Get the kids involved in creating an edible work of art! This is an easy recipe to assemble, and such a delight to both the eyes and the tastebuds! The process of decorating the “pizza” with various fresh fruits can be an opportunity to explore the mathematical concept of radial and rotational symmetry. Or just take time together to enjoy all the beautiful shapes, sizes and colors of the fruit and have fun inventing decorative patterns. This recipe is for a full-sized pizza, and they lose a little crispness and clarity of color after a few hours, so you might also consider cutting the recipe in half if that’s a more appropriate size for your family. Make the recipe even less work by using store-bought cookie dough. Want a vegan version? Try using Kite Hill or Miyoko’s creamy spreads instead of dairy.
Cookie dough ingredients:
- 1 stick of butter (or vegan alternative)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 oz cream cheese (or vegan alternative)
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp orange marmalade
- Fruit for decoration
Mix together cookie dough ingredients in a mixer until well mixed. Put in refrigerator to cool a bit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a pizza pan and spread cooled dough on pan evenly. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely before applying cream cheese topping.
Soften 8 oz cream cheese and mix well with sugar. Spread over the baked, cooled cookie. Arrange fruit in a decorative pattern. Thin orange marmalade with a little water and drizzle over fruit pizza. Make not more than four hours ahead of serving.
Ideas for the fruit: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries are excellent choices for a good range of color.