Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting

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Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting are customizable, sweet, and delicious. The fluffy marshmallow creme frosting is reason enough to make them!

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I made you a first-day-of-Spring/Easter treat: Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting! 

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Easter was one of my favorite holidays growing up – probably right up there with Christmas in terms of excitement levels!

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Every Easter Sunday my brothers and I would wake up super early and go on our annual Easter Egg Hunt throughout the house. Overnight the Easter bunny had hid candy in color coded plastic eggs for us to find and shake, imagining the goodies that were snapped inside. Blue and green for Ryan, pink and purple for me, and orange and yellow for Justin. (Although, I am just now seeing a purple egg peeking out of Justin’s basket that clearly doesn’t belong. Thief!)

Anyways, as we hunted for eggs, we’d keep our eyes peeled for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. Our Easter baskets!

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They’d always be hidden in the craziest of places like inside the dryer or oven. On top of a ceiling fan, or somewhere in the garage. If we were having trouble finding them my Dad would help us by playing the “hot or cold game.”

Cold…ice cold! he’d warn if we were getting too far away from our basket.

Hot! You’re on fire! You’re burnin’ up! he’d cry when we were close!

Once located, we’d tear through the contents to find socks and other non-candy spring essentials, in addition to new kites decorated with what we were into at the time. (Apparently I couldn’t get enough Shark Bites this particular year?) After church my Dad would assemble the kites and we’d all head out to the park behind our house for an afternoon of kite flying. To be concluded by the inevitable kite snapping. Those plastic kites don’t hold up well, but they sure are fun for a few hours! ;)

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In the spirit of tradition, and in an effort to channel spring (it’s 30 degrees here today, y’all) I decided to share these fun, Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting with you.

Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting are homemade sugar cookies slathered in a fluffy marshmallow creme frosting, then decorated with fresh fruits and berries.

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They’re the mini version of everyone’s favorite springtime dessert – fruit pizza – and are also perfect for making on a weekend afternoon with your family for a sweet, Easter-time treat. Make it a fun tradition every year, along with egg dying…or kite flying!

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Start by making sugar cookie dough (recipe below) then letting it chill in the refrigerator until hard – 1 hour or up to overnight.

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Roll the dough out on a heavily floured surface until 1/4″ thick. Tip: I use two 1/4″ dowel rods as rolling pin guides to make sure my dough rolls out to the same thickness. Works like a charm!

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Next use a small, round cookie cutter to cut the dough out. This is a 2-1/2″ ring, but small or bigger is fine too!

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Place the cookie dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets then bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through. Note: these cookies will remain pale even when baked, so be careful not to over-bake!

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While the cookies are cooling, whip up the Marshmallow Creme Frosting. OMG THIS FROSTING! It’s essentially the same recipe as my Best Fruit Dip. EVER. except I used a tiny bit of lemon juice instead of orange juice concentrate. Regardless – NOM. (And I hate the word nom.)

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First spoon 7oz marshmallow creme into a large, microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 20 seconds. This just makes it less sticky and easier to work with. Then add 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese that’s softened to room temperature.

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Finally add 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and stir the mixture until smooth. Pop it into the fridge for 30 minutes or so to firm back up.

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Once all the cookies are baked and cooled, slather them with the frosting.

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We’re talking a generous slather, too. The more of this frosting – the better. Trust me!

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Now turn your attention to zee fruit! I used fresh blueberries, kiwi (here’s a ridiculously easy way to peel a kiwi >, by the way!) and sliced strawberries.

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Decorate the tops of your mini fruit pizzas any way you want with the fruit – this is a great activity for kids. Once you’re done, pop the pizzas into the fridge overnight. They’re good fresh, but they’re GREAT once the cookies have softened a little under the frosting and fruit!

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Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting

Print this recipe!

Makes 16, 2-1/2″ cookies

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Strawberries, sliced
Kiwi, peeled and sliced
Blueberries

For the Marshmallow Creme Frosting:
7oz marshmallow creme
8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl then set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla then beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to overnight, or until very firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut dough in half then place one half onto a heavily-floured flat surface and sprinkle the top with more flour. Roll out to 1/4” thickness then cut out cookies with a 2-1/2″ round cookie cutter. Repeat with remaining dough. Place cookies onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets then bake for 8 minutes, rotating pan 180 degrees halfway through. Note: Cookies will not be golden brown when done. Let cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  3. For the Marshmallow Creme Frosting: Spoon marshmallow creme into a large, microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 20 seconds. Stir in softened cream cheese and lemon juice until very smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Spread chilled frosting on cooled cookies then top with sliced strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries. Refrigerate overnight and then serve. Serve leftover frosting with fresh fruit.

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You’ll have a little extra frosting leftover at the end, so serve it alongside the mini fruit pizzas with fruit as an insane fruit dip.

