Fruit Pizza!

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)         I don't know exactly how old I was when I had a fruit pizza for the first time, but I can remember pretty clearly thinking something along the lines of, "Where has this been all my life!?" I've usually eaten fruit pizzas that have sliced fruit on top of a cream cheese layer with a sugar cookie crust underneath. And while I'm certainly a fan of the original, I thought it would be fun to stay with a similar flavor profile, but manipulate the ingredients a bit so it actually looked more like a pizza once it was done. What can I say? I'm a sucker for novelty food…

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)Fruit Pizza

16 oz of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (pre-made or you can use your own recipe)
8 oz strawberry cream cheese spread
coconut flakes
strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, or whatever fruit you want
fresh mint

First, make your crust! Take your refrigerated cookie dough and roll out a large cookie on a greased baking sheet that is 1/4-1/2" thick. I found it easiest to roll out the dough on the baking sheet directly with a piece of wax paper on top and then use a pizza cutter to trim off the jagged edges. Bake until your cookie edges just start to turn golden brown (you want the cookie to be a little underdone so it has a chewy texture). It took about 17 minutes for mine to start to turn golden.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe) Let the cookie completely cool, and then ice the cookie with the strawberry cream cheese, leaving the last inch of the edge plain so it looks more like a pizza crust. If you want a brighter red spread to mimic the pizza sauce, you can stir in a dash of food coloring first.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)   Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)   Sprinkle your coconut topping on top of the cream cheese. For more of a "baked cheese" color, you can toast some of the coconut in a dry pan first until it starts to turn golden brown.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)    Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)    Add your cut fruit to mimic your pizza toppings (I used strawberries, pineapple and kiwi), and finish off with some whole or chopped mint leaves.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)       Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)          How cute is that? This is a great idea for a kid's party, but who am I kidding? Most full-grown adults I know would love it as well! Unless you roll out your dough way too thin, you should be able to cut slices and pick them up to eat like real pizza pieces. For people like me that are pizza crazy to begin with, this is too adorable to pass up, but it's an added bonus that it also tastes great too. Make time for a slice of this pizza soon! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.