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Fruit Pizza

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It was a dear friend’s birthday at work,and I wanted to make something special. It had to be something sweet but not overly sweet. Then it had to be enough to feed the whole staff. They are so thoughtful of every ones birthday, by going a picking up a cake. They get that card that everybody signs, and when you least expect it, it happens. The whole crew sings you happy birthday as loud as they can. Well it was Micheal’s birthday, and I wanted to do something a little different. I made fruit pizzas. They were a big hit. I don’t think anyone expected a dessert like this. It’s super easy. Let me show you how I did it.

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The first thing I did was to line 2- 1/4 sheet pans with parchment paper. Next, I bought some sugar cookie dough, and while it was still cold, I spread it out with my fingers to cover the bottom of the sheet pans. Following the directions on the back of the sugar cookie package I bake them off. that’s what you see in the last picture above. Let the sheet pans with the baked sugar cookie cool completely.

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In this bowl I mixed 2- 8 ounce room temperature containers of Mascarpone cheese, along with powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, a baker’s cream cheese emulsion ( similar to an extract that you can find in any store that has a baking section), and the zest of 1 lemon. I wanted the cream base to be a little sweet but not over baring because, I’m going to put all kinds of good things on the top. So while the cookie dough was cooling, I placed this delicious cream into the frig to chill for about 30 minutes. I want to tell you this does not have the texture of frosting, it’s more of a soft sweet cream.

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Once the cookie dough has cooled completely. I spread this sweet Mascarpone cream over the top of each of the sheet pans of baked sugar cookie dough. Now it’s time for the fun part.

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I bought all types of berries along with some kiwi, and laid them out all over the sugar cookies covered in  Mascarpone cream. Place the sheet pans back into the frig to stay cold until I was ready to take them to work. I don’t live far from my job so it was no problem to travel with them wrapped in plastic wrap for the short distance that I had to travel. Remember, this is a sweet cream that lies under the fruit and not what you would consider a frosting that sets once it’s been applied.

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And there’s the “birthday boy” ready for his slice of heaven.

Yields: 16 squares per pan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: Follow instructions on cookie package
Equipment: 2- 1/4 sheet pans and parchment paper
2 packages of sugar cookie dough
2- 8 ounce containers of Mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of baker’s cream cheese emulsion ( extract)
8 ounces of powdered sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 pint of blueberries
1 pint of strawberries ( sliced)
6 kiwis peeled and sliced
2-1/2 pints of raspberries
Powdered sugar, as garnish, to sprinkle over the top before serving

Directions: Line parchment paper on two 1/4 sheet pans. Then spread cold sugar cookie dough out on each one. Bake in the oven according to the package and let cool completely. While this is happening make the Mascarpone cream and refrigerate for 30 minutes. While your waiting on the cooking dough to cool and the cream is chilling, slice the fruit. Next, spread the Mascarpone cream all over the cookie dough. Lay the fruit out in whatever pattern you like, then dust the top with some powdered sugar and serve.

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