This recipe has been in my family for decades! It's easy to make, but time consuming to put together. Worth it though, because it looks just GREAT for a summer dessert!
1/2 batch of sugar cookie dough (or one store-bough refrigerator sugar cookie dough)
1 - 8 ounce box of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla
5 kinds of colorful fruit (kiwi, berry, banana, mandarin orange, pineapple, etc.)
and for the glaze....
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 dash salt
1 cup orange juice (or canned fruit juice)
Prepare cookie dough as directed. Press dough onto a pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on dough thickness, until done. Cool completely.
While cooling, prepare the fruit. I use strawberries and cut them in half, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges, and raspberries. Wash, slice and dry on a paper towel. Mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread onto cooled crust. Arrange fruit in a circular design.
Make glaze. Use fruit juice from canned fruit, or use orange juice. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, dash of salt with the juice. Stir, and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool until barely warm. spread over the top of the tart with a brush.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful dessert as much as my family does!