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Apple Pie Poptarts

Ingredients

For the crock pot applesauce:

  • 14-16 ounces apples — sliced (about 4 medium sized apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • tablespoons sugar

For the Pop-Tarts:

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts — 1 box
  • 1/2 cup crock pot applesauce or other applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Sprinkles — if desired

Instructions

Make the applesauce:

  1. Place apples in a crock pot. Mix water, cinnamon, and sugar in a measuring cup and pour over apples. Cook on HIGH for 3-5 hours, until the apples are translucent. Mash with a potato masher or place in a blender or food processor to blend with no lumps. (I use a hand blender for this step.)
  2. Applesauce can be stored in a tupperware in the refrigerator for several days, or frozen for future use.

Make the Pop-Tarts:

  1. Unroll one pie crust. Use a rolling pin to roll the circle into more of a rectangle shape. Use a knife to cut off the rounded edges, to give you an exact rectangle. Cut the rectangle into six equal rectangles, to form the pop-tart crust. Reserve the edges you cut off. Repeat with second crust, and re-roll the edges to get 2-4 more rectangles.
  2. Lay out your crust rectangles on a flat surface. Place 1 tablespoon of applesauce in the center of half of them.
  3. Whisk egg in a small bowl. Use your finger and trace the edges of each of the rectangles containing applesauce with a bit of egg, to help in sealing the pop-tart. Cover the applesauce rectangles with a plain one and seal the edges together with the tines of a fork.
  4. Place pop-tarts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat. Poke each pop-tart with a fork a few times so that air can escape while baking, so they don’t exapnd. Bake for about 13-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool.
  5. Make the frosting by whisking together the brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and milk. Spoon over the pop-tarts and sprinkle with sprinkles.
  6. Pop-tarts can be reheated in the microwave or frozen for later eating. Do not toast frosted pop-tarts. You can omit the frosting if you want to toast them to reheat.