This easy fruit dessert pizza is perfect for summer BBQs or when you just want a light dessert. A shortbread cookie crust, lemon cream cheese frosting and fresh colourful fruit come together for a fun dessert everyone will love.
This recipe first appeared on Savory Experiments where I am a contributor.
Dessert has never been a big deal in my family. When I was growing up we never had dessert unless it was our birthday or we were at Grandma’s house.
When we did have dessert it often contained fruit or it was simply a platter of baked goods.
This dessert pizza combines those two ideas into one wonderful, addicting treat.
This fruit pizza is the perfect dessert. A flaky, shortbread cookie crust, a light and tangy cream cheese frosting, and a combination of fresh, colourful fruit. It is a dessert that feels indulgent, but isn’t too heavy, and will pair well with almost any meal.
What I really love about this dessert is how easily it comes together and how creative you can be with the toppings.
This dessert is easy to customize with whatever fruits you like. Use your favorite, local in-season fruits, use a combination of tropical fruits, or mix it up and use whatever you find on sale.
I wouldn’t even object to adding some shaved chocolate or chopped nuts.
How to make easy fruit dessert pizza
- Start by combining the ingredients for your crust, then roll it out, place it on a pizza stone or baking sheet and bake
- While the crust is baking, mix up the cream cheese topping
- After the crust is baked allow it to cool completely
- Top with cream cheese frosting and decorate with fruit as desired
Be careful not to over bake the crust. You are looking for slightly golden edges. If the crust is over baked it will crumble when you try to slice it.
HOT TIP: Rolling the dough on a piece of parchment paper will make it easier to transfer to the pizza stone. Simply roll the dough then, using the parchment paper, flip the dough onto the pizza stone and carefully peel the parchment paper back.
What type of fruit should I put on this pizza?
You can use any of your favourite fruits. However, I recommend staying away from fruits that turn brown easily, such as apples or pears.
Great options are:
Berries (any type!)
Can I make dessert pizza ahead of time?
You can prepare the components of this pizza ahead of time, but I recommend keeping them separate until ready to serve. Bake the crust, mix up the frosting, and cut the fruit, then refrigerate the frosting and fruit and assemble shortly before serving.
Do I need to refrigerate leftover fruit pizza?
Yes. Because the frosting contains cream cheese, and the fruit is cut, leftovers should be refrigerated to ensure food safety. The crust may become a bit softer as it sits in the fridge, but it is still delicious.
What type of baking sheet is best?
I like making this fruit pizza on a pizza stone, that way I can get the nice round pizza shape. But if you don’t have a pizza stone you can roll into a circle and place on a large baking sheet, or simply make a square or rectangle shaped pizza.
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Shortbread Cookie Crust
- 1 Cup Butter softened to room temperature
- 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
- 1/4 Cup Corn starch
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour All purpose
- 1 tsp Lemon zest
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz Cream cheese softened
- 1/3 Cup Powdered sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
- 2 tsp Heavy cream or milk
Fruit topping suggestions
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 2 Kiwis Peeled and sliced
- 1 Cup Canned mandarin orange wedges
Shortbread Cookie Crust
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Turn the dough onto a large piece of parchment paper that has been sprinkled with flour.
- In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar and powdered sugar and mix well.
- Add the corn starch, flour and lemon zest and mix just until the dough starts to come together into a ball.
- Turn the dough onto a large piece of parchment paper that has been sprinkled with flour. Bring the dough together with your hands to form a ball, then roll out to approximately a 12 inch circle.
- Place the rolled dough onto a pizza stone, or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you want a perfect circle you can use a pizza cutter to trim the dough to the desired shape. With a fork, poke a few holes in the dough, this will help keep it from forming air bubbles.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until just slightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and heavy cream and mix until smooth.
- Spread the cream cheese frosting on the cookie base. Then place the fruit on the pizza in any pattern you’d like.
- Cut into wedges with a sharp knife and serve.