Ready for a great 4th of July treat? These are a hit with the young cooks of the family who get to “decorate” the pizza, they feed a crowd and you can serve them like a cookie. Perfect for the traditional 4th of July barbecue!
First, make the sugar cookie dough and bake it off. You can do this part the day before if you wish, just save the decorating for the day of.
Make one recipe for each pizza size recipe. You can make several smaller pizzas if you have a bunch of young culinary artists that need to express themselves.
Fruit Pizza Crust
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the softened butter and sugar to the bowl of your electric mixer and cream together until smooth. Add egg and combine. Place the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl and give it a stir with a fork making sure the ingredients are well mixed. Add to the sugar and butter mixing until just blended, don’t go over board or the crust will be tough. Make a round flat disk out of the dough with your hands and place into the center of an ungreased pizza pan pressing the dough toward the edges until the pan is covered, crimping the edges so it looks like a “pie”.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned, it will finish cooking while out of the oven and you don’t want dry cookie crust. Cool. At this point you can cover the crust and save until the next day.
Fruit Pizza Sauce/Filling
- 8 oz Organic Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 Cup Organic Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- Beat together until smooth.
Wait until just before decorating your pizzas to spread the filling evenly over the cooled pizza crust. If your serving the fruit pizza the next day, cover and refrigerate the sauce mix until you’re ready to decorate. Remove 30 to 45 minutes early to soften to spreading consistency.
Decorate your pizza!
You can decorate with any soft fruit that isn’t too juicy. Our favorite, especially for the 4th of July celebrations is a mixture of fresh organic strawberries and/or raspberries, blueberries and/or very sweet (ripe) blackberries. We make sure we have more than enough for the project and let the kids decorate any way the want. Someone always makes the American Flag which is always a beauty. Other fruits that work well is kiwi, star fruit and peaches or nectarines if mixed with lemon juice to keep from browning and then drained. You want something not so firm it’s hard to take a bite (like apples), doesn’t run all over the pizza and that won’t turn brown before eating.
It’s so easy and everyone is wowed by the Pizza’s beauty and deliciousness. Wonderful 4th of July festiveness and your eating in season, perfect!