I was told this Fall Inspired Fruit Pizza tastes like Fall.
Everyone loves Fruit Pizza. Now enjoy it with Fall inspired flavors.
I took Home Economics my freshman year in high school (do they still teach Home Ec?). In that course I learned to make pancakes from scratch, scrambled eggs, and Fruit Pizza. When my class made the Fruit Pizza, the school was raving about it. Everyone who was not taking Home Economics asked all of us who were in the class for a slice of our pizza. It was that good. I loved it so much I even made it for my family who also love it. In fact, it was one of the first recipes I had ever made. It is actually one of the most requested dished by my friends and family. I made it so many times that I don’t even need a recipe. I have it all in my noggin.
Because Fruit Pizza is such an over done recipe, I wanted to make it but slightly different. You can tell that I am really in the Fall spirit by the last recipe I made. I am going to continue that sentiment by sharing with you’re my Fall Inspired Fruit Pizza recipe. Tell me, when you think of Fall desserts, what flavors comes to mind? I think of pumpkin, apples, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash (even though I am not a fan of the squash). Of course the typical spice that is often used with Fall desserts is cinnamon and maybe Anise. I thought of way to take a common favorite dessert that is already easy and delicious, inspired with some of the fall flavors and ingredients that were just discussed. Trust me, it-is-good.
Now when I make my typical Fruit Pizza, for my crust, I use pre-made cookie dough. I mean why do extra work when you can but an ingredient that is already made for you? So, with this recipe I did something almost similar. Because there isn’t any pumpkin flavored sugar cookie dough out in the market yet, I bought the already made dry cookie dough mix, mixed it together as instructed, and added pumpkin puree and a little pumpkin spice. Whoa-la! Pumpkin Sugar cookie dough. Because this is a dessert inspired for the Fall season I decided to roast the fruit that I used for the pizza as it seemed to be the smart thing to do. Well, I didn’t have to worry about the fruit turning that ugly brown color that makes fruit look old and unappetizing. Roasting the apple, pear, and cherries made the fruit more pronounced and comforting. So if you love Fruit Pizza and would like a way to enjoy it for the Fall, try my Fall Inspired Fruit Pizza You will love me for it. I promise.
- 2- 1 lb. Sugar Cookie Dough Mix
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- ½ c. pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Honey Crisp Apples, diced
- 3 Pears, diced
- 15 oz. Can Tart Cherries in Water
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar mixture
- 2- 8 oz. Blocks of Cream Cheese
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 2.5 oz. Honey Roasted Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- In a large bowl, cream the 2 sticks of butter and slowly add the two bags of sugar cookie dough. Finally, add the 2 eggs. Next, add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, and powdered sugar. Using a stand mixer or a handheld mixer, blend the ingredients until smooth. Spray a pizza pan with baking spray and pour the cookie dough onto the pan. Use a rubber spatula and spread the cookie dough evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, mix the apples, pears, and cherries together (be sure to drain the water out of the can). Spread across a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. of cinnamon sugar. Set in the oven and allow to roast for 15 minutes. Flip the fruit halfway through the cooking process. Allow to completely cool as well.
- In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Spread evenly onto the cooled pumpkin cookie dough leaving about an ½ inch of the border. Sprinkle with roasted fruit just until the cream cheese frosting is covered. Finally sprinkle with Honey Roasted Pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve or place in a cool area.