This easy 4th of July fruit pizza has a delicious sugar cookie crust and fresh fruit, making this patriotic dessert the perfect mix of sweet and healthy.
One way I love to celebrate holidays is to bake something on theme and, of course, incredibly delicious. Whether it be Christmas or the Fourth of July, I am always coming up with something that matches the holiday.
Plus, if the dessert is a hit, it usually becomes part of our family traditions. Food is so much more than just eating something tasty. It is about spending time together with your loved ones.
We have many recipes for yummy 4th of July appetizers and 4th of July foods that help get you into the holiday spirit. They are also great for other patriotic holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day or at one of these St George 4th of July Activities.
If you want to go all out for the 4th of July, try dressing up in cute 4th of July outfits or trying out 4th of July makeup looks. I find it is another creative way to celebrate the holiday.
One of the reasons I adore this red, white, and blue fruit pizza is its creamy frosting. The cream cheese layer makes this fruit pizza incredible. The cream color also works great as the background of the American flag.
We use gluten-free flour for this dessert; you can't tell a difference. You can use regular flour if you desire.
Why you should make this recipe
- This fruit pizza is a fun recipe your kids will love helping you make
- It is great for a July 4th party
- It is a great way to show your patriotic pride in a dessert
- Butter - Make sure the butter is softened before mixing it. You can use a dairy-free option if you prefer.
- Sugar - You use sugar and powdered sugar in this recipe. Use the regular sugar in the cookie dough and powdered sugar in the frosting.
- Vanilla extract - What is a cookie without vanilla extract? The mix of vanilla and almond extracts is delicious in this cookie pizza.
- Almond extract - Almond extract pairs well with fruit, enhancing the flavor of this patriotic fruit pizza.
- Flour - We use King Arthur's gluten-free flour to make this recipe gluten-free.
- Salt - This fruit pizza recipe requires only a teaspoon of salt.
- Baking powder - Baking powder is critical in any recipe you are baking because it helps the dough to rise.
- Cream cheese - This is the base of the yummy cream cheese frosting. It also creates a white background to make this tasty American flag dessert.
- Powdered sugar - Cream cheese and powdered sugar are the perfect mix for our frosting.
- Lemon juice - Only a teaspoon is required for this recipe. It mixes right in to make the frosting.
- Fresh strawberries - You will need a pint of fresh strawberries to make this patriotic dessert. Slice them up so you can easily line them up to make the stripes on the American flag.
- Fresh blackberries - Make sure you have 16 blackberries to alternate with blueberries for the star part of the fruit pizza.
- Fresh blueberries - Like the blackberries, you will need 16 blueberries to make the star part of the American flag.
How to make 4th of July fruit pizza
Preheat oven and start pizza dough
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, using an electric mixer, start beating the butter and sugar.
Let it mix until it is light and fluffy. Make sure that you let the butter soften before mixing it.
Add flour and extracts
Once the butter and sugar are nice and fluffy, add in the vanilla and almond extracts. Using both gives the cookie dough its sweet flavor, and almond extract pairs well with fruit.
Then, slowly add in the flour. Adding 1 cup at a time ensures that you won't make a huge mess and have flour flying everywhere (trust me, I've done it).
Now, add the last ingredients for the sugar cookie dough: salt and baking powder. Make sure you use baking powder and not baking soda.
Mix the ingredients in the electric mixer until they are combined well. I like using an electric mixer because it mixes the ingredients well, and I don't have to hand mix it.
Bake cookie dough
Spread and press cookie dough into a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookie dough at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow the pizza to cool completely. This usually takes about 45 minutes.
Mix cream cheese and butter
Let cream cheese and butter soften before mixing them. It usually takes an hour or so, but it could be sooner, so check occasionally.
Once softened, beat the cream cheese and butter until soft and fluffy. This usually takes about 1-2 minutes.
Add vanilla and lemon juice
Now you can add the vanilla and lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. You only need a teaspoon of each ingredient.
I always recommend measuring the vanilla and lemon juice over the sink instead of the bowl of a mixer. This way if you spill, it won't go into the frosting and add more than you need.
Add powdered sugar
Once you have a soft and fluffy mix, add powdered sugar. Add the powdered sugar in slowly, so it does not make a mess.
Beat the frosting for 2-3 minutes. You'll know the frosting is ready when it is light and fluffy.
Assemble the flag
Assemble the American flag by alternating the blueberries and blackberries in a small row in the upper left-hand corner. These make up the "stars" of the flag.
Then slice the strawberries. Place them in a line with space in between each line to create the red and white stripes on the American flag.
Tips for success
- Let the butter and cream cheese soften - Pull butter and cream cheese out of the fridge an hour or so before baking so it will soften
- Allow the cookie to cool - You really want to make sure the cookie is cool before putting the frosting on. If it is not cool before adding the frosting, the frosting will melt and it won't stick as well.
Storage and Freezing
Storage - Allow the dessert to cool to room temperature. Then, store it in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
It is easier to store if you cut the pizza into individual slices. It won't take up as much space that way.
Freezing - You can freeze the cookie dough for up to three months when it is wrapped in plastic wrap and sealed in an airtight container. Cream cheese frosting is also able to be frozen for up to three months.
When ready to make the pizza, take the dough and frosting out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. I let it thaw out overnight.
Can this fruit pizza be left out overnight?
Even though the "crust" is a cookie, this easy dessert pizza must be stored in the fridge. The fruit on top needs to be refrigerated so it can keep.
It must also be kept in the fridge because of the cream cheese frosting. You don't want to leave the cream cheese frosting out overnight.
How can I make this dairy-free?
This delicious recipe can be made dairy-free easily. Just replace the cream cheese and butter with dairy-free options.
Ways to enjoy
This fourth of July fruit pizza goes well with a summer charcuterie board and a gluten-free burger. They will be great at a fourth of July celebration. There is nothing better than a holiday party with incredible food.
You can also try this non-alcoholic white sangria. The recipe calls for strawberries and blueberries, so it matches perfectly with this American flag fruit pizza. Our fresh raspberry mocktail is also super pretty.
A Roy Rogers is a classic American mocktail because it is a cola-based drink. Whenever I think of summertime, I think of sipping on a cold soda. Plus the cherries on top are super cute.
4th of July Fruit Pizza
Sugar Cookie Dough
- 1 1/3 cups butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 cups flour (I use King Arthur gluten-free flour)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
- 16 fresh blackberries
- 16 fresh blueberries
Sugar Cookie Dough
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add vanilla and almond extracts then slowly add flour 1 cup at a time
- Add salt and baking powder and mix until combined well
- Spread and press into a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown
- Cool completely, about 45 minutes
- Beat cream cheese and butter until soft and fluffy about 1-2 minutes
- Add vanilla and lemon juice and beat to combine
- Add the powdered sugar and beat 2-3 more minutes until light and fluffy
- Assemble American flag by alternating blueberries and blackberries in a small row in the upper left hand corner to make the "stars" of the flag
- Place sliced strawberries in a line with space in between each line to create the American flag "stripes"