Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mom's Fruit Pizza Recipe

It's day two of my Thanksgiving 101 series (I haven't settled on a name yet.  I'm hoping that will just organically happen soon lol.) and today we are talking dessert!  There is one thing that you can bank on at any large family dinner, LOTS of desserts.  My family is no different.  While we have all the traditional sweet treats that the holiday lends itself to, the one dessert that has been at EVERY family function since I was a child is my mom's (Teese) Fruit Pizza.  Let me just say that before anyone has had seconds, before any pies have been cut and served, shoot, sometimes even before the big meal itself, this confectioner's delight is in SOMEONE's belly (usually my brother's)  It is AMAZING and I am so excited to share it with you!  Oh, and I almost forgot.  This too can be made in advance. ;)

Let's Get Started!

Teese's Famous Fruit Pizza:
*Prep Time:  20 min.  *Cook Time:  14 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  16-20

Whoops!  I forgot the strawberries and Cool Whip in this picture.

  • 2 rolls of Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 2 8 oz. blocks of Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 c. Confectioner's Sugar
  • 2 containers of Cool Whip
  • 1 can of Peach Slices, drained
  • 1 can of Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 2 Kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 4-8 Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Okay, I need to put a little disclaimer out there.  

Those of you who follow my blog know that I am pretty passionate about cooking from scratch, but there are times that I have found the store bought options to work a little better.  The store bought sugar cookie dough is one such example. Obviously you can use homemade if you like, but we have found, over the years, that it does not set up the same way that the store bought dough does.

To begin you are going to preheat the oven to 350 and open the logs of dough. 

Using your technique of choice, press it into the bottom of a sheet pan.
I like to cut it into slices, spread them over the pan, and then press it out.  My mom just kinda goes for it.  *lol*
I will tell you that you will need to either butter your fingers or spray them with cooking spray here to keep the cookie dough from sticking to your fingers.

Once the oven is preheated, place the sheet pan in and cook for 14 minutes.

After 14 minutes, take the sheet pan out of the oven and set aside to cool.

While to cookie crust is cooling you can make the "sauce".
Place to room temperature cream cheese into a mixing bowl.

Add the 2 cups of the powdered sugar.

Finally add the Cool Whip and then S-L-O-W-L-Y begin to mix.
Once the sugar, cool whip, and cream cheese have blended together, you can pick up the speed a little.

Oh!  I almost forgot!  I like to add a little vanilla extract.
It just adds a little something, something to the "sauce".

AS SOON AS the cookie is cool, dollop the "sauce" on top.
If you let the crust cool too long it will become VERY crispy and hard so as soon as it is cool to the touch, sauce it!

Smooth it out, cover it with cling wrap, and put it in the fridge for up to 3 days before you are ready to serve it.

This is the step that I had the most experience with growing up, and it is a great way to get your family and friends involved in the big day.

On the day you are ready to serve, take the pizza out of the fridge, and place the fruit toppings on.  I personally like to group them in slices, but hey, if your kids are helping let them have fun and go at it!

You can use any fruit toppings you like here, but this is ALWAYS what my momma uses so it's what I use as well.

Slice into pieces, serve, and enjoy!!!

This truly is a Racer Family favorite, and anyone who has had the pleasure of celebrating with us in ANY way knows it.  I know this is going to become one of your holiday favorites as well.  Enjoy everyone and as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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