Fruit Pizza

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Meet Kristin.

She’s my little sister.  She’s a nurse, a runner, a kind and gentle soul, a former beanie baby collector, and the object of my envy when it comes to decorating baked goods.

Guess who made this beautiful, meticulous fruit pizza?  It wasn’t my frosting-covered fingers.

She’s cute, huh?

Kristin

And by she’s cute, I did not mean she’s single.  That super-happy-yet-tough-looking guy wearing the gym shorts and holding the burned DVD is her husband.  And it’s a burned DVD of their wedding ceremony. Very not single.

So let me tell you about Kristin’s fruit pizza.

It starts with a slightly doughy jumbo sugar cookie, which already seems like it can’t get any better, but buckle up.  It’s about to get WAY wild in here.

Fruit Pizza

The jumbo sugar cookie is intentionally underbaked so it stays nice and soft and doughy.  Then it’s topped with a cream cheese glaze – repeat: cream cheese glaze – and then it’s decorated with juicy colorful fruit in a meticulously perfect pattern.

Meticulous and perfect.  That’s why she’s the baked goods decorator.

I’m just the eater who goes into a sugar coma for 3 days and comes out asking for more fruit pizza.

Like, whoa.  This stuff is guuud.

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza
Author: Pinch of Yum via Kristin and America’s Test Kitchen
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 7 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • assorted fresh fruit cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and mix until just combined, about 30 seconds. Chill the dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Roll chilled dough into one big cookie and place on a round baking stone. Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons sugar. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Let cool; chill in fridge.
  3. Mix frosting ingredients together and spread on chilled cookie. Chill again to set and thicken the frosting.
  4. Top with fresh fruit. Cut into slices and serve!
Notes

We LOVED that the dough was slightly underbaked, but if that’s not your thing, bake the dough for an additional 5-10 minutes.

We’re packing up our house this weekend.

So far, packing up our house has meant that Bjork puts things in boxes, I look at him with puppy dog eyes and he looks at me with a firm stare, and then later when he’s on the phone with AT&T trying to figure out a way for us to keep our iPhones in the Philippines, which, by the way, is INSANELY difficult but well worth the battle, I take stuff out of the boxes and put it back where it belongs.

Marriage is a beautiful thing, really.


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Comments

  1. This is sooo pretty! Love this!

  2. Lizabeth K. says:

    Little sisters are the best. Packing is the worst.

  3. I was craving a fruit pizza earlier this week..trying to find the perfect recipe to make. This one looks like a winner.

  4. So pretty! Your family is so ridiculously talented.

  5. My mom makes this! Although she uses pre-made sugar cookie dough…because she’s not much of a baker, lol. Good luck with packing!

  6. Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully says:

    The pizza looks great. Your sis is talented. I can relate to your packing quandary. My hub and I are getting ready for a yard sale and we keep taking things out to the garage to “sell” but then I find them mysteriously back in the house the next day! Quite a mystery how that happens!

  7. I’m pretty sure that is the most gorgeous fruit pizza I’ve ever seen…

  8. oh my goodness. this is gorgeous. fruit pizza is one of my favorite things. i am gonna have to try this for sure!

  9. The fruit pizza is quite literally, a work of art. My new mission in life is to make something half as beautiful.

  10. Your sister is extremely talented. I have to just mix all the fruit and up and dump it on when I make fruit pizza because my patience is seriously lacking. This is so vibrant and beautiful!

  11. I need to make fruit pizza happen soon. This is stunning! And I hear you on the packing…you can do it!!

  12. Kristina says:

    I now love you AND your sister!

  13. this is drop dead gorgeous

  14. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Have a safe move and I hope you guys get to use your iPhones out there.

  15. Pretty pizza! I have a fruit pizza recipe I love but I’m willing to try this. :) And I was kind of confused when you said that your nurse sister was a former beanie baby collector. I thought… she must be my age or a little younger. People my age are nurses? What? Oh wait. I’m old.

  16. Great recipe! I will definitely try it out soon. Quick question-can I use whipped frosting instead of cream cheese?

    • I think you can basically do whatever you like with this one. :) The only issue with the creamy layer is that you want it to be firm enough to hold up your fruit, but I would imagine you can figure out a way to make it work!

