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How To Make a Fruit Pizza

Updated on July 20, 2014

Fruity Dessert

I really enjoy making pizzas, and last Summer when I was thinking of a fun dessert to take to a family picnic, this sweet variation that I used to make for potlucks at work came to my mind. I made it for the 4th of July BBQ that we had this year, and it was a hit!

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Fruit Cookie Pizza

5 stars from 4 ratings of Fruit Pizza

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Makes 2 medium pizzas, or 1 large one

Making the Crust

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I use parchment paper when rolling out the dough. It makes cleaning up a breeze!Shape the crust as desiredThis recipe makes two medium crustsMy finished crust
I use parchment paper when rolling out the dough. It makes cleaning up a breeze!
I use parchment paper when rolling out the dough. It makes cleaning up a breeze! | Source
Shape the crust as desired
Shape the crust as desired | Source
This recipe makes two medium crusts
This recipe makes two medium crusts | Source
My finished crust
My finished crust | Source

Cookie Crust

I made the sugar cookie crust, but most any type of cookie can be used for this, as well as dinner roll or pastry dough. I have made a chocolate chip cookie crust before, and it also hit the spot. I am adding other cookie recipes further down.

Time Saver

If you are short on time, or don't feel like making the crust from scratch, you can buy prepared cookie, pastry, or even dinner roll dough at the store.

Sugar Cookie Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, (optional)
  • 1 egg

Making the Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl
  3. Lightly flour a surface to roll the dough on (I lay out parchment paper to reduce the mess)
  4. Using a rolling pin (or your hands, if necessary), roll the dough until it is as thin as desired
  5. Place on cookie sheet or pizza pan
  6. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until a light golden brown. A toothpick inserted into it should come out clean when it is cooked
  7. Allow to cool
  8. Prepare the frosting, and smooth a layer of it on the crust once it has cooled off
  9. Prepare the desired fruit and toppings, and top as desired

Making the Frosting

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Cream cheese or  Neufchatel cheeseAdd the whipped creamBeat until smoothFinished frosting
Cream cheese or  Neufchatel cheese
Cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese | Source
Add the whipped cream
Add the whipped cream | Source
Beat until smooth
Beat until smooth | Source
Finished frosting
Finished frosting | Source

How To Make the Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2-2 cups whipped cream

Directions:

  • Ideally, take cream cheese out early to allow it to soften a bit
  • In a mixing bowl, add both ingredients, and blend well. A hand mixer or blender work best, but a simple mixing spoon or spatula and a lot of effort in manually mixing also works
  • Once it is mixed well, set aside

Alternative Frosting:

  • When I made this dessert last Summer, I topped the crust with whipped cream only. It is faster, lighter, and is still delicious!
  • Any type of cream cheese may be used, including the strawberry flavored one.
  • I use Neufchatel cheese, which is a lighter version of cream cheese
  • I have never tried it, but cottage cheese might be a good option. It goes well with many fruits

Preparing the Toppings

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Take out desired fruitSliced bananaBlueberries, rinsedSliced kiwiSlices of banana and kiwi, ready to top the pizza with
Take out desired fruit
Take out desired fruit | Source
Sliced banana
Sliced banana | Source
Blueberries, rinsed
Blueberries, rinsed | Source
Sliced kiwi
Sliced kiwi | Source
Slices of banana and kiwi, ready to top the pizza with
Slices of banana and kiwi, ready to top the pizza with | Source

Toppings

  • Peel/cut up any fruit you would like to use
  • Chop nuts, if you are using any
  • I topped my pizza with banana, kiwi and blueberries, but you may use any fruit you desire
  • Check out the table halfway down the page for ideas for the crust, frosting and toppings, or use your imagination to find other options

Putting It All Together

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Baked Cookie CrustCoated with a layer of frostingSprinkled with blueberriesBanana slices addedKiwi slices arranged
Baked Cookie Crust
Baked Cookie Crust | Source
Coated with a layer of frosting
Coated with a layer of frosting | Source
Sprinkled with blueberries
Sprinkled with blueberries | Source
Banana slices added
Banana slices added | Source
Kiwi slices arranged
Kiwi slices arranged | Source
Variation with whipped cream topping, and  kiwi and strawberries
Variation with whipped cream topping, and kiwi and strawberries | Source

A Great Idea For a Quick Snack

Mini Fruit Pizzas

  • I think making mini versions of these are a cool idea. To the right is a video I found for a version that uses prepared dinner roll dough for the crust, and makes a simple and quick snack.
  • Using my recipe, you may also use cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, or even a can or cup to cut smaller "pizzas" out of the cookie dough (as if you are making cookies), and top after baking for 10-15 minutes or so.

