BIRD FOOD : valentine treats

the last time i was at target, i purchased this adorable little heart pie mold.  i knew it would be a fun activity for channing and i to do, for a special treat to deliver to our friends for valentine's day.  they were simple to make and turned out looking pretty and festive.  they taste pretty darned good too....especially when accompanied by ice cold milk and a wide stripey straw. 

INGREDIENTS:

strawberry jam

diced strawberries

1 box store bought pie crust (makes 5 pies)

1 egg

sugar in the raw

FYI...the pie mold container is deceiving.  there is NOT a small heart cut out as part of the mold.  you could do this if you had a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter but i did not.  just so ya know and aren't surprised about it like i was! 

FYI...the pie mold container is deceiving.  there is NOT a small heart cut out as part of the mold.  you could do this if you had a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter but i did not.  just so ya know and aren't surprised about it like i was! 

cut out hearts using the back side of the pie mold. you can get 5 hearts out of one pie crust... so 5 pies out of a box of two pre-made crusts.

cut out hearts using the back side of the pie mold. you can get 5 hearts out of one pie crust... so 5 pies out of a box of two pre-made crusts.

press dough gently into the mold

press dough gently into the mold

fill with jam and a sprinkle in a few strawberries

fill with jam and a sprinkle in a few strawberries

brush egg onto dough before closing the mold, it helps the dough stick together

brush egg onto dough before closing the mold, it helps the dough stick together

squeeze tight!

squeeze tight!

brush on a bit more of the egg onto the dough before sprinkling with sugar

brush on a bit more of the egg onto the dough before sprinkling with sugar

make a small slit in the center of the top of the heart. bake for 16-20 minutes at 400 degrees ( or...i used convection at 400 for about 8 minutes )

make a small slit in the center of the top of the heart. bake for 16-20 minutes at 400 degrees ( or...i used convection at 400 for about 8 minutes )

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