In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a homemade version of a childhood favorite. I found the recipe on ProjectNursery.com, a website offering children's design ideas, do-it-yourself projects and much more.
Homemade Pop Tarts
- 2 refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cookie icing
- Various sprinkles/toppings
- Cookie cutters (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out two refrigerated pie crusts -- one for the top and one for the bottom. Stack the two pie crusts when cutting to ensure the tops matched the bottoms.
2. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into (6) 3” x 4” sections. Any leftover dough can be rolled out to use with fun cookie cutter shapes.
3. Next, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon to create the filling. Take about 3 teaspoons of the filling mixture and sprinkle onto the bottom crust. Before placing the top crust back on, poke a few holes with a fork to vent the top dough. Repeat for all of the bottom pieces and cover with the top dough. Crimp the top and bottom together with a fork.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Once cooled, let the kids decorate. Give them a ready-made icing bag and let them create their own treat. If you want to get really creative, use writing icing to write notes to your kids or wrap the pastries with wax paper and embellish with a decorative printable band for an on-the-go treat.