4th of july fruit pizza

by jani on July 1, 2012

1967  was my summer for debutante parties. Some were crazy beyond words… one example was the garden party where Janis Joplin was playing so loud, nearby residents in the Hillsborough, California neighborhood complained to the police.

One ladies luncheon I attended that summer still stands out in my memories; it was the first time I ever saw fruit pizza. I got the recipe from my friend’s mom and through the years, I’ve made it with fruits like kiwis, pomegranates, mandarin oranges, raspberries, sliced strawberries and blueberries. About four years ago I decided to try this in the form of a  flag for our Fourth of July party. I altered the recipe a bit and it has become  a family favorite.

 

Debutante Fruit Pizza

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 pkg frozen sugar cookies
1 – 8oz pkg cream cheese. softened
1 jar marshmallow cream
Lemon juice
Powdered sugar
Assorted fresh fruit (kiwi, raspberries, pomegranates, mandarins are pretty)
Milk as needed
Follow directions on cookie recipe, but place closer together in a pizza pan. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Blend cream cheese, 1/2 jar marshmallow creme, lemon juice, milk to thin to frosting consistency. Add (if necessary) powdered sugar or more marshmallow to sweeten to taste.When cookie has cooled, spread on cream cheese mixture. Top with sliced fresh fruit and then drizzle on thinned-down apricot preserves.
Note: If you make this in a pizza pan with other fruits do not trim the crust. A few fruits that I’ve used are kiwi, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates and mandarin oranges. You can be creative here.
4th of July Flag Pizza
Fruits I use are blueberries and red raspberries.
Use two packages of refrigerated sugar cookies to make a crust.  Keeping your fingers moist by dipping them in water,  press together to form a crust (my cookie sheet is large – inside measurements are 16 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches). Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes. Do not overbake!
As soon as you remove pan from oven, and while crust is still warm, begin trimming the edges – this will allow a smoother removal. I’m sure your young or adult kids can help you get rid of the excess!
With an electric mixer, combine softened cream cheese, marshmallow creme, powdered sugar, juice from one lemon and milk to the consistency of a spread ( I added about 1/4 cup powdered sugar and approximately 4 tablespoons milk. You will need to taste and adjust to your desired sweetness and thickness… keep in mind you will need enough to cover the baked cookie bar, then scoop and spread cream cheese mixture evenly.
After spreading and smoothing out cream cheese mixture add the blueberries to make a square in upper left corner. I spread blueberries onto a flat plate, so I can see them easily, to choose the right size to make the square. Then add rows of red raspberries skipping a space for the white stripes. Then carefully brush with watered down apricot jam to make a shiny glaze on fruit. This is optional and if you’re not careful there will be light orange drops all over the white stripes.
To serve cut into small pieces. It’s fun to have a little of the blueberries w/ the raspberries!
Wishing all of you a very safe and happy Fourth of July!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marci July 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I love your fruit pizza flag. It’s the best on earth!

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jani July 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Of course, my faithful Mac responds! Love you, sweetie! 🙂

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sharon July 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

Beautiful!

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jani July 30, 2012 at 1:28 am

Thanks, Sharon… it’s so easy and fun w/ lots of different fruit in a pizza pan.

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Holly February 12, 2016 at 7:45 am

Hi, I’ve been coming back to this recipe for days because it looks SO good! What size jar of marshmallow cream do you use? Thanks.

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jani March 4, 2016 at 2:55 am

I’m sorry it’s taken longer to get back to you. I always used the regular sized marshmallow creme that is usually found where the ice cream toppings are in the grocery store. I’m guessing it’s about 7 oz. The brand I used was Kroger, however you can find
Kraft brands as well! When I first made this recipe, I did use a pizza pan and placed different fruits angling out from the center of the pan, It can be quite decorative with sliced kiwi, canned mandarin slices, sliced fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, sliced bananas or sliced green grapes. You can pick and choose the fruit you’d like to use. It’s important to thin down the apricot jam with a bit of water and just brush gently over all fruit, using a pastry brush. With my July Fourth flag, I used a bit more sliced cookie dough (you want the sliced cookies touching closely on the pan). I used a very large cookie sheet. After I baked the cookies, I took a sharp knife when the cooked dough was still warm and carefully cut around all four sides of the cookie base, allowing about a 1/4 -1/2 inch lip where I could then add the mixture and top with the fruit. I hope you enjoy making it! Please feel free to ask any questions you may still have! Good luck and enjoy!

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