Mini Dessert Pizzas with Fresh Berries


I recently saw this grilled fruit pizza on The Pioneer Woman, and it inspired me to make a smaller version this summer. I always think in terms of entertaining, so I like to remake a dish into individual servings. I also think about how to make it as quickly and easily as possible: If you're serving several dishes to a crowd, you've got to have a few dishes that aren't from scratch. I swapped out the cream cheese topping with some creamy store-bought frosting (no judgement here). I love the Duncan Hines Cream Cheese Frosting, because other than being so creamy and yummy, it's dairy-free, so my munchkins can eat it.

INGREDIENTS
  • plain sugar cookies
  • cream cheese frosting 
  • fresh berries

I started with prepackaged sugar cookie dough, because, to be honest, I was lazy. I'm all for crafting a 100% homemade dessert. But when it comes to something basic like sugar cookies, as long as it comes hot out of my oven, I couldn't care less if it started out from scratch or came out of the refrigerated section of the grocery store. But if you want to make it yourself, here is a basic sugar cookie recipe. Let the cookies cool completely before you spread the frosting.


Same thing with the frosting. The whole point is this is last-minute and incredibly easy, plus the fact that my kids cannot eat dairy. But I admit it would be super yummy with real cream cheese frosting. Simply combine cream cheese with powdered sugar with butter and vanilla or lemon zest. Here is a great recipe for that, or you can use the one by Ree Drummond.

Use whatever you like or whatever you have on hand. You could even use whipped cream if you like or plain cream cheese. The main thing is to keep these red, white, and blue. For a red, white, and blue appetizer; make a savory version with round crackers, ricotta cheese, and berries.


The fresh blueberries paired with the strawberries make for the perfect red, white, and blue summer dessert. Cut an X into the strawberries then slice to make little triangle pieces.


These mini dessert pizzas also make for a great kid's dessert. You can lay out all of the ingredients and let them assemble their little "pizzas" themselves. You can stick with fruit toppings or add in mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, crushed pretzels, etc. So many yummy possibilities. Enjoy!


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