Oh yeah, that’s what I said.
Whoever originated the dessert pizza deserves a medal.
These are incredibly easy to make, and just like regular pizza, the variations, toppings, additions…well, they’re endless. It’s like a theme park. For your mouth. A tasty colorful pretty theme park with sugar. Yippeeeee!
Sorry, got a little over excited there.
You may have seen something like this if you’ve ever been to a pampered chef party- a great big sugar cookie rolled out on a pizza stone and topped with a cream cheese base and fresh fruit. I cannot claim to be the originator of this idea, but I can tell you how I do it my way (which seems to receive delicious reviews).
First of all, I prefer to make individual little pizzas, so there is no messy cutting and destroying all the work of making a big giant one all pretty and nice. Pretty food tastes better, right? Presentation is everything here.
I also like to use a homemade chocolate ganache base sometimes instead of the cream cheese, because..well, YUM. I will share that recipe also, but I don’t really have a good photo this time around, sorry. Hint: it looks like chocolate. 😉
MINI DESSERT PIZZAS
FOR THE “PIZZA DOUGH”:
1 recipe Sugar Cookie Dough:
use your favourite recipe here ooooorrrr, “cheat” and buy the pre-packaged dough from the grocery store – much easier. I usually buy two packages if I am making it for a few extra dinner guests, otherwise one package is good for my little family of four.
FOR THE PIZZA “SAUCE”:
THIS cream cheese frosting recipe
8 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (can be found at places like AJ’s fine foods)
Place all the ingredients in a glass bowl set over about an inch of barely simmering water and stir until smooth and melted. Set aside until cooled a little, and then it is ready to spread. Double or triple the recipe if you plan on using this instead of the cream cheese frosting.
FOR THE TOPPINGS:
fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
one can mandarin orange segments, drained
sliced almonds for garnish
powdered sugar for dusting
Bake and cool the sugar cookies according to directions. If using the pre-packaged dough, take two pieces and roll together for a perfect-sized base. If using your own recipe, use a generous scoop of dough.
Cool completely on a rack.
Prepare your “sauce” – either the cream cheese or ganache frosting. Or both.
Wash and pat your fruit totally dry with paper towels.
Once all the elements are prepared, begin assembly:
Using an offset spatula, frost the top of each cookie with cream cheese frosting or ganache. Arrange a few pieces of each fruit over top, and sprinkle with almonds and dust with a little powdered sugar.
Dessert Pizzas do not keep well once assembled, so make only enough, and store any extra ingredients separately. If you have leftover cookies, freeze those for another time. They keep well up to a month if stored properly.
Thanks for waiting so patiently for this recipe – I really hope you enjoy!