My juniors had their big Advanced Placement test this week and I wanted to make sure they were well prepared. We did innumerable activities and after school reviews to get ready for the test. But to make sure they were wake and had the stamina to finish the three and half hour-long test, I made them breakfast-homemade cinnamon rolls, fruit, cheese, juice, granola bars. And for fun, I had a make your own mini fruit pizza bar up for them. It was a big hit and gave students a boost to help them power through their test.
This recipe is very forgiving and adaptable to individual tastes and what’s in season. It’s a fun treat for a children’s birthday party or Memorial Day barbecue, yet elegant enough for a Mother’s Day brunch. A bonus is that this can be made in advance, making the day of your party stress free.
Feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or if you’re pinched for time, don’t forget those handy rolls of refrigerator cookie dough. Below is an easy and delicious sugar cookie recipe.
Cookies–the pizza crust:
2 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.
- With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in almond extract and egg. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Blend in milk.
- Drop by generous teaspoons about 3 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar.
- Bake in 350-degree oven for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Cool completely on rack.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
12 oz. vanilla yogurt (you really can use any flavor of yogurt you like_
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients. Using an electric mixer, cream all ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Finely chopped fruit, whatever you like and is in season
2-3 tablespoons toasted coconut for garnish
For this breakfast, I used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and kiwi. These are my staples with this recipe. Last week when I made this for my seniors before their AP test, I also had fresh pineapple and it went over well.
Break out your pretty dishes and allow guests to make their own mini pizzas. This adds some fun, but each guest also gets what she wants. Delicious!