This easy sugar cookie fruit pizza makes a simple and delicious 4th of July dessert or the perfect addition to any summer party menu! Easily change the flavors by changing out the berries for any other combination you prefer.
I love a color coded 4th of July dessert like nobody’s business. There’s just something about a little red, white and blue among the food spread that makes me joyful.
I am guessing this is likely due to my general obsession with the 4th of July. It’s my absolute favorite holiday after Christmas – even over Thanksgiving!
I made this sugar cookie fruit pizza with rows of blueberries and strawberries intended to mimic some kind of cool, vintage Americana quilt and I’m kind of thinking I hit the nail on the head with this one.
Like I said, I’m kind of a sucker for a well done red, white and blue 4th of July dessert. And does it get any more patriotic than this sugar cookie pizza?!
The topping is a whipped cream and cream cheese combo spread over top of a sugar cookie base. A sugar cookie base that I made from a mix, because simple is as simple does and I wanted this one to be especially easy.
The result is a sincerely tasty fruit pizza dessert that you can bring together in under an hour, and you can even prep the berries and the cookie crust the night before.
This also makes a perfect bring-along dessert if you’re attending a 4th of July party.
Give this one a try! You’ll love it. Promise.
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Ingredients
- Sugar cookie dough – Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or make the dough from a mix
- Flour – The flour helps to stiffen up the cookie dough to make it easier to roll
- Heavy cream – Cream is the basis of the whipped cream for the creamy topping
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla is added to the whipped cream to give it the perfect flavor
- Sugar – A touch of sugar is used to sweeten the cream
- Cream cheese – Cream cheese is blended with the whipped cream to make a thicker, richer topping
- Strawberries – Sliced fairly thinly in the horizontal direction so the slices are round
- Blueberries – Washed, rinsed and dried
How to Make Fruit Pizza with Sugar Cookie Dough
Step 1. Begin with the prepared sugar cookie dough and roll it out in a pizza-like shape approximately 1/3″ thick. Bake on a cookie sheet or pizza pan until golden and then allow it to cool.
The exact timing will vary based on your dough mix, but it will likely need to bake for around 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure it cools completely to room temperature before moving along to the next step.
Step 2. While the fruit pizza crust is cooling, combine the whipped ingredients and whip until thick and creamy. Beat the cream cheese separately until smooth and then fold the two together.
If you add the cream cheese before beating it, you’re likely to end up with a lot of lumps, which are difficult to impossible to get smooth. While a few lumps are ok, you’ll want your topping to be pretty smooth and creamy.
Step 3. Generously spread the whipped cream mixture over the entire top of the sugar cookie crust. I like using a metal spatula for this part since it spreads the topping smoothly and evenly.
Don’t overthink this part! Just load on the cream and spread it out. Use more or less to your liking – I prefer a layer approximately 1/2″ thick, but you may prefer more or less.
Step 4. Arrange the berries in any pattern you love, alternating rows by blueberry and strawberry to give the patriotic effect we’re going for here. I chose this pattern inspired by an old Americana quilt and it was simple to make!
You could do stripes, mimic a flag pattern, do concentric circles working from the outer edge toward the middle or just randomly place berries all over the top of your fruit pizza.
Can Fruit Pizza Be Made a Day Ahead?
Technically you could prepare this fruit pizza recipe the evening prior to serving, no more than 12 hours in advance. That said, it is optimal to assemble it the day you are serving it so the sugar cookie crust stays nice and crisp.
To prep the day before, I suggest preparing and baking the sugar cookie crust a day ahead. Then make your whipped cream topping and add the berries within an hour of serving.
By splitting up the baking and the decorating, you can make things quick and efficient, while also keeping the crust, topping and berries super fresh.
How Long Will Fruit Pizza Keep?
With a dairy based topping and sliced berries leftovers from this fruit pizza recipe should be stored in the refrigerator. I suggest pre-slicing it and storing any leftovers in an air tight container.
While it will easily keep for a couple of days, it will be most delicious if eaten within a day as the berries will start to get mushy and the crust will get a little soft.
This fruit pizza recipe is one of those 4th of July desserts that just screams festive. Plus it’s light in the sense that it’s not some overly decadent dessert, so if it’s one of those hot days where a heavy treat doesn’t sound appealing, this one is the perfect pick.
Fruit Pizza Toppings
Keep in mind that after the Fourth, this fruit pizza makes an equally delicious dessert all year long! You can switch up your toppings and enjoy it any time.
Here are a few of my favorite fruit pizza toppings:
- Mandarin oranges
- Peaches or nectarines
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Coconut flakes
Looking for More July 4th Ideas?
There are no shortage of ways to make your 4th of July super festive! From decor to DIY projects to recipes, here are a few of my favorite 4th of July ideas:
- Easy at-home 4th of July ideas
- A modern American backyard party
- Red, white and blue sprinkle ice cream cones
- DIY star spangled napkins
- Homemade Italian sodas
- 21 red, white and blue things you should make
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