Individual Fruit Pizzas

Who doesn’t love fruit pizza?  We sure love it at our house.  Several years ago, we made some adaptations to traditional fruit pizza to make it more flavorful (more like our favorite fruit dip), and way more fun to serve and eat by making individual servings.

Fruit Pizzas

These little gems are totally customizable.  You can make lots of small, cookie-sized pizzas and bring to a potluck, picnic, or class party to share, or you can make several medium-sized portions for whomever you are serving.  You can also change the fruit and the flavor of the cream cheese if you’d like.

All you need is to make sugar cookies to start.  We love this recipe for chewy, soft sugar cookies.

Cream well:

1 c. butter

and 1 3/4 c. white sugar.

Add 1 egg

and 1 tsp. vanilla and mix well.

Mix the following dry ingredients well and then add to the first mixture:

2 3/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Roll the dough into balls — keeping in mind your serving size — and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes for standard size or until lightly golden brown and barely set in the middle.  Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then move to a cooking rack to cool thoroughly.

Now, for the fun part.  Mix together 8 oz. softened strawberry cream cheese with 1 small tub of marshmallow fluff.  You can use either already flavored, spreadable cream cheese or you can flavor it yourself by blending a fresh strawberry or two into plain cream cheese.

Spread this loveliness onto each cookie and then top with fresh fruit of your choice.  Our favorite is simply strawberries and bananas, but the possibilities are endless.  You can flavor your cream cheese however you’d like and use whatever fruit you’d like as well.

Fruit Pizzas

We hope you love them as much as we do and look forward to hearing your favorite flavor combinations!

Individual Fruit Pizzas Grocery List:

Sugar Cookies:

1 c. butter

1 3/4 c. white sugar.

 1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 3/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Topping:

8 oz. strawberry cream cheese (or plain cream cheese blended with two fresh strawberries)

1 small tub marshmallow fluff

Strawberries and Bananas (or your choice of fruit)

Individual Fruit Pizzas

Many thanks to Stephanie from Allrecipes.com for her amazing Sugar Cookie recipe!

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Do I need to sell you on the idea of warm, yeasty, fresh from the oven hamburger buns?  I think I might, because some days I need to remind myself that they are easy and they are soooo very worth it!

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When your husband says, “How about hamburgers tonight?” and you think that might work for an easy dinner except you don’t have any buns?  Well, problem solved right here.  You make them in minutes and then just go about your day while the magic happens (ya know, like the dough rising and stuff).  Don’t be intimated.  These are EASY!  And any leftovers work great for next-day sandwiches like pulled pork or BBQ chicken or Cubans.  Mmmm….

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And, yes, you can change the shape and use them deliciously for hot dogs or brats as well.

And hamburgers and hot dogs will go so perfectly this summer with My Pasta Salad, Aunt Doris’ Baked Beans, Buttery Baked Beans, and Old Fashioned Potato Salad!

To start, warm

1 c. milk,

3/4 c. water,

and 1/2 c. butter over low heat until the butter is melted.  Cool until lukewarm.

Now, mix together:

2 c. flour,

4 1/2 tsp. yeast (or two .25 oz. packages)

1/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. salt.

Add the lukewarm liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well.  I use my stand mixer and at this point switch to the dough hook attachment.  Gradually, add in 2-3 c. additional flour (should be closer to 3 cups) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and becomes one barely sticky dough.  Let the dough rest for ten minutes before you form it into balls.

Grease two baking sheets with butter and then form 12-15 balls of dough about 3-4 inches in size.  I flatten a glob of dough slightly, and then tuck the ends under to keep the top smooth and then set each one on the baking sheet.  Let these beauties rise in a warm spot until doubled in size (usually a half an hour or so).

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until beautifully golden brown.  Let cool before slicing.

homemade hamburger buns

See?  That wasn’t so bad, was it?  The only danger is that once you try these, you may never go back to the bags at the store!  :o)

Homemade Hamburger Buns Grocery List:

1 c. Milk

3/4 c. water

1/2 c. butter

5 c. flour 

4 1/2 tsp. yeast

1 tsp. salt

1/4 c. sugar

Homemade buns

Adapted from this recipe from all recipes.com.  Many thanks!