This easy fruit pizza recipe can be made with refrigerated or homemade cookie dough! It’s fun to design and includes a sweet Hood Cottage Cheese spread for a healthier twist!
A big thanks to Hood® for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
I have never seen a group of grown men devour fruit so quickly as when I served up this fruit pizza.
My husband has a small crew of guys helping him prepare for a plant sale that we’re having this weekend. I didn’t think this fruit pizza would necessarily be their “thing”, but I didn’t have a meat-lover’s pizza on hand, so… I figured I’d give it a go.
Guys? It’s gone. It’s all gone. They devoured it! Not only did they devour the fruit, but I’m not quite sure they realize that they devoured a 16-ounce tub of Hood Cottage Cheese, either.
All I have to say is, you’re welcome guys. You are welcome.
What is Fruit Pizza
- Fruit pizza is a sweet snack that typically includes a sugar cookie crust. This crust can be homemade, or prepared from a tube of refrigerated dough or packaged dough mix.
- A layer of cream cheese frosting, whipped topping, or Hood Cottage Cheese for a protein rich topping, is then added. (The latter option gets my vote!)
- Finally, a variety of colorful fruits are placed on top of the “pizza” prior to serving. This makes a perfect summer snack for a party or BBQ!
Why Hood Cottage Cheese?
- NEW Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry makes a perfect topping for this recipe because it has a hint of sweetness, but helps balance out the already sweet flavors from the sugar cookie and the fruit.
- Its smooth and creamy texture pairs perfectly with fresh fruit. (And it’s filled with protein.)
- You can also use Hood’s Pineapple variety for this pizza!
- Check out where you can buy Hood Cottage Cheese for this recipe!
Fruit Topping Ideas for Fruit Pizza
- Just about any fruit works well for this recipe, however I recommend that you avoid fruits that brown shortly after being sliced, such as sliced apples and bananas.
- Perfect Fruit Choices Include: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, nectarines, peaches, mandarin oranges, kiwi, maraschino cherries, pitted cherries, grapes, blackberries.
Making Fruit Pizza Ahead of Time
- Preparing the crust for fruit pizza is easy to do 1-2 days ahead of time. The toppings need to be added just before serving.
- Once the crust has fully cooled, cover it completely with parchment paper.
- Store it at room temperature for a few hours, or up to 2 days.
- Wait on adding the toppings until ready to serve.
How Long is Fruit Pizza Good For?
- Fruit Pizza is definitely best if eaten with 1-2 hours of serving.
- Leftovers can be covered and chilled overnight but won’t taste as fresh.
- If you anticipate leftovers, place any sliced fruit on a paper towel prior to topping to remove as much excess moisture as possible.
Using Homemade Sugar Cookie Crust:
- I’m usually in a hurry and like to use refrigerated cookie crust, but if you have the time to whip up a homemade batch, by all means! Check out the notes section for an easy recipe.
- You can chill the dough for 1-2 days before baking it as well!
Try These Next!
- 16 oz. tube refrigerated cookie dough, *see notes
- 16 oz. Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry
- 4 cups fresh fruit. , I used strawberries, blueberries, mango, raspberries, blackberries, nectarines, and grapes.
- 1 Sprig fresh mint, to garnish.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 14-inch pizza pan with parchment paper. (Or grease the pan if you don’t have parchment.)
- Spread the cookie dough over the pan, leaving at least 1 inch of space around the edges. A rolling pin helps makes the top smoother.
- Bake the crust for 16-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Let the crust cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
- Carefully lift up each end of the parchment paper and slide the pizza crust onto the surface that it will be served on.
- Spread an even layer of Hood Cottage Cheese over the top of the crust.
- Use a pizza cutter to create the slices now, before you add the fruit. Slide the slices back into place to form a tight circle.
- Create a fun design using the fruit, don’t be afraid to let the fruit overlap from one slice to another.
- Once your design is complete, use a thin knife, (such as a pairing knife), to carefully slice the fruit that is overlapping in between slices to make it easier for slices to be removed without disrupting the design.
- Top with fresh mint and serve!
Homemade Sugar Cookie Crust:• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cups flour
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt Mix the 1st four wet ingredients together with an electric mixer until well-combined. Add the remaining 3 dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Chill for 30 minutes or more prior to using. Sugar cookie crust recipe source: Pinch of Yum.