Sweet Valentine\’s Day Treats for Kids: Strawberry and Cream Mini-Poptarts

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Perfect for Valentine's Day morning, snack time or even dessert, these easy-to-make treats call for only three ingredients. Even the most discerning foodie will be fooled in thinking these tarts took forever to make. So whether you're making them for your kids, or you're getting creative in the kitchen together, these hearts are sure to be a hit!

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What You\’ll Need

The ingredients for these tarts are: 1 pre-made pie crust (thawed or at room temperature), 1/2 cup softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread (preferably organic and low sugar). The tools you'll need are: 2-1/2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, 2 non-stick silicone baking mats, small fork, small spoon, electric mixer, little bowl of water and one baking sheet.

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Getting Started

Bring the pie crust up to room temperature and preheat the oven according to instructions on the package. These hearts were baked at 450 degrees F.

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Make it Pink

Combine cream cheese and fruit spread in a mixing bowl until well incorporated.

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Make Hearts

Transfer the pie crust to a silicone baking mat. (It's non-stick and less messy than using flour.) Use your cookie cutter to produce hearts; you'll need an even number to make one top and one bottom for each tart.

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Transfer to Pan

Move your hearts to a baking sheet with a silicone baking liner. (This is an easy step for the kids to help with.)

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Add Filling

With a small teaspoon, add a dime-sized mound of cream cheese filling to the bottom of each tart.

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Add "Glue"

Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run it along the edges of the bottom layers. The water will act as a glue and make it easier for the top and bottom to stick together during the baking process.

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Finish the Tops

Add tops to each bottom, then use a small fork to pinch the edges. Be sure to push through the top and bottom layer so they really form a seal.

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Bake Until Crispy

Bake at the temperature suggested on your pie crust packaging for approximately 7 to 8 minutes. The edges will be crispy but not burned. A sweet way to express your love on Valentine's Day… or any day of the year!

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