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Apple and Cream Cheese Pizza How-To

Apple and Cream Cheese Pizza
Blogger Gerry Speirs turns apple pie flavors into a tasty dessert pizza.
By Gerry Speirs

Pizza doesn’t always have to be covered in tomato sauce and cheese. In Italy it’s quite common to turn pizza into dessert by sweetening up the dough. This is also a great dish to involve kids in, and guaranteed to be given huge thumbs up. 

I love the simplicity of making this recipe. Just pop open the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust and you’re ready to go, no need to wait on the dough rising, or even rolling it out. 

The pizza “sauce” is made by mixing cream cheese with cinnamon and brown sugar; see … already it tastes like apple pie. You do have to prebake the pizza crust though, so that the cream cheese has a good foundation to be spread upon.

Cream Cheese brown sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl

While the pizza crust is prebaking, you can start on the apples. Use Granny Smiths as they’re packed with flavor and stand up well to the high heat in the oven. Slice them fairly thinly, but not so thin that they’ll fall apart, about a quarter inch. Once the pizza crust is prebaked, spread the cream cheese mixture all over just as you’d do with a pizza sauce. Have the kids help you place the sliced apples on top and you can lay them on in a fan-like design slightly on top of one another.

A square of dough covered with cream cheese and apple slices

Leave some space at the edge for the cream cheese to spread out. It won’t get runny, in fact it actually gets firmer like a cheesecake when it gets cooked in the oven.

Cookie sheet with lightly browned dough covered with cream cheese and apples

Once the pizza is completely topped with the sliced apples, place it into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes and watch for the edges of the crust start to turn golden brown. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing with a pizza cutter. I cut mine into 3-inch squares and serve them warm. It’s great for dessert or as an after school snack. If you need to reheat the squares, place them in a toaster oven or under a broiler for a few minutes.

Apple and Cream Cheese Pizza


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