Having 4 kids in a span of 7 years, I got used to making recipes with shortcuts when they were small- especially during holidays. Trying to wrestle little ones into their special holiday outfits and keep them clean, get the car packed for a day at the park or a family BBQ, and still manage to make a from-scratch dish to contribute to a potluck? It’s asking a bit much, no? SO.. this “fruit pizza” has been a staple of 4th of July at our house since the kids were babies and now it has a permanent place in my collection of quick and easy recipes for year round entertaining.
The only substitutions I’ve made here and there over years of trial and error are: I use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar to mix with the cream cheese, I think it makes the texture a little fluffier and softer. I also find it’s easier to use the sugar cookie dough that comes in a roll rather than precut individual cookies.If I’m feeling ambitious or have extra time, I will roll the packaged cookie dough out onto a rectangular cookie sheet (with edges) and bake it like that and then arrange the fruit into a flag design for a more patriotic dessert. This is a super easy recipe that kids can make or help with as well for a family cooking session.
This recipe can be made year round for any occasion- it’s equally good with small citrus like tangerine slices, kiwi, any type of berry, peaches, nectarines, etc- just make sure you only use fresh fruit and eat it right away as it will get soggy and doesn’t last more than a day. I’ve served this in a tart pan for dinner parties and made it seem super high end- it’s all in the presentation!
Comment below what your favorite July 4th recipe is!