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Fruit Pizza Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

By Polly Conner

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 Cookies

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.
Hand grabbing a fruit pizza cookie

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, 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.

Ingredients for Fruit Pizza Cookies

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
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla

You can prep this ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve your fruit pizza cookies.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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 on to 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:

  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Clementines
Chopped fruit

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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Fruit Pizza Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1824 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These fruit pizza cookies will be the hit of your next gathering! Delicious sugar cookies, yummy cream cheese icing, and your favorite fruit makes this a great dessert for groups of people!


Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 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

Icing Ingredients:

  • 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)

Fruit:

  • 4+ cups of diced fresh fruit of any kind. The more colorful the better!

Instructions

  1. For the cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll rounded walnut sized amounts of dough into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

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!

Fruit pizza cookies

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!

20+ Meal ideas for groups of people

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer

Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn’t eat right away either got frozen for the long winter or made into freezer jam. If you’ve made freezer jam, you probably know what I mean when I say it is the gift that keeps on giving. Nothing on any grocery store shelf will even compare to homemade freezer jam.

I skipped making freezer jam on our move from Missouri to Texas about a year ago, and my children acted like I deprived them of an essential nutrient when our freezer was jam-less all winter. Well, I am back in the saddle this summer and I am sharing jam tips after getting my hands on these gorgeous raspberries this week.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

F.A.Q.s About Freezer Jam

Let’s begin with some basic questions you may have before moving onto the method of making it.

What is freezer jam?

Freezer jam is not cooked, so the flavor is like ripe fruit and the texture is chunky. Plus, no standing over a hot stove in the summer! Expect a softer set than canned jam with a fresh fruit taste.

Do I need canning supplies or to sterilize anything?

Making freezer jam requires no sterilizing or sealing of jars. Just clean your jars with hot, soapy water or run through the dishwasher.

How long does freezer jam last in the freezer and refrigerator?

Jam keeps well in the freezer up to a year or more. Once it’s thawed in the fridge, it will last 4-6 weeks.

What kind of pectin do you recommend?

My favorite pectin is Sure Jell. They offer low sugar or no sugar options, as well as their classic recipe. Ball brand also makes a no-cook pectin that some jam folks prefer.

Any tips on what kinds of berries to use?

I know this seems obvious, but I’ll say it: perfectly ripe fruits make the best jams. Don’t be afraid of combining two of your favorite fruits into one jam. Peach-Raspberry, anyone?!

How long does it take to make freezer jam?

Perhaps my favorite part of homemade freezer jam is you can have a batch of freezer jam done in 30 minutes.

Any other freezer jam bonuses?

Why yes! It is a lovely, heart-felt gift for a teacher, neighbor, or friend. Kids also love helping with the basic measuring, stirring and simplicity of freezer jam. My two-year-old son and I had a wonderful time making this together.

How to Make Freezer Jam

Here are the steps, complete with photographs, for the best jam every time:

1. Wash and measure out the fruit. The pectin comes with a guideline; follow it exactly so the jam will set well. I used 3 pints of raspberries for 7 cups of jam.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

2. Get out a good ole potato masher and crush the berries. Sieve out 1/2 cup pulp to remove some seeds, if you prefer. I skip this and go for full pulp.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!
3. Measure exact amounts (according to the recipe on the pectin) of crushed berries into a bowl.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

4. Add sugar (again, according to the recipe on the pectin) and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Sugar helps set the pectin and preserves the fruit.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

5. Now’s the time to add the pectin according to package directions. If using Sure-Jell, bring the package and 3/4 c. water to a boil for 1 minute. Pour into the fruit and stir for 3 minutes, making sure everything is incorporated. The two year-old stepped in and stirred for me.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

6. Fill jars. Using a basic funnel makes it really easy.

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is not hard to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!

Now your homemade freezer jam is ready for the freezer or the first piece of warm sourdough toast!

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How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 jars
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Freezing
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Homemade freezer jam is a delicious treat that is easy to make! The batch makes a lot, so you can save some for your family and gives others away as gifts!


Ingredients

  • Fresh berries (I used raspberries)
  • Sugar
  • Pectin

Instructions

  1. Wash and measure the fruit. The pectin has a guideline; follow it exactly so your jam will set up.
  2. Crush the berries with a potato masher.
  3. Sieve out 1/2 cup pulp to remove some of the seeds. *You can also skip this step and have full pulp.
  4. Measure exact amounts of crushed berries in to a bowl (according to the directions on the pectin).
  5. Add sugar (according to pectin directions) and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. Now add pectin according to the package directions. If you use Sure-Jell, bring the package and 3/4 cup water to a boil for one minute.
  7. Pour into the fruit and stir for 3 minutes, making sure everything is fully incorporated.
  8. Fill jars using a basic funnel.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Prepare jam as directions state. Fill in glass, mason jars. Let jam cool completely. Store in freezer for up to one year.

