Sue and I have been a little sporadic with our posts this summer because things have been crazy around here. Sue has been working all summer and I recently went back to work after having several months off. Hopefully things will be getting back to some sort of a routine and we can get back to posting a little more regularly!
I wanted to share this pizza before summer was completely gone as summer fruit is perfect for decorating it with. Any kind of fruit will work – just be sure to use fresh and not frozen. Frozen tends to bleed into the crust and make it not as pretty.
1 batch Sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)
1 8 oz brick cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla
your choice of fruit
1/3 cup apricot or crab apple jelly (or any very light/clear jelly)
Press your sugar cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined pizza pan. Bake at 350 until cookie is lightly browned on top – about 12 – 15 minutes. (You don’t want to over bake it or your crust will be crunchy.) When done, remove from heat and let cool completely.
Prepare sauce – beat together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Spread evenly onto the cookie crust.
Now comes the fun part! Decorate with your fruit. I used strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, green grapes, and mandarin oranges. When you have it decorated how you want it heat up the jelly in the microwave for about 20 seconds – just enough to have it liquefy. Using a pastry or basting brush, brush the jelly over the top of the fruit, letting the extra drip down on to the pizza. (You may or may not need all of the jelly. Once all the fruit is covered you can stop.)
Chill until ready to serve.
This is such a pretty dessert and a great recipe to get the kids involved. They love putting the fruit on top. Use your favorite fruits to change it up… you could even add a few little extras like chocolate chips or nuts or coconut if you wanted to.
A simple treat that is still impressive enough to bring to your next family gathering!