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Fruited Fish

I served this fish at a banquet. The theme was tropical—and this sweet treat caught everyone's eye!—Becky Vroon, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup blueberries or halved red grapes


  • Cut dough into three pieces: 6-1/2 in., 2 in. and 1-1/2 in. long. On a greased baking sheet, pat or roll the 6-1/2-in. piece into an oval, about 1/3 in. thick, for fish's body. (See diagrams above right for dimensions.)
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the 2-in. piece into the circle; cut in half. Position the half circles at the end of body for tail; press to seal edges. Roll the remaining piece into a square; cut in half diagonally. Place the triangles above and below body for fins; press to seal edges.
  • Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Transfer fish to a serving platter. With a sharp knife, cut out a small triangle for mouth. Spread cream cheese mixture over entire fish. Arrange fruit as shown in photo. Refrigerate until serving.
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  • Monica
    Jan 29, 2021

    Since the cookie is sitting in the refrigerator till ready to be served, would it be fine to make this the day before a dinner party?

  • mdlrteach5
    Dec 31, 2011

    I made this for a co-worker's party. Her name happened to be Mrs. Fish! It was the hit of the party.

  • emilyfrench
    Nov 2, 2011

    Made this for my son's 8th birthday party and everyone loved it! No left overs so I think I'll make a smaller version for home next time.

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    Jul 20, 2009

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    Mar 27, 2009

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