Monday, February 9, 2015

Heart-Shaped Pie Pops

Last Wednesday, the girls and I made these awesome little things for our craft. We made some mistakes along the way but when I remade them, they turned out great because I made sure not to make the same mistakes twice.

Anyway, these Pie Pops are extremely easy to make but they do tend to get messy if you overfill them. Just a warning. Also, I found these while browsing pinterest. I don't know if I did it the same way since I never actually followed the link but if you want to see the directions go here. I'm not doing step by step instructions as much as I am going through my process and where we went wrong. It was such a mess with those girls too.

I allowed the girls to roll out the crust, which was my first mistake but I let them do it until they thought it was good. I really should have checked on the 4-year-old's work before slapping them on. It was just a bit too thick.
They cut the hearts out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter I bought just for this project. I think this was their favorite part but the oldest did get a little too excited while doing it and had to start over.

Ta-dah! But it was too thick. You wouldn't think it was if you were there in person but it was way too thick. I didn't want to tell her we needed to do it again because she was very proud of her work so, I let them go with it. When you roll out crust, you want it to be extremely thin especially for this project.

After I let Brynna prep the baking sheet, we placed the bottom half of the hearts on it and put the stick in the middle. You don't have to do this. I didn't the second time because I thought they looked cute but I also used a bigger heart-shaped cookie cutter when I made it without the stick (in the photo with the post title in it).
We used actual pie filling for these because it was just easier and I was going to use it for something else later. We learned that only one cherry can fit inside, the rest needs to be the gel stuff (I have no idea what it's called). I'm sure there are other things you can use for this. I went the cheap route.

Then we added the top and Brynna went to town. She understood exactly what we had to do even though I didn't tell her. I know they don't make pie like this very often or at all so it threw me off guard but she did an excellent job with this part.

We gently brushed some melted butter on the tops before sprinkling it with brown sugar. I do mean a gentle amount of butter. We only used it to make the sugar stay in place and to help with the crust. I had to explain to the girls that they only needed a little bit of brown sugar because some little girl (Brynna) went a little crazy with one of them.

After they were done, we threw them in the oven for 10 minutes (or when the crust was golden) and took it out. The minute I bit into the pie, I knew what was wrong with it. The crust was too thick but they weren't bad. 

I went back and made them during the weekend and it turned out wonderful.

***Note - I used a pie crust mix because everything had to be quick and the girls would have made that an even bigger mess. Normally I wouldn't care but we had things to do.

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