I’m apologizing in advance for posting two not-so-healthy desserts in a row, but this USA day favorite just had to be shared today!
As long as I can remember, the “fruit cookie” has been a staple in my family on the 4th of July. My mom was known for her beautiful creations, and everyone was always impressed and awed by it. Sorry, Mom, to let the fireworks out of the bag, but this is one of the easiest desserts out there…but it sure makes a bang. Oh man I’m cheesier than ever.
It starts with a roll of sugar cookie dough baked into a giant cookie, and then is topped with a cool-whip-cream-cheese frosting, and decorated with any fresh fruit you like. I can’t say it’s the healthiest dessert possible, but hey, you’re getting antioxidant rich berries and as long as you eat it in moderation it’s not the worst thing you’ll encounter at your 4th of July BBQ.
My Mom’s famous Fruit Cookie
You can make this any time of they year! For the superbowl, we do a football shaped cookie topped with all different colored fruits. Get creative and have fun!
- 1 roll sugar cookie dough, frozen
- 4 oz light cream cheese
- 1/2 tub of frozen whipped topping (like coolwhip), thawed
- Assorted fruit: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are what I used here, but you can also add kiwi, mango, peach, pineapple, or anything else you can think of!
Cut frozen roll of cookie dough into quarter inch rounds and create the cookie cake by starting with one cookie in the center and overlap each cookie slightly, creating a spiral. This part doesn’t have to be perfect, it will spread out and create a nice even cookie. Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes, or until cookie is lightly browned but not too well done (we like a nice soft, almost underdone center).
While cookie cools, make the topping. Soften the cream-cheese by microwaving for 10-15 seconds. Stir the cream-cheese and then add the cool whip and stir until combined. Top the cooled cookie with the topping. Decorate cookie with fruit and chill until you’re ready to serve and enjoy.
Oh say can you see how happy everyone you feed this to will be!