You may recall this dessert:
And if you don’t, I’m glad we decided to revisit it for a festive American flag cookie pizza. If you haven’t tried this, you really should!
I love this dessert. It’s celebration food at its finest: bold, decorative, bright pops of color. Contrasting flavors and textures. Creamy and tangy and tart and sweet. Crunchy and chewy and soft. It could be the perfect dessert for a Memorial Day picnic or the Fourth of July.
I didn’t make this dessert very often – only on special occasions – because I hated buying refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough. But, since I created a homemade dough that works as a perfect substitute, this dessert is going into heavy rotation! It’s so good that, when there’s just a piece or two left, I get sad that it’s almost gone. Try it – you won’t regret it!
What you need:
- 1 1/2 recipes chocolate chip cookie pizza dough (or refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough)
- 2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 1 lb. strawberries, cored and quartered
- 1 pint blueberries
- 50 white chocolate chips
- rectangular baking sheet with sides
- medium bowl and spatula
- spatula or spreader
- cutting board and knife
Time: 15-20 minutes baking time, 10 minutes cooling time, 15 minutes to decorate
Freezeable: The cookie pizza is freezeable untopped (with a sturdy piece of cardboard underneath it to keep it from bending). The topped pizza is not freezeable.
Multiplying the recipe: You need to bake each cookie pizza separately.
Fruit-Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza:
Preheat the oven to 350. Put the dough on a rectangular baking sheet with sides and use a floured rolling pin or your hands to spread it to the edges. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The edges should be set, but the cookie should still be soft. Remove and cool about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar until there are thoroughly combined. Spread evenly over the cookie to the edges.
Arrange the toppings as follows: Place seven strawberry quarters, evenly spaced, along the right edge of the pizza to mark the place for the seven red stripes (the 6 white stripes will be the icing). Place the blueberries evenly over the top left corner for the blue field (it is the same height as the 7 short stripes). Finish the red stripes by placing the remaining strawberries across the pizza. Place the white chocolate chips on top of the blueberries (I found placing them tip-down worked best). If you like to be authentic, there are 5 rows of 6 stars and 4 rows of 5 stars, in the following pattern: 6-5-6-5-6-5-6-5-6.
Refrigerate, covered, until it is time to serve dessert.