This fruit cookie pizza recipe utilizes a cleaner sugar cookie mix, dairy-free ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup and plenty of fresh fruit in patriotic colors to bring together a delicious, fun and healthier sweet treat for a 4th of July celebration. Cue the fireworks!
This fruit cookie pizza recipe is a “cleaned up” take on most recipes you’ll find. I have a list of food additives that I really try to steer clear of, and one of those is high fructose corn syrup (which is found in a lot of frozen whipped dairy toppings). These kinds of food-like substances really have no place in our diets, or our kids’ diets.
So for this festive cookie Americana, I chose ingredients without the high fructose corn syrup, and NO ONE cared. I mean, not one single person. Because it’s still really delicious and celebratory without the franken-ingredients.
You can tailor your fruit cookie pizza recipe to be gluten-free or dairy-free, if you want it to be. For my cookie pizza crust, I used King Arthur Flour’s gluten-free cookie mix and made it according to the package directions. It was a winner with my family and with our friends whom I tested it out on.
I used a coconut whipped topping from So Delicious that’s dairy-free, and cream cheese from Kite Hill that’s made with almond milk. Again, tailor it to your family’s dietary needs.
I also love grating fresh lemon zest in the topping because it gives everything a nice pop of bright flavor.
Fresh fruit is so hydrating and cooling in the heat of the summertime, and I’m pretty much always in for a bite of a dessert that also contains some nutrition, like berries and other fresh fruits.
Trust me, both kiddos and adults are going to love this fruit cookie pizza recipe!
Note: this recipe makes a fun and healthier treat any time of the year! Just change up the colors of the fruit you top it with to reflect the time of year you’re making it in. (For example, yellow and orange fruit for Halloween.)
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4th Of July Fruit Cookie Pizza Recipe
- 1 box sugar cookie mix, plus any additional ingredients the boxed mix calls for (I tested with King Arthur Flour’s gluten-free cookie mix)
- 8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese, softened at room temperature (I used Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese)
- 9 ounces frozen dairy-free whipped topping, thawed in the refrigerator (I used So Delicious Coco Whip dairy-free whipped topping)
- Zest from 1/2 lemon
- Berries or other fruit of your choice
- Rinse and drain the berries you’ll use to decorate your fruit pizza well ahead of time. After rinsing, lay the berries out on a kitchen towel to allow all the water to drain.
- Next, make the cookie pizza crust. Follow the directions on your boxed cookie mix to make the dough. Lay a piece of parchment paper over a large round pizza stone or pan, and spread the cookie dough batter evenly over the parchment covered pizza stone. Don't be afraid to use your hands to get it just right. The parchment paper will keep the dough from sticking to the stone or pan, and will also allow you to move the fruit pizza easily when you’re ready to serve it. Allow for just a bit of extra room around the edges as the cookie will expand as it bakes. Bake the cookie dough for around 17-20 minutes (this will depend on your boxed mix and your oven...I baked mine for 18 minutes), watching carefully so as not to over bake the cookie. Remove it from the oven when the edges are just turning light brown. Be sure to allow the cookie dough crust to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, the thawed whipped topping and the zest of half a lemon. Mix well by hand.
- After the cookie dough crust has cooled completely, spread the topping mixture evenly over the top using a flat spatula. Leave a bit of room around the edges for the pizza “crust”.
- Decorate the frosted cookie with the berries as you’d like. This is a fun job for the kids!
- Store fruit cookie pizza in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Slice as you would a pizza and store any leftovers in the refrigerator to be eaten within a day or two.