Amish Fruit Pizza Cookies (with cream cheese Icing)

My sister made these delicious fruit pizza cookie for us recently, using a recipe for fruit pizza passed down from our grandmother who is old order Amish. I knew I had to give them a whirl myself, because we enjoyed them so much, and was pleasantly surprised with how easy they are to make! The simple shortbread cookies are topped with an easy cream cheese icing and then topped with assorted fruit chunks of your choice, making a refreshing treat that is perfect for Fourth of July, Easter and more! You may also enjoy Amish Chocolate Whoopie pies, Amish Coconut Cream Pie or Amish Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting.

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Easy Amish Fruit pizza cookies

Amish Fruit Pizza Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

marilynpeight
These delicious cookies are made with a buttery shortbread base that is topped with a cream cheese icing and assorted fruits. A colorful and refreshing cookie!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 18

Equipment

  • baking sheets (linked below)
  • Parchment paper (linked below)
  • Mixing bowls (linked below)
  • measuring cups (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg Room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus extra for rolling *see note

Cream cheese icing:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon fruit juice orange juice, pineapple juice, etc.
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar

Toppings:

  • Diced or whole assorted fruits of your choice *see options below

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350.

  • Cream the butter and sugar together, then whisk in the egg until the mixture is fluffy and no lumps remain. Add baking powder, dash of salt and flour, then mix well to combine.
  • Flour the countertop, then roll the dough out into a sheet roughly 1/4 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter or cup with a thin lip, cut out the cookies and then carefully place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, several inches apart.
  • Bake the shortbread cookies in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes until lightly colored on the bottoms (these shortbread cookies are best if lightly baked). Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Place the cream cheese and fruit juice in a medium sized bowl, then beat by hand or with a hand mixer until well combined. Add confectioner's sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and continue mixing until the icing is thick enough to spread onto the cookies.
  • Top the cooled cookies with the cream cheese frosting, then arrange fruit of your choice over top. Serve immediately and enjoy! *see notes below recipe card if you wish to prep these fruit pizza cookies ahead of time.

Notes

If the dough is too soft to roll, you can add a few more tablespoons of flour and mix it into the dough. The dough should feel soft, but should also be workable to roll. 
Step by step photos and additional notes below! 
Keyword Amish, Fruit pizza, easy recipe, cream cheese icing, 4th of July cookies
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Equipment needed for these fruit pizza cookies:

  • Baking sheets I prefer to use Nordic Ware baking sheets (not an ad), to get a nice and even bake on the shortbread cookies.
  • Parchment paper Parchment paper makes removing the cookies and checking the bottoms for doneness much easier.
  • Mixing bowls You will need several mixing bowls for combining the cookie dough in and also for mixing the cream cheese icing.
  • Measuring cups I prefer to use stainless steel measuring cups, I find them to be sturdy and dish washer friendly!

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Ingredients needed for these Amish Fruit Pizza Cookies: Butter, salt, confectioner’s sugar, all purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, fruit juice, cream cheese, egg and fruit (not shown).

Fruit options/ideas for topping the fruit pizza cookies:

I used diced strawberries, kiwi and blueberries, but you can also use raspberries, blackberries, diced mango, clementine slices, orange chunks, banana cubes and more!

Step 1: Cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until smooth and well incorporated, then mix in the egg until the mixture is well combined and fluffy.

Note*

Room temperature eggs are needed for this shortbread to keep the butter from seizing up due to being exposed to cold. To warm up a refrigerated egg in a pinch, you can place the egg into a glass or deep dish and cover it with warm water. Allow the egg to sit in the warm water for ten minutes, then it is ready to be used.

Step 1 continued: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, then mix well to combine.

Step 2-3: Flour the countertop surface, then roll out the cookie dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. Cut the dough into round cookie shapes, then carefully remove (to avoid bending or breaking the cookie) and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie as they will spread a little in the oven. Bake as directed in the recipe card, then cool.

Note*

If the dough is too soft to roll, you can either mix a little more flour into the cookie dough, or you can work flour into the dough from the countertop, until the cookies hold their shape without falling apart when lifted.

Step 4: Combine the cream cheese and fruit juice, then mix in the confectioner’s sugar (1/2 cup at a time) until the cream cheese icing is smooth and spreadable.

Step 5 : Once the cookies are cooled, spread the cream cheese icing evenly over top with a spoon or spatula. Top the frosted cookies with assorted fruits of your choice, then serve and enjoy!

Prepping these fruit pizza cookies ahead of time:

These fruit pizza cookies are made without a glaze, that normally preserves the fruit for a little while longer. If you wish to make these fruit pizza cookies the day or two before an event, you can prep all the components, except the fruit, which is best if fresh cut, then store the shortbread cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. The cream cheese frosting can also be made ahead and refrigerated, but you may need to allow it to come back to room temperature before frosting the cookies.

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