Strawberry Dessert Pizza

What a fun dessert! This recipe originally called for using one (18 oz.) tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough. I'm sure you can still use store bought. But, I made it with my own sugar cookie recipe. I found it on Pinterest oh so many years ago. Ever since then this recipe is my go to sugar cookie recipe. The recipe makes enough for a dessert pizza and about two dozen cut out cookies. So enough for dessert and cookies for those in our household with a sweet tooth...
Strawberry Dessert Pizza 
Taste of Home

Yield 16 servings
Ingredients:
1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough or Sugar Cookie Recipe below
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups assorted fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, kiwi, bananas or peaches; blueberries or raspberries

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. For crust shape cookie dough into a ball. Place dough in center of medium round stone with handles; flatten slightly with palm of hand. 
  3. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 12 inch circle, about1/4 inch thick.
  4.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until light golden brown, cool 10 minutes. 
  5. Carefully loosen cookie from stone using bread knife.  Cool completely.  
  6. For topping, combine cream cheese and sugar in Small Batter Bowl; mix well. 
  7. Spread mixture evenly over top of cookie. 
  8. Slice strawberries, peeled kiwi, or bananas using slicer, and slice peaches using Paring Knife. Arrange fruit over cream cheese mixture. 
  9. Refrigerate. Cut into 16 wedges with Pizza Cutter.      
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Alternative to store bought cookie dough...
This recipe for sugar cookies is my favorite. If you would rather use homemade cookie dough, I recommend this recipe.
 Homemade Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened                        
2 cups white sugar                                     
4 eggs                                                           
1 tsp. vanilla extract                                                                  
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting:
I like to use butter cream frosting on my cookies, thinned out a little. This recipe makes the best buttercream. But the recipe for the Dessert Pizza calls for cream cheese and sugar. I would go with the cream cheese and sugar. It's less sweet and who doesn't love cream cheese.

If you are making the cookies above, I would use this recipe for frosting the cookies. 

Ingredients:
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. margarine or butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (I use clear vanilla to keep the frosting as white as it can be)
1/2 tsp. almond extract
milk   (add a little at a time to the consistency that you want

Directions:
  1. Beat shortening and margarine until the color is almost white.  This will take a few minutes
  2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and about a scant 1/4 cup milk and beat until blended.  Add more milk to get to your consistency. Remember a little milk goes a long way.  Add milk by tablespoons.
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I'm just loving updating my Cafe' Hoffy. I started this blog about 10 years ago, but got busy. Now I have plenty of time to add and update old posts. If you are interested in any of the other Cafe' Hoffy posts below, just click on them and you will be redirected to that post. You can also click on "More Recipes" or "More Crafts"...
Favorite Bread Recipes                          Crazy Cake (no eggs)
Rolled Sugar Cookies                             The "Best" Banana Cake

             Knitted Cable Vest                  Cinnamon Rolls (like Cinnabon)
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Like everyone else, I collect "Pins" on Pinterest. There are a lot of different subjects that interest me and I might use in the future. You can visit my "Dessert Board" on Pinterest for more great ideas...

Also, visit my "Other Boards" by clicking on the Pinterest Logo or my picture for thousands, and mean thousands of great recipes and ideas...
Here are a few "Pins" from Pinterest that relate to my post...
Apple Dessert Pizza Apple                      Snickerdoodle Cookie Pizza
Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza                Lots of Fruit Pizza
M&M Brownie Dessert Pizza                        M&M Cookie Pizza
Well, another post updated. I hope you enjoyed my post on Dessert Pizzas...until next time...
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!" Words to live by...

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart

OMG! My absolute favorite combination...dark chocolate and raspberries. I think I died and went to heaven. Now, all I need is a good wine and I'm set! LOL!!! Well, now that I have voiced my love of wine, dark chocolate and raspberries, I think it's time to talk about the dessert.

I found this recipe many years ago in a Family Circle magazine. I tried to find it now on the internet, but its gone. So I thought I would post it to bring it back.  It is to die for. Using  sour cream and creme' de cacao must be the secret that makes this dessert so decadent. If you want to show off your culinary skills, this recipe is for you. A simple recipe that will give you so many smiles. It's definitely a perfect ending to a perfect dinner or event. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as my family and I do.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Ingredients
Crust:
28 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, at room temperature
Filling:
1 box (3 ounces) devils food or chocolate instant pudding and pie filling
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup cold milk
2/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons creme de cacao
48 raspberries, rinsed
Directions:
Crust:
  1. In food processor, crush cookies until no white filling remains visible. Add butter; pulse until blended and crumbs begin to stick together. Transfer to rectangular 14 x 4 x 1-1/4-inch tart pan with removable bottom (see note); press up sides and over bottom to form 1/4-inch-thick crust. Refrigerate.
Filling:
  1. In large bowl, whisk pudding mix and cocoa powder. 
  2. In small bowl, whisk milk, 1/3 cup sour cream and creme' de cacao. 
  3. Add milk mixture to pudding mixture; beat on low until just moistened. Increase speed to medium-high; beat 2 minutes (consistency of frosting). 
  4. Scrape into tart shell; spread level. Refrigerate 1 hour. (Recipe may be prepared up to this point, covered in plastic wrap and refrigerated for 4 hours or overnight.)
Gently spread the remaining 1/3 cup sour cream over the filling. Arrange raspberries over the top. Serve immediately.

This recipe is made in a tart pan. However, you can make it in a pie pan or round tart pan. I like the looks of the oblong tart pan. Plus it is so attractive when you place it on a rectangular plate. I'm sure this tart pan can be purchased at any kitchen stores near you.  However, I found that Amazon carries it also and a great price. Two tart pans for the price of one and if you have "Prime" there's 
always the bonus of free shipping...

I'm just loving updating my Cafe' Hoffy. I started this blog about 10 years ago, but life got busy. Now that I'm retired I have plenty of time to add and update old posts. You might be interested in looking at some of the other posts on Cafe' Hoffy. Just click on the links below for more posts.
Here are a few posts from Cafe' Hoffy...
       Club Quesadillas                   Boo! It's Halloween Time
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I also collect "Pins" on lots of different subjects that interest me. I'm pretty sure everyone does it by now. I have lots of great pins that might also interest you. You can visit my "Dessert Board" on Pinterest for more great desserts. For more great recipes, crafts and just about anything. Just click on my picture or the Pinterest logo to check "My Boards" out...
Here are a few "Pins" from Pinterest that relate to my post.  They all look so yummy!
                Brie and Prosciutto Tart         Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Tart               
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I do hope you enjoyed my post on "tarts"...they all look wonderful! I plan on trying some of the new ones that I just "pinned" on my Pinterest boards...
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"...words to live by