Fruit Pizza is nothing new to most people, but there are a lot of variations you can make with it, such as this glaze I put on it. I typically don't use a glaze, but this was a nice addition.
I labeled this as "easy" because if you do use the store bought cookie dough it is very simple. For the traditional fruit pizza like I made, just use your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe or this one:
ALTON BROWN'S SUGAR COOKIES:
3 C. all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. unsalted butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. milk
Sift dry ingredients together. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl and beat with electric mixer until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray rimless baking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray. Grab a few handfuls of dough and mound in center of baking sheet. Flatten with palms of hands into a round, flat shape, adding more dough as necessary to make desired size and approx. 1/4" - 1/2" thick. (You will have dough left over).
Bake until fairly firm to the touch, approx. 15-17 minutes.
Once the crust has cooled completely, spread with the following:
SWEETENED CREAM CHEESE SPREAD:
1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese ( I use reduced fat)
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix together with hand mixer until smooth and creamy
Top with whatever fruit you have on hand. It's nice to do fresh fruit if possible, but you can also add in some canned stuff like I did above. I used canned mandarin oranges, canned pineapple, fresh peaches, and fresh strawberries.
5 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 C. unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 C. peach or apricot jam (optional)
Place all ingredients in small saucepan, stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened. Cool slightly and pour over fruit pizza.
Here are a few twists you could put on this classic dessert:
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip
Cream Cheese Spread mix-ins:
Peanut Butter, Mashed Strawberries, Various extracts: mint, orange, almond
Various fruit, Crushed Oreos or other cookie, Nuts
White chocolate, Chocolate, Caramel, Melted jam, Glaze