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4th of July Recipe: American Flag Fruit Pizza

This American Flag Fruit Pizza is my favorite 4th of July treat and it was a HUGE hit when I made it last year for a party! It’s really easy to make and fun for all ages to enjoy. Though as a very rich and sweet treat with lots of dairy and sugar, this is something that I’ll only make once a year. I”ve included some healthier alternative ingredients if you want to cut out some of the sugar! At least it’s got a fruit topping, right??

What You Need

  • 2 packages of sugar cookie dough (use Annie’s brand for organic!)
  • 1 container (8oz) whipped cream topping
  • 1 large container or block (8oz) original cream cheese
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • rectangular glass baking dish w/lid (pictured above)
  • try a thick greek yogurt in place of cream cheese and whipped topping for a healthier option. The texture may vary, but it should still taste amazing!

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First: The Cookie Base

Before you do anything else, you need to get the sugar cookie base started. So, check your packaging and preheat to the specified degrees.

While your oven is preheating, spread the cookie dough evenly around the casserole dish and make it as flat and level as possible with your fingers. You may want to dip your hands in flour first to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers.

When the oven is ready, place your dish inside and set a timer based on what your cookie dough packaging says. However, this is more of an “eyeballing it” situation because the dough is going to be thicker than what it would normally be for just a sheet of sugar cookies. Watch for it to brown, and use the toothpick method to check the middle.

When it’s finished baking, set it out to cool for about a half hour and then put it in your refrigerator to chill for another half hour. DO NOT PUT TOPPINGS ON COOKIE WHILE HOT.

Next: The Toppings

While your cookie is baking, you can make the icing and slice your strawberries.

The frosting is made up of cream cheese and whipped cream topping. Do not use whipped cream from a can, it needs to be Cool Whip or an off brand of a “whipped cream topping” that you find in the frozen section of the grocery store. Regular whipped cream will not be thick enough.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix all of the cream cheese and whipped cream topping together, getting out all of the lumps. You can just use a fork. After you get it smooth and creamy, place it back into the refrigerator until cookie base has finished chilling.

You can slice the strawberries however you want! I sliced them horizontally so that they would lay flat, but any way you want is fine. Get creative!

Last: Decorate Your Flag!

Now, you should be ready to decorate your American Flag Fruit Pizza! First, evenly spread your icing onto the cookie base with a silicone icing spatula.

After that, you can place your strawberries and blueberries on top of the icing in a flag formation. See the cover photo for inspiration!

When you are satisfied with your decoration, place back in your refrigerator for at least one more hour. When serving, it’s best to not let it sit out on a counter for too long. I know you’ll want to show it off, but just make sure you stick it back in the refrigerator after an hour or two to keep the topping from going bad. You may not even have to worry about that though, it could be all gone by then!

Let me see your American Flag Fruit Pizza! Share it on Instagram and tag me! @postcardsndayreams

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