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Fruit Pizza

1 roll sugar cookie dough or use your favorite sugar cookie recipe

Stretch to fit a round pan or cake pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, 350°. Do not overbake or the cookie base will be hard and crumble easily.

Cream together

8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Spread over cooled crust

Cover with your choice of fresh or canned fruit. Drain and reserve liquid from canned fruit. Fruit options include: bananas, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, fruit cocktail, and mandarin oranges.

Mix reserved juice with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Heat to thicken. Spread over fruit. Refrigerate.

Why would I use a scratch recipe over a labor saving, ready-made roll of cookie dough? Simple. The scratch recipe doesn't break and crumble as easily as the refrigerated dough.

The following is my standard rolled sugar cookie recipe.

3 cups flour

1 tsp. soda

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup butter or 1/2 butter, 1/2 margarine

salt

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour, soda, tartar and salt. Cream in butter. Beat eggs, add sugar and vanilla. Add to flour. On floured board, roll out dough to a slight 1/4 inch in depth.

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