Crust
Frosting
Fruit Toppings
More Toppings
Sugar Cookie
Cream Cheese & Whipped Cream
Banana
Nuts
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Whipped Cream
Kiwi
Cinnamon
Snickerdoodle Cookie
 
Strawberries
Brown Sugar
Peanut Butter Cookie
 
Blueberries
Coconut
Oatmeal Cookie
 
Blackberries
Morsels
Scotch Shortbread
 
Raspberries
Marshmallows
Dinner Roll dough
 
Mango
Sprinkles
Pastry dough
 
Pineapple
 
Pumpkin Cookie
 
 
 
Apple Cookie
 
 
 

Variations

A version can be made for most any holiday or occasion, keeping in mind the traditional or desired colors.

  • A great 4th of July pizza could have strawberries or red raspberries and blueberries on top of whipped cream.
  • You may color the frosting with food coloring
  • Use flavored cream cheese or whipped cream that have different colors than the traditional white
  • Try making a crust using a seasonal cookie, such as pumpkin cookies, or apple cookies. To be creative, try making special frosting with pumpkin or apple in it

Note: I plan on making my own seasonal varieties over time, so stay tuned!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

Mix the following ingredients together, and prepare as described under the Sugar Cookie Crust.

  • 3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 3/4 packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces (2 cups) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Peanut Butter Cookie Crust

Mix the following ingredients together, and prepare as described under the Sugar Cookie Crust.

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Scotch Shortbread Cookie Crust

Mix the following ingredients together, and prepare as described under the Sugar Cookie Crust.

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Snickerdoodle Crust

Mix the following ingredients together, and prepare as described under the Sugar Cookie Crust. Before placing the rolled out crust in the oven, sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on it.*

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

* cinnamon and sugar (to sprinkle on top)


Another Option For the Crust

The link to the right leads to the article on my Chewy Oatmeal and Morsel Cookies. It is a versatile recipe, and can also be used as a delicious crust for a fruit pizza.

Kathryn Stratford ~ Photo was taken by my Uncle Tom
Kathryn Stratford ~ Photo was taken by my Uncle Tom | Source

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Peach,

      It's partially healthy. The fruit is nutritious, but the cookie is not so much. But it is a tasty dessert!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Ihave never heatd of fruit pizza, sounds healthy

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      ChristinS,

      That is what I love about fruit pizza. There are so many variations!

      I usually use sugar cookie for the crust, too, but shortbread hits the spot, too!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      I love fruit pizza and you've created a lot of variations - very useful. I've always used sugar cookie or pie crust, but I think shortbread sounds pretty amazing and may have to try that next time.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Glimmer,

      I think I am going to make one with a peanut butter crust next time, too. And then I will not only have an enjoyable dessert, but will also have more photos for this hub!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and when you try the p.b. crust variation, I hope you enjoy it!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Love the crust variations. Never thought of a peanut butter cookie crust. We make fruit pizza from time to time and will definitely be trying out a pb crust next time. Yummy. Pinned for future reference.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Stuff4kids,

      Thanks, I love it as well ! It's always a hit, and it tastes so good.

      I'm glad you like the pictures. I always try to take plenty, just in case!

      My Mom used to have a roll of something that was specifically for rolling out dough, but I don't ever see it for sale anymore. So when I realized that parchment paper or wax paper work just as well, and reduce clean-up, I was all over it. I'm glad you like that tip.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      Now that's creative cooking! Love it and can't wait to give it a go. Fruit pizza - your pictures are gorgeous, too and I like the hint about rolling out on grease paper. Why did I never think of that?

      :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thelma,

      Fruit tarts are spectacular. I'm glad you like these kinds of desserts, and if you ever make this when you have visitors I hope it is a big hit!

      I have been so busy since March with my temp job at Pepperidge Farm, but I have just been laid off, so I should be writing a little more often!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. It's s nice to see you here.

      Have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Abby,

      It's very yummy, and it hits the spot! And at least it is 1/3 healthy, lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Those fruit pizzas are looking so yummy. I am sure they really tasted good. I have made similar fruit tart yesterday. Thanks for the various recipes.Well done! I would love to try some of them when I have visitors. I hope you are fine Kathryn. I have not read from you for a long time. Take care:-))

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      That fruit pizza looks so yummy, Kathryn! You're making me hungry! LOL.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Sunnylitter,

      Thanks, it's very delicious! I have made it a couple of times lately, and it's always a hit.

      Thanks for coming here and leaving a comment, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Jeannie,

      Pre-made cookie dough is a great shortcut! Sometimes I really like to just make something quick with less fuss, so I can understand that.

      Mmmm, strawberries are delicious on this!

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      Have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sunnyglitter 3 years ago from Cyberspace

      Looks delicious!

