Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust

A fresh fruit pie with a sugar cookie crust, a light cheesecake filling, topped with loads of fresh fruit, and lightly glazed with fruit preserves.

Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust

I’m so excited about this post. I had it scheduled for April, but just couldn’t wait anymore.

You all don’t mind right?

Especially since y’all are probably going to stop whatever you are doing to make this right now.

Or at least you should… ;)

A fresh fruit pie with a sugar cookie crust, a light cheesecake filling, topped with loads of fresh fruit, and lightly glazed with fruit preserves.

It’s so fruity.yummy.sugar.cookie. sugar overload.

But sugar overload — it’s all good since there is lots of fruit on top…..right?!

The filling is pretty light too. It’s a fluffy and airy cheesecake – not the dense kind of cheesecake. There is cream cheese in the mix and Greek yogurt, but it’s lightened right up with a tub of whipped topping.

I used full-fat cream cheese and whipped topping, but you could definitely use lighter versions, say 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese and lite Cool Whip would work great and reduce the calories on this dessert.

Other filling ingredients include orange gelatin (dry orange Jell-o mix), vanilla extract, and almond extract. These ingredients are to be included to your liking. If you love the extracts feel free to increase them. Or decrease or even omit either one. The Jell-o mix can be changed for a different flavor. It can also be increase or decreased in amount to your preference.

A fresh fruit pie with a sugar cookie crust, a light cheesecake filling, topped with loads of fresh fruit, and lightly glazed with fruit preserves from Chelsea's Messy Apron

The crust is adapted from my favorite sugar cookie recipe. There is almond extract which I think adds a ton of flavor. There is also a tiny bit of almond extract in the filling. Which if you are big on that you can increase the amounts. And likewise, if you aren’t a fan, you can omit or decrease the amounts.

The crust comes together quickly and then is pressed into a pie. You press it down to cover the bottom and up the sides. I fluted (or crimped) the edges of this pie.

To do this, you work with one hand on the inside edge, and one hand on the outside of the top of the crust. Using the index finger of your inside hand to push the dough between the thumb and index finger of your outside hand you form an upside down V shape. You continue this same motion all around the pie pan. It’s very simple but adds a nice touch and makes this pie crust pretty.

Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust

The sugar cookie crust gets baked at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, but watch it closely. You’ll know its done with the inside is poofy and the edges are lightly browned.

Speaking of poofy, the middle of the crust will expand a bit and look large when you first remove it from the oven. But, don’t worry, it will completely deflate and be ready for the filling.

Once the crust is completely filled you will pour the filling into the center. The filling recipe makes a lot so it needs to be compressed into this pie. Basically by pressing it down (with a spatula) and continuing to pile it on!

And then the fun part comes – decorating with fruit of your choice! I chose to do blueberries, red grapes, strawberries, kiwi, and a little bit of mango. You can choose whatever fruit you want and is appealing to you!

A fresh fruit pie with a sugar cookie crust, a light cheesecake filling, topped with loads of fresh fruit, and lightly glazed with fruit preserves from Chelsea's Messy Apron

And finally the fruit gets a light glaze of watered-down jam. Choose whatever jam you like (I used apricot) and add some water to it. Microwave the mixture for about 15-20 seconds and, using a pastry brush, brush the glaze over all the fruit.

Last step: devour.

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Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
Sugar Cookie Crust
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or more depending on preference)
  • 1 cup + 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange Jell-o mix, dry
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed
Topping
  • Fruit of choice (I used 3 kiwis, 3 strawberries, handful of blueberries, several grapes, and 3 tablespoons chopped mango)
  • 2 tablespoons jam of choice (I used apricot)
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a glass pie pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the sugar and butter in a medium sized bowl and cream with hand mixers or a stand mixer. Add in the heavy cream and extracts. Stir until combined and then add in the flour and salt.
  3. Mix until completely combined and then press into the pie pan. Press up the sides and to cover the bottom.
  4. Flute the rim of the pie if desired (instructions in post).
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and the middle becomes inflated. Remove and let cool completely. The middle will deflate completely as it cools.
Filling
  1. Make sure the cream cheese is softened and the whipped topping is completely thawed.
  2. Using hand mixers cream together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, orange juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, powdered sugar, and orange Jell-o mix. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping.
  4. Fill the cooled crust with the filling mixture.
Fruit
  1. Arrange fruit however you would like across the top of this pie.
  2. Combine the jam and water in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for 10-15 seconds and stir well.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over the top of the fruit.
  4. Serve immediately or cool in the fridge (covered). Store in the fridge.

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Comments

  1. says

    I seriously cannot handle this cheesecake! Just look at all that pretty fruit! Plus the sugar cookie crust sounds like something I need to make asap! Gosh. I need it. :) Love that you made this a fluffier cheesecake. I bet it goes so well with all the fruit!

  2. says

    Almond extract in the crust is perfect. I love adding it to my sugar cookies. The whipped cheesecake filling sounds delightful. I love how light and airy it looks. What a wonderful welcome to Spring dessert.

  3. says

    What a great spring dessert! Now if the weather would just cooperate here in NY so we can get it finally feeling like spring, we’d be good to go, haha! Love how you used a sugar cookie as the crust! Yum!

  4. says

    Totally wish I could drop everything and make this right now. I really like that you focus on a wonderful, flavorful crust. Sometimes I don’t think people focus on the taste of the crust as much. There is this place in MN called Cafe Latte which has been featured on Rachael Ray…Anyways they have a cheesecake with an almond sugar cookie crust. It’s my favorite cheesecake I have ever had which I credit to the crust!! Totally pinning this one :) LOVE it!

  5. says

    This looks insanely good…I’ve completely had fruit tarts on my mind lately because there’s so much great fruit in season now. Love that sugar cookie crust, too. :)

  6. says

    This is brilliant. So glad you didn’t wait until April! I love your additions to the cheesecake part and the sugar cookie crust?? To die for. Not to mention the fruit is stunning. Gorgeous photos, dear! Love this! :) xoxo

  7. says

    My dad isn’t a fan of traditional (read: sweet sweet sweet) desserts like I am, so I’m always on the lookout for some great, lighter, and fruitier alternatives. Looks like this one fits the bill! So glad I stumbled across this on FG. Pinned!

  8. says

    Love this fruity cheesecake – it looks gorgeous and I’m so glad you shared it with us early :) The cookie crust sounds wonderful and I love how pretty and neatly the fruit is arranged – pinning :)

  9. says

    This pie looks like the first colors of spring and a delicious one at that. I love the addition of the sugar cookie crust and using so many fresh fruits. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talent Show.

  10. says

    This is truly beautiful and I love that it has a homemade cookie crust, not one purchased in a tube :) Would be a beautiful addition to a Spring brunch. Found you over at Two Cup Tuesday and am pinning this to share on Facebook fan page!

  11. Julianne Trimble says

    Chelsea, so glad I found your blog! Your desserts look amazing going to try the fruit cheese pie for Easter!

  12. says

    I made this for company and it was fabulous. It was creamy and light and delicious! I wanted to really boost up the flavor of strawberry since I was using California strawberries here in Canada. Ours will be coming in season in another 3 weeks. So I used strawberry greek yogurt and strawberry jello. It gave just the right flavor and I piled kiwis,cubed, in the middle of overlapping strawberry slices. Perfect! I also put it into a 6.5 ” springform pan so nice tall slices for the 4 of us. I really enjoyed the sugar cookie crust and will be making it more often. Maybe adding sliced almonds to it another time.
    Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!

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