Little Kids in the Kitchen: Cutie Tarts

Our Little Kids in the Kitchen: Cutie Tarts @Home Kit in June was a hit, so here is the recipe if you’d like to make them at home with your little one!

Cutie Tarts

Please read thoroughly before starting! Contains allergens: wheat, soy, strawberry.
This recipe makes three 3×4” tarts. You will need to thaw the dough 15-30 minutes before using it.

What you need:

  • A small spoon, a small fork, a pizza cutter and a grown-up to help you
  • A cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Frozen puff pastry
  • 3 T strawberry jam (or a flavor you like)
  • ¼ c powdered sugar
  • Drops water or milk (for the icing)
  • Sprinkles
  1. Gather all of the ingredients. Ask a grown-up to read all the directions (and look at the pictures)!
  2. Wash your hands. If your hair is long, you may want to have it in a ponytail or tied back. 
  3. Place the parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  4. Ask a grown-up to preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  5. On the parchment cookie sheet, unfold your dough
  6. See how it’s folded into thirds? “Thirds” means it’s in three sections. Ask your grown-up to cut along the folded lines (I think a pizza cutter is a great tool to use if you have one). Then cut those three pieces in half. Now we have six rectangles. Each tart will need two rectangles, a bottom and a top, so you’ll have enough dough to make three tarts!
  7. Place three rectangles side by side on the parchment-lined cookie sheet with about two inches in between. These are your “bottoms.”
  8. Spoon a little strawberry jam in the center of each. You can move the jam around a bit. If you get too close to the sides, or it may leak out during baking. Even if it does leak a little, that’s okay, it still tastes good! Your grown-up can help you decide what is a good amount, do this for each tart bottom.
  9. Next is the second rectangle that goes on top. Place a “top” onto the “bottom.” Think of it like a sandwich! Do this for the two remaining tarts. Then using a fork, press the edges together like little stripes. Please be gentle during this part!
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes. They’re done when they’re golden on top and SUPER PUFFY! They need to cool off completely on the outside (and the filling may still be hot). While they’re cooling off, you can make the icing! Mix the powdered sugar and water or milk together, a couple of drops at a time, you can use a tiny spoon. Keep mixing, it will work, but it takes a little time to get it all mixed, it should be a little thicker than syrup. Powdered sugar absorbs liquid fast, if you use too much at the beginning, the icing will become very watery. After the tarts have completely cooled, pour the same amount of icing on each tart. Spread it around a little bit, then add your sprinkles! 

Ta da! You made Cutie Tarts, give yourself some applause, they’re so beautiful!! Think about some other flavored fillings and toppings you could try! Enjoy!