Use fresh fruit to decorate a large sugar cookie to look like a beach ball.

If you ask me what I’d consider to be heaven on Earth, the one place I am happiest, the location I would most like to be everyday, I’d tell you without hesitation, the beach. Whether I am walking along the water’s edge or sitting on the porch of an ocean front house, I am at peace. I can’t spend a lot of time out in the blazing hot sun because I have very a fair complexion, but my pale skin doesn’t keep me from enjoying every moment of tranquility at the beach.  An entire afternoon spent in a comfy chair on a covered porch just listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the sandy shore is my idea of time well spent.
It was only natural, that when I began working on summer themed recipes my mind turned to the beach. A few years ago, I entered a beach themed cake in Family Fun’s Great Cake Contest. Although I think this cake would make a perfect centerpiece for a beach, pool or summer themed party, decorating it was a tremendous amount of work, so I decided to come up with a beach ball inspired dessert that would be much simpler to create.When I came across the picture of my beach ball buddies cake last week, I was sitting at my computer eating a bowl of fruit, as I so often do in the summer, and noticed the beautiful rainbow of colors in my bowl. I began to think about all the fruit desserts that I enjoy, especially in the summer, and how I could transform one of those recipes into a beach ball.  The perfect solution was to create a fruit pizza and arrange the fruit to look like the panels of a beach ball.

Knowing it would take some time to decorate my fruit pizza, I decided to keep everything else about this dessert simple and quick. I baked up a large Pillsbury sugar cookie and topped it with a lemon cheesecake mousse made from Philadelphia Ready to Eat Cheesecake Filling, a jar of lemon curd, and some whipped topping.  The light lemon flavor is a perfect compliment to all of the fruit.  I chose a rainbow of fruits that I enjoy eating including blueberries, raspberries, apricots, bananas, kiwi, pineapple, and strawberries, but you can choose whatever fruits you prefer.

Beach Ball Fruit Pizza (serves 12-16)
non-stick baking spray
1 tube Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
1 cup Philadelphia Ready to Eat Cheesecake Filling*
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
fruit panels
     blue – 1 pint blueberries (or blackberries, purple grapes)
     red  – 1 pint raspberries (or red grapes, watermelon, strawberries, currants)
     yellow – pineapple (or yellow melon, yellow peaches)
     green – 2 kiwi (or honeydew melon)
     orange – 2 apricots (or cantaloupe, oranges, ripe peaches)
     white – 1 banana (or pears, apples) tossed with some lemon or lime juice
center circle panel
     red – 2-3 strawberries (you could use any color fruit here)
sand – optional
     ground up cookies, graham crackers, or cereal (I used rice krispies)
*If you can’t find the Philadelphia Ready to Eat Cheesecake Filling, see alternatives at the end of the recipe.
Special Equipment Needed:
large cutting board, serving platter, or cake board
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly spray pizza pan with non-stick baking spray. Use a paper towel to dab off any excess spray.  Press cookie into an even layer in the pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely.
While cookie is cooling, make lemon cheesecake mousse. In a mixing bowl, combine Philadelphia Ready to Eat Cheesecake Filling and lemon curd. Fold in whipped topping.
My cookie puffed up past the edge of the pan, so I had to trim off the excess around the edge of the cookie. It made for a nice crunchy little snack.
Set the cookie upside down on a large cutting board or serving platter. If using, sprinkle ground up cookies, graham crackers, or cereal all around the cookie. Spread lemon cheesecake mousse in an even layer over entire surface of cookie using an offset spatula or rubber spatula.


Optional: I suggest you use an offset spatula or spoon to draw three of the curved panels, as well as, the center circular panel into the lemon mousse.  It was nice to have this as a guide as I added the fruit to the top of the pizza.
Dice about 3 large strawberries.  Fill in the center circle with the diced strawberries.  Arrange blueberries along two sides of one of the curved areas.
Fill in that section with blueberries.  Dice pineapple and fill in the section left of the blueberries.  Cut raspberries in half lengthwise and set cut side down in the section to the right of the blueberries. Dice the kiwi and the apricots, and fill in two more sections of the beach ball.
If you are using bananas, apples, or pears for the white section of the beach ball, you’ll need to toss them with a bit of lemon or lime juice so that they will not turn too brown. I used one banana and about 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.  Once your beach ball fruit pizza is complete, chill it in the refrigerator for at least one hour and up to six hours.  Display your beach ball prominently on your food table, so all of your guests can marvel at your edible art. Just before serving, cut the beach ball with a sharp knife into 12-16 slices. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
* I’ve had a few readers tell me they can’t find the cheesecake filling, so here are two recipe suggestions that can be used instead. The recipe that will taste the
most like a true cheesecake when mixed with the lemon curd would be from
my Pastry Crowns filled with Cheesecake Mousse recipe here —>
You’ll make a custard which is then mixed with cream cheese. It tastes
so much like a baked cheese cake which is how the Philadelphia Ready to
Eat Cheesecake Filling also tastes . After you make the mousse you can measure out a cup of it and mix it with the lemon curd and whipped topping or you can skip the whipped topping and just mix the lemon curd into the entire batch of mousse. If you have too much mousse, just eat it with a spoon! For a quicker and easier solution you can make a no-bake
cheesecake filling which is a traditoinal topping for a fruit pizza. Use the no-bake cheesecake recipe from my Patriotic Cheesecakes Topped with
Raspberry Gelee here —>
It is also very good, it just doesn’t have that custard like taste of a
baked cheesecake. Just mix lemon curd into the filling. You don’t need the extra whipped topping.
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  1. says

