This sugar cookie fruit pizza is a classic dessert recipe I learned volunteering at The Arkansas Children's hospital.
Make one large dessert pizza or individual fruit pizza cookies. Either way, it is semi-guilt-free and loved by all ages.
Easy enough for a 9th grader to make and delicious enough for a first-time cookie taster to enjoy!
I remember my grandparents trying this recipe when I recreated it at home and they loved it just as much as my parents and I did.
- sugar or snickerdoodle cookies - buy pre-cooked cookies, ready to bake cookies, or make your own dough.
- cream cheese - I like to use Philadelphia cream cheese.
- cool whip - Adds sweetness and some flavor
- vanilla extract
- strawberries, fresh and cut into shape of choice
- blueberries, fresh and sliced in half (optional)
- raspberries, fresh and sliced (optional)
- kiwi, fresh and cut into small bites
- blackberries, fresh cut into small bites
- chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- cinnamon powder
- powdered sugar
How to Make Fruit Pizza
Whip the cream cheese, cool whip, and vanilla extract together. (This may require some intense mixing by hand. For that reason, try using a hand blender to make it quicker and less work.)
Bake the cookies per packaged instructions or purchase pre-made cookies.
Spread the cream cheese and cool whip mixture onto the cookie.
Sprinkle cinnamon powder on top of the frosting.
Top with berries of your choice. Note, berries taste best on this but you are more than welcome to use anything else you would like.
Finally- add chopped nuts such as hazelnuts or chopped almonds. For nut-free options, try pumpkin seeds.
The cookie(s) can be stored in a refrigerator for less than 24 hours. The longer it rests, the softer the cookie gets and the fruit does not look as appetizing usually.
Birthday Parties- Make individual cookies to help cut down on time.
Add Kiwi- it adds a great tart flavor to the dessert pizza that can not be replicated.
Want to make it for a crowd? Use a foil tray or casserole pan, bake one large cookie/crust, and then top with cream cheese, spices, fruits, and nuts.
Individual Fruit Pizza Cookie- kids love to make their own. Make it an event and let them decorate their own.
- Cream Cheese - Use butter cream or cake frosting instead.
- Sugar Cookie - Snicker Doodle cookie tastes great!
- Hazelnuts - Use nuts of your choice
- 8 sugar or snickerdoodle cookies, pre-made or can bake them (options - make one large cookie or make individual cookies)
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 2 oz cool whip
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ cinnamon powder
- strawberries, fresh and chopped
- blueberries, fresh and sliced in half
- raspberries, fresh and sliced in half
- kiwi, fresh and chopped into small pieces
- blackberries, fresh and sliced in half lengthwise
- chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- Bake either individual cookies or one large cookie according to packaged direction.
- Whip the cream cheese, cool whip, and vanilla extract together. (This may require some intense mixing by hand. For that reason, try using a hand blender to make it quicker and less work.)
Assembling the Fruit Pizza
- Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled cookie.
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder on top of the frosting.
- Top with berries of your choice. Note, berries taste best on this but you are more than welcome to use anything else you would like.
- Add chopped nuts. Hazelnuts are my favorite with this compilation, but you can also use almonds or unsalted pistachios. If you are making this nut-free, then pumpkin seeds work really well for a nice crunch as well.
Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and spices together.
Replace the ingredient with buttercream frosting.
For holidays, you can get creative! Valentine's Day-make a heart. Halloween-make a spider or pumpkin. Christmas-make a tree.
Yes! It will not only keep the fruit crisp but the frosting needs a cool temperature too.
If refrigerated for long periods of time, it can get soggy. I do not recommend refrigerating for longer than 24 hours at most.
Yes, it can be frozen.