  17. Crystal says:

    Oooooh this looks dangerous! And I mean that in a good way. Good luck with the iPhones. I would be lost without mine. Is there a reason you can’t use them there? My husband took his overseas with him to Qatar. It’s insanely expensive but to us it’s worth it.

    • Well, I think that in order to have a Filipino number/service (which we need), you have to get it unlocked… and we can’t seem to be able to do that. But I really don’t know what I’d do without it – and I’ve only had mine for 6 months!

      • Crystal says:

        Ah I see. The locals over there hooked my hubby up. It’s amazing what they’ll do for you to get your money, lol! Good luck! And P.S. I tried this pizza (minus strawberries because I’m allergic) and it was great! My kids devoured it and are already begging for another one. Thank you!

  18. It’s too pretty to eat! Ok almost too pretty. I used to collect beanie babies too. Except you couldn’t get them in Australia so when we’d go to America my sister and I would save up so we could buy up big.

  19. YUM! I love me some fruit pizza!!

  20. That pizza is amazingly beautiful. I so want to try making it, WITH the doughy cookie base. Yummm. By the way, your sis gets credit for the pretty pizza but you get credit for presenting it so well in the photos:)

  21. It dewfinitely looks yummy, congrtas to the baker and the whole team behind it!

  22. It definitely looks yummy, congrtas to the baker and the whole team behind it!

  23. WOW! That pizza is just absolutely, stunningly gorgeous, Lindsay! I might have to “steal” the idea and give it a bit of a healthifying treatment. ;)

  24. I do a similar fruit pizza starting out to make it look nice but get tried before it is complete and just start putting the fruit on so I can eat it!

  25. Beautiful! I love fruit pizzas!
    Good luck with the packing! :)

  26. Oh my gosh! This IS so good! I used to have a friend that would make it for Easter brunch and she’d use lemon curd as the frosting. SOOOO GOOOOD – and she did a beautiful decorating job!

  27. Your sister is SOOOO talented! I cannot believe how beautifully that fruit is arranged! I seriously am in awe. And what gorgeous pictures, Lindsay. I love everything about this post!

  28. I use this recipe but also add an envelope of powdered piña colada mix to the frosting. Adds a new dimension of flavor without taking away from the fruit flavor of the dessert!

  29. Gorgeous photos and decorating.

    I think you have to “jailbreak” your iPhone. Google that term and you should be able to find directions. I’m not savvy or brave enough to try it.

  30. Tracey Devlin Armaos says:

    Your little sister makes this look beautiful. I am looking forward to making this for my husband and 2 children. You can certainly tell you and your sister are the best of friends, so sweet. Marriage is a beautiful thing and so is friendship. I am sure you and your sister are going to miss each other tremendously. Thank goodness for cell phones, and facebook. I like your little story and look forward to making this very soon. I am sure it is totally fabulous!☺ Thanks for sharing.

  31. Absolutely gorgeous!!

  32. I came for the yummy looking fruit pizza from foodgawker and ended up laughing at your prose about your sister – you guys are funny!

  33. Lindsay this is beyond stunning!!!

  34. Great summer dessert!

  35. I remember eating fruit pizzas growing up. I need to make it. It looks fantastic.

  36. This fruit pizza looks soo cool! I am definitely going to have to try this.

  37. I love the festive color and bursting fruity flavors…This is gonna be a keeper. Your sister’s recipe is as pretty as her =)

  38. That pizza is gorgeous!!! I am not that meticulous and more of a collager, but I bet the pizza would still taste great! I don’t have a fruit pizza recipe and I am super excited to find one!

  39. This is gorgeous!! I’ve always wanted to try a dessert pizza.

  40. Catherine says:

    Hi Lindsay! I LOVE your blog and your recipes! I seriously admire your and Bjork’s willingness to go to the Philippines and love on the children there! Thanks for sharing the experience with us :)
    I don’t know how much I can help but I wanted to tell you that I’m using my Verizon iPhone here in Germany with a German sim card and number. Before I left California, all I did was call Verizon customer service and they unlocked the phone for me. I think AT&T should be able to do that for you too?

  41. First time fruit pizza maker here, and it turned out delish! I keep going to the fridge to nible on it. Again and again. Ah!

