Sugar Skull Dessert Pizza

Sugar skull dessert pizza

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
315 Calories
22g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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


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

Steps to Make It

Make the Cookie

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cookie
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  2. Soften butter to room temperature and place it in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and cream together on high speed.

    Soften butter
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  3. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until light and fluffy.

    Add vanilla and egg
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  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture until they are completely incorporated.

    Stir flour and salt
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  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again if necessary.

    Scrape down side of bowl
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  6. 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.

    Remove dough from bowl
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  7. Preheat the oven to 375 F. 

  8. 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. 

    Roll out dough
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  9. 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.

    Roll out dough
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  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Make the Icing

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for icing
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  2. Add the softened cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl, beat or whisk together until smooth and completely combined.

Assemble the Pizza

  1. Prepare the fruit. Cut the pineapple into small wedges, cut some of the raspberries in half lengthwise. Peel and cut the kiwi.

    Cut fruit
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  2. 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 oranges for the nose. Get creative! 

    Spread cream cheese mixture over cookie
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  3. Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.