Fruit Pizza

I've been craving fruit like crazy for most of my second trimester. As in, I want to eat it all day, every day. (I suppose that's better than the McDonald's egg and cheese bagel sandwiches and Spaghetti O's - yuck! - cravings from my first trimester.)

So I went on a Pinterest spree searching for all things fruity and I came across this scrumptious looking fruit pizza on Pinch of Yum, and I knew I had to make it right this second. I mean really, a giant sugar cookie topped with cream cheese icing and fruit? Yes. Now.


I did make a few ingredient swaps to make it a little more whole food friendly - instead of regular flour, I used wheat flour and instead of sugar, I used maple syrup. I also used less cream cheese and more butter in my frosting. I considered using mascarpone instead of cream cheese, but didn't have enough in my fridge (I've also been craving Ezekiel bread with mascarpone and blueberries - again with the fruit).

This is so delicious, even with the whole wheat flour swap, which I was a little apprehensive about trying, but it turned out just fine! And I can imagine all different types of fruit as toppings. Endless fruity possibilities.

I wanted to take pictures of this with the DSLR to truly capture it in all its glory, but I couldn't wait to dive right into it immediately after I snapped a few pics with my iPhone. The poor thing is looking rather mutilated right now, since I chowed down on it. Oh well. Next time. And I'll use mascarpone next time, too. Because there will be a next time.


My modified recipe:
Cookie:
1 cup maple syrup
2 3/4 cups wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 tablesppons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs

Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese (I used whipped cream cheese)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
Fruit

The prep and baking instructions are the same as Pinch of Yum, so if you want to make this little slice of fruity, sugar cookie heaven, or if you want to see the original recipe, go there.
Posted on March 2, 2014 .