Schools out! (Insert loud cheers and high-fives here.)
Time for sunshine, swimming, picnics, bbq, campouts, and (best of all) no homework. If you’re celebrating the glorious start to summer, like my family is, then I have the perfect treat: Watermelon Fruit Pizza. Don’t let the name fool you though. There’s no actual watermelon in this recipe. I simply used grapes and strawberries on a sugar cookie crust to look like a watermelon. You could also use red apples, cherries, raspberries, kiwis, green apples or honeydew melon. Any combination of red and green fruit would work. (Ironically, watermelon wouldn’t be a very good choice. It’s too…. well, watery.)
If you ask me, watermelon is the most iconic symbol of summer. It’s simple, refreshing, and sweet. Everything that summer should be.
- Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough
- Green food coloring
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup green grapes (cut into halves)
- 2 – 3 cups diced strawberries
- 10 ounce jar of strawberry preserves
- 1/4 cup black M&Ms or raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add green food coloring to one tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. Mix well.
Spray the bottom of a cheesecake pan or small pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray or line the bottom with parchment paper. Spread the dough evenly in the pan. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes. Allow crust to cool.
Mix the cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla together in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Cut the green grapes in half and dice the strawberries. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
When the sugar cookie crust is cool, remove it from the pan.
Spread 2/3 of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of the cookie crust and around the top edge. Put the remaining cream cheese mixture in a piping bag to pipe between the fruits once you have them in place.
Line the outer edge with green grape halves.
Fill the center with diced strawberries.
Using a spoon, spread the strawberry preserves lightly over the top of the diced strawberries. You may not need to use the entire jar. I used about 1/2 cup.
Pipe the remaining cream cheese mixture in a line between the grapes and the strawberries.
Place the watermelon “seeds” randomly on the strawberry-filled center. I used black M&M candies, but you could also use raisins.
Serve up a yummy slice of summer!