowing it to drain completely. Slice as desired and arrange on the pizza as desired. if you would like the fruit to have a glaze or a shininess to it. Mix a few tablespoons of apricot jam with a little bit of water to thin out the mixture, and simply brush it across the fruit.
Assemble The Fruit Pizza
- Once the cookie is completely cooled, spread the cream cheese topping in a single layer to the very edge of the cookie crust. Try to leave just a little rim so you can see the crust beneath.
- This is where the fun part is: arranging your chosen fruit in any pattern you would like. I like to fill in every possible space on top for a nice fruit-to-cookie ratio. For me, I like to create a nice decorative pattern, but if your kids are helping, let their imaginations go wild.
- Slice and serve!
- If you’re looking for a festive Memorial Day or July 4th dessert, try turning this dessert into a flag or choosing fruits that are red, white, and blue. It makes a great patriotic dessert.
- Make a sunrise design by using fresh oranges, strawberries, and pineapple, and then finish it off with some fresh lemon zest for a refreshing taste. great for any citrus lover.
- You don’t just have to make it in the shape of a round pizza you can make it into a square or rectangle or for easter make it into an oval shape and decorate it like a rainbow.
- Another idea kids love is to make personalized l fruit pizzas that they can decorate any way they want.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will fruit pizza keep overnight?
Yes, you can assemble the fruit pizza, cover it in plastic wrap, chill it overnight, and then serve it the next day.
What fruit goes well on pizza?
There are a variety of fruits that can be used it would almost be easier to say which ones you shouldn’t (watermelon) but here are a few suggestions.
Apples, bananas, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, pears, pineapples and persimmons, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, and papaya.
What is the difference between a fruit tart and a fruit pizza?
The major difference is the crust; fruit pizza is made using a cookie crust like a sugar cookie or brownie. The fruit tart crust is more like a buttery pie crust. Both have a filling on top and are topped with all types of fruit. For a fruit tart, try this recipe.
Easy Fruit Pizza
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1-1/4 cup flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 egg
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 12 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 7-10 strawberries sliced
- 5-6 kiwis sliced
- 1 mango sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 small grapes halved
Make The Crust
- Mix the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Chill the dough for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 14-inch pizza pan or round baking stone, or line with parchment. Roll the chilled dough out onto it, leaving some space around the edge. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow it to cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cooled cookie crust and chill again to firm up the frosting.
Make It Fancy
- Top with fruit in your own pattern or one for a special holiday have fun with it!