What’s inside: Adorable strawberry flavored Queen of Hearts Pastries (homemade pop tarts) perfect for Valentine’s Day or an Alice in Wonderland kids birthday party!
Looking for something different than the “usual” Valentine’s Day treats? These Queen of Hearts pop tarts are just the thing!
My daughter and I created these Queen of Hearts pastries for a recent Valentine’s Day get-together. Our inspiration: the scene in Alice in Wonderland with the playing card soldiers and the Queen of Hearts.
These homemade pop tarts take less than an hour between pulling out the ingredients and setting them on your party tables cape. So much easier than expected!
My daughter helped me make this batch — so this is absolutely a recipe you can make with kids! They’ll love to bake ’em almost as much as they’ll love to eat them!
Recipe by Jennifer at Sugar Spice & Glitter for the Soccer Mom Blog.
Queen of Hearts Pastries Ingredients:
For the pop tarts
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 6 Tablespoon butter
- 6 Tablespoon lard or shortening
- 6-8 Tablespoon ice water
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam
For the frosting
- 1/2 cup white candy melts
- 1 Tablespoon shortening
- Heart sprinkles
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NOTE: Short on time? Opt for frozen butter puff pastry or pie pastry for a quick version!
To make the homemade pop tarts:
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
STEP TWO: Mix the flour, salt, sugar, butter and 6 Tablespoons shortening together with a fork or your hands. Add the water in increments until a smooth dough results.
STEP THREE: Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness and cut into 4×6″ rectangles.
STEP FOUR: Spread strawberry jam onto a rectangle of dough, avoiding the edges by 1/2″. Place another rectangle overtop and press the edges together with your fingers or a fork.
STEP FIVE: Place the pop tarts onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Allow the pop tarts to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:
STEP ONE: Combine the candy melts and 1 TB shortening together in a small bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well in between each heating, until smooth.
STEP TWO: Spread the candy melts onto the pop tarts and add the hearts in a card pattern while the candy melts are still wet.
Allow the candy melts to dry completely before storing or serving.
- Add a little piece of candy or fondant to serve as their heads and arms
- Heart sprinkles (or playing card sugar decorations available here) helps make the decorating so much easier.
- Save this base recipe to make any form of poptart you’d like! Maybe you want rainbow pop tarts or have other fun sprinkles to bring a new theme to the mix.
- Swap out the fillings with your favorites! Maybe instead of strawberry jam you’d prefer Nutella? OR dulce de leche? Whatever your flavor, these cute homemade pop tarts will be a hit with your crew!
- These playing card pop tarts are perfect for a grown-up casino themed party or poker night!
Do you have a special occasion coming up that these homemade pop tarts would be perfect for? Be sure to check out our other Valentine’s treat:
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