This vegan fruit pizza is not only gorgeous; it’s bursting with flavor. With a vegan buttery shortbread cookie crust vegan cream cheese frosting topped with ripe berries, you can’t go wrong with this summer treat.
I had never made a vegan fruit pizza prior to making this recipe.
I always was in awe of them.
They are so gorgeous, and I loved the idea of this fun dessert.
But I just never got around to it.
This is the first and the last fruit pizza recipe I’ll need because it’s just too good!
I hear traditionally; the pizza crust is made with a sugar cookie crust.
But I wanted to try it with a shortbread crust. And the flavor was SO good.
SO good that my 8-year-old single-handed almost ate the whole batch.
He just kept coming in from playing outside and grabbing them. Then my husband came home from work, and it was all over.
These vegan fruit pizzas were gone.
Luckily they are easy to make.
This is the perfect dessert for the 4th of July. You can use all the pretty berries and be super festive.
A fun way to serve this is to make and frost the cookie and then have a fruit buffet where people can put their toppings on their mini fruit pizza.
Vegan Fruit Pizza Recipe Q&A
What is the best fruit to use for fruit pizza?
Other fruit ideas-
- tropical fruits like; pineapple, starfruit,
My personal favorite is just using fresh berries.
How do you keep fruit pizzas from getting soggy?
It will inevitably happen over time.
The best way to combat this is to make your crust a little thicker so it doesn’t soak through and break, making it hard to pick up. And assemble the pizza fully right before serving.
Meaning you can frost the cookie and place it in the fridge; just don’t put the fruit on it until right before serving it.
Can I use canned fruit?
I would not use canned fruit; it’s best to use fresh fruit. Canned fruit is way too liquidy and can make your crust soak through too quickly.
Can I use coconut oil instead of vegan butter?
If you prefer to use coconut oil in the shortbread, you can, but it won’t have the buttery flavor.
Can I make this a vega, gluten-free vegan fruit pizza?
If you need to make this gluten-free try using an all-purpose gluten-free flour in a 1:1 ratio.
What’s the best vegan creamy cheese?
This will vary based on your flavor preference, but I have had good luck with Trader Joe’s vegan cream cheese, Violife, Tofutti, and Daiya.
What ingredients do I need for these vegan fruit pizzas?
Shortbread sugar cookie dough- all simple ingredients you likely have on hand.
- vegan softened butter
- powdered sugar
- brown sugar
- all purpose flour
- vanilla extract
Vegan cream cheese frosting
- dairy-free cream cheese
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
- almond extract
- chopped fruit- whatever variety you want.
How do you make this vegan delicious fruit pizza?
Start by making the cookie recipe-
Preheat your oven to 350F, get a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, and set it aside.
Make your vegan shortbread dough by getting your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or hand mixer and a large bowl.
Cream your vegan butter and sugars, mix in your vanilla and mix in your flour until incorporated.
Take a Silpat on a flat surface and place half of your dough on it.
Take a large piece of plastic wrap and cover the dough (for less sticking). Roll your dough with the rolling pin rolling over the saran wrap (if that makes sense, you want a barrier for the sticking factor).
Roll the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick.
However thick you want them is how they will stay; they do not rise.
You want it thick enough to handle the fruit topping.
Use a biscuit cutter or a largemouth cup to cut circles in your dough.
Transfer the dough circles to the prepared baking sheet via spatula.
Repeat with the remaining dough.
If you’d rather make one large circle instead of mini pizzas, you can do that.
Just roll the dough the same way but in a large circle and make it a bit thicker so it can handle being moved. The baking time will change a bit.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, watch them so they don’t get too brown. You want them barely even golden brown.
Let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
Make your frosting.
Take a medium bowl and add all the frosting ingredients. With your stand mixer, mix this on slow speed until combined, then medium speed for 1 minute.
Stick this in the fridge while waiting for the cookies to cool.
Cut up your fruit into the desired shapes you want to use for your fruit pizza.
Make sure all the fruit is super dry. Set aside.
Assemble the fruit pizzas-
Frost the fruit pizzas and top with your fruit of choice **Note that if you aren’t serving these right away, wait to put the fruit on them just before serving.
After a time, the fruit will seep some liquid- they still taste amazing, if not even better- but they aren’t so easy to handle, and the cookie can get very soft.
This didn’t phase us from gobbling them up. But if you’re bringing to an event, I would put the fruit on when you get there.
If you have leftover frosting feel free to add a little lemon zest to it and serve it in a small bowl for fruit dipping.
How do you serve vegan dessert pizza?
These are best served fresh. You can frost the cookie, place them in the fridge, and then place your prepared fruit pieces on the pizzas right before serving.
Fruit pizza keep best in the fridge between servings.
The longer the fruit sits on the cookie, the more it tends to weep. The cookie tasted even better when the juice settled in the cookie, but the presentation got a little messy.
If you’re doing an outdoor event in the summer heat, this probably isn’t the best dessert for that unless you’re serving it straight from the fridge.
How do you store fruit pizza?
There are a couple of ways to store it. You can store all the components individually.
The cookie crust is best stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
The vegan cream cheese frosting should be in an airtight container in the fridge.
The fruit should be washed, cut, dried, and placed in the fridge until ready to assemble.
If you’ve already made it all up and have leftovers, it’s best to store them in a single layer in a container in the fridge. Again, the juices will weep, but they will still be a super delicious fruit tart.
Can you freeze fruit pizza?
You can freeze the cookies in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months, but I would make the frosting fresh and use fresh fruit.
The whole cookie made up wouldn’t freeze well.
Want some other delicious vegan dessert recipes?
- 1 cup 2 sticks Vegan Butter,soft
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 TB vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 2-3 cups chopped fruit- whatever variety you want.
- Preheat your oven to 350, get a baking sheet lined with a Silpat, and set it aside.
- Make your shortbread dough by getting your stand mixer, cream your vegan butter and sugars, mix in your vanilla and then mix in your flour until incorporated.
- Take a Silpat and half of your dough. Take a large piece of saran wrap and cover the dough (for less sticking); roll your dough with the rolling pin rolling over the saran wrap (if that makes sense, you want a barrier for the sticking factor). Roll the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick. However thick you want them is how they will stay; they do not rise. You want it thick enough to handle the fruit topping. Use a biscuit cutter or a largemouth cup to cut circles in your dough. Transfer the dough circles to the prepared baking sheet via spatula. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes, watch them so they don't get too brown. Let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
- Make your frosting. Mix all the ingredients with your stand mixer. Stick this in the fridge while waiting for the cookies to cool.
- Cut up your fruit into the desired shapes you want to use for your fruit pizza. Make sure all the fruit is super dry. Set aside.
- Frost the fruit pizzas and top with the fruit. **Note if you aren't serving these right away, wait to put the fruit on them. After time the fruit will seep some liquid- they still taste amazing, if not even better- but they aren't so easy to handle, and the cookie can get very soft. This didn't phase us from gobbling them up. But if you're bringing to an event, I would put the fruit on when you get there. Store in the fridge.
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