This fruit pizza is a sugar cookie crust topped with cream cheese frosting and a variety of fresh fruit. A fun and easy dessert option that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!
When I’m having a party, I often make some festive treats such as cake balls, chocolate covered pretzels, or this beautiful and delicious fruit pizza. It always gets rave reviews and you can customize it in so many different ways!
Pizza is always great for dinner, but have you ever tried a dessert pizza? Once you make this fruit pizza, you’ll be hooked! Best of all, it’s super easy to make and you can use whatever fruit happens to be in season.
How do you make fruit pizza?
This recipe starts with a tube of sugar cookie dough. The cookie dough is pressed into a pizza pan then baked until golden brown. While the cookie crust is in the oven, I make a batch of cream cheese frosting and cut up fruit. The frosting and fruit go onto the cooled crust and a layer of apricot jam is brushed over the top as a glaze.
Tips for Fruit Pizza
- This pizza is best served the day that it’s made, but you can prepare it up to 6 hours before you plan to serve it.
- If you’re using fruit that releases a lot of liquid, such as oranges or watermelon, pat the fruit dry before you place it on the pizza.
- If you’re in a hurry, you can use a can of prepared frosting instead of making your own.
- The apricot jam gives the fruit a nice glossy sheen and adds a lot of flavor. You can also use apple jelly or a different light colored jam; just be sure to strain out any large pieces of fruit first.
Fruit Pizza Variations
While I love making this fruit pizza as written, sometimes I change things up a bit with different cookie flavors and fruit combinations.
- Cookie: Try using chocolate chip, funfetti or double chocolate cookie dough.
- Frosting: This pizza is great with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry frosting.
- Fruit: The fruit I’ve shown in the photos is just a suggestion. Other great fruit options include strawberries, cherries, pineapple, peaches or oranges.
- Toppings: Dress up your pizza with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce, or a sprinkling of toffee bits, chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles.
Homemade sugar cookie dough
While I typically use store bought cookie dough to make life easier, you can use homemade sugar cookie dough if you prefer.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and salt, then slowly mix in the flour until thoroughly combined. Remove the dough from the bowl and press into the prepared pizza pan in an even layer. You may have extra dough which you can freeze or refrigerate for later use.
More great dessert options
For the crust
- 16 ounce roll sugar cookie dough
- cooking spray
For the frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon milk
For the topping
- 3 cups fresh fruit such as sliced kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes
- 1/2 cup apricot jam strained
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12 inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
- Press the cookie dough evenly into the pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Let the crust cool completely in the pan.
- To make the frosting, place the butter and cream cheese in a bowl; beat with a mixer for 3 minutes or until thoroughly combined. Add the sugar, vanilla, salt and milk and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes on high until frosting is light and fluffy.
- Spread the frosting over the crust.
- Arrange the fruit on top of the cream cheese frosting.
- Heat the apricot jam in the microwave for 10 seconds or until melted. Brush the jam over the fruit. Serve the pizza, or cover and chill for up to 6 hours.