Friday, January 28, 2011

Pop Hearts, Sweet Tarts and Love Bugs


 Pop Hearts
 
 Well, Family Fun magazine has come through again.  The February issue has a cute and simple idea for Heart Tarts.  The only variation is that I also made some Pop Hearts and
Love Bugs!
 Aren't they cute? (I just used a ladybug cookie cutter.) They are so simple to make!  Kids can easily help out.
Heart Tarts

Of course you can make some Heart Tarts too! I filled all of the pops, bugs and tarts with my daughter's homemade strawberry jam~YUM! 
You may fill the tarts with store-bought jam or whatever you'd like:  marshmallow creme, peanut butter, mousse, Nutella, or a combination...the sky's the limit! I think next time I'll try lemon curd!
Whatever you decide, get in the kitchen and spread the LOVE!

HEART TARTS (from Family Fun Magazine)
Ingredients
  • TARTS:
  • Prepared piecrust  (I used Pillsbury)
  • Jar of strawberry jam
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water
  • FROSTING AND DECORATIONS:
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Red food coloring
  • Nonpareils or colored sugar
1.  Heat the oven to 400 degrees and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2.  On a floured surface, roll out the piecrust to a 1/8-inch thickness.  Use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make pairs of hearts, gathering the scraps and rerolling the dough as necessary.
3.  For each tart, spread 2 teaspoons of strawberry jam on a heart, leaving a  1/2-inch margin on all sides. Brush the egg mixture around the edge before placing a second heart on top.  Use the tines of a fork to seal the edges, then brush the tops with the egg mixture
4.  Bake the hearts on the prepared cookie sheet until their edges are just beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.  Let them rest on the sheet for a few minutes, then move them to a rack and let them cool completely.
5.  Whisk the first four frosting ingredients in a medium bowl, adding more water a teaspoon at a time if needed to make a smooth, creamy frosting. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix until well blended.  Spoon the frosting into a ziploc bag, snip off a corner, and squeeze it onto the tarts.  Top them with nonpareils or colored sugar.
Serves: 9 (4-inch)
Hands on time:25 minutes  Total time: 1 hour       Linked to Tidymom's "I'm Lovin' it Fridays"!  and Lisa's "Sweets for a Saturday".  Come join in on the fun, and great ideas! 
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36 comments:

  1. Love bugs?!! *dies* Adorable.
    I've always wanted to try homemade pop-tarts. I bet they are so much better than store-bought.

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  2. Great kid project! I love this!! Can't wait to try it filled with chocolate and marshmallow creme!
    Mmmmmmm :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. awesome!!! so very cute, and of course great for valentines day :)

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  4. oh my goodness! Those are Too too cute! :) Love it!

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  5. What an amazing idea! They look irresistibly delicious. :) Petra

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  6. Sue, you are the best cookie decorator. You always show us such wonderful munchies coming out of your kitchen. I love Family Fun magazine! I need to make some "Pop Heart" for Tati -- she loves the original. Joni

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  7. You inspired me so much with these, that I just made my own version..of carrot hearts.
    Love this post, so sweet and really yummy too.
    hugs.

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  8. The love bugs are so cute! I'm sure my baby girl will get excited if I make them! :) Love your decoration on those heart tarts! So festive.

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  9. Oh WOW!!! The cuteness is overwhelming! I love love these, the love bugs are the cutest ever. This is going on my to-bake list for sure!

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  10. I am in looooove! These are all too cute and I bet they tasted fantastic. I love the look of the frosting, it looks like pop tart frosting. One more clever one. You are the bestest mom!

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  11. really cute, I love mini pie tarts and with strawberry jam (homemade not less) oh DELICIOUS!

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  12. These are all so beautiful - what lovely treats! I love the name of your blog too :)

    By the way, I'm co-hosting a new weekend foodie blog hop called Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home and I'd love it if you would come along and join in! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Cute ideas! I love the little heart bugs, they are adorable!

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  14. These are the cutest things I have seen in a while!

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  15. Wow....once again you have put me in "awe" mode Sue! Just adorable!.....adorable I say! :-)

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  16. Great ideas for Valentines day. I love that you combined my latest obsessions, cookie decorating and cake pops!

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  17. Hi there,
    I found this post via Sweets for Saturday #2.
    I really love your entry! Those lady bugs are so adorable.

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  18. Oh Sue these are soooo fun!! I don't get FF mag anymore, guess I should resubscribe!

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  19. so i found out that you are a pink-freak too, just like me! and this pop tarts are amazing and crazily cute. nice to know you, Sue :)

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  20. What an adorable treat! I'd have never thought of this. And everything tastes better on a stick in my opinion 8). I'm also glad I'm not the only one already posting heart-shaped things :).

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  21. Oh, what perfect little love bugs!! That's a great take on a great idea.

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  22. I saw those, too. It's nice to see that you go beyond the "that's a cute idea, I think I will make them sometime" stage to actually doing them. They look great.

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  23. Those are sOo cute!! :) Love it!

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  24. Another inspired post! I used to subscribe to Family Fun when my girls were small and I loved it! They always had the cutest ideas, and obviously they still do.

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  25. These are adorable and I bet they're delicious with the homemade jam.

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  26. Such a cute idea. This would be a fun Valentine's breakfast.

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  27. Awww not only are they home made but they're in a heart shape too! How adorable!

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  28. These tarts are adorable! I bet they are so much better than what you can get at the store. You are so clever and talented! Thanks!!

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  29. Absolutely adorable! And delicious sounding! You are too clever!!! I love them!!!

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  30. Love tarts and these are all super cute. Come on over and enter my first give away.
    mickey
    http://monstermama-monstermama.blogspot.com/

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  31. The tarts look so so so yummy! Want some!
    I always get hungry when I read your blog ... SIGH

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  32. With Valentine's around the corner I knew that you'd have something wonderful up your sleeve. I love the tart and the lips! How will I choose?

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  33. Your daughter's jam in a Pop Heart...you're killing me! Oh my goodness yumminess! Love the lady love cookies! Why couldn't you be my neighbor?:0)

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  34. You never fail to amaze me with how many creative ideas you can find. Seriously, you just have a knack first to find the ideas and then to execute them so perfectly. Thank you for always coming to link up your sweet little creations at Sweets for a Saturday.

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  35. What a fantastic idea! I have always wanted to make my own pop tarts but never even thought of changing to shape as well as the flavour. Well done!

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