Sugar Cookie Mini Fruit Pizzas Recipe
When I mention fruit pizzas the end result is usually a blank stare or a request for a restatement. It seems a lot of people are not familiar with the concept of a fruit pizza. Even when speaking with the more culinary inclined I am asked if I meant a fruit tart instead.
Fruit pizza is just a pizza that has been translated into sweet form. However, because of the large fruit content the fruit pizza is a lot healthier than a lot of deserts in the world. Couple that with the bright colors most have and this delicious desert has the ability to replace birthday cakes - as long as the child is warned and they like the desert of course!
Now, just to be clear this is not a desert pizza which is putting sweet items on a pizza crust - it is a sugar cookie base covered with some sort of sauce, be it yogurt or cream cheese (more on that later), and topped with a layer of fruit.
Here we will learn the sugar cookie, some sauces, and a lot about pairing fruit together for the best results.
Fruit Pizza Sauces
For our fruit pizza we will need a sauce. This means something sweet and sticky to allow the fruit to hold on. There are a few choices that you can make depending on your preference and fruit decisions.
A popular sauce is a cream cheese spread. This thick spread easily goes on and will keep fruit snug on the cookie base. The cream cheese spread is made with an 8 ounce package of cream cheese mixed with 1/2 cup of sugar and two teaspoons of vanilla. Of course, there are many ways to make anything. Paula Deen (who loves everything fat and sugar) prefers a whole cup of sugar and no vanilla where Pillsbury prefers a more lean 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla in this mixture, but it is up to you what level of sweetness you prefer.
The cookie is an important part of the dish. You don't want one that is too soft because then it would not support the delicious load it carries, but you do not want it too hard either. If you want the quickest results you could just throw some pre-made cookie dough in the oven but I suggest home made cookies as put put below.
Depending on what fruit you decide to use you might consider adding something to your cookie as well. For citrus you could add some lemon flavor to your cookie to give it that extra pop. In the case of oranges or apples, you could add cinnamon to your cookies. Almond is an interesting flavor that goes with cherry or apricots well. Whatever you add to your cookie, remember to keep it light though. It is the base for other flavors and should be somewhat neutral.
Sugar Cookie, Commercial
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 1 g|
|Sugar 6 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 8 mg||3%|
|Sodium 54 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- 4 Cups Flour
- 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- [To taste] [Ingredient from list at the bottom]
Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe: Instructions
- Preheat oven to 350. Soften the butter before mixing all your ingredients together before chilling for 30-60 minutes to make it easier to roll out.
- Roll out to about 1/4 inches thick and cut to your desired shape and size. If you want a non mini fruit pizza base use a pizza pan.
- Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. Let cookies cool.
How To Match Fruits
Let me first preface this with the fact that you need to think about what you put on your cookie. Cut fruits may leak and will dry out, so you may want to prepare for that fact by preparing them close to the time they will be eaten. Whole fruits are more stable, so if you have blueberries, raspberries, or other such fruits you do not have to worry as much about your fruit in those regards. However, do think about the amount of liquid cut fruits will be so you do not have too much mess.
Below is a table of fruit that goes well together, along with spices, nuts, or other flavors that would match well. This isn't a comprehensive list but it is pretty large. Explore and have fun with your mixing and matching!
...Goes WIth This Fruit...
...And This Spice
Cranberry, Currant, Mango, Strawberry
Cardamom, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Ginger, Hazelnut, Walnut
Almond, Caramel, Cardamom, Ginger, Hazelnut, Honey, Vanilla, Plum
Berries, Cherry, Mango, Papaya,
Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Ginger, Hazelnut, Honey
Apricot, Berries, Citrus, Lemon, Peach, Plum
Berries, Citrus, Mango, Lemon, Fig
Cardamom, Hazelnut, Ginger, Lavender
Apricot, Citrus, Nectarine, Peach, Plum
Apple, Citrus, Mango, Pear
Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mint
Apple, Banana, Berries, Cherry, Citrus, Mango, Tropical fruit
Apricot, Berries, Cherry, Citrus, Nectarine, Peach, Plum, Prickly Pear, Tropical Fruit
Berries, Cherry,Cranberry, Fig, Grape, Persimmon, Pineapple
Almonds, Basil, Brandy, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Ginger, Hazelnut, Mint, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Apple, Orange, Tropical Fruit
Apricot, Citrus, Lemon, Nectarine, Berries, Peach, Plum, Rhubarb
Ginger, Thyme, Vanilla
Apple, Chocolate, Citrus, Rhubarb
As you can see, there are infinite possibilities for creating your mini or giant fruit pizzas. With just a bit of planning you can create amazing deserts for people who will be very impressed at both the flavor and your ingenuity.
I hope you enjoy your fruit pizzas!