Easy Fruit Pizza
In just 6 easy steps, make this easy fruit pizza that will seriously impress your family and friends.
With an irresistible homemade sugar cookie crust, cream cheese frosting and a variety of fruit, this family favorite fruit pizza won’t last long once you try the first bite!
Easy Fruit Pizza is sure to be a family favorite!
My sugar cookie crust is the perfect combination of soft and chewy.
Take my word for it and add the vanilla AND almond extract. I personally love a touch of almond extract in cookies!
The cream cheese frosting is the ideal pairing. It adds a rich, creamy, tang that compliments the fresh fruit!
All you have to decide now is what fruit to add on top!
What is Fruit Pizza?
Fruit pizza is a dessert that resembles a pizza. It has a sweet crust made from cookie dough or pastry. This crust is spread with a sweet frosting, often made with cream cheese. The pizza is then topped with various fresh fruits.
Fruit Pizza Recipe Easy Ingredients
- all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure in cookies
- cornstarch: gives the cookies an ultra soft texture because it makes the crumb more delicate. Adding cornstarch also helps keep the cookies from browning.
- baking soda and baking powder: helps to leaven and lift the dough, affects browning and flavor
- salt: enhances the other flavors in the cookies
- unsalted butter: adds flavor and and tender texture
- granulated sugar: adds sweetness, flavor and encourages browning
- egg: binds the ingredients together
- vanilla and almond extract: adds good flavor, don’t skip the almond extract!
What Fruit is Best on a Fruit Pizza?
Try a combination or use your favorite → Kiwi, Mandarin oranges, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Bananas, Oranges, Raspberries, Pineapple, Peaches, or Mango.
Best Fruit Pizza Recipe Variations
- Healthier Option: Skip the cream cheese frosting and use vanilla greek yogurt instead.
- Holiday Options:
- Christmas – Use kiwis and strawberries.
- Valentine’s Day – Use strawberries and raspberries. You could cut the strawberries into heart shapes!
- 4th of July – Use strawberries and blueberries. You could arrange the fruit in stripes!
- Gluten Free Option: I’ve made this recipe with both regular and gluten free flour with awesome results on multiple occasions. I recommend King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour. Use it as a one for one substitute for regular flour.
- Mini Fruit Pizza Option: Follow this cookie recipe to make mini sized fruit pizzas. Assemble with cream cheese frosting and fruit as written in this post.
How To Make Fruit Pizza
- Prep: Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Pull out parchment paper and rolling pin.
- Make the crust: In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda & baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar, with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add in the egg and extracts, beat 30 seconds. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, mixing on low or by hand with a spatula. The dough will be thick!
- Shape the pizza: Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. On parchment paper (I do not recommend using a silicone baking mat) roll the dough into a rectangle or long oval shape, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. The approximate length of the pizza will be 15 inches by 10-11 inches. Place the parchment paper with pizza on a cookie sheet. I used a half cookie sheet which measures 17×12.
- Bake: Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes or until the edges begin to just turn golden. There might be an air bubble in the middle of the cookie, if so gently tap the pan once against the counter and the center will deflate. Allow the cookie pizza to cool completely.
- Make the frosting: Use an electric mixer on medium to beat together the cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
- Assemble: Spread the frosting over the cooled crust. Top with fruit.
What To Bake Fruit Pizza On
I recommend baking fruit pizza on a large light aluminum cookie sheet or round aluminum pizza pan (without holes). Bake the cookie on a piece of parchment paper.
Do not use a silicone baking mat for this recipe, the cookie won’t bake as evenly and the center will be under baked.
Can You Make Fruit Pizza Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make fruit pizza ahead of time, however, for best results add the frosting and fruit right before serving. You can make the frosting ahead of time and store it in the fridge until ready to use. You can also slice the fruit ahead of time to save time on the day of assembly.
Wrap unfrosted fruit pizza (so just the cookie portion) in plastic wrap and store on the counter overnight or in the fridge if storing longer.
How To Store Leftover Fruit Pizza
Fruit pizza is best enjoyed the day you assemble it because it will be the freshest and least soggy. You can cover leftover fruit pizza with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days, however be aware that the crust will become more soggy the longer the frosting and fruit sit on the pizza.
- 10 minutes to make the fruit pizza crust
- 20 minutes to bake
- 20 minutes to cool
- 5 minutes to make frosting
- 5 minutes to assemble
Fruit Pizza Recipe FAQs
A fruit tart features a buttery, flaky pastry crust filled with custard or pastry cream and topped with fresh fruits. In contrast, a fruit pizza has a chewier cookie-like crust, spread with sweet frosting like cream cheese, and adorned with an assortment of fresh fruits. While both showcase fruits, the distinct crusts and toppings set them apart in terms of taste and texture.
To prevent bananas from turning brown on fruit pizza, you can brush them with a thin layer of lemon juice or pineapple juice. The acidity in these juices helps slow down the browning process.
To prevent fruit pizza from sticking to the pan, you can line the pan with parchment paper or a non-stick cooking spray before placing the dough. This creates a barrier between the crust and the pan, reducing the chances of sticking. Additionally, ensuring the crust is properly baked and golden before adding toppings can also help prevent sticking.
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Best Fruit Pizza Recipe (Easy!)
Sugar Cookie Crust
- 3 cups all purpose flour, 360 grams
- ½ tsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp almond extract
- optional: zest of 1/2 lemon
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 16 oz cream cheese, 2 packages, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Kiwi, sliced
- Mandarin oranges, drained
- Strawberries, sliced
- Grapes, sliced
Sugar Cookie Crust
- Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar, with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add in the egg and extracts (and lemon zest if using), beat again to combine, 30 seconds.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients, mixing on low or by hand with a spatula. The dough will be thick!
- Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. On parchment paper (I do not recommend using a silicone baking mat) roll the dough into a rectangle or long oval shape, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. The approximate length of the pizza will be 15 inches by 10-11 inches. Place the parchment paper with pizza on a cookie sheet. I used a half cookie sheet which measures 17×12.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes or until the edges begin to just turn golden. There might be an air bubble in the middle of the cookie, if so gently tap the pan once against the counter and the center will deflate. Allow the cookie pizza to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Place room temperature cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium and beat together for 1 minute, until whipped and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar, beat again on low for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until everything is incorporated.
- Spread evenly over the cooled fruit pizza. Top with the fruit. Serve.