A fun Aladdin-inspired dessert that kids can make, today’s Magic Carpet Poptarts are a fun homemade dessert for an Aladdin movie night!
Magic Carpet Poptarts Recipe
Disney Movie Nights are a family tradition in our home.
Typically, we pick the movie at the beginning of the week and brainstorm the menu as a family. We think of foods mentioned or shown in the movie, discuss if the movie has cultural influences that could also be used to influence our menu and also talk about natural tie-ins (like a monkeybread for Abu the monkey, etc).
I’ve always used these movie nights as a way to introduce new foods and flavors, but I tend to stick to one “new” recipe and round out the rest of the menu with fun twists on foods that I already know my family is going to love. It helps make the new food a little less intimidating and also makes it a little less daunting for me in the kitchen than if I was to risk preparing a full menu that the whole family might snub.
For our family’s Aladdin movie night, we decided to make:
- a Watermelon Salad with apples, pistachios and feta – watermelon, pistachios and apples are all mentioned in the movie so we created an Aladdin-themed twist on a watermelon-feta salad with a honey-based dressing
- Chicken Shawarma Bowls – I’ve made chicken shawarma a few times, but always without the traditional “accompaniments” like pickles, picked turnips, tomatoes, etc. My daughter in particular is very picky when it comes to pickled vegetables so this was a fun way to present them in a low-stress atmosphere. She could try them, or not (for REALLY picky eaters, you can use a segmented plate)
- a duo of Aladdin-themed drinks: Genie’s cotton candy punch and Jafar’s pomegranate ginger ale
- and finally, two desserts: homemade Baklava and Magic Carpet Poptarts
Usually, we have a craft or fun activity for our movie nights (since the movie only takes up about an hour and a half of the night) but instead of a craft, I thought it would be fun to let the kids make their own Magic Carpets Poptarts!
We made a very simple two-ingredient homemade poptart together and after they were cooled down, we made frosting and pulled out the sprinkles and the kids decorated their own individual tarts to look like Magic Carpets!
Ella decided to pull up a Google image of the magic carpet to ensure her tart was decorated “properly” – but everyone had fun and I think they all turned out pretty cute!
How to Make Magic Carpet Poptarts
- Make your poptarts using pