Fruit Pizza with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust is an easy and delicious treat for the lazy days of summer! Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough provides a tasty and time saving crust, topped with a cream cheese layer and decorated with the fruit of your choice, for a crowd-pleasing dessert.
I hope you had a great holiday and Fourth of July week! My sister came up for a visit which is always fun. It was hot and steamy with temps in the mid 90s while she was here so we were indoors most of the time. I ordered a couple of puzzles to keep us busy for the week.
An ‘I Love America’ puzzle, with a Melting Pot, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty. . .
And a ‘Garden Seeds’ puzzle. We love the images on these White Mountain puzzles. . .
A patriotic nod to the 4th with a message from Uncle Sam: “Men, Women and Children Wanted To Plant Good Seeds.”
I also used her visit as an excuse to create an edible puzzle, a Fruit Pizza! This recipe is an oldie but a goodie, and one that my mother used to make, so it’s a keeper! The original recipe came from Pillsbury and called for a sugar cookie crust, but we prefer it with chocolate chip cookie dough, because –> chocolate!
Start with a 16.5 oz. roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough for a 12-inch pizza pan.
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray your pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Slice or break up your cookie dough in pan and press dough evenly in bottom of pan to within 1/2 inch of edge. Bake according to package directions and your oven, until golden brown. The package reads 16 – 20 minutes, my cookie crust took about 10 minutes in my oven.
Allow to cookie crust to cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes. For filling and to top your pizza, mix together:
12 oz. softened cream cheese (I used Neufchâtel)
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix until sugar is incorporated. Spread mixture over cooled crust with offset spatula.
Now the fun begins! Decorate your pizza with the fruit of your choice. I used sliced strawberries, halved green and red grapes, sliced bananas, blueberries, blackberries and pineapple tidbits. We like maximum fruit on our pizza, so I fit the pineapple tidbits in like puzzle pieces to fit the spaces between the strawberries and grapes.
I like to use pineapple if I’m using banana, so I have the pineapple juice from the can to soak the sliced bananas in to keep them from turning brown. The pineapple juice is less tart than using lemon juice. Drain banana slices well after letting them soak 5- 10 minutes before adding them to your pizza.
If desired, glaze the top of fruit with apricot or apple jelly, heated in microwave 10-15 seconds until brushable. (I always omit this step.)
Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Cut into slices and serve!
Fruit Pizza with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
- 16.5 oz. refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
- 12 oz. softened cream cheese I used Neufchâtel
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Assorted fruit of choice sliced
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Slice / break up cookie dough in pan; press dough evenly in bottom of pan to within 1/2 inch of edge.
- Bake according to package directions (and your oven), until golden brown. The package reads 16 – 20 minutes my cookie crust took about 10 minutes in my oven. Allow to cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes.
- Mix softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until sugar is incorporated. Spread mixture over cooled crust with offset spatula.
- Arrange cut fruit on pizza.
- Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Cut into slices and serve!
- I used a 16.5 oz. roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough for a 12-inch pizza pan. If pan is larger, adjust amount of cookie dough for crust as needed. Use a rectangular baking sheet for pizza if you prefer.
- If desired, glaze top of fruit with apricot or apple jelly, heated in microwave 10-15 seconds until brushable. (I always omit this step).
- Best flavor when served within a few hours of preparing so chocolate chip cookie crust doesn't get soggy, but we have enjoyed a slice a couple of days later.
- To make ahead, bake the cookie dough crust a day in advance and cover with plastic wrap and leave on counter. Mix the cream cheese filling and place in fridge, allowing mixture to warm up briefly for easier spreading when ready to assemble.
- If using slice bananas, consider using pineapple pieces or tidbits, so you have drained pineapple juice to soak banana slices in, to keep from turning brown.
Notes: We prefer this fruit pizza within a few hours of preparing for best flavor, before the cookie begins to get soggy, but we have enjoyed leftovers up to two days later. It’s always eaten to the very last chocolate chip and grape!
For quicker assembly, make the cookie dough crust a day in advance and cover with plastic wrap. Mix the cream cheese filling and place in fridge, allowing mixture to warm up briefly for easier spreading when ready to assemble.
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I have made this before, but I had not tried your idea of soaking the banana slices in pineapple juice. Having my ladies bridge group next week, this will be a perfect summer treat!
That’s not a pizza!! It’s a work of art!!!!😍
I love a fruit pizza and your photos now have me craving one. I haven’t tried using a chocolate chip cookie crust, but I know it has to be delicious! Stay cool this week, it is going to be extremely hot!❤️
On my gosh! Yummy sounding but much to pretty to eat.
Oh Mary, that is too pretty to eat! Love the tip about the pineapple juice, very clever! Your puzzles look like fun, I love jigsaw puzzles, how nice to spend time relaxing with your sister over the holiday weekend and noshing on the cookie pizza :)
Yum! Pizza & puzzles sounds like a relaxing, good time. Stay cool! Clara🍪
Looks good! Nice summer dessert for company! Thanks for sharing!🇺🇸🇺🇸🎆
Sweet. . . .I have used a brownie crust but never choc. chip cookie crust. Thanks for the sharing again. Photos are great.
I have been making this pizza for years, too, Mary, but have never used chocolate chip cookie dough. In fact, I bought the sugar cookie dough for the kids to do this week. I’ll let them decorate their pizza and I’m sure it’ll be creative and a fun treat to take home.
I’m sure your special sister time was such fun. There’s nothing like laughing with your sister!! The puzzles are beautiful. I should order some for the kids. I hope you have a happy week. It’s hot 🥵 here, too. 😘
Wow, this fruit dessert pizza looks so delicious! Has my mouth watering! Those puzzles have great pictures, so fitting for the 4th of July! What a great way to beat the heat and how fun to do with a sister! Thanks Mary, will have to try this dessert for sure this summer. 😋
Puzzles and Pizza! Great combo!
Love the pineapple juice tip and using chocolate chip cookie dough! You are a wise woman!
I agree with the Painted Apron Mary, too pretty to eat! You elevate food to art, can’t wait to try!!
Never tried fruit pizza but looks amazing. Sisters are the best and mine are a Blessing from above, we use every excuse to have girl (old chick) time together. We have scrapbook projects to finish so your pizza will be the highlight of our day…thank you!
Puzzles are a favorite in our family (even the grand’s) never a Thanksgiving, Christmas, even Easter has been without, a great obsession!
Yum Mary! I’m not familiar with fruit pizza, but what’s not to love? Pinning and planning to make soon, thanks for the recipe!
Your fruit pizza is the prettiest one I have ever seen!
MMMMMM looks sooooo yummy!
That was great fun, LOVE your seed puzzle! That pizza is decadent… Glad you had fun times, thanks for sharing.
I LOVE those puzzles and that is my kind of pizza! Glad you enjoyed your time with your sister and hope you had a grand 4th!!
Yummy Yummy….and we love puzzles..last year I bought a Route 66 on..I think it was 500 pieces..left it out on the card table and whenever the kids and grands came, they all worked on it..when finished, we had the puzzle clue …fix it on a board and now it’s a work of art!!! ❤️❤️
I made a strawberry pizza as a young bride and I remember my mother loving it. I think I cut the recipe out of a newspaper. I love the idea of using chocolate chip cookie dough and mixing several fruits. Our family beach trip is coming up and I may make this. It would be a hit.
I love your puzzles. Glad you had a great visit with your sister.
I have made this before with the sugar cookie crust in a 9 x13 cookie sheet with sides. Used different fruits. Never knew to soak bananas in pineapple juice, always used lemon juice or product called “Fresh Fruit” purchased at store, used in canning to coat bananas. Always a hit, never a bite left! Thanks for this recipe, Look forward to trying it.
This does look tasty.
This just caught my eye…”where have you been all my life??!!??” franki