Just in time for Valentine’s Day get the love fest going by giving your kids their very own personal, portable sweet treat on a stick! Get your littlest loves a sweet treat in the kitchen and make them pie-pops. These bite-sized portions of favorite desserts made easy are a dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth. And best of all: they’re easy to make!
I’ll admit it I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. However, I didn’t always harbor this deep-seated affection for cherubic cupids and crimson hearts – in fact as a single girl in my twenties as the holiday drew closer, I’d scowl at the television commercials depicting devastatingly handsome men lavishing their loves with diamonds and on several occasions harbored a fleeting desire to set fire to the boxes of chocolates which seemed to taunt me from their store displays. And so I spent a succession of Valentine’s Days either on a mind-numbing dinner date with a disposable boyfriend or lamenting my lack of a suitor with a comforting pint of Ben and Jerry’s chunky monkey.
Then I met my husband and was relieved that I would never have to face another daunting February 14th without love. Yet despite the fact that my husband always made sure to get me some kind of bauble, the day still reeked of commercialism. Then I had kids and the depth of my understanding and feelings about love were forever altered and I enthusiastically welcomed any holiday that insists that my kids shower me with sloppy wet kisses and bear hugs that knocked me to the floor.
Valentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity for parents to demonstrate both verbally and physically the enormity of our feelings for our kids. In my house it’s a day where my kids will be required to give me kisses and hugs on demand…a tradition I am cherishing, knowing full well as they get older, these public displays of affection may be harder to come by. So if you too are planning to Use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to cook up some LOVE for your family ( and get romantic with the spouse who helped you create this family!) check out the book EASY AS PIE POPS by Andrea Smetona, founder of Calkwalk Desserts in Southern California. In it she shares her most popular and favorite recipe for Cherry Tart pie pops, that use sour cherries for that added tart punch, and their signature heart peek-a-boo crust is adorable, fun and easily versatile. Of course, you can use the heart peek-a-boo crust on any of the berry pie pops, but the red cherry heart just fits so beautifully. Bake them with love.
1 recipe Homemade Pie Pop Crust (see below), or 4 unbaked store-bought or homemade 9″ (23 cm)-diameter piecrusts