You can make more things than just sugar cookies with sugar cookie dough, you know. Take this jumbo Christmas tree fruit sugar cookie pizza for example. The sugar cookie crust is topped with sweet frosting and then the Christmas tree cookie is topped with a selection of colourful fresh fruit of your choice. This fruit pizza is always a holiday hit for the whole family.
This tree shaped Christmas dessert is one of the best desserts for the holiday season. It’s a big Christmas tree fruit pizza who pairs the appeal of sugar cookies with the sweetness of various fresh fruits.
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Ingredients
The simplest way to make the Christmas tree shaped crust is to use readymade sugar cookie dough. You could make your own if you prefer or else just grab a can of Pillsbury dough or another brand. Remember – it is ok to take shortcuts when making Christmas desserts.
Sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and green food colouring combine for the frosting, and then can use different kinds of fruit to decorate this fun dessert. Strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, and mandarin oranges add plenty of colour, or just choose your own fruit for this Christmas tree pizza.
How to Make a Jumbo Christmas Tree Fruit Sugar Cookie
Roll the sugar cookie dough until it’s more pliable and then roll it into a ball before rolling it out. You can then shape it into a Christmas tree shape. There are different ways to do this. Either make two or three triangles and arrange them on top of one another, stretch the dough into one big tree shape or else use a sharp knife or pizza cutting wheel to cut it to shape.
Once the dough is about half an inch thick and shaped like a tree (or any desired shape), you can pop it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake it in the oven until done. This will take about twenty minutes but check it after seventeen to see how it’s going. If it’s golden brown, it’s done. Cool completely
Beat the heavy cream until the soft peak stage and then mix in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and food colouring. Keep whipping it until you have stiff peaks, then spread the frosting over the tree shape crust.
Peel and cut the fresh fruit, blotting off any juice on paper towels if applicable, then arrange it over the frosting-covered crust. This fruit pizza is best if served immediately.
Other Kinds of Fresh Fruit to Consider
You can your favorite fruits for this easy dessert but I’d recommend you avoid fruits that turn brown fast or ones with too high of a water content since browned fruits won’t look good and watery ones will soak into the easy fruit pizza with Pillsbury cookie dough and make it soggy.
If you do want to use the kinds of fruits that brown, such as apples, toss them in lemon or lime juice to stop them browning so quick. Else you can decorate the tree shaped Christmas dessert right before serving.
Instead of frosting, you could use a cream cheese mixture on your fruit pizza like this strawberry cream cheese frosting. A whipped topping is also another alternative to icing.
If you want to use candy rather than fresh fruit, this sugar cookie pizza with M&Ms and peppermints is also really nice. You could also make mini fruit pizzas instead of a large one. This delicious treat is delicious in any size!
Christmas Tree Fruit Pizza Recipe FAQs
The great thing about this Christmas tree cookie is you can use any kind of dough you want. Whether that’s sugar cookie dough, chocolate chip cookie dough or another kind, pick your favourite. Just bear in mind some cookies come out softer than others and you will want a flat, smooth surface to add the frosting on to.
It’s best to make the sugar cookie tree shaped dessert right before serving, but you can prepare it ahead if you want. Make the cookie ahead and wrap it in plastic wrap. The whipped cream can also be made a day ahead, so long as you keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Jumbo Christmas Tree Fruit Sugar Cookie Recipe
Jumbo Christmas Tree Fruit Sugar Cookie
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If using premade sugar cookie dough, open the package and break up the roll a bit and allow the dough to warm up to be more workable.
- Roll the dough into a smooth ball then sprinkle flour onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough.
- Begin creating a triangle shape by using the palm of your hands to pat the outsides of the dough inwards. You can stop here and just make a large triangle shape like a Christmas tree or you can create 3 layers of branches by pinching in a section close to the top and the center of the dough. It takes some time to shape, so work slowly and use flour as you go so the dough doesn’t become too sticky.
- Make sure there are no tears or rips in the cookie dough and that the cookie is rolled out to about ½ inch all the way throughout the cookie.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until set.
- Remove the cookie from the oven and allow it to cool on the pan completely then carefully transfer it to a cookie rack.
- While the Christmas tree cookie is cooling, make the whipped cream.
- In a large bowl, beat the cold heavy cream until soft peaks form, then add the vanilla, powdered sugar and green food coloring and whip until stiff.
- Use a spatula to frost the cooled cookie with the green whipped cream.
- Cut all your fruit in half and pat it dry so there is not much excess liquid on the fruit, then place the fruit on the whipped topping in a fun pattern.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This tree shaped Christmas fruit pizza dessert is wonderfully easy to prepare and makes a fun treat for the holidays. A jumbo Christmas tree fruit sugar cookie is the perfect dessert if you want to pair the appeal of sugar cookies with the natural sweetness of fresh fruit, making this dessert very tasty as well as packed with nutrients from the fruit.
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