Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Pop-Tarts

I am always in the kitchen, baking with the kids. Especially around the holidays, and yes, Valentines Day is considered a holiday in our home. In fact, our 7 year old was so bothered by the fact that his school does not observe Valentines Day as a holiday, he wrote a note to his pricipal. The body of his letter read, "if we can have a day off for snow, why not for love". I love that kid!

Much to my delite, I came across this recipe which called for pre-made pie crust, which I always have on hand. Simply fill them with some homemade strawberry jam and voila! The hardest part of making your Valentine Pop-Tarts will be waiting until they cooled to start munching these fun & festive treats. I can already tell you that we’ll be making an Easter version this spring. Stay tuned!

Homemade Valentine’s Pop Tarts

1 package of refrigerated pie crust


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sugar sprinkles for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

2. Transfer the pie crusts to a lightly floured surface and cut it into 2×3 rectangles. It is easiest to measure the pieces with a ruler, score the crust with a knife and cut it with a pizza cutter.

3. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of strawberry jam onto one of the rectangles, leaving about 1/4 inch of space before the edge. Use a cookie cutter or paring knife to cut heart shapes out of the second rectangle. Then place the heart rectangle over the jam and seal the edges together with the tines of a fork. Baking on a cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, then allow to cool.

4. To make the glaze mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl and add food coloring if desired. Drizzle the glaze over the warm pop tarts and sprinkle with sanding sugar

Thanks to Stumbleupon for the recipe!

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