To Prepare:
Thaw jar of jam in refrigerator overnight. Use on toast or in your favorite recipes. Store jam in refrigerator. Use within 7-10 days of opening.

About the Author

Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 10.45.46 PMJessica Ellingsworth is the editor and curator of Mayvn.com. Mayvn serves as a lifestyle spot for stylish, yet simple homemaking. Jessica is the wife of a musician/composer, mother to two beautiful daughters and one dashing son. When she isn’t running around with the children, she can be found honing her photography skills in her city of Austin, Texas, experimenting with makeup artistry, and romancing her handsome husband with culinary treats.

Banana Split Power Smoothie

By Rachel Tiemeyer
Want a healthy snack to power you through the morning or afternoon? This banana split power smoothie is it.

Want a healthy snack to power you through the morning or afternoon? Oh my. Please give this smoothie a try. My entire family can vouch for the “strawberry milkshake”-flavored deliciousness of this Banana Split Power Smoothie.

Want a healthy snack to power you through the morning or afternoon? This banana split power smoothie is it.


P.S. Don’t be weirded out by the cottage cheese in this recipe. It adds great richness and you’ll never know it’s there.

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Banana Split Power Smoothie

Banana Split Power Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups or 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Want a healthy snack to power you through the morning or afternoon? This banana split power smoothie is it.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (your choice or substitute coconut water)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (sub: plain Greek yogurt or tofu)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple

Instructions

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until very smooth. Note: If you have a lower-powered blender, I would suggest blending the milk, cottage cheese, and banana first. Then add the frozen fruit a little at a time.

Healthy Take On Strawberry Shortcake

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Try this whole food version of strawberry shortcake. Top it with fresh whipped cream for a fantastic dessert!

Updated and reposted from June 2012

As with most recipes I post here, our family devoured this healthy take on Strawberry Shortcake. The key to this dish is two fold: a) good strawberries macerated with just a pinch of sugar, and 2) fresh whipped cream (please don’t ruin this with whatever it is that Cool Whip is…ick!). I must warn you though, if you’re accustomed to the classic biscuit or sponge cake versions, this was neither. Instead, this Strawberry Shortcake was a moist, sweet and yet, more-dense cake. Not quite what I expected but awesome none-the-less. We even ate it for breakfast the next day!

Try this whole food version of strawberry shortcake. Top it with fresh whipped cream for a fantastic dessert!

What makes this Strawberry Shortcake healthier than other recipes, you ask? Everything is made with whole food ingredients instead of processed foods that have been stripped of their nutrients. Whole wheat flour, honey (and not too much really), fresh strawberries, coconut oil, eggs, and organic milk and cream make for a healthier, real foods approach to this delicious dessert.

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Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A homemade, whole foods approach to Strawberry Shortcake makes for a delicious and healthy dessert or breakfast!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 45 cups of fresh, sliced strawberries
  • fresh whipped cream (beat whipping cream until soft peaks form; add a bit of stevia for sweetness)

Instructions

  1. Mix together flour and baking powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, honey, oil, vanilla and milk.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir well or mix well with hand mixer.
  4. Pour into a well buttered 8×8 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Allow cake to cool completely. Top with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

Notes

Originally from heavenlyhomemakers.com (a great site!).

Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe: A Taste of Summer

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This smoothie feels like a treat on the beach. Kids and adults will love these! Add a little rum and you've got a healthy adult bev!After a beautiful week with tons of snow, I’ve had my fill of winter. Our family is officially ready for summer. But since we have to wait a few more months, I thought, “Why not bring a little summer to us?” That’s what inspired this family-friendly strawberry pina colada recipe (which can easily be made into a healthy adult bev with a little rum added!). I promise you…this recipe won’t disappoint. The key is the coconut milk, though.

Unsweetened organic coconut milk is so good for you and includes health benefits such as: aides in weight loss, immune system support, prevents heart disease, and promotes healthy hair and skin. I found a good deal on unsweetened coconut milk at Vitacost. If you use my link here, you’ll get $10 off your order, too!

Enjoy a little early taste of summer if you live in the northern hemisphere. For all my southern hemisphere friends, enjoy a cool glass of Strawberry Pina Colada for us on the beach and think of us fondly.

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Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This smoothie feels like a treat on the beach. Kids and adults will love these! Add a little rum and you’ve got a healthy adult bev!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice (more if not using frozen fruit)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups pineapple (frozen or fresh)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. (Note: I find it easiest to put all the liquids in first and then add the ice and frozen fruit.)
  2. Remove from blender and serve immediately.