Halloween Pop-Tarts Are Creepy Cute, So Whip Up A Batch Right Now
For those of you who love my mini Pop-Tart cereal or breakfast food Pop-Tarts, this recipe for Halloween Pop-Tarts is for you! 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 two sticks of unsalted butter with eight ounces of cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in two cups of all-purpose flour, and combine with your hands until dough takes form. Roll the dough into a ball, and place in the fridge for two to three hours. After that time is up, continue using the dough just as you would normally. Personally, I prefer the taste of the Pop-Tarts using the dough in my original 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!
Then, it's time to decorate. For the coffin, I simply wrote “RIP” on it. Then I drew four lines coming out of one corner, with two rows of “u” shapes attaching the lines to resemble a spiderweb. 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, and 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 dropped on some Wilton candy eyes, and 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 gray frosting, 1) HIT ME UP, and 2) use it, because that would look awesome!
The mummy was next and was pretty simple. I put a drop of frosting on the back of the candy eyes, and 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, orange, and white frosting just as a candy corn looks. Phew! 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
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter
- Pinch of salt
- 3 egg yolks, separated
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 a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, butter, and salt.
- Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, and add in one egg yolk. Knead with your hands until smooth.
- Let the dough sit in the refrigerator for 1.5 hours. Preheat the oven to 360 F.
- Mix in 1 egg yolk to dough. Add one tablespoon of water as needed to help the dough stick together. Place the dough on a large cutting board, and roll it out until it's about 1.5 centimeter in height.
- Cut the dough into an even number of rectangles (for the mummy), into squares with two additional squares on the side (for Frankenstein), into tombstone shapes (coffin), and round-edged triangles (candy corn).
- Place half of the shapes on parchment paper, and place one teaspoon of filling directly in the center of the dough.
- In a separate small bowl, combine egg yolk and water.
- Brush the edges of filled dough with the egg and water mixture.
- Place the evenly sized pieces of dough on top of the filled dough and press down on sides to close.
- Press the edges of the dough with a fork to secure shapes together.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Top according to images above, or however you desire. Serve over a plate with extra filling to resemble blood, and enjoy!
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