Sunday, April 05, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

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.


Pearl said...

oh looks so yum! and with the fruit, it must be good for you, right? :)

Elle said...

How pretty and spring like with the bright colors! Sounds like a fairly easy and delicious treat.

John Socrates Loyola said...

Great! I had fun reading your article. Looking forward for more of your recipes. If you need some information about grapes, you may consider this:

Darius T. Williams said...

YEA for better fruits and veggies...

Anonymous said...

so pretty and fresh! I like to use mangoes.

Abby said...

It's SO pretty! Just love those colors together ... it would be a great brunch food!

Kristen said...

Fruit pizza is my favorite... I LOVE it!
Wish we were getting the touch of spring here :(

Cate said...

I love fruit pizza. Every time we used to go visit my grandmother in TX she always had fruit pizza waiting for us upon arrival. A very good memory, and a perfect spring dessert.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I love fruit pizza too! It's beautiful.

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

What a delicious treat and so perfect for Spring. Between your photos and the birds chirping outside it really feels like Spring is here!

Treehouse Chef said...

This looks delicious. Beautiful presentation.

Unknown said...

Pearl - Thanks....of course!

Elle - It is pretty easy...and a crowd pleaser.

Darius - I can't wait!

BurpandSlurp - I haven't actually ever used them but I bet they'd be good.

Abby - I actually made it for a brunch one time...just be sure to make it the day of b/c it tends to get soggy

Kristen - Hopefully your spring will come was almost 80 today and I think it's just a bit too warm. Guess I'll get used to it!

cate - What a wonderful memory! Let Maddie gnaw on this one...I bet she'd love it. :-)

Paula - Thanks! I tried to be consistent in the design.

Ari - Glad I could help with bringing spring out. :-)

Treehouse Chef - Thanks! It's a fun one.

Katrina said...

I don't know how I missed this post of yours, but that looks delicious. Love the pattern you did on the pizza.