    One note though, in your recipe you list baking powder in the ingredients and then in the instructions you write baking soda. It confused me so I had to look up other sugar cookie recipes to figure it out.

  42. Hey! What a wonderful recipe!
    Just wondering if you think this could withstand June weather. I’m thinking of making this for an outdoor party and it has to rival a plethora of other baked goods. Would it hold up in the heat?

    • Yep! Just refrigerate it for a good while before leaving it outside. The good news is that it goes fast, so it won’t have to sit in the heat for long! :)

  43. This fruit pizza looks great. Very well done. is listed

  44. This looks awesomely delicious! Incidentally, you can get your iPhone unlocked in some of the bigger malls here in the Philippines and once that’s done, you should be able to use any of the local sim cards :)

  45. Thanks for the great fruit pizza recipe. I will post the picture on my website http://www.theschoolmarm.com and send my cyberfamily to pinchofyum for the recipe. Mary

  46. I made something similar years ago, but this is just spectacular! For transport to the party or picnic, ask your local pizza restaurant if they’ll give you a box. Worked for me.

  47. This looks amazing!! It sounds absolutely delicious and is VERY well put together!! WOW!!

  48. How long do you chill the dough???

  49. The raw crust came out soft like frosting consistency, not dough, at all. I checked the ingredients 3x times and added more flour to the frosting like batter, but it didn’t help. Any input? – Thanks

    • The dough will definitely firm up once it’s chilled, but it shouldn’t be like frosting before chilling… more like regular sugar cookie dough. My only advice (besides just trying again) is to adjust the temp of the butter so it’s not so soft?

      • hi Lindsay..thanks for your reply! You’re right about the butter. I remember melting it a bit in a pan because I didn’t think it was soft enough !!! I’m definitely giving this recipe a second round…the first batch, tho frost-like batter, still baked well and was a hit with family who couldn’t wait to dive into it.
        – thanks again.

        • Awesome. Glad you’re willing to give it another go! :)

          • I gave the recipe another whirl, only to find same troubling results with the batter. My mom realized I had been using ‘self-rising’ flour, instead of regular flour. It made all the difference.

  50. love this recipe…..

  51. This pizza looks amazing! Can you tell me about how big this cookie is? Or how big the baking stone is you used? this will help me in my attempt to make this :)

  52. Thank you for this awesome recipe!!! It’s perfect. I love your blog and so glad I discovered it on Pinterest! I am a former 4th grade teacher from Iowa, so I can relate to you! Have a wonderful day.

  53. Hi Lindsay, I’m on your blog for the first time. Came here via Pinterest and LOVE this fruit pizza. It is SO beautiful I wouldn’t want to even place a knife anywhere nearby.

    I try to find unique recipes and presentations. This definitely will make for great party food at my next get together.

    Your sister sure is very talented…and very patient :D

  54. We used to make fruit pizzas like this when I was a kid. We didn’t make them often but they were amazing!! One of my favorite pictures of my Grandpa is on his birthday when we made him a fruit pizza and he looks so happy and excited! Thanks for sharing this recipe; what patience your sister has.

  55. This looks absolutely delicious! Strapped for time..can i use pre-made sugar cookie dough and how many tubes?

    Cant wait to try…thanks!

  56. This fruit pizza looks amazing! Im actually getting ready to make this , can you tell me what kind of fruit the yellow orange colored one is? I cant figure out what fruit that is :) thank you!

  57. I like mixing blueberry and strawberry cream cheese together, instead of using the plain flavor. It is fabulous! Also, try star fruit. Beautiful and tasty. I just wish someone (hey there, “Lock and Lock”) would make a nice plastic or silicone reusable ‘pizza box’ for transporting these. I have been using a huge plastic Christmas wreath storage box. Looks a little funny, but it works. Thanks for sharing!

  58. AnnaBelkind says:

    Hi!!! I featured this post in a Roojoom track I created about food displays. Check it out:

    http://tracks.roojoom.com/u/annabelkind999,345/how-to-make-a-wow-fruit-display,1661

    hope you like it :)

  59. Ooohh!! This looks so delicious! Do you know what type of oranges she used?

  60. I recently made mini fruit pizzas and used your frosting recipe. Thank you so much for posting it, it was fantastic!

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