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Summer Strawberry Mini-Pizza Deliciousness!


The "Fruit Pizza" world had been utterly hidden from me until a few weeks ago when I had my very first Strawberry Pizza at a friend’s house. I was skeptical at first ... always very much anti-cream cheese icing, anti-cool whip, anti-fruit in jelly/jam type formats, and even a little anti-chilled desserts (insane, I know). I decided to suck it up and give this thing a try besides it LOOKED delicious and one thing I am NOT anti on this earth is strawberries! Besides, I'm not 5, I try new things. Well, one bite and I was hooked! I have embraced the world of cream cheese icing, cool whip, jam and chilled desserts! How liberating! ;) 

My hostess was kind enough to pack some up for me to take home ... which I ate all of the next day and didn't share a bite with my poor hubby. 

After about a week I began having cravings for strawberry desserts ... and realized I just really wanted another strawberry pizza - these cravings are much worse when you are a preggo. So, after spending weeks just dreaming about it, I decide I wanted to make one for myself. As much as I enjoyed my friends’ recipe it seemed like it required a little more energy to put together than I was able to give. After searching the internet and looking at all different types of strawberry or fruit pizzas I put together my own combination of ingredients and created my first very own, very delicious strawberry mini pizza's! I decided to share this creation with the world! I’m sure other berries would work great, but I’m hooked on the strawberries!

Ingredients: 
1 Roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (I used Pillsbury; it yielded about 12 cookies if prepared according to directions)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese (room temp)
1 pint strawberries (rinsed and then sliced)
1 pint crushed strawberries

Directions:
-First you want to bake your cookies. Make sure all the cookies are cooled before putting any toppings on! I used the store bought cookie dough because I didn't want to fool with making cookies from scratch - but if you prefer to do that just keep in mind this recipe is for about 12 cookies. 

While cookies are baking/cooling:
  • Slice 1 pint of strawberries into thin sections and set aside. Keep them as pretty as you can ... these will be like decorations on top of your pizza.
  • Crush your other pint of strawberries - I used a food processor because I didn't have a tool to muddle them and it was super fast this way! After processed set aside.
  • Make Jam type spread. In a medium or large sauce pan combine: 2 Cups of the crushed strawberries, 1 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup corn starch. Stir until well mixed (no lumps). Heat the contents until they are boiling and stir for about 2 minutes (it should thicken nicely) and then turn off and allow cooling. 
  • While the strawberry jam is cooling let’s make the cream cheese icing! It's simple! Combine the 8 oz package of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer to beat until creamy! mmmmm....
By now the cookies have all cooled and all the "ingredients" to make the mini-pizzas are ready to go! 

Assembly Instructions:
-Grab a cookie. Gently spread cream cheese icing on top.  Then add a nice layer of your strawberry jam and finish by topping with your sliced fresh strawberries - voila! 

Finally, place these little darlings on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 30 min before serving.  ***If you make too far ahead they may get soggy, but an hour or two should be ok***

This is my first time EVER writing out a recipe of my own, so I apologize if I am overly wordy! 
*I have one more thing to add to this … I plan on making this again but with my yummy shortbread recipe instead of the sugar cookies. I will use all the same ingredients except most likely create it in more fruit bar format and serve right out of the pan! 



For many people Fall is the season of the Pumpkin, but in my household we prefer Apples. 
I have been craving apple turnovers lately, so I decided to whip some up ... this is a very quick and easy recipe, with just a few ingredients most people have in their cabinet.

 What You'll Need:
-  4 Gala Apples (Granny Smith works too)
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 pkg frozen Puff Pastry thawed
- Flower for dusting





PREHEAT OVEN TO  400 Degrees


First Peel, Core, and Chop Apples. 
Place applies in a bowl of water with the Lemon Juice to keep from browning.


Next in either a large pot or a large skillet (skillet is prefferable, I just don't have one big enough so I use a pot) melt the butter over a medium heat. Remove apples from water and add to the hot buttery pot/skillet. 
Stir together for about 3 minutes, coating the apples in the butter.

                    

Then add Cinnamon and Brown Sugar, stir well for 5 minutes.  


 Once sugar is nicely melted and apples are well coated, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water to the mix to thicken. Add more corn starch if needed. 
Remove from heat to allow to cool a bit. 


Meanwhile the puff pastry sheets should be thawed.
Unwrap and spread your first pastry sheet onto flower dusted cutting surface. 


 Then cut into 4 smaller squares. I use a pizza cutter.


Add a scoop of apple mixture to the center of  each square.


Yuuummmmmmmmmmmm... 


Fold the pastry dough into triangles, it should be stretchy but you may need to repair tears. 
I like to use a fork to smoosh edges together.

Coat cookie sheet with non stick baking spray or very light butter. 

Then, using a spatula, carefully place turnovers onto the sheet.

You should have 8 total. 

Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.


 When done remove from oven and allow to cool completely ... 


They smell soooo apple-cinnamonie good!

 VIOLA! 

Optional Icing:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Mix together ... add more milk if needed and drizzle over pastry - a delicious extra treat!
*Be sure the pastry is completely cool before adding icing or you have a huge melty mess! 





I hope you all enjoy this recipe ... they are very quick and easy to throw together. I made these in about an hour while the baby slept nearby in his swing. I do cheat by using the store bought pastry sheets, but they still taste delicious! 

Left over apple mixture would go great on a bowl of vanilla ice cream! ;)

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