    This is so cute! I saw the picture and had to come check it out :-) I thought I was being rerouted to my blog at first your name hungry happenings is shares a word with my blog!

  2. says

    This is amazing. I featured mostly Harry Potter links this week for Friday but, I am loving what you shared. FYI, if you link this or your fish up again, I wouldn't mind at all. Would like to feature them for next week features. Great stuff, thanks again for coming to my party at Bacon Time.

  3. says

    I know you didn't link them back up, but I don't care, it's my blog and I'll feature what I want, right lol
    So this cool cookie and your starfish will be featured this week at Bacon Time on friday morning. Thanks for sharing again, and hope to see you at this weeks party. PS, it's my birthday week so I have a fabulous give away going on at Somdday Crafts if your interested.

  4. says

    Hi! I have never seen anything like this. I love it, and will be pinning it to my fun with food page of pinterest. So fun and creative, thanks for such a fun idea!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

    Here’s the link if you’re

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

  5. says

    Hi Beth,

    Fantastic creation! So colourful. I love it!! Can't wait to see more of your recipes on our food duels. Exciting masterpieces like this beach ball. Keep up the fab food designs…



    PS: mini typo currents versus currants? :)

  6. says

    This just right for me!! Having my sons 1 year birthday party this Saturday at the grandmas pool and will make this!! Can't wait!!!

  7. says

    This is just right for me!! Love fruit and love baking!! Will make this Saturday for my sons 1yr birthday pool party at grandmas. Can't wait!!!


  8. Anonymous says

    I'm having a graduation luau for my daughter & have been looking for fruit tray ideas. I'm so happy I found this.. thank you.

  9. Anonymous says

    measurements were totally off based. i ended up buying way too much and wasted over $50 worth of food. it did not even look like a beach ball but rather a fruit platter with fattening crap underneath. i am not pleased.

    • says

      I'm so sorry you weren't successful in making a beach ball fruit pizza. Many of the readers have suggested just arranging the fruit on a platter to look like the beach ball, which could be done in order to eliminate the delicious, yet albeit fattening cheesecake topping. This is meant to be a dessert, and most desserts, sadly, are not low in calories. The measurements for the cheesecake topping are exact. The fruit amounts are not exact, but are based on what I had to buy in order to make the pizza. If you can get less fruit then you can estimate, or even count the number of raspberries and blueberries in the picture, so you can have more exact amounts. Of course, I eat fruit every day and certainly didn't mind having left overs.

  10. Anonymous says

    What if you can't find the lemon curd? Is there anything that can be used in the place of that? Or can it just be excluded from the cream cheese and cool whip?

    • says

      You can simply use a flavored cream cheese, like Philadelphia's Strawberry Cream Cheese, or you can mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup whipped topping, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together to use instead.

  11. says

    Looks Great!!!! Instructions are very detailed. When it comes to serving , I would feel bad cutting into it. Have you tried arranging cookies together and then decorating for easier and mess free cutting??

  12. says

    Looks Great!!!! Instructions are very detailed. When it comes to serving , I would feel bad cutting into it. Have you tried arranging cookies together and then decorating for easier and mess free cutting??

  13. says

    I just found this through Pinterest and love it! I'm planning a pool party birthday for my little one, and love this idea over a traditional cake (especially since my daughter loves fruit and we don't eat a lot of sweets).

  14. Anonymous says

    I have been asked to make this for an upcoming "Beach themed" baby shower. I have made regular fruit pizzas before and wonder if I just "don't get this" one….1) with fruit pizza, (fruit going in circles) you get a little of each fruit. With this, it looks like you get all one fruit or maybe a little of the one next to it. 2) I found all of the fruit to be so juicy when cut, the pizza gets soaked with juice. I have not seen this reviewed on your beach ball pizza. I have learned to simply put each fruit in a paper towel to absorb the liquid from the fruits, before putting the fruit on the pizza. It adds another step. I do like the idea of putting the fruits in the beach ball shape, NOT on the cookie pizza, and serving it that way. Wish me luck! 😉

    • says

      Yes, the only disadvantage to a decorated fruit pizza like this beach ball is that your slices pretty much have one or two types of fruit on them. I did find many people really liked this, while some missed the combination of flavors. I really haven't found the juice to be a big issue, but blotting it with paper towels will help if the fruit is really juicy. Have fun!

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