Word List: RECIPE: Fruit Pizza

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Fruit Pizza Platters

Fruit Pizza

Prep Time: 45 minutes (plus 1 hour to refrigerate dough)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Serves: About 16 servings


For the Cookie Dough (Fruit Pizza Crust):

Pro-Tip: This lemony-sugar cookie recipe is delicious, but if you want to save time, buy pre-made sugar cookie dough. You can also make the cookie dough recipe below a few days in advance and store it in the refrigerator for when you are ready to make the fruit pizzas. You could also bake the cookie a few days in advance (but we prefer to bake it the day-of).

For the Frosting:

Pro-Tip: We love this lemon cream cheese frosting on our fruit pizzas, but you can also purchase pre-made frosting to make prep quick and easy.

For the Fruit Topping:

Pro-Tip: You can skip the glaze (jelly and water) and just do the cut fruit on top of the pizza. The glaze helps the fruit to not wilt, but because the fruit pizza is best enjoyed the day you assemble it, you can skip this step if you are trying to save time or do not have the ingredients.





  1. This is an easy step to forget - set these items out ahead of time to soften / come to room temperature:
    • For the cookie dough: 12 tablespoons unsalted butter and 2 eggs
    • For the frosting: 8 oz cream cheese and 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

Making the Cookie Dough:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients for the cookie dough in a bowl: floursalt, and baking soda.
  2. In another bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment), start to make the batter by combining the butter, sugar, and lemon zest for about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs to the batter, one egg at a time, beat until combined.
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream and lemon extract to the batter, beat until combined.
  5. Turn your mixer to low and add the dry ingredients, until there are just a few flour streaks left. Stop the mixer and finish stirring by hand and scrape the dough off of the sides of the mixing bowl and shape the dough into a large disc. Wrap the dough in cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour, until firm.

Baking the Cookie Dough:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment. Roll out the dough between sheets of parchment or waxed paper until it is a rectangle about 16x12 inches. (This size should give you a think, soft, cake-like cookie, you can make it thinner if you prefer.) You can use a knife to trim the rectangle into any shape you would like or you can use a cookie cutter or the rim of a drinking glass to cut the dough into smaller, individual shapes. Put the single, large cookie dough or the smaller, individual-sized cookie doughs onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake it at 350 F for 16-20 minutes, until it has a light golden color and is puffed in the middle.
  4. Let it cool completely at room temperature.

Making the Frosting:

Note: You can make the cookie dough ahead of time and refrigerate it. You can also bake the cookie(s) ahead of time. However, do not assemble the fruit pizza by putting on the frosting and fresh fruit until the day you want to eat it.

  1. In a bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment), whip together the cream cheesebutter, and lemon zest until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Add the powdered sugar and whip mixture several minutes longer until fluffy.

Assemble the Fruit Pizza:

  1. Spread a thin, even layer on the cookie(s), leaving a small margin around the edges.
  2. Layer the fresh fruit on the frosting. Have fun decorating the cookies with the fruit!
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the jelly and water, and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir them together until the jelly is fluid and smooth. It should have the consistency of a thin gel—if it’s still fairly thick, add a bit more water to thin it out.
  4. Use a pastry brush to spread this glaze on top of your fruit. This gives the fruit pizza a shine, and also prevents the cut fruit from looking wilted and tired at room temperature.

Cookie dough recipe adapted from "Easter Fruit Pizza" by Elizabeth LaBau of Sugar Hero and frosting recipe adapted from "Mini Fruit Pizzas with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting" by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy (June 9, 2014).