For those of you who love my Mini Pop-Tart Cereal or Breakfast Food Pop-Tarts, this recipe is for ya! For those of you who complained the process was too involved for you, this is for you too! I’ve since developed a new dough recipe that you can use in place of the one below. Simply combine 2 sticks of unsalted butter with 8 oz of cream cheese. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Add in two cups of all-purpose flour & combine with your hands until dough takes form. Roll into a ball & place in fridge for 2-3 hours. After that time is up, continue using the dough just as you would in the recipe below. Personally I prefer the taste of the pop-tarts using the dough in the recipe below but when I’m in a hurry this one works just as well. Woo hoo for options!
Speaking of options, you can truly fill these pop-tarts with whatever you desire: any fruit filling, chocolate chips, Nutella, etc. For these Halloween ones, I chose raspberry pastry filling for a few reasons. 1. Selfishly, I love the taste! 2. If any leaks out of the sides it looks like blood (eek!) which goes perfectly with the Halloween theme!
As for decorating it’s a bit difficult to explain that via text. For the coffin I simply wrote, “RIP” on it. Then I drew four lines coming out of one point with two rows of “u” shapes attaching the lines to resemble a spider web. If you want to go the extra mile feel free to draw a spider hanging off the web! That would have looked super cute but I wanted to eat these after & that would have grossed me out way too much! For Frankenstein, I covered the entire large square of his “face” with green frosting. Next, I covered half of the eyeballs with black frosting. I quickly (so that they can stick to the frosting before it hardens) dropped on those Wilton candy eyes & then drew one long line horizontally across his forehead. Perpendicular to those lines I drew three smaller lines to resemble stitches. On the “screw” coming out of his neck I just added some white frosting. If you can find grey frosting 1. HIT ME UP!! 2. use it as that would look awesome! The mummy was next & was pretty simple. I put a drop of frosting on the back of the eyes & gently placed them on the pop-tart. Then I went a little crazy with the white frosting drawing lines all across the pop-tart. Finally I decorated the candy corn with some yellow then orange & then white frosting just as a candy corn looks. Phewf! If you made it through all that you’re awesome. It’s much simpler to decorate than it sounds! Just lots of detail I wanted to make sure you’re aware of 🙂
- for the pop-tarts:
- 2¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup butter
- pinch of salt
- for the filling:
- raspberry pastry filling
- for the toppings:
- white cookie frosting
- green cookie frosting
- black cookie frosting
- Wilton candy eyeballs
- orange cookie frosting
- yellow cookie frosting
- Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In food processor, combine flour, sugar, butter, & salt.
- Pour mixture into large mixing bowl & add in one egg yolk. Knead with your hands until smooth.
- Let sit in refrigerator for 1.5 hours. Preheat oven to 360 F.
- Mix in extra egg yolk to dough. Add 1 tbsp of water as needed to help dough stick together. Place dough on large cutting board & roll out until about 1.5 cm in height.
- Cut dough into even number of rectangles (for the Mummy), square with two additional squares on the side (Frankenstein), tombstone shape (Coffin), round edged triangle (Candy Corn).
- Place half of the shapes on parchment paper & place 1 tsp of filling directly in center of dough.
- In separate small bowl, combine egg yolk & water.
- Brush the edges of filled dough with egg & water mixture.
- Place evenly sized dough on top of filled dough & press down on sides to close.
- Press the edges of the dough with a fork to secure shapes together.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Top according to images above or however you desire. Serve over a plate extra filling to resemble blood & enjoy!
large mixing bowl
large baking sheet