Family Time Calendar: Get Cooking - iVillage

Do your kids like fruit? Probably. Do they like pizza? Definitely. And playing with their food? That goes without saying. Now imagine a recipe that brings all three together in one place.

What you'll need:

  • 1 batch Shortbread Crust
  • 1 jar strawberry jam (but any red jam will do)
  • Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
  • Sprinkles (optional)

What you'll do:

Follow the instructions for making Shortbread Crust through step one. (Beware: The recipe is actually for a Brownie-Shortbread Tart, which may tempt you to forget fruit pizzas altogether.) The dough is a cinch to make in a stand mixer. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Divide the dough into 3-inch balls. Lightly flour the work surface and let the kids roll the dough into round pizza shapes. Little kids who can't handle a rolling pin can pat the dough into a circle with their fingers. Using a spatula, transfer the "pizza pies" to a cookie sheet. Let the kids lightly prick the pies all over with a fork to keep the cookies from puffing in the oven. Bake until light golden brown. Let cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fruit. Cut strawberries into thin "pepperoni" slices. Blueberries and raspberries can be left whole. Place them in bowls. Put the jam and sprinkles in bowls as well.

Once the cookies are cool enough to touch, let the pizza making begin. Spread on the jam "tomato sauce," top with your favorite fruit and add some sprinkles as "cheese." The sprinkles are optional, of course, but have you ever known a kid to refuse them?

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