Sugar Skull Dessert Pizza

Sugar Skull Dessert Pizza
Leah Maroney
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 pizza, serves 8-10
Ratings (5)

If you're sick of desserts covered in candy corn or in the shape of a witch hat, try out this unique Dia De Los Muertos sugar skull dessert pizza.  It's beautiful, full of fruit and yogurt, and is pretty simple to make.

Simply bake the easy sugar cookie base, spread on the cream cheese frosting and get to decorating!  It's fun for the whole family to enjoy. Follow the photo as a guide or get creative on your own. Use an assortment of fruit to achieve the designs. We incorporated Mandarin oranges, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwi in our dessert pizza.

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup of butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 4 teaspoons of milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • For the Icing and Fruit:
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups assorted fruit

How to Make It

  1. Soften butter and place in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the sugar and cream together on high speed.
  2. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture until they are completely incorporated.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again if necessary.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Flatten slightly after you have wrapped it, so that it resembles a flat, thick disk. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. 
  2. Roll out the dough on a piece of floured parchment paper. Roll into a large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the shape of the skull, taking up as much of the rectangle as possible. Remove the excess dough.  
  3. Place the skull cookie onto a baking sheet, leaving the parchment paper underneath. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until very slightly golden on the edges and set in the middle.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  5. Add the softened cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl, beat or whisk together until completely combined and smooth.  
  6. Prepare the fruit. Cut the pineapple into small wedges, cut some of the raspberries in half lengthwise. Peel and cut the kiwi.  
  7. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled pizza. Using two kiwi slices as eyes, create decorations and patterns on the pizza to make it look like a skull. Use blueberries for the mouth and strawberries and mandarin oranges for the nose. Get creative! 
  8. Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.