Hey! Well, my house is a bit more back to normal with all the holiday rush. What a wonderful Christmas and I sure enjoyed watching the kids play with their new toys the last couple of days. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get a little “me time”, aka – rest on the couch watching some good ole’ HGTV (man, that can be addicting), plus I also watched the sing-a-long version of The Sound of Music (great present!). Can you say totally awesome?
Anywho, I have a great little fruit pizza that is perfect for entertaining or just plain enjoying on any day! I used to make this fruit pizza using the same sugar cookie mix but with a can of pureed navy beans. And let me tell ya, that worked too but for me it had a bean aftertaste, or maybe that was because I knew it was in the recipe, eh?
So I decided to try Greek yogurt instead! This would be perfect for all those New Year’s resolutions! As you can see the direction call for an entire stick of butter and one egg. Don’t get me wrong the butter would be delicious but I thought why not try lightening it up a bit! Yep, that is right just TWO ingredients: sugar cookie mix plus 6-ounces of Greek yogurt for the crust.
As for the icing, I just combined 8-ounces of cream cheese with 3/4 cups of powder sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. (In the recipe I made a smaller batch) This make more than needed so you can save the rest for dipping fruit or for your next fruit pizza!
Here is the the sugar cookie mix and yogurt. I just mixed the two together with about 1/3 cup water, maybe slightly more if needed. Then bake for about 20 minutes.
Let the crust cool . . .frost . . . and top with fruit!
I made this for a play date a couple weeks ago. Sorry, friends if you come to my house you may be my new recipe testers. Well, my friends loved this recipe and so did our little kiddos! My second time making this recipe, I did some investigating at the grocery store and compared a sugar cookie mix to an angel food cake mix. I was surprised to find that an angel cake mix has two times the sugar as a sugar cookie mix, so I stuck with the cookie mix. Now yes . . .I could make this more wholesome from scratch but sometimes it is so nice to have a super simple recipe that requires no measuring! Especially during the holidays when I can barely keep track of what day it is!
DID YOU KNOW? By substituting the Greek yogurt for an entire stick of butter and egg we saved 790 calories and 94 grams of fat for the entire recipe! WOW!
Fruit Pizza (Serves 24)
6-ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
1 pkg (17.5-oz) sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup water plus 2 tbsps water
Filling & Topping:
5-ounces reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup powder sugar (if you want to make a full batch use all 8-ounces with 3/4 cup powder sugar)
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour sugar cookie mix into a large bowl, add yogurt and water. Spread mixture evenly onto a 9-by-13-inch cake pan (or baking dish). Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool crust for 15 minutes. In a small bowl combine cream cheese and powder sugar. Spread cream cheese mixture onto crust and top with mixed fruit.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 145; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 1.5g, Fat: 3g, Protein: 2 g, Saturated fat: 1.5g, Sodium: 90 mg, Sugar, 12g, Trans fat: 0g