Fruit Cookie Pizza

I love fruit and I love pizza, so what sounds better than putting the two together and making a delicious dessert pizza?! There’s not much fruit that I won’t eat, and same goes for cookies. But one cookie that has never been my favorite are sugar cookies. I just can’t get into it, they’re so boring. Thankfully this includes a lot more than just a plain sugar cookie. It does take a little prep work, though, so keep that in mind. This is definitely not a quick recipe that you can whip up in just a few minutes. It takes a little dedication, but it is so worth it!

The ingredients you’ll need for the cookie dough are:

~½ cup butter, softened
~¾ cup sugar
~1 egg
~1 tsp vanilla extract
~1 ½ cups flour
~¼ tsp salt
~1 tsp baking powder
~½ tsp baking soda
~1 ½ tsp cornstarch
First, you want to make the crust. This is what takes a little bit of prep work. Using a mixer, cream the softened butter in a large bowl. Then add in the sugar and beat that until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat that in also. In a separate medium-size bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cornstarch together with a whisk.
Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer. Once it’s all combined, cover it and let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour. You could also prepare the dough a day before hand and leave it sitting in the fridge overnight.
Lightly flour a pizza pan or stone and press the dough into a circle. I tried using a roller, but it kept pulling up the dough so I just used my fingers to spread it out to avoid using too much flour or cooking spray. Bake it in a 350° oven for about 18 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. The time it’s baking is a great opportunity to make the icing.
The ingredients you’ll need to make the icing are:

~8 oz cream cheese, softened
~¼ cup butter, softened
~2 cups confectioners sugar
~1 tbsp milk
~1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter for about two minutes with a hand mixer. Add in the milk and confectioners sugar, and beat for another two minutes. Then mix in the vanilla and beat for about one minute. If it seems a little thick, add another tablespoon of milk until you reach your desired frosting consistency.
Once the cookie is done baking, let it sit to cool completely. After it’s cooled off, you can spoon the frosting over the top and spread it in a thick layer. I spread mine a pretty thick and still ended up with just a little bit extra, which is perfectly fine considering this also makes a delicious fruit dip!
Arrange some fruit on top and you’re all done. I used strawberries, grapes, canned mandarins, and kiwi. I was also hoping for some blueberries, but there were none at the store at the time. After the decorating is done, serve immediately. Whatever’s left can stay in the fridge for about three days.
This is one of my favorite desserts! Although I love all things chocolate, desserts served with fresh fruit are a close second. This one is perfect as we move into Spring. It’s also a great activity to do with children that is (somewhat) more healthy too!

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~Mani Monday~
Contrary to what you’ll read in this Wednesday’s blog post, I’m really enjoying the pink nail polishes this Spring! I don’t know if it’s because I’m always wearing different colors that I’m just appreciating the classics again or what, but pinks are all that have been catching my eye lately. The polish I’m wearing this week is called Dreaming of Love? by Essence. I love their nail polishes, and especially their brush! This particular polish is so opaque that I was even able to get away with just one coat. Gotta love that!
What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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