My usual summer morning consists of the following: almost dying on my morning run due to the sweltering Texas humidity, jumping into a freezing cold shower to cool off, and then hiding in the air conditioning for the rest of the day to avoid all unnecessary bug bites, sunburns, and sweat. Although this may be a slight exaggeration (don’t worry, I always shower), I often avoid summer’s baking temperatures by baking in the air-conditioned comforts of my own kitchen! Although the oven tends to heat up the house, the extra warmth is totally worth it as I savor each delectable bite of a newly-baked creation.
One of my favorite desserts to bake during the summer season is Pinch of Yum’s Fruit Pizza. This absolute showstopper of a dessert appears extravagant but is surprisingly simple to make, and it consists of a cream cheese frosting (think pizza sauce) spread over a soft sugar cookie crust topped with a plethora of sliced summer fruits. Impressive but simple, this desert makes the perfect addition to any summer gathering and is sure to please both the health conscious and the sugar obsessed! (Fruit is healthy, right?!)
FOR THE CRUST: (You could even purchase pre-made sugar cookie dough if you’re in a hurry!)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
FOR THE FROSTING:
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 7 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- assorted fresh fruit cut into slices
- Beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and mix until just combined, about 30 seconds. Chill the dough.
- Preheat oven to 350. Roll chilled dough into one big cookie and place on a round baking stone. Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons sugar. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Let cool; chill in fridge.
- Mix frosting ingredients together and spread on chilled cookie. Chill again to set and thicken the frosting.
- Top with fresh fruit. (I suggest blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and kiwi!) Cut into slices and serve!
Written by Leah