Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mini Fruit Pizza

After the decadent post from last week, I decided to make something a little lighter on the palate. It had fruit on it so perhaps we should even consider calling it healthy....okay, maybe just healthier is the way to word it.



For those who are unsure about the fruit "pizza" concept, I will explain it to you. It is pieces of fruit over a cream cheese and sugar based "sauce" on top of a sugar cookie crust. Mmmm...delicious! This particular recipe also called for apple jelly to be spooned over the fruit for another layer of flavor.

I admit it, I cheated a little and used pre-made sugar cookie dough for the crust, just because of time constraints, but next time I will definitely be trying it with my own sugar cookie recipe!



This recipe comes together very quickly, especially if using the premade dough. The original recipe called for making one large pizza, but as you know, I prefer things more bite-sized so I made them each the size of a cookie. It was very convenient to make them this size because there was no need to cut it into slices afterwards; the pizzas were ready to grab and eat! 



I imagine you could also use whatever fruit you'd like on them too. I used peaches, blueberries and strawberries, but obviously if these are not your favorite choice of fruits, feel free to use whatever you'd like!



Enjoy!

mini fruit pizza
{recipe slightly adaped from Pillsbury.com}

Ingredients

  • 1 roll sugar cookie dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or canned peach slices, drained and  chopped
  • 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper/baking mat. Follow the package directions and cut the roll of dough and bake as described. Cool on wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled cookie crusts. Arrange fruit as desired on top of cream cheese.
  3. Stir jelly until smooth and then spoon or brush over fruit. Refrigerate pizzas until chilled, at least 1 hour. 

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