American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza -

Today’s recipe has been a long time in the making!  I generally don’t share the ‘behind the scenes’ of all the recipes developed on Boulder Locavore but many are a result of full family brainstorming sessions.  I’ll have a seed thought and run it through the family creativity mill to round out the flavor edges or approach.

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Todays’ American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza was truly born at the hands of my teen daughter who helped develop the recipe from idea through concept and execution; right down to supplying her pink metal ruler from her school backpack (still not unpacked from school’s end a month ago) for the lay out of the flag’s stripes.

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The idea of a dessert pizza has popped up many times over the past year yet somehow as the idea gets talked out it ultimately doesn’t really fit.  I love to make some red, white and blue recipes around July 4th and have been experimenting with a few things that just weren’t passing muster to include on Boulder Locavore.

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From that my daughter brought up the dessert pizza again, suggesting a sugar cookie base topped with red, white and blue fruits.  I found myself awake at 3 in the morning thinking of it (one cannot control the insomniac wiles of one’s muse) and thinking instead of a round pizza, what about making it into a rectangle flag?  It seems a stroke of serendipity.

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When all was said and done we looked at each other and said ‘this is such an easy dessert!’  And it is.  Holiday weeks are usually jam-packed and to make this even quicker I used a sugar cookie mix.  It whips up in a flash, with perfect results; a chewy cookie crust that’s moist, supple and easy to cut.  The frosting (or ‘sauce’) is a mixture of cream cheese, whipped topping and a small amount of confectioner’s sugar, making a balances sweet topping to hold the fruit without being too sweet.  Topping with ripe fruit not only gives the flag a life but brings a natural sweetness to the dessert all will love.  This would make a great addition to any patriotic celebration; July 4th, Memorial Day, military celebrations, Flag day (do people celebrate Flag Day?!).

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