Learn How to Make Our Yummy Fruit Pizza
Well, hello again! Today we’re going to share our fruit pizza recipe that Cheyenne absolutely loves. We made this simple dessert for her birthday instead of cake. Like all our recipes, this one can easily be made gluten-free. We always use chocolate chip cookie dough for the crust, but you can also substitute sugar cookie cookie dough.
Family Favorite Dessert Adds Color and Pizzaz to the Table
Fruit pizza is not only delicious, but it’s so pretty too! Fresh berries and kiwi take center stage in an eye-popping arrangement that is sure to make your guests’ mouths water.
Why a Gluten-Free Cookie Recipe?
Let’s talk gluten-free for a moment, and why gluten-free recipes are a hallmark of our cooking. I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 20 years ago, after years of severe illness. Some people choose to eat gluten-free because of gluten sensitivity or gluten allergy; however, celiac disease is much more serious–even deadly. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the small intestine is seriously damaged by the ingestion of gluten.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is the protein found in many grains, like wheat and barley, that makes food sticky. Think of dough that rises and stretches, or foods with a chewy texture. Gluten-free foods have come a long way over the last 20 years, thanks to improvements in gluten-free flours, and to food scientists who have finally largely mastered the “texture” issue. In the past, flours were heavy and grainy, and pasta tasted like sand. Today virtually any food can be made gluten-free from scratch, and many wonderful commercial products can be found on grocery store shelves.
It’s All About the Crust
Our fruit pizza can be converted to gluten-free with a cookie crust substitution: use gluten-free cookie dough (we like Sweet Loren’s) for the crust instead of Pillsbury rolled cookie dough.
Simply Delightful Fruit Pizza (Gluten-Free Recipe)
(*depends on the size of your pizza pan**; recipe is for 16” pan)
- 4 packages Sweet Loren’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough; alternate: sugar cookie cookie dough; adjust amount to completely cover pan with edges of cookies overlapping
- **for regular crust use (2) 20 oz. rolls of Pillsbury slice and bake cookie dough
- 2 8 oz. bars cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- Banana slices
- Peeled kiwi slices
- Strawberry halves
- Fresh blueberries
- ½ cup apricot preserves thinned with a teaspoon or two of water
Steps to Make Fruit Pizza
- Freeze cookie dough one hour. Slice dough.
- Line a non-stick 16” pizza pan with cookie dough slices, overlapping edges slightly.
- Bake at 375 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla (we love Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla the best) mixing until well blended.
- Spread over cooled crust.
- Arrange fruit over cream cheese layer. We start with banana slices on the outer edge and end with blueberries piled in the center.
- Glaze with combined apricot preserves and water.
- When ready to serve, cut into wedges and enjoy!