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I think I have mentioned a couple times before about my sweet second born’s food allergies. He is allergic to pretty much anything that is in premade prepackaged food. After we found that out, about three years ago, the way I prepared food for my family drastically changed.

I still remember the first time I went grocery shopping after I found out. I was overwhelmed and unconfident as I stood in the grocery aisles reading labels. I believe I actually cried, had a panic attack, and called my mom dramatically verbalizing my feeling of defeat, and how much it sucked.

Fast forward three years and its now second nature. I actually enjoy making almost everything from scratch. I know what we are putting into our bodies and I know how it is made. I started with just cutting out the allergies and I ended with a complete life and food transformation. Any change is overwhelming at the beginning, but any change will eventually become just a part of life as long as you stick with it and learn as you go. Set yourself up for success and give yourself grace. One of my greatest tools to succeed in this whole transformation was to never step foot into a giant grocery store. I immediately felt overwhelmed if I walked into Fry’s, there were aisles and aisles of things he couldn’t eat and so many people that would come and interrupt me as I sat trying to read label after label. I began shopping at Sprouts and other smaller grocery stores and it really helped with my feeling of being overwhelmed.

I truly feel there is nothing better than putting good food into your bodies, but that doesn’t mean I don’t indulge or eat treats. I allow my kids to eat sugar, and sweets, but I just have to make them. So take this recipe. My kids are out of school for the summer and I thought decorating cookies would be fun, but canned frosting and sprinkles are completely out of the question, so we decorated with fruit, cream cheese frosting and chocolate, and let me tell you, these little cookies are heavenly, truly. You could simplify your life and make this a giant fruit pizza which would cut out the time of decorating each and every cookie, but I thought the kids would enjoy to do their own. Friends, make this, like yesterday, you’ll thank me later.

Enjoy.

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|Mini Fruit Pizza|

Ingredients

For the Cookies

1 Cup Butter softened

1 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

3 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons Cream of Tarter

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

For the Frosting

8 oz. Cream Cheese softened

1/2 Cup Butter softened

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Zest of 1 Orange

1 Teaspoon Orange Juice

1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

For the Chocolate

1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips melted

For the Garnish

**Your Choice of Fresh Fruit

**I used fresh strawberries and blueberries

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|Mini Fruit Pizza|

Directions

For the Cookies

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. In a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar. Mix on medium until butter and sugar turn white and look whipped and airy.This helps with keeping the cookies soft and fluffy. In a separate bowl sift together your dry ingredients. After sugar and butter are combined add in vanilla and eggs one at a time. Mix well. Turn mixer down and slowly begin to add your dry ingredients. Combine completely. Use about two tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into balls. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and place in oven. Cookie will cook for approximately ten minutes. Remove from oven when still soft but bottom is very lightly browned.

For the Frosting

While the cookies are baking add all ingredients except sugar to a stand mixer. Mix on medium until whipped and airy. Turn mixer down and slowly add powdered sugar. Once combined place frosting in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Chocolate

Melt chocolate in a double boiler on stove or very carefully in microwave. You can put melted chocolate in a piping bag or in a Ziploc baggy and cut the corner off. Set aside until ready to use.

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Assembling the Cookies

Once cookies are cooled completely spread a generous amount of frosting on each cookie. Add your fresh fruit to the top of each cookie after they are frosted. Once all the cookies are frosted and decorated with the fresh fruit slowly drizzle chocolate over all the cookies.

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After all the cookies are finished place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set the frosting and harden the chocolate. These are best enjoyed the day they are decorated because the strawberries will begin to become syrupy.

makes approximately two dozen cookies, or one large cookie.

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