Not many people nowadays are lucky enough to meet their great grandparents but I was. Actually, if I remember right I knew four of mine and treasured each and every second I had with them. I remember them so fondly, in such loving ways. Well this recipe reminds me of one of them…my great grandfather. He was such a kind, sweet old man. He was a carpenter and had the most amazing shop. I remember going over to visit him, and always sharing a ginger ale with him. And he always let us play with his old lawn mower, the kind with open blades that was completely manual and spun around in circles as you pushed it. He was a doll, and this was one of his favorite desserts. I can still see him sitting in the beautiful antebellum type house that I grew up in, right in the center of small town Mississippi, waiting for his slice of dessert pizza.
So it turns out my hubby likes this dessert too, and since Valentine’s was last week I decided to make him one. Aren’t I sweet? I like to use kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries on my dessert pizza to make it extra colorful, but since this was for him (picky eater) and it was Valentine’s I stuck to just raspberries and strawberries. I think it turned out pretty cute, considering how fast I threw it all together. I think my hubby enjoyed his Valentine treat as much as I enjoy spending every day with him, my high school sweetheart. Awww!!!
You’ll need these items (and the fruit you choose to use). Keep grimy little kid fingers away from the cookie dough or they’ll eat it all before you can cook it! Okay, okay you caught me! I ate a good bit myself!
Shape the cookie dough (store bought – GASP!!!) into the pan. I would normally either use a round pizza stone, or simply a flat rectangle stone but shaped this particular “pizza” into a heart for my Valentine. Keep in mind that the cookie will expand and rise as it cooks so make it smaller than you’d like it once it finishes cooking.
Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. You’ll have to use your imagination for this step because, like I said, I was pressed for time making this and forgot to take the dang photo for you. It’s not rocket science though to mix it, so I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Spread it across the cooled cookie, and top accordingly with washed and sliced fruit. Excuse the awful photo please…have I mentioned I was short on time when I was making this?
You can even tell yourself this is good for you. After all, it’s topped with fruit, right?
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 package refrigerated cookie dough
Spread cookie dough on desired pan (baking sheet, baking stone, or pizza pan will work well). Cook according to package directions. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Spread on cooked & cooled sugar cookie. Top with fruit for garnish; keep refrigerated until ready to serve.