Fruit Pizza is the freshest dessert that’s so impressive, too! Top it with your favorite fresh or canned fruit, a simple cream cheese frosting, and a 1-ingredient glaze.
Summer desserts need to be light, fresh, but definitely sweet. Fruit Pizza is one of the best because it’s so easy and everyone loves it.
This fruit pizza recipe has been hanging around my kitchen for more than 30 years! Everyone seems to make their own version by changing up the seasonal fruits. I serve this often out in the man cave and it’s well-received.
My recipe includes a fruit pizza glaze, which gives it a little extra sweetness and keeps the fruit looking its best.
- Sugar cookie dough, for the crust
- Softened cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Fruit — your choice! I like to get a lot of different color options for a stunning dessert.
- Jelly or jam, for the glaze
The fruit pizza glaze is just melted jelly! Use your favorite flavor, but I find that apple or apricot work the best. They compliment the flavor rather than overpower it.
Plus, the light color of the glaze makes it easy to still see the beautiful raw fruit!
The Best Fruit Pizza Toppings
When it comes to toppings, I tend to go with what’s in season for the cheapest dessert.
Here’s a list of some of the fruit pizza toppings I’ve used before that worked well:
- Bananas — when using bananas, make sure you don’t skip the fruit pizza glaze or your bananas will turn brown very quickly.
What’s the Best Fruit Pizza Crust?
The fruit and frosting get all the attention, but the crust is the key to not having a pile of beautiful mush.
I use store-bought dough often for my sugar cookie fruit pizza crust because it saves me time. Who doesn’t love a kitchen shortcut?
You can substitute refrigerated cookie dough with homemade sugar cookie dough.
Not a sugar cookie fan? You can also use whatever flavor of cookie dough you want.
What to Serve with Fruit Pizza
I always serve fruit pizza for a barbecue because it’s such a colorful, fresh summer dessert!
When the weather is bad but I still want ribs, I turn to my Crockpot. You can totally make ribs in the slow cooker! Or try sous vide the next time for the perfect, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs.
If you need another super easy dessert for your party, this no-bake cherry delight is perfect to make ahead! Plus, anything with a graham cracker crust is amazing.
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- 16.5 ounces sugar cookie dough
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups fruit
- 1/2 cup jelly or jam use a light flavor like apple or apricot
- Preheat an oven to 350⁰F.
- Prepare a pizza pan by lightly greasing or spraying with baking spray.
- Crumble cookie dough over the pizza pan and using your fingers, pat the dough into a 12-inch circle.
- Bake the cookie crust in the preheated oven for 16 to 20 minutes or until it is golden brown and doesn’t look wet in the center.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
- While the crust is cooling, make the cream cheese layer by combining the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
- Once the cookie crust has cooled, spread the cream cheese layer evenly over the crust.
- Top with fruit.
- If using fruit pizza topping, Heat the jelly in a microwave for 15 to 30 seconds or until the jelly is liquid.
- Use a pastry brush to coat the fruit with the melted jelly.
- Pizza can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator until time to serve.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cookie and the cream cheese layer will be fine, but the fruit will start to decay.
- Suggested fruit – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, pitted cherries, bananas, apples.
- When using fruits like bananas and apples, make sure to use a jelly glaze otherwise the fruit will turn brown.
- If using jelly or jam as a glaze, choose a light flavor like apple or apricot. Other flavors may overpower the flavor of the fruit toppings.
- Cookie base can be made from any cookie flavor you like. You can also use a homemade sugar cookie dough, you’ll need a recipe that makes 16 to 24 cookies.
- To make this as cookies, slice the refrigerated cookie dough into rounds and bake. Allow to cool completely and divide the cream cheese topping evenly between the cookies, spread out like icing, and top with fruit. You may want to cut the fruit for fruit pizza cookies into smaller pieces.