Fresh fruit with a sweet glaze sits on white chocolate and cream cheese frosting on a sugar cookie crust that makes an unforgettable Fruit Pizza.
Homemade Fruit Pizza Recipe
Also known as a White Chocolate Fruit Tart this Homemade Fruit Pizza is one of the best desserts we make! A few simple layers stack up to create a beautiful and creative presentation. When colorful fruit is designed in an eye pleasing way this treat will really catch your eye.
Start with a cookie crust that is homemade or uses rolled out refrigerated sugar cookie dough. I like to use a round tart pan that looks more like a pizza, but there is no need to buy a special pan. A rectangle jelly roll pan also works fine to create a flag for the 4th of July, a Christmas tree or snowman in the winter.
Then melt white chocolate chips in the microwave and beat in softened cream cheese. This layer is rich and sweet and perfectly ties together the cookie crust with the pretty fruit on top.
Your favorite combination of fruit can be arranged in a variety of attractive ways. Or fruit can be chopped to make an even, multi-colored layer on top.
A glaze mixes up on the stove top and is brushed on top of the fruit for a pretty shine and a little extra sweetness.
Pizza type foods like Air Fryer Pizza Sliders, a Triscuit Pizza or White Pizza Dip are always popular in our house. So when we can serve a fun dessert pizza covered with fruit or a Candy Pizza to complete the meal it’s sure to be a great day!
Tips & Tricks:
- 4 to 5 cups of chopped fruit can be stirred together and poured over the pizza for a more even distribution of colors and flavors; this will also make the pizza much easier to make.
- If using refrigerated cookie dough, making the thinnest layer possible without tearing the dough works best to allow for a taste of all of the flavors in each bite.
- While a tart pan is optimal since the sides pop off to fully display the crust and all of the beautiful layers, a pizza pan or small sheet pan may also be used.
- Whatever size of pan is used the crust should be pressed or rolled into an even layer, be sure the edges don’t taper so the entire sugar cookie crust will bake evenly.
- Whipped cream on flag fruit pizza will melt / deflate fairly quickly in heat or when touched with a glaze, so wait until ready to serve to add whipped cream for decoration on top.
4th of July Fruit Pizza
Blueberries, strawberries and a can of whipped cream can make a fun and easy flag pattern for a patriotic and fruity 4th of July Fruit Pizza dessert.
An American flag design is made with 1 cup of blueberries. The blueberries represent the stars on the background of a white cream cheese frosting. Rows of 2 cups of strawberries and whipped cream alternate to make the red and white stripes on the flag.
While this fruit pizza variation is fun and easy, keep in mind that the whipping cream melts very quickly in summer heat or when a warm glaze slides off the side of the fruit. I like to prepare the flag pizza for 4th of July cookouts, keep chilled and then squirt my whipped cream on just before desserts are enjoyed.
The flag lends well to a sheet pan sized pizza as opposed to using a tart pan or pizza pan. We also like to cover the icing with a solid layer of blueberries and blackberries for more fruit flavors.
Other Variations of Fruit Pizza
Fruit pizza cookies or mini fruit pizzas are easy to make by baking sugar cookies. Individually frost each cookie or mini pizza. Once the frosting is set decorate with a combination of chopped fruit or create a design with pieces of fruit.
Another option is substituting milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips in the frosting for the white chocolate chips. Spread this chocolate frosting on a couple layers of graham crackers. Then top with fruit of choice and a thin layer of glaze.
Designs can be made with red fruit such as strawberries and raspberries to make a heart at Valentine’s day or a variety of fruit to make a bunny face at Easter.
How to Make a Sugar Cookie Crust
We prefer making a homemade sugar cookie like crust out of softened butter, confectioners’ sugar and all-purpose flour.
Use a mixer to cream butter and sugar. Then gradually add flour and mix well.
Press into an ungreased 11″ tart pan. Bake at 300°F for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow crust to cool before applying icing.
An alternate super easy crust is using refrigerated sugar cookie dough and rolling out or pressing out in a pan. Refrigerated dough is typically fairly thick and needs to be rolled or pressed to about half inch or a little less. Bake until lightly browned and allow to cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Melt a bag of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl according to the directions on the package. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to help the chocolate melt more smoothly if desired.
Beat chips and whipping cream. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.
Use a spatula to spread over the crust and try not to eat too much of this delicious frosting!
I like to chill this layer a bit before arranging the fruit.
Fruit Glaze Recipe
Once the fruit has been placed on top, a simple glaze can be heated on the stove to add another sweet layer and a bit of shine to the fruit pizza.
In a saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and pineapple juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir constantly for about 2 minutes or until thickened.
Use a pastry brush to brush a layer of thickened glaze over the fruit.
Chill for about an hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cookie pizza is best the first day it is made as the crust may absorb extra moisture over time.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
No-Bake Oreo Peanut Butter Pie is so simple to make. It will knock your socks off if you love a chocolate and peanut butter combination!
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream is another classic summer dessert that is worth the time invested in making it!
Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese is a vintage recipe that will sweeten any potluck or cookout.
Honey & Mint Watermelon Sorbet is one of the best summer treats from our friends at the Noshery.
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Frosting / Filling
- 12 ounces vanilla baking chips
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 20 ounces pineapple chunks drained & reserved 1/2 cup juice
- 1 pint strawberries sliced
- 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained
- 2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice reserved from can of fruit
- In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.
- Gradually add flour/ mix well. Use fingers to press into an ungreased 11" tart pan.
- Bake at 300°F° for 25 – 30 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Allow crust to cool.
Frosting / Filling
- Melt vanilla baking chips adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to help the chocolate melt more smoothly if needed.
- Beat chips and whipping cream. Then add cream cheese and beat until smooth.
- Spread over crust and allow to chill for 30 minutes.
- Arrange strawberries, pineapple, oranges and kiwi over filling.
- In a small to medium sized sauce pan over medium heat combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and reserved pineapple juice.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly.
- Allow glaze to cool before brushing over fruit. Chill for one hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator.
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