Valentine’s Dessert Fruit Pizza features a tangy cream cheese frosting on a heart-shaped sugar cookie crust, topped by sweet, glossy berries and cherries!
Happy February, friends! Food bloggers process the year in order of food holidays, which means that after Super Bowl is over this weekend, Valentine’s Day is up next! And because I love y’all, I’ve put together a festive Valentine’s Dessert Fruit Pizza that’s simply too pretty (and easy!) not to make.❤️
Who doesn’t love fruit pizza? I mean, I forget how good it is until I have it once again, and then I’m always like why don’t I make this more often?! So today I’m vowing to make it again SOON.
Actually, I’ve already vowed to make it again in exactly two weeks…you know, for Valentine’s Day. Because I actually killed two birds with one stone with the fruit pizza pictured in these photos. I made it for this blog post on a day that I also needed to bring a dessert to a dinner at a friend’s house that night.
However, kids were incidentally not invited to this particular parents-only gathering.
So my three offspring drooled over this cherry /raspberry / strawberry fruit pizza as I took pics of it. And then I covered it with plastic wrap, kissed them goodbye, and loaded it in the car.
Tragically, there was nary a piece left to bring home for them at the end of the night. But that’s sort of also good news, because it means that the adults at the dinner party polished off every last crumb!
Thus, my eldest made me SWEAR that I would make this recipe again FOR MY CHILDREN ONLY on Valentine’s Day later this month. And since a baker is entitled to at least one slice of the fruits (and cookie) of her labor (heh), I’m eagerly looking forward to enjoying it again then, too!
Can I let you in on a little secret, though? This fruit pizza isn’t much different than your standard, run-of-the mill fruit pizza. It’s equally delicious and easy to make. But this pizza’s crust is simply shaped into a heart before being topped with fruit in shades o’ red.
Let’s break it down now, shall we? I used a log of refrigerated sugar cookie dough, checking the label (as I tend to do) for “natural ingredients.” We all can appreciate that using refrigerated cookie dough makes this Valentine’s dessert extremely quick and easy to throw together. However, if you prefer to use your family-favorite homemade roll-out sugar cookie recipe instead, please…by all means do so!
How to Make Fruit Pizza
I cut the sugar cookie log into slices and arranged them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in the shape of a heart, allowing enough space around the edges of the pan for “cookie spread-age” during baking.
Next I pressed the slices together with my fingers and sculpted the edges a bit to make the pizza crust look like a true heart.
Since the cookie dough came to room temperature as I was working with it, I popped it into the freezer while I preheated the oven. I figured chilled dough was less likely to spread as much while baking. Then into the oven it went!
Once my cookie crust came out of the oven, I used a knife to trim off a few slivers around the edges, thereby restoring the crust to its originally intended heart shape.
Next I made the cream cheese frosting. I blended together softened cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Then I spread it onto my (cooled) giant sugar cookie heart, right on up to the edges.
Now it was time for my attempt at artistically arranging fruit. I went for juicy red strawberries, plump pink raspberries, and shiny maroon cherries.
I sliced the strawberries into thirds vertically, cutting out enough of a notch at the top to give them a rounded heart shape.
I left my raspberries whole.
And I halved and pitted my cherries, laying some of them cut-side-up and some of them cut-side-down. Because I’m wild and crazy that way.
And finally, for the finishing touch, I brushed my berries and cherries with some strained/thinned-out apricot jam. I just loooove the glossy shine that this last step lends.
And that’s it! A Valentine’s dessert fit for a king…or a queen…or three hungry kids wishing to avenge that time their mother made a fruit pizza and they got nary a slice.😬
Hope y’all enjoy this one as much as I know they will!😉
Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment
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- The photographed pizza is decorated with about 8 ounces of strawberries, 6 ounces of raspberries, and 9 cherries. You may adjust the amounts (or types) of fruit to your liking.
- Hull each strawberry and slice vertically into thirds, notching and rounding the top of each slice into a heart.
- If your frosting is too stiff to whip and spread, you can blend in a spoonful of milk.
- For the glaze on the fruit, you may use any flavor of light-color preserves/jam/jelly…apricot, apple, pineapple, or peach would all work. So would a red colored fruit spread, as long as you don’t mind a pink-ish cast to the white part of your strawberries.
- If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can drizzle the finished fruit pizza with melted chocolate…semisweet, white, or a combination of the two!
Fruit Pizza Recipe
Adapted from Pillsbury