Monday, January 31, 2011

Homemade Pop-Tarts

I cut mine with a heart shaped cookie cutter to make them festive, and I don't add the glaze if I am serving them to my kids for breakfast (just to make them a little healthier) Oh and I add some fresh berries to the jam!

* 1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
* 1/4 cup strawberry jam, divided
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 tablespoon colored decorating sugar, or as needed


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Unroll the pie crusts, place on a lightly floured work surface, and roll the crusts slightly with a rolling pin to square the edges. Cut each crust into 8 equal-sized rectangles. Place about 2 teaspoons of strawberry jam in the center of 8 squares, and spread the jam out to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the pastry square. Top each with another pastry square, and use a fork to crimp the squares together, sealing in the jam. Use a knife to trim the pastries, if desired. Move the filled pastries to the prepared baking sheets.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are lightly golden brown, about 7 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets. Meanwhile, stir together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the cooled tarts with frosting and sprinkle with colored sugar.

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