What a fun and delicious treat to make for summer especially for Memorial Day and 4th of July! With a crunchy cookie crust, yummy lemon cream cheese frosting as base and the freshest strawberries and blueberries as topping – these red, white and blue mini sweet pizzas are totally scrumptious!
Well, it’s almost the 4th of July! Usually, at around this time my family would be away on a holiday in the UK visiting Mark’s mom. With the corona virus pandemic, this did not become a reality this year so we’re all at home this weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day!
Because two of our family members are born American and we’ve been in the US for about 16 years, we have decided that this year we should join in the celebrations!
Truth is, it’s a double celebration for my family during the 4th of July. It is not just because it’s America’s birthday but guess what – it’s also Filipino-American Friendship Day. That is how we celebrate July 4 in the Philippines.
I’ll share a little historical note here. on July 4, 1946, by virtue of the Tydings-McDuffie Act (ha! I still remember my Philippine history!) the USA finally granted the Philippines its independence. I don’t know exactly why they decided to give us independence on their independence day! Perhaps it’s easier to remember it that way! Ha.
So for many years, the Philippines celebrated its independence day the same day that the US celebrated its independence day. However, in 1962, when Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal came into office, he moved the date from July 4 to June 12. He declared that July 4 was not the right day for Filipinos to celebrate their independence since it somehow connoted subjection and dependence to the United States.
Besides, the Philippines actually gained its independence on June 12, 1898, the day when the first Philippine Republic, led by President Emilio Aguinaldo was established. I am personally in favor of the June 12 declaration.
But, all is not in vain because to this day we continue to recognize July 4 as Filipino-American Friendship Day so either way, there’s a cause for celebration!
To celebrate these two joyous occasions, Sophie and I decided to make something delicious and with a patriotic flair, of course. But, naturally, we didn’t want anything to difficult to make – it should be something fun, easy to make and tasty, too!
After a quick internet search, we settled on making these delicious patriotic mini fruit pizzas as they look so cute and were crazy easy to make!
We decided not to make our own cookie crust from scratch because it was meant to be an easy and quick treat so we used a ready made sugar cookie dough. I also had a recipe for a yummy lemon cream cheese frosting which I thought would be perfect to use as the pretend pizza sauce or base that would go well with the fruits. Finally, it was just a matter of buying the freshest and juiciest berries to go on top of the fruit pizza, and then we’re all set! Easy-peasy, right?
Wishing you all dear readers a Happy 4th of July and Filipino-American Friendship Day! Let’s rejoice in these two momentous occasions! Enjoy the fruity pizzas!
Patriotic Mini Fruit Pizza
These patriotic mini fruit pizzas are fun and delicious treat to make for summer especially for Memorial Day and 4th of July! With a crunchy cookie crust, yummy lemon cream cheese frosting as base and the freshest strawberries and blueberries as topping – these red, white and blue mini sweet pizzas are totally scrumptious!
- 1 16 oz roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
For Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 oz butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioner’s or powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups blueberries, rinsed
- 2 cups strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
Make the cookie crust. Unwrap the roll of cookie dough and slice equally into 20-22 pieces. Place in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 325 F and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are brown. Alternatively, follow the baking instructions on the cookie dough wrapper. Allow the cookies to cool down completely in a wire rack.
Make the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in the confectioner’s sugar and the lemon juice. Mix just until everything is combined and has reached a smooth consistency.
To decorate the cookies. Spread just enough frosting on the cookie crust. Decorate with a few blueberries and strawberries on top. Be creative and do your own design.
These are so good! Perfect for a quick dessert and although so festive for Filipino-American Friendship Day, we will enjoy these all year long with whatever fruit is in season.
what a quick and easy treat to put together for the holiday. Perfect when you dont want to spend too much time in the heat
This is perfect for entertaining! Everyone at my house loved it!
These are the most adorable and delightful looking treats for 4th of July. I can’t wait to serve them to my family.
These are so easy and so fun to make! I love how cute they turn out and they are delicious!
My kids love fruit pizza. Such a great idea to make them single serving. So much easier to grab and go!
Beautiful festive patriotic treat! Perfect for the 4th this weekend!
This looks so delicious and patriotic. I wish I would have found these earlier so that I could make them for my party. You knocked it out o the park with this recipe.
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These are so fun, festive and fabulous! The grandkids are going to love making these with me.
We loved these last year on the Fourth. Just came back to find the recipe. Making them for Memorial Day weekend this weekend.
These are so cute! They will be perfect to make for memorial day.
Perfect way to keep the kiddos entertained at family gatherings! Just put out all the ingredients and let them decorate their own dessert!
Such an adorable and fun treat! My family really enjoyed it! Thanks for the recipe!
These are the best little desserts ever! What I really love is that I can use any kind of cookie dough I want to make different variations.
These were so good! My guests loved the presentation of these cookies!!
Wow, love how easy these mini fruit pizzas are! and they’re so tasty, the cream cheese frosting, fresh fruit, and sugar cookie combo is so good. Also, thanks for the info about Filipino-American Friendship Day.
These are fantastic! Made some over the weekend for guests and they were gone within minutes.
These are super cute, and a great way to get my kids to eat more fruit.