12/26/11

Cherry Pop Tarts


The month of December is always expected to be a little hectic and crazy but with our move 1000 miles across the country, getting ready for Christmas and preparing for my college kids to come home, I didn't get a recipe made that I was so excited to make;  Mini Pop Tarts!  I saw this on Pinterest and saved it in my files knowing these would not only be a hit with my three kids, but I love cherry Pop-Tarts as well and making them homemade would be not only fun, but a healthier alternative to the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought kind!

Alas, time got away from me, the rest of the week is jam packed before my kids fly off to various parts of the United States, and I know I won't get to make these until next month.  Nevertheless, here is the recipe from Pinterest for my files.... and a determination to get these made as soon as life slows down a little in the new year!


Mini Pop tarts

1 c fresh cherries, pitted and diced
3 T sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 T water
1/2 t almond extract
1 pkg pie crusts


Glaze
1 c powdered sugar
1-2 T milk
1/2 t vanilla
food coloring and sprinkles

In a small saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch and almond extract.  Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Unroll pie crusts and using a pizza cutter, slice them into 1 1/2″x 2″ rectangles.

Place a wooden Popsicle stick on top of one of the cut rectangles, then spoon a heaping teaspoon of cooled cherry filling into the center of the pie square, leaving a border around the edges. Gently lay a second rectangle over the top of the cherry filling. Press the edges of the rectangles together with a fork to seal. Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or just until the edges begin to brown.

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to make glaze. Tint with food coloring, if desired. Spoon over cooled pop-tart pops, sprinkle with colored sugar, and allow to the glaze to harden slightly before serving.

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