Get ready for some fun-sized sweets with "Pie Pops" by Marcie Ballard.
Ballard develops bite-sized cooke-cutter shaped pies to bake on a stick. 39 recipes and photos make up this lovely book that will get you making treats for your family and friends.
There are plenty of fruit pies, chocolate pies, coffee-based pies and even holiday themed pies. Examples include: Sensastional Spinach, Dark Chocolate Fudge, American Apple Pie, Chocoholic, Crazy Good Craisin, Orange Creme Brulee, Lumberjack (bacon and maple), Cappucino Creme, S'Mores, Oreo and more.
The recipes involved use popsicle sticks, craft sticks or lollipop sticks, as well as shaped cookie cutters. The author includes a recipe for pie dough, but acknowledges that you should feel free to use refrigerated pie dough as well.
The recipe was easy enough that I felt both girls could do it, so we decided to make Banana Cream pies, with a few variations. The recipe called for banana pudding mix, which we did not have on hand, so we used vanilla pudding mix instead. It still tasted very good and had plenty of banana flavor from the sliced bananas on top. I also didn't have any sort popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks, so we just made mini Banana Cream pies instead.
The girls were able to do this recipe pretty much on their own with only a bit of overseeing. They used a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes from the pie dough, that then baked in the oven. The filling came together pretty easy and with no mess. Once the base had cooled, they were able to cut up a banana into thin slices and spoon the filling on top and then top with the banana.
They made pretty little treats that we were able to share with friends and neighbors. Because it had a sliced banana on top (that let's face it, browns quickly) these are best eaten the day they are made.
This is a great book with plenty of ideas for desserts that are easy for the whole family to make!
"Pie Pops" is published by Gibbs Smith. It is $19.99.