Colorful fruit pizza starts with a sugar cookie crust, thick cream cheese frosting, and is topped with your favorite fruits! It can be customized to suit a specific holiday or occasion and makes a great Fourth of July treat! This version is made gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, & refined sugar-free but is SO delicious!

Sugar cookie pizza with frosting and fruit/berries.

The sugar cookie cake makes the perfect base for cream cheese or buttercream frosting and fresh fruit! It’s perfectly sweet, but light, and perfect for summer. Need a fun (and easy) Fourth of July dessert? Top this sugar cookie cake with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a red, white, and blue treat!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This sugar cookie cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free!
  • It’s visually pleasing but requires minimal effort and no special decorating tools/skills!
  • It’s made in one bowl and super easy to make – also easy to slice & serve!
  • Makes a great summer dessert, Fourth of July dessert, or a great treat for any occasion!
  • It’s versatile! You can use cream cheese frosting, buttercream frosting, homemade vegan, cashew frosting, whatever you like/have on hand!
  • Switch up the fruits for whatever occasion! Stick to red, white, and blue fruits (berries) for the Fourth of July or memorial day or make it more colorful with mango, kiwi, and strawberries!
  • No pizza dough or pie crust is needed!
Sugar cookie pizza with frosting and fruit/berries.

Ingredients you’ll need to make a sugar cookie fruit pizza

  • Blanched almond flour: Almond flour creates the perfect sugar cookie crust, from both a flavor and texture standpoint. If you can’t have almond flour, you can use Cashew flour or Tiger nut flour as a 1:1 swap!
  • Tapioca flour/starch: This acts as a binder and helps hold the cookie crust together. Arrowroot flour should also work.
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Vegan butter, grass-fed butter, or ghee: You can also use coconut oil, but this may cause a darker/more crumbly bar – to prevent this, be careful to not over-bake!
  • Coconut sugar or Monk fruit: You can use any granulated sweetener of choice.
  • Baking staples: baking soda, vanilla extract, sea salt, almond extract
  • Frosting: You can use your favorite store-bought frosting to make this even easier or make your own. Buttercream frosting and cream cheese frosting both work great.

How to make sugar cookie fruit pizza

Equipment

Steps

  • Make the cookie base: Mix together all of the cookie crust ingredients in a large bowl until dough forms. I like to use a springform pan for easy removal after baking, but you can also use a round cake pan or square pan for square bars. Be sure to grease your pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Bake the cake: Spread the dough into your pan. Bake at 350F for 14-16 minutes until lightly golden on the top. Careful not to over-bake or the cookie base will dry out. Remove from the oven and let cool COMPLETELY.
  • Frost the cake: Add a thick layer of frosting to the cooled cake, spreading it out evenly.
  • Decorate: Add whatever sliced fruit you’re using on top. Place in the fridge until ready to serve or cut into slices and serve immediately!

What frosting works best?

Store-bought and homemade frosting both work. I like to use cream cheese frosting (I make a dairy-free cream cheese frosting) as the tang with the fruit and sweetness of the cookie cake is so good. However, buttercream frosting is also delicious!

For a healthier store-bought option, I love organic Miss Jones Frosting. Birch Benders makes a Keto/low sugar frosting option, as well.

Best fruit for fruit pizza

You can truly use any fruit you like, but these are my favorite:

  • kiwi
  • dragonfruit
  • pineapple
  • oranges
  • fresh berries: blackberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • apples, peaches, or nectarines

Fruits to avoid: I don’t recommend using fruits that have a high water content like watermelon, as it’ll ooze liquid into the frosting/cake and make it soggy. Banana slices brown quickly, so I usually skip those as well.

Sugar cookie pizza with frosting and fruit/berries.

Sugar Cookie Fruit pizza variations and decorating ideas

  • Make a rainbow pizza! Make a stripe with each color, using 7 different fruits. You can do this around the cake, creating a ring with each fruit or straight across if making a square pizza.
  • Create a cute design like a face or butterfly!
  • Make a sunset cookie cake by using variations of yellow and orange fruits.
  • Use small cookie cutters to cut cute designs in the fruit!

FAQ’s, Tips, & Tricks

  • Sugar cookie bars are best slightly under-baked so careful not to leave them in the oven too long! They should be golden around the edges and the center should feel somewhat firm to touch. The base will set up a bit as it cools!
  • Can I use another cookie dough for the crust? Of course! You could do a chocolate chip cookie crust, cinnamon sugar or snickerdoodle crust, etc.
  • Warm it up! You can pop a slice in the microwave for 15 seconds or so to warm it up f you’d rather have a warm cookie cake.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Make Ahead instructions: You can prep the dough ahead of time! Just prepare the dough and store in an air-tight container or bowl covered with saran-wrap in the fridge.

More healthy, gluten-free desserts to try

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Colorful fruit pizza starts with a sugar cookie crust, thick cream cheese frosting, and is topped with your favorite fruits! It can be customized to suit a specific holiday or occasion and makes a great Fourth of July treat! This version is made gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, & refined sugar-free but is SO delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert, snakc
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, vegan butter, ghee, etc.
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp monk fruit or other granulated sweetener *coconut sugar, maple sugar, organic cane sugar, etc.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract *optional
  • good pinch of sea salt

Topping

  • 1 container frosting, of choice *I like Miss Jones baking for store-bought
  • fruit, of choice *i used strawberries & blueberries

Homemade cashew "cream cheese" frosting

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream *could also sub coconut yogurt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract & good pinch sea salt

Instructions
 

Homemade frosting

  • Simply blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. You can leave it in the fridge to firm up before frosting the cookie cake.

Cookie pizza

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare your pan – I like to use a springform pan for easy removal after baking, but you can also use a round cake pan or square pan for square bars. Be sure to grease your pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the cookie crust ingredients, mixing well until dough forms. Spread the dough evenly into your prepared pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes until lightly golden on the top. Careful not to over-bake or the cookie base will dry out. Remove from the oven and let cool COMPLETELY.
  • Once the cake is completely cool (this is important so the frosting doesn't melt off). Add a thick layer of frosting to the cooled cake, spreading it out evenly.
  • Decorate: Add whatever sliced fruit you're using on top. Place in the fridge until ready to serve or cut into slices and serve immediately!

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Notes

Note on butter/oil substitutes: Using coconut oil will cause a darker cookie crust. It may also become a bit more crumbly than using butter. You can also use avocado oil as a butter sub.
Fruits to avoid: I don’t recommend using fruits that have a high water content like watermelon, as it’ll ooze liquid into the frosting/cake and make it soggy. Banana slices brown quickly, so I usually skip those as well.
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for the 4th of July!! We have some allergies in the fam so wanted to make something to be able to include everyone. Was very happy with the recipe. It’s light and delicious. I didn’t have cashews so I used a different recipe to make a butter cream frosting. I’ll be making this again!

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