This recipe is for the mothers who would want to give their kids a treat once in a while. This chocolate-marshmallows combination is something that will make your kids really happy. It’s all of their favorite sweet treats in one pie! You’ll surely get a grateful sweet kiss on the cheeks!
Our friend over at Confessions of a Confectionista has this to say about this recipe:
“It’s the homemade version of a treat you and your kids probably already love.”
Pop tarts are my niece’s favorite things to eat. If she could, she would probably eat two or three for breakfasts. This is a saving grace for my sister-in-law. It’s still sinful, but a bit healthier because it’s homemade; and my niece truly adores them.
For the pastry crust:
1 and 3/4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
3/4 cups Keebler graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon Morton salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Land O Lakes unsalted butter, cold, cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed
1 large Eggland’s egg, whisked with a tablespoon of water (to brush the pastries with)
For the filling:
9 Hershey’s snack size bars (0.45 oz each)
1 cup Kraft marshmallow crème
For the topping:
2 Hershey’s snack size bars
Keebler Graham cracker crumbs
For the pastry crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, and salt; pulse a couple times to combine. Throw in the cold, diced butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about the size of peas.
With the machine running, add the ice water through the opening on top of the lid, in a slow, steady stream, one tablespoon at a time, just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky. It should start to form a ball and come away from the sides. It is very important to not over process the dough. A way to test if the dough is ready is by squeezing a small amount of it together; if it doesn’t come together and it’s still dry, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Divide the dough in half, and place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into disks and tightly wrap. Place the disks in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Assembling the pop-tarts
Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Place one disk of dough on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it out into a large rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Trim off the sides of the dough, so that it measures 9×12 inches in size. Cut the dough into thirds, and then cut each third into thirds again. You will end up with 9 rectangular pieces, each measuring 3×4 inches. Using a ruler is very helpful for this step. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place 9 of the dough rectangles on the baking sheets.
Whisk the egg with a tablespoon of water to make your egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the entire surface of the first nine rectangles of dough. This will be the “bottom” of the tart; the egg wash will help glue the top rectangle on.
Place one Hershey’s chocolate bar in the center of each rectangle. Then, dollop two tablespoons of marshmallow crème right beside it. Brush the second group of dough rectangles with egg wash and then place each one directly over a bottom rectangle, egg wash side face down. Use your fingertips to press firmly around the tart, sealing the dough well on all sides. Crimp the edges of each tart with a fork. This will ensure the tarts do not open up during baking.
Prick the top of each tart five times with a skewer or toothpick; this will allow the steam to escape, so that the tarts will become light and airy instead of flat. Brush the tops with the remaining egg wash. Refrigerate the tarts, uncovered, for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Remove tarts from the fridge and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until they’re golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Let the tarts cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
Once they have cooled down a bit, melt 2 Hershey’s chocolate bars over a double boiler or in a microwave. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops of the tarts. Sprinkle on additional graham cracker crumbs.
Serve immediately or store the tarts in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Quick Tip: Serve with a cup of hot coffee or tea to balance the sweetness; milk for children or a glass of lemonade.
Thanks again to Confessions of a Confectionista for this amazing recipe.