Healthy Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Fruit Pizza Dessert

This Day of the Dead sugar skull fruit pizza or fruit dessert pizza is the perfect sweet treat for your Halloween party. Loaded with fresh fruit and with a yogurt-based cream cheese frosting it’s the kind of nutritious Halloween treat you want your kids to eat! This fun treat was inspired by the sugar skull designs that are traditional to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. 

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year and we always throw a party for the kids. Our family also celebrates the Day of the Dead on November 1st.

This year we want to share a little bit of our Latino traditions with our friends by throwing a Day of the Dead themed Halloween party. For our Day of the Dead Halloween party, we wanted to make sure that we included some healthier and nutritious options that the kids would love.

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

We started off by creating a Day of the Dead sugar skull fruit pizza. Not only is this delicious Halloween treat loaded with fresh fruit but we also tweaked the cookie and frosting recipes to create a recipe with less sugar and more protein. To accomplish this we reduced the amount of butter in the cookie recipe replacing it for Greek yogurt and created a skinny version of the traditional cream cheese frosting.

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza
Start with lots of fruit, make sure you include fruits of different colors. You can use any fruit you have at home as long as you have a good variety of colors. The idea is to create a vibrant sugar skull design.

fruit rainbow

Bake a giant cookie and cut it in the shape of a skull. You can either use your own cookie recipe or use store-bought refrigerated cookie dough, which is what I did. 

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

Spread the cream cheese yogurt frosting on the cookie. I didn’t spread it all the way to the edges but instead left a small border around the skull shape without frosting. This will make it easier to eat the sugar skull cookie pizza slices once this treat is cut. 
day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

Then finish up by decorating your sugar skull with the fruit. You can make any design you like and get creative with this. Let the kids join in. This was so much fun to make together!

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

Seeing my kids get excited about eating a Halloween treat that is loaded with fruit and is better for them was awesome. And this looked so beautiful as part of the party decor too!

They loved this so much they wanted to make it again the next week which was just fine with me. So we actually had this twice. The first time we made it for a Halloween party we got invited to and the second time we made it as part of our Dia de los Muertos celebration. 

Day of the Dead Sugar skull Fruit Pizza

Although this is certainly not a traditional Dia de los Muertos recipe it’s inspired on the traditional sugar skulls. To be totally honest my kids are not huge fans of some of the Mexican traditional recipes like mole so this was a great way for them to get involved in the holiday and enjoy a treat they loved.

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

 

This sugar skull cookie pizza treat is ideal for celebrating the Day of the Dead or Halloween at home or to bring to a Halloween party. This Halloween recipe was such a hit with both kids and adults and everyone loved the taste and the presentation. The best part is that although this looks like it took forever to make it’s actually a pretty easy to make Halloween recipe. 

Healthier Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Fruit Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

Ingredients For Healthier Sugar Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients For the Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Toppings For The Fruit Pizza

  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • kiwi sliced
  • pineapple sliced
  • ¼ cup low sugar apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon of water
 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl beat butter, yogurt, and sugar with an electric until smooth.
  4. Add egg allowing it to blend into butter mixture.
  5. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in flour mixture until just incorporated.
  6. Lightly grease a pizza pan and press the dough into the pan to form a thin and even cookie dough crust.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  9. While the cookie is still warm and soft cut out the shape of a skull.
  10. Let the cookie cool completely.
  11. In a medium bowl bring the cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar and vanilla together and whisk until smooth.
  12. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to thicken.
  13. Spread on the yogurt cream cheese frosting evenly on the giant skull cookie.
  14. Get creative and use the fruit to make your own Day of the Dead sugar skull design.
  15. Mix together the apricot preserves and water and pass the mixture through a sieve to remove lumps.
  16. Brush the mixture carefully onto the fruit only to give it a shiny glaze.
  17. Chill your skull fruit cookie cake in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Healthier Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Fruit Pizza

Healthier Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

  • Ingredients For Healthier Sugar Cookies
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ingredients For the Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting
  • For Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Toppings For The Fruit Pizza
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • kiwi, sliced
  • pineapple, sliced
  • ¼ cup low sugar apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl beat butter, yogurt, and sugar with an electric until smooth.
  4. Add egg allowing it to blend into butter mixture.
  5. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in flour mixture until just incorporated.
  6. Lightly grease a pizza pan and press the dough into the pan to form a thin and even cookie dough crust.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  9. While the cookie is still warm and soft cut out the shape of a skull.
  10. Let the cookie cool completely.
  11. In a medium bowl bring the cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar and vanilla together and whisk until smooth.
  12. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to thicken.
  13. Spread on the yogurt cream cheese frosting evenly on the giant skull cookie.
  14. Get creative and use the fruit to make your own Day of the Dead sugar skull design.
  15. Mix together the apricot preserves and water and pass the mixture through a sieve to remove lumps.
  16. Brush the mixture carefully onto the fruit only to give it a shiny glaze.
  17. Chill your skull fruit cookie cake in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

day of the dead sugar skull fruit pizza

 

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