Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Hope you all are well rested and relaxed as you get back into the groove of things after another holiday weekend. Today is extra painful for me, as I'm not just returning to work after a holiday, but also, vacation! I apologize for missing a week of posts, but the spa resort I was staying at in Arizona has a VERY strict policy prohibiting mobile devices/laptops/ipads, etc. I had to learn about that the hard way, as I was chased from my poolside lounge chair for answering a phone call!

To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, I was heading out to Lancaster for a picnic. Social etiquette says you should never show up at a party empty handed, and for me, that means bringing some kind of dessert. Since I was returning home from Arizona, I didn't have much time for prep work, so a quick and simple treat was needed for the picnic. In the past, fruit pizzas have been a huge hit at parties we've thrown, and are so easy to prepare. It was a perfect solution. Keeping in mind that I wanted to minimize the amount of work the hostess had to do, I decided to make bite sized, individual fruit pizzas to avoid the mess of cutting.

My mind must have still been on vacation when I was baking these, because I had two failed attempts before finally succeeding. First, taking the easy way out, I decided to use ready to bake Pillsbury cookie dough for the cookie base instead of homemade. I ran out of dough half way through, had to turn off the oven, make a trip to the grocery store, and continue baking once I got home. Then, I tried using a disposable foil baking pan to bake the cookie, thinking I'd save time on dishes. Big mistake! The whole thing folded in half during the baking process, cookie dough falling to the bottom of the oven and catching fire. I guess that's what I get for trying to cut corners.  30 minutes later, after cleaning the oven, I started mixing dough from scratch. From there on out, it was a breeze.

If you're going to be using this recipe, I highly recommend baking the cookie bases the night before and storing them in an air tight container. This gives them adequate time to cool off. If not completely cooled, you risk having your cream cheese layer getting melted.

The party was a blast, and everyone loved the dessert!! Another recipe I'll be filing away for future festivities. Hope you enjoy it!

Mini Fruit Pizzas

For the Cookie Base:
via Average Betty

1 1/2 sticks salted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups flour

-Using an electric mixer, cream the butter
-Add sugar and salt
-Add egg and vanilla
-Slowly add the flour
-Mix until well combined, dough will be sticky
-Gather dough into a ball and refrigerate for 1 hour

For the Cream Cheese Layer:
12 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

-Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer
-Beat until smooth

-Spread an ample amount of cream cheese filling on each cookie
-Top with assorted fruit. Suggested: Strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, peaches
-Sprinkle fruit with a dash of Fruit Fresh
-Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve

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