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It’s good with any fruit – pineapple, grapes, melon – but especially strawberries. Like Heaven!

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Happy Easter, and spring, everyone! May the warmth be with you!

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Comments

  1. Lyndelou 03.20.2013

    Love this idea but not sure if we have marshmallow cream in the UK/Ireland… could you just use marshmallows melted?? Kids would love these.

    • Laura 03.21.2013

      You can get Marshmallow fluff in both Sainsburys and Tescos now- alongside the peanut butter and nutella. I think that would work?

  2. Your bangs were so cute! And I love the New Kids on the Block shirt. These are a perfectly adorable Easter treats. :)

    • jennyv 03.20.2013

      ^^ Ditto to the bangs, NKOTB, and cookies!

  3. Those are SO cute, and your photography is fantastic!

  4. Alex Zaprudsky 03.20.2013

    This looks like a winner to me!

  5. Kristin 03.20.2013

    Yes, the New Kids shirt caught my eye right away! Awesome!

  6. What beautiful cookie pizzas! I love them. The pictures are adorable too..so sweet :) I am new reader to your blog, it’s lovely!

  7. So cute and creative…and they sound soooo yummy! You’ve opened a dangerous can of worms with that fruit dip :)

  8. Aww, these are so cute!! They remind me of the Fruit Pizza Whole Wheat Pancakes that I made a couple of weeks ago!

    http://cleaneatingveggiegirl.com/2013/03/04/fruit-pizza-whole-wheat-pancakes/

  9. i love these. they’re like an easy fruit tart without the custard. and they’re so cheerful, which is nice, considering our first day of spring had below zero temps up here!

  10. Erin 03.20.2013

    I used to get kites every year for Easter too!!! They hid our baskets as well. Such great memories and fruit pizza is fabulous!

  11. YUM! Those are so cute and look super tasty!!

  12. Becky 03.20.2013

    My dad totally did the hot and cold game to find the Easter baskets when we got desperate, too!

    Although I feel like we got desperate quicker than we should have :)

  13. Chelsea 03.20.2013

    Fruit pizza is a MAJOR favorite in our family, and I can’t wait to bust these out this Easter – my cousins are going to go insane, and I have a feeling this year I may be grandma’s favorite :P

  14. Anything that reminds me of fruit pizza is a good idea. I’m trying to channel spring-like foods too in hopes that I have some kind of influence :)

  15. Bek @ Crave 03.20.2013

    You and your younger brother are the cutest ever! So little :)

  16. These look so great! It’d be a great dish to serve at a party. I love all your photos too they are really well shot.

  17. Jes F 03.21.2013

    Totally caught that NKOTB t shirt! I totally rocked a nightgown like that myself! Ha!

  18. Katharine 03.21.2013

    I have an unhealthy obsession with marshmallow fluff, so this could be trouble. But at least I’ll be eating fruit at the same time, right?

  19. Great idea of using 1/4″ wooden dowels as a guide! Genius!

  20. Kelly 03.21.2013

    How cute are these?! Yum!

  21. Those are adorable!! I made a fruit pizza last year, but used a pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store… layered on a yogurt and fruit dip mixture and fruit. So good!

  22. Natalie 03.21.2013

    These will be perfect for Easter brunch!!! So cute and look delicious!

  23. Tieghan 03.21.2013

    Those are the perfect Easter treat!!! I love how much they remind me of summer!

  24. Brita 03.21.2013

    I LOVE this post!!! perfect for TBT with the cute old pics and this recipe? I’m telling my mom about it now :)

  25. Trisha 03.21.2013

    I adore fruit pizza. Mini fruit pizzas are even better! Almost as amazing as that NKOTB shirt, of which I’m pretty sure I had the same. :)

  26. Dina 03.21.2013

    great idea! these look yummy.

  27. Debt girl 03.21.2013

    Your mom took cute enough pic back then to blog!!! Oh maybe it was dad! So cute! I like that you each had your hand on the others shoulder!!!!! Love,

  28. I love this idea, your pizzas look so delicious!

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  30. Kate 03.27.2013

    Ooh, I bet this would go really well on little cut out rounds of puff pastry, too. (P.S.- I am totally with you on “nom”!)

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  37. bernadene 04.05.2014

    The frosting is the same as your fruit dip recipe, except you used lemon juice instead of orange concentrate. I wonder how that fruit dip would taste as a frosting on these cookies?I’m really enjoying your blog, I’m making the Creamy Chicken Pasta with grilled chicken for my husband’s birthday dinner tonight.

  38. Alison W 04.11.2014

    IGE-
    When you refrigerate these cookies over night, do the sliced strawberries/kiwis discolor the frosting? I want to make sure mine look as good as those pictured when I serve them :)

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