Friday, June 7, 2013

Fruity Pizza

We have family that just moved here from Alaska. That's right, Alaska to Las Vegas! So they are experiencing a whole new kind of summer this year. HOT HOT HOT! They seem to be loving it though. They have an awesome pool they get to cool off in every day, so that helps :) They had us over for a barbeque last weekend and I wanted to bring something...something fruity and refreshing. It was 105 degrees out after all. I'd seen pics of fruit pizzas before, but had never made one. It was perfect. With their six kids and my two, it just had to be a hit! I used a "Easy Sugar Cookie" recipe from and winged the rest of it. It came out really pretty. I think I baked my cookie dough a little too long, but it was still good. In this recipe, I suggest baking it for about 18 min., just keep checking it. I set my timer for 21 min. for some reason and of course totally got side tracked and wasn't checking it.
You can switch up the fruits to your liking. I used fresh strawberries, canned peaches (which worked just fine), fresh kiwi, and frozen blueberries. I found that frozen blueberries probably weren't the greatest idea either, they leaked quite a bit. Definitely use fresh.                      
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
(I added a little lemon and lime extract, but totally optional)
For the topping, you need:
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups of fresh strawberries
1 1.2 cans of sliced peaches (drained)
4 whole kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
Honey to drizzle over top       
Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
Roll out onto a round pizza pan or cookie sheet.
Bake approx 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.

Once completely cooled, whip together the cream cheese and powdered sugar and spread over the cookie crust. Arrange your fruit however you want, and then drizzle honey over the whole thing. Keep in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Cut into slices.

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