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This looks so delicious. I definitely want to give this a try (although I might be lazy and get pre-made cookie dough). I think I want to try this with strawberries. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MsDora,

      I'm glad that this brought back memories, and I hope that if you try making it yourself it hits the spot!

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I was just looking at your page, and see quite a few interesting articles that I have not read.

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Remember only one friend who made fruit pizza, but she moved away. Thanks for bring back the good memory with good instructions on how to do it myself. Appreciate the recipe. Thank you for all the suggested variations.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Seafarer Mama,

      Thanks so much! I'm glad you like this, and hope you enjoy it when you create it yourself.

      I have been doing very well. I haven't had as much time to write, because I have been super busy working at my factory job as a temp. 55-67 hours per week, usually 6 days a week. I have also had some time to enjoy the Summer. Last weekend I just had my family over here for a cookout, and we had a blast.

      I hope life is treating you well, my friend.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Patricia,

      You're welcome. I enjoyed writing this, and of course making it again.

      It is so nice to see your friendly face again. I hope you are doing well!

      Have a great week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rebecca,

      Thanks. I enjoyed thinking of the different variations. I have done a few of them, and look forward to actually trying some more of them out, and updating this accordingly.

      It's nice to see you here. Have a great week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet,

      Anything with fruit in it is fantastic for Summer, so I agree with you! If you try it out, I hope you enjoy.

      I hope you're doing well. Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Flourish,

      Yes, they are fantastic for picnics!

      Mmm, an oatmeal crust would be good.

      Thanks for taking the time to check this out and comment, and have a great week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      Thanks, I hope you like it when you try it out. I absolutely adore recipes that are versatile, so I was happy to post my own version of this recipe.

      I appreciate the votes, and enjoy seeing your face here on my page :)

      Have a fantastic week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ruby,

      I love pizza, too, and this is a delicious dessert version! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

      Thanks for taking the time to check this out, and for commenting. Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rose,

      You're welcome! I'm glad you like it.

      It's so nice to see you, and I hope you have a wonderful week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      YUM! Can't wait to make this dessert! Shared this hub far and wide ~:0)

      Hope your summer is going well. Time flies when swimming, gardening, reading, and crafting.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O yes. This looks light and refreshing. Thanks for the lively recipe

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a nice dessert! And I love all your variation suggestions!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Wow, this recipe is so great for summer. You provided so many variations. That's great. A very well-written hub. I should give this recipe a try.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love fruit pizzas, and they are popular at picnics as well. Your suggested variations are definitely worth a try. I like the idea of an oatmeal cookie crust,

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a great recipe for summer with so many variations! I love delicious and easy. I will certainly give this a try.

      Excellent recipe with great photos. Yummy!

      Voted up +++ and away

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This i will definitely make. I love piza and the fruit will be great for a change. Thank's for sharing....

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the detailed recipe! I love all of the variations for it.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      So nice to see you! I have missed being on here. I just had my first 2 day weekend in a long time. I have been working 6 day weeks, around 60 hrs, so I have had barely any time to get things done. But I am enjoying life despite working so much. Things are going well for me.

      I love how versatile fruit pizzas are. At some point I want to try out the other crusts, so I have more photos to show how they look. They are so easy to make, and are a popular dessert.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I hope you are doing well.

      Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      Thanks. It is so nice to have time to write, and to get on here for a while. I also started another article (non-food), but I wanted to get this one done first. Since I started the other one, I can continue it when I have smaller batches of time, and can hopefully work on keeping up with writing even when I am working 6 days a week.

      Thanks for taking the time to come her and comment, and have a wonderful week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Jan,

      I have been great, but have been working 6 days a week, 57-65 hrs per week at my job at a bread factory, so I have been incredibly busy! I just got my first full weekend off in quite a long time, and it has given me enough time to recharge my batteries. I was able to complete this article and work on another one!

      It is a great dessert to make, and very easy.

      I love the idea of small ones, and I want to try making them myself sometime. They would actually be easier to handle than slicing a bigger pie, too, so they're probably ideal to make for cookouts or potlucks.

      Thanks for the votes, and for taking the time to read and comment. It Is so nice to see you :)

      Have a great week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Lovin' this great fruit pizza idea and the varieties you gave are wonderful! Really fancy making the peanut butter and choc chip ones . . . Yummy! Nice to see your work again have missed you! Up 5 stars all the way!!! Great attention to detail in pics and info as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to see a new article from you, Kathryn! Happy Monday to you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi there Kathryn! How've you been? This is an interesting and yummy way to have fruit. It looks sooo good and easy to make. I will have to try it. I like the idea of the small ones, too, almost like medium size fruit tarts. Nice recipe, voted up, useful, and interesting.