eat like a yogi - sugar skull fruit tart

From: Solshine Blog



Halloween just doesn't see right without a little bit of sugar! However, too much of anything isn't always good which is why we love the coupling of all the fruits in this recipe that are rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin C!), help lower cholesterol and MORE.




 Fruit blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, pineapples, strawberries, etc. Get creative!


Sugar Cookie Base

1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance or vegan butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 vegan egg equivalent (suggestion: Follow Your Heart vegan egg)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour blend (suggestion: Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Blend)

1 teaspoon baking powder


Sweet Cream Cheese Filling

2 8 ounce containers of vegan cream cheese, like Tofutti, softened

2-3 cups vegan powdered sugar, depending on taste

1 Tablespoon lemon juice



Step-by-Step Instructions:


Sugar cookie base

1.Preheat oven to 350. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg replacer and vanilla, then mix in flour and baking powder.

2. Turn out 1/2- 3/4 of the dough* onto the parchment lined sheet, and using your hands, shape dough into a large skull shape that is about 1/2 inch thick.

3. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until it is lightly golden brown along the edges. Don’t over bake. Cool completely before spreading with Sweet Cream Cheese and fruit (recipe follows).

*If you want to make regular cookies with the remaining dough, shape or slice and bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness.


Sweet Cream Cheese Filling

1. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and 2 cups of the sugar until smooth, then taste. Depending on how sweet you like your filling, add additional sugar and lemon juice then beat until well combined. Spread on cooled cookie crust.

2. Top with fruit! 




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