Berry Good Dessert Pizza

Everything blossoms in summer, filling the world with color. Color captures your interest and turns your head, and this includes food as well. Pizza, a very popular food among many of us poor college students, isn’t limited to bread dough and vegetables (and the occasional hawaiian pizza, though the only hawaiian thing about it is the pineapple). With this recipe, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger in a fun way, and still take it easy on your wallet. My mother gave me this particular recipe, which she often used to feed dancers backstage during her summer shows. Not many little kids would refuse such a large cookie, especially one that so closely resembles an edible rainbow.

Ingredients:

1 bag Betty Crocker sugar cookie dough

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 egg yolk (substitute 2 tablespoons water if you’re worried about bacterial diseases)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Your favorite fruit

Instructions:

1) Follow the directions on the back of the package of cookie dough. Rather than making several small cookies (unless, of course, you want to make several bite size pizzas, and use a slice or two of fruit on each one!) roll the dough into a ball and flatten it out on a pizza pan (or a cookie sheet, pizzas can be square too). This is usually done with a little flour and a rolling pin, but in the absence of a rolling pin, a water bottle may suffice. Follow the package’s directions for baking temperature and time.

2) While the cookie is out of the oven and cooling to the temperature of a summer’s day, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg yolk (or water) and extract until smooth.

3) Spread the mixture over the large “pizza” dough (or the several small “pizzas,” if you went that route) like pizza sauce.

4) Slice up the fruit of your choice (this can be done while the cookie is in the oven, or right before they go on the pizza) and arrange it top in a design of your choice (my favorites are a rainbow or a smiley face).