Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Chocolate Fruit Pizza

You've gotta love a quick, easy and tasty dessert that will impress your guests. This recipe fits the bill! Not only is it quick and tasty but it's really pretty too! I could see serving this at baby showers or on the patio in the summer.

I also love that it's really versatile. You can easily change it up by changing the fruit or the cookie base. I'd love to try it with more of a brownie base with raspberries on top! Or what about a sugar cookie base with mango, fresh pineapple and kiwi! The variations are limitless!

This is the recipe that the Pampered Chef consultant made at my PC party last night. Needless to say it was a hit! (Side Note: I was much too busy chatting with my friends to take a picture of our pizza so this pic was borrowed from Photobucket. The recipe below uses slightly different fruit but you get the idea).

2 pkgs chocolate chip cookie dough (or make your own homemade recipe)
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese (light or regular), softened
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups Cool Whip (thawed) or fresh whipped cream
2 cups strawberries - washed, hulled and sliced
2 bananas, sliced
1 (10oz) can mandarin orange segments, drained
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 cup blueberries, washed
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Roll out cookie dough onto a large cookie sheet (or large stone bar pan if you're a PC nut like me). Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Do not overbake. Set aside to cool completely.

Combine cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Fold in whipped topping. Spread this mixture onto the cooled cookie.

Arrange sliced bananas, strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges and blueberries (or whatever other fruit you choose) on top of the cream cheese layer.

Chocolate layer -- There are two different ways you can do this.
Chocolate Drizzle: Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and stir until smooth. Add a splash of vegetable oil into the melted chocolate - which makes the chocolate easier to drizzle. Drizzle chocolate over fruit.

Chocolate Shavings: Put chocolate chips into your PC cheese grater (or another good quality hand cheese grater) and grate chocolate over the fruit.

Note: You could make this egg-free by making your own homemade egg-free cookie dough.

Recipe from: The Pampered Chef


Janet said...

I've made this before and it's delish! I've always mixed cream cheese with icing sugar and a bit of OJ concentrate instead of the chocolate layer. I'll ahve to try this version next time. Thanks!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Janet, adding the OJ concentrate is a great idea. I love chocolate and orange together! With some mandarin orange segments and maybe some kiwi it would be very pretty!

For more about - New Zealand Green Kiwi fruit said...

These look so bright and pretty! Tucking this recipe away for the next cookout or party that needs a sweet treat.

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

It's such an easy dessert for a group too. Enjoy!

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