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Fruit Pizza Cookies are a great dessert idea for groups of people. Each person has a blast customizing their sugar cookie topped with their pick of fresh fruit. Use our cream cheese frosting to make it extra decadent. Such a fun, delightful twist on a fruit pizza!
Fruit Pizza with a Twist!
Most of us have had the pleasure of chowing down on a fruit pizza. Our Fruit Pizza Cookies are a fun twist on this classic dessert. I even prefer Fruit Pizza Cookies more than the big ol’ fruit pizza because they can be customized.
Fruit Pizza Cookies: Perfect Recipe for Large Groups of People
I’ve been feeding large groups of people for 15+ years. High school groups, college students, and adult small groups have been in a regular rotation around my dinner table. In fact, I’ve narrowed down 20+ Dinner Ideas that work great for groups of people to help out those who also find themselves hosting regularly.
While I don’t have a roundup of dessert ideas for groups of people, if I did, these fruit pizza cookies would be a top choice. Here’s why:
- First of all, Fruit Pizza Cookies feed A LOT of people. I recently had them out at our Super Bowl party of 20+ people and we still had leftovers.
- Secondly, the are customizable. Each person can pick and choose what goes on their fruit pizza cookie. Some even chose to forego the fruit and just have the cookie with frosting!
- Thirdly, it’s an easy dessert to prep ahead of time. That way you won’t find yourself bogged down with prepping these while people are in your home.
What Ingredients Do You Need for Fruit Pizza Cookies?
There are three primary ingredients you need for a fruit pizza cookie.
1. The Sugar Cookie
While you can make your own from scratch using the recipe below (or try our Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie), you can also just buy pre-baked sugar cookies from your store. This will cost a bit more money but is a huge time saver! You could also prep your sugar cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it using this method.
2. The Cream Cheese Frosting
Using plain vanilla frosting on top of a sugar cookie topped with fruit is just a bit too much sweetness going on. Cream cheese frosting is the perfect ingredient to balance all of that out. It comes together SO easily with just a few ingredients:
- Cream cheese
- Powdered Sugar
You can prep this ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve your fruit pizza cookies.
3. Chopped Fruit
Perhaps the most important ingredient in fruit pizza cookies: the fruit! You’ll want to make sure the fruit you choose is chopped up small enough to sprinkle onto a cookie. This is probably the most time-consuming part of making fruit pizza cookies but you can also do this way in advance so it doesn’t feel like such a task. Here are some fruits that work well:
If you end up with extra fruit, bonus! Simply freeze it and use it in any of our delicious smoothie recipes.
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- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 to 2 teaspoon vanilla extract (to taste)
- 4+ cups of diced fresh fruit of any kind. The more colorful the better!
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- For the cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Roll rounded walnut sized amounts of dough into balls and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set and lightly golden. Let stand on cookie sheet 2 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
- To prepare the frosting, mix the cream cheese and butter together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. (I warmed mine a bit to make it smoother.) Add vanilla.
- Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
If you are making this for a party, I’d recommend making an example and setting it on display so people know what to do!
You could also try our Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie as a base.
Need More Meal Ideas for Groups of People?
Here is a great roundup of 20+ Inexpensive Recipe Ideas for Large Groups. Hope you can find something you love!