Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries

Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries

 

This gluten free lemon cookie pizza first appeared on my blog The Culinary Jumble in May 2018. The recipe and images remain unchanged.

 

What is a cookie pizza?

Cookie “pizzas” are all the rage right now. Despite the name, there is no dough involved. One day, though,  I really do need to make a sweetie pizza for my teenagers. As the name suggests, cookie pizzas have a cookie base and a whole host of suitable toppings that range from the downright scandalous to rather healthy.

In the past, I’ve made them with less than nutritious ingredients as a treat for my kids. However, I had some strawberries that needing using up and decided that this time, I would make a gluten free lemon cookie pizza and lighten it up a little.

Of course there is still butter and sugar. It’s a cookie. However, the fruit totally balances them out. Hah! Can’t blame a lady for trying. I also decided to use gluten free flour but this would work just as well with regular flour.

The cookie crust doesn’t have any eggs or dairy either (bear in mind that the topping does have cream cheese but you could easily swap this out for a dairy free alternative like jam or dairy free chocolate).

 

Toppings for your cookie pizza

This pizza cookie was so simple and was prepared in minutes. The topping I used this time around was cream cheese beaten together with icing sugar (along with a touch of vanilla sugar). The fruit was quickly sliced and arranged on top. Go with whatever fruit you have – I used fresh only because I wanted the fruit to stay firm, but other than that, it would work with pretty much anything.

Other cookie pizza toppings need not be so nutritious. In fact, fruit could be replaced with anything: just use the lemon cookie base, and then customize it however you like. I’ve seen realistic “pepperoni” pizzas made using jam for the pizza sauce and white chocolate ganache to look like melted mozzarella cheese. Instead using white chocolate or jam, you could use melted milk chocolate on top of your pizza cookie. Why not divide your cookie pizza up, and decorate each slice with different chocolate or candy? The greatest thing about pizza cookies is the ability to customize them. Such fun.

 

Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries

 

The gluten free lemon cookie pizza is small – my spring-form is only 6”. However, it was more than enough for the adults, easily achieving six nice slices.

If you desserts that are great for summer, check out my mascarpone, lime and white chocolate pie with a cookie dough crust.

 

 

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Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries

Ingredients

Cookie Crust:

  • 60g ( ¼ cup + 1 tbsp) sugar
  • 100g (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 125g (1 cup) gluten free flour blend (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Cream Cheese Topping:

  • 100g (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) cream cheese
  • 25g (2 tbsp + 2 tsp) icing sugar
  • Strawberries & blueberries (or any other topping)

Instructions

Cookie Crust:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF). Grease a small spring-form pan (mine is 6" / 18cm)
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon juice and continue to mix until everything is evenly combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, vanilla sugar and baking powder and then sift into the wet ingredients. Stir until everything is combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cook for around 20 minutes. The cookie will appear underdone but it is ready. When you remove it from the oven it will rapidly deflate but that's what you want to happen. Leave to cool completely.

Topping:

  • Beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla sugar together. When the crust has cooled, pour over the topping and spread it evenly with a knife. Arrange whatever fruit you are using, slice and enjoy!

Notes

 
Disclaimer: I use scales to measure my ingredients. For convenience, I have converted grams to cups. However, as I have only made this recipe using grams, I cannot guarantee the results if you use cups. 
  1. You can substitute the gluten free flour for spelt or regular flour.
Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries
Gluten Free Lemon Cookie Pizza with Strawberries & Blueberries


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