Quick July 4th Dessert

 Quick July 4th Dessert

Fruit Pizza is a Perfect Patriotic Dessert


Quick July 4th  Dessert

Have you been invited last minute for a get together for the 4th-of-July?  Need to find something fabulous to whip up? Quick 4th of July Dessert could be the ticket. It’s a perfect potluck dish? Independence Day picnic Fruit Pizza is one that everyone will adore and devour. It makes a large pan but don’t count on any leftovers. It is that good. No wonder; Everyone’s favorite fresh summer fruit, creamy cheesecake type filling and a sugar cookie crust.

Dilemma: “What to make in less than an hour?”

The first time I made this recipe I was under pressure to impress my new husbands’ family at a summer reunion. It needed to travel well. Had to be cheap and easy to make. I had no idea what I was doing when I started rolling my cart through my neighborhood Walmart. I bought a sugar cookie crust in the big square, bought two, (just in case one failed) a package of cool whip, cream cheese and a couple of lemon yogurts. Rushing to the produce section I found some strawberries, blueberries, and a couple of kiwi that were on sale. Ran out of the store; ready to throw it together.

To save time I rolled the crust directly into my baking sheet. It worked perfectly. Hurray! Now, time to whip up the filling. Wow! I am on a roll it turned out just like a cheesecake filling. Now off to the most time consuming part; cutting the fruit. Sliced the strawberries, kiwis and left the blueberries whole. Once the cookie dough cooled (I actually forced it by putting it into the freezer for a few minutes) spread the filling and placed all the fruit in a cute design.Off to the reunion and ready to face my new families’ potluck scrutiny.

It looked amazing. Better yet, it tasted delicious! Great first impression accomplished.


I like to use a flag design for my  Quick July 4th Dessert

Quick 4th-of-July Dessert
Serves 24
Creamy cheesecake layer atop sugar cookie crust decorated with a variety of fresh fruit.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
28 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
28 min
90 calories
5 g
23 g
7 g
1 g
4 g
49 g
67 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 23mg
Sodium 67mg
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 packages of pre-made sugar cookie dough (use the square kind it rolls easier into the baking pan)
  2. 2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 large tub non dairy whipped topping
  4. 2 individual sized lemon yogurt
  5. 4 oz fresh blueberries
  6. 4 oz fresh raspberries
  7. 2-3 kiwi, sliced
  8. 8 oz fresh strawberries, sliced
  1. Place the cookie dough onto a large baking sheet. Roll dough out until it evenly covers the entire pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove and cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, whipped topping and yogurt until light and fluffy.
  3. Prepare fruit by slicing into pieces. Arrange fruit in an attractive pattern. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  1. Berries work best but I have used nectarines and peeled peaches with success. Coat them with fruit fresh to avoid darkening.
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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.


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