American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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.

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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.

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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.

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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.

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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?!).

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza - BoulderLocavore.com

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DIY Milk Carton Bird Feeders

DIY Milk Carton Bird Feeders - BoulderLocavore

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Hay-Smoked Salmon Burgers and BBQU 2015 Food

Hay Smoked Salmon Burgers- BoulderLocavore

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Grill-Smoked Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon

Grill-Smoked Creamy Smoked Potato Salad with Bacon - BoulderLocavore

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Earl Grey Elderflower Sparkler {cocktail}

Earl Grey Elderflower Sparkler {cocktail} - BoulderLocavore

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Charred Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon and Dill

Charred Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon and Dill - BoulderLocavore

I feel like I’m going to smell like smoke forever. You know that smell when you’ve been by a campfire and of course the campfire smells but when you walk away you realize everything you are wearing and your hair smell like the fire too?  I’ve smelled like that for over 2 weeks now ever since I attended Steven Raichlen’s BBQU.  I took my experience seriously and have been grilling and smoking (‘meat’; in Colorado you have to be very careful these days when you tell someone you’ve started smoking … CONTINUE READING