Saturday, July 4

4th of July cookie-cake

I've never made one of those flag cakes for the 4th. For some reason, I've always strayed from the most obvious holiday fare. Well, pictorial fare, at least. I'm pretty predictable, otherwise. This year, since the kids are old enough to recognize our country's flag, I thought it was time we finally make one. We tried the cookie version.
If you're familiar with fruit pizza, you'll know exactly how to do this. If not, here is the recipe for the pizza and flag.

Fruit Pizza
1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
(or 1 lb. homemade sugar cookie dough)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pint strawberries, sliced
2 kiwi, sliced
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 c blueberries
or any desired mix of fruit

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll cookie out to fit pizza pan (about 12").
Bake cookie dough approximately 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow crust to cool.
Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Spread on top of cookie crust.
Arrange sliced fruit on top of filling.
Slice and serve.
Refrigerate leftovers.

Alternate filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 jar marshmallow creme (about 7 oz.)

Beat until smooth.
Great as a fruit dip; one of my favorites.

American Flag Cookie
same cookie crust
same filling (I used the fruit dip filling)
1 1/2 pints blueberries
2-6 oz. boxes of raspberries
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 lb. strawberries, sliced
some cherries, pitted and halved
some mini marshmallows
(Keep in mind, much of the fruit was consumed during assembly. If you're not planning on eating it, you could prepare a smaller amount).

Roll crust out into rectangle approx. 10x14 (I did not measure mine, but it was bigger than a casserole) on top of parchment. Lift parchment and place parchment and rolled dough in a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
Bake and cool as above.
Blend filling and spread over cookie.
Arrange blueberries in top left corner, optional marshmallows as stars. Arrange red fruits into stripes alternating with banana and marshmallow (white) stripes. We were short a couple stripes, but who's counting?

This is super simple and fun for kids to make and eat. I like it pretty well, myself.


moomer said...

Oh, man! I just left a day early, didn't I? That looks fun & tasty.

Michie said...

I like your version of it! It looks pretty and was probably yummy too.

katy said...

oooo, never seen bananas and marshmallows used before. Yummy addition!

Likes Chocolate said...

Yummy! I love the added touch of marshmallows.

Amber said...

That looks like a great project for my kids! I love fruit pizza, I never even thought of making a fruit flag, Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Fabulous idea! I love fruit pizza!

Blue Element said...

You won me with the cream cheese/marshmallow dip!!! That was always my favorite and I'm always looking for a good excuse to make it.
You Grandmother spoiled me forever!

Amanda said...

THAT is awesome! Never seen the cookie pizza version, it rocks!

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BreAna @ Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced said...

Love this idea! I'm definitely going to need to try making this fabulous dessert this 4th of July

Gabe said...

Ooooh, what a fun idea! I'm guessing we will be giving that a try in a couple of weeks! Thanks!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

What a great idea for the 4th! We loved it so much that it's been featured at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees as one of our red, white, and blue favorites! Don't forget to grab a button! (:


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