I love getting together with friends and family over the summer – and if your family is anything like mine most of those gatherings center around great food. I was looking for a fresh and easy dessert for a summer cookout recently and found the perfect mix of light and sweet – the fruit “pizza.”

This dessert is super easy to make, and I love that you can mix up the fruit you’re using to create a different taste each time. The sugar cookie crust and cream cheese filling make a great base for whatever fruit is in season. 

I found all of my mixing bowls, the mixer, and the pizza pan at my local Old Time Pottery. They have a huge selection of cookware and bakeware (and always have brands I recognize), at a great price! It’s so nice to use an electric mixer rather than hand-mix things like cream cheese because the consistency is always smoother and it takes half the time (if that.)

The full recipe is below. Happy cooking!

Ingredients:

1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced

1 cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 can peaches

1/2 cup apple jelly

Steps

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 inch pizza pan. In pan, press cookie dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Bake the crust 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, (about 30 minutes.)

2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Arrange chopped fruit over cream cheese. Brush apple jelly onto the fruit (stirring helps make it softer). Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Written by Sarah Moore

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