We've been having some beautiful weather around here. Highs in the 70's, sun, all the best! Of course, tomorrow we have a cold front come through and the high is only in the 50's...but that's just for a day or two. I think spring is here. I honestly wish it would stay around a bit longer. I love spring...and fall! They are perfect...summer is just too hot! To welcome spring, and the bounty it brings, here are some sweet and fruity cookie bars. You can make them in a pizza form or a bar form. You can also vary the fruits you use. I like strawberries, bananas, and mandarin oranges...but used kiwi on this one. Other fruits I've seen used include blueberries, grapes, and pineapples. You could even do a tropical fruit theme and use pineapple, kiwi, oranges, even mango and banana. Yum!!!! Fruit Pizza
1 tube sugar cookie dough (you could probably even use the precut and just mash it together...OR use homemade - I USUALLY do this)
1 8oz cream cheese (you can use the 1/3 less fat)
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Fruit: e.g. - 2 bananas, 1 can mandarin oranges, drained, 1 pack strawberries (cut in slices lengthwise), 1 can blueberries, drained, kiwi, green grapes, cut in half - I suggest about three different kinds of fruit
1/4 cup peach preserves (this is optional...I don't use it)
Spread the cookie dough on a baking pan.* Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool. Blend cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and water. Spread the mixture on cooled cookies. If using the preserves, spread that on top of the cream cheese. Drain and cut fruit. Put on top in whatever "design" you want. Chill. Enjoy!
*The instructions I have say to cut the cookies and place them touching on a pan. Either way would work but to be SURE there are no gaps I might try spreading.