Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen blackberries, clean, dry, and cut into small pieces (Note: whole blackberries are a potential choking hazard)
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 pastry dough sheet
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
Supplies: 
  • Apron
  • Baking sheet
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Gallon size plastic bag
  • Large serving dish
  • Parchment baking paper
  • Pizza cutter
  • Spoon
Instructions: 
  1. Lay the pastry sheet on baking parchment on cutting board. Roll flat with rolling pin then transfer carefully on parchment paper to baking sheet.
  2. Trim edges with pizza cutter to form a rectangle or flag shape.
  3. Use the pizza cutter to make a grid on top on the pastry sheet like a checkered racing flag. Don't cut all the way through. Press just hard enough to create the lines.
  4. Bake pastry sheet according to package directions. About 15 minutes, until light golden. Allow dough sheet to cool completely and transfer to large serving dish.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon extract, and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  6. Using the back of a spoon, spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled dough sheet lightly.
  7. Make checkered flag pattern by putting blackberries in alternating squares as pictured.
  8. Put remaining cream cheese in plastic bag.
  9. Trim a tiny corner off. Squirt it in between blackberry checkers, layering a little at a time in each space so that you make sure you have enough for all the spaces.
  10. Add a line of the cream cheese spread down one side and put blackberries in it to make a flag post
  11. Chill 2 hours and serve. Everybody who tastes this yummy treat is a winner in this race!