Last week, I had the opportunity to bake with Great Value refrigerated cinnamon rolls and cookie dough. Read this post for more details about my party plans and the Great Value products I used to pull it off.
My Project Playdate friends and their kids arrived as planned on Friday morning. My husband, who was also home that morning, was chomping at the bit for breakfast. We had already worked out a deal: breakfast in exchange for help in wrangling the kids. I would’ve made him breakfast and he would have helped me out anyway, but sometimes we like to pretend that we’re driving a hard bargain. Marriage is funny like that, but hey, whatever works. Ok, on to the food!
I used Great Value refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but this time instead of forming them into the traditional cinnamon roll shape (I preferred the jumbo size for these), I twisted the dough into sticks for the kids and a ring for the adults. Holding each end of the strip of dough you just twist in opposite directions. Next time, I would drizzle frosting over both, but I left it off since the kids would be decorating cookies soon, giving them more than enough sugar for one morning. Coffee, fresh juice, and scrambled eggs rounded out our breakfast.
After lounging around the table, eating and talking, my friend Elizabeth hinted that it might be time to actually get something done. So while us moms dumped tubs of kid clothing in the living room to sort and organize, I got the kids set up in the dining room with Great Value sugar cookies I had baked earlier in the morning and enough decorations to go around. And yes, I went the easy route with the frosting. Tubes of cookie icing are easier for little hands to manage and faster for big hands to clean up.
Success (aka sugar rush).
Using one tube of refrigerated cookie dough, I made a fruit pizza for the moms. Then I promptly forgot about it until after everyone left. Ten kids running around will do that to you. So my husband and I had a party for two, dessert and a movie, later that night.
This is a super simple dessert you can pull together in minutes. It can be assembled two hours ahead of time, making it perfect for a party. I used pineapple, oranges, and pomegranate seeds for the fruit topping. Although I read many recipes using whipped topping, marshmallow cream, or fruit glaze, I opted to keep this simple, with a slightly sweet cream cheese spread since the crust and fruit offer plenty of sweetness.
Simple Fruit Pizza
1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2-3 T. powdered sugar
4-5 c. fresh fruit, peeled and chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the cookie dough into 1/4″ rounds and arrange them, overlapping slightly, on a 12″ round pizza pan. Roll and press into a flat crust. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, place the softened cream cheese. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Spread onto the cooled crust.
- Pile or arrange the chopped fruit onto the cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Do you have any creative ways to use sugar cookie or cinnamon roll dough? Leave a comment, with recipe link, if possible!
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