Thursday, June 19, 2014

fruit pizza with greek yogurt cream cheese frosting.


Do you ever get sad when you eat the last piece of something you made? It doesn't happen to me too often because it usually means I get to make something else. :) Let me tell you though, I was very sad when I ate the last piece of this fruit pizza. Why? Because it was stinkin' amazing!

I think fruit pizza is one of the best things ever. I mean, come on, it contains 3 of the best foods ever. Just think about it- a cookie, fruit, and cream cheese. What's not to love?!

If you need a dessert for your next party or pitch-in, this one is sure to please. And it is sure to disappear fast! 

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fruit pizza with greek yogurt cream cheese frosting 



sugar cookie crust ingredients*

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temp.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

greek yogurt cream cheese frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened & room temperature
1/4-1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used vanilla)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

plus your choice of sliced fruit

directions
  1. To make the crust, in a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Once completely combined, cover the dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and up to 1 day.** See my note below.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Remove chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator and press onto the pizza pan in an even flat circle. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until it is lightly browned. Do not overbake. Allow crust to cool completely before putting on frosting and fruit. If you are in a hurry, freeze or refrigerate for a few minutes to speed this process up.
  4. Chop the fruit and make your frosting.
  5. In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar. Add the vanilla and more yogurt if needed to thin out. Spread over the cooled sugar cookie crust. Decorate with fruit.
  6. Cut into slices, serve, and enjoy!
  7. Store leftovers in the fridge.
*You'll notice I put mine in a 9"x13" pan. This given recipe is for a 12" pizza pan. If you want it in a 9"x13", multiply this recipe by 1.5
**I put the dough in the pan to begin with and froze it for 10-15 minutes instead. Speeds up the process a lot :)


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