Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recipe for Cookie Pizza

Just in time for your holiday get-togethers this weekend (or maybe a bit late...), here is one of our family's very favorite summertime desserts ~ Cookie Pizza.

  • Start by setting a block or tub of cream cheese out on the counter to allow it to soften while you prepare the "crusts".
  • Next, whip up a batch of basic sugar cookie dough:


2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 3/4 cups flour (use all-purpose, or whole wheat pastry flour)

1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and egg, continue to beat until creamy.

2. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine. Dough should stick together nicely without being too stick or crumbly.

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle with flour.

  • Shape half of the dough into a ball, set it on the baking sheet, sprinkle with more flour, and roll into a circle. The dough should be about 1/8 inch thick. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, sprinkle with more flour.

  • Bake at 325 degrees for 8-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookie are barely starting to turn golden. Slide the cookie off the baking sheet onto the counter or a chopping board and allow to cool. Repeat with the second half of the cookie dough.

  • While the cookie pizzas are cooling, prepare the frosting:


8 ounce block or tub of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
about 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp of milk, just enough to make frosting easily spreadable

Beat all ingredients in a mixing bowl on high speed until smooth and creamy.

  • Spread half of frosting onto each of the two cooled cookie pizzas.

  • Top each pizza with an assortment of fresh fruit. Our favorites are strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi, and grapes - but any fruit will taste fantastic on it! Finish each pizza off with a sprinkling of shredded coconut flakes. 

Prepare to be asked to make this again and again. There is something absolutely addictive about the combination of sugar cookies, cream cheese frosting, and fresh fruit.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below with your feedback and any tips you may like to share. 
Enjoy! :)


  1. That looks so good! I don't care for cream cheese, will it turn out ok if I leave it out?

  2. Made this tonight and, I think I will be making this for my pregnant self every single day for the rest of my pregnancy. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Nobody can judge me, it has fruit on it! Also, LOL at Beckys face in the birthday photo. You can just tell how cheeky she is without even knowing her, such a cutie

  3. That looks divine!! I'm so making this next week - tomorrow I'm making a Milky Way cake (def not organic or anything CLOSE to healthy, but the recipe looked so good I *have* to..ha). I could subsist on fruit, veggies and pasta...oh and sweets...too bad I couldn't get my carnivore husband to agree. Ha!

  4. haraphiyo@yahoo.comMay 30, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    I love that someone else knows this recipe. :D
    We grew up calling it Fruit Pizza.

  5. I had never heard of cookie pizza - now I have to try it!!

  6. This looks great , i love cream cheese , thank you for sharing ...

  7. it look great....

  8. looks divine!

  9. Payday is tomorrow and I'm going to buy what I need to make this! yum!

  10. I'm pretty sure Leviticus says: "NO COOKIE PIZZAS, EVER!!! I AM GOD!!!!!"

    Haha, just joking. Yum. Enjoy.

  11. Well I left out the cream cheese, it was great will just normal icing! Yum :)

  12. I put a little lemon juice on the fruit before I put it on the pizza. It keeps it from browning so quickly.

  13. This is probably our favorite dessert to make. We call it "fruit pizza." And NO, you can't leave out the cream cheese! When it is combined with the other things, it doesn't taste like cream cheese, but a divine fruit dip...unless you are really sensitive to cream cheese, but regular icing? YUCK. Definitely WON'T be the same effect. IMHO :)

  14. I'm late discovering this blog, but you have some really thoughtful insight, and your writings are really making me think! Now, back to the food! :) I made these as individual cookies with the spread and fruit for a wedding shower and they were a huge hit!!! Love this recipe.

  15. Since you shared this recipe I’ve made it many times over the years. Next week I’m making it again! Thank you for all your work on your blog. Truly my very favorite blog of all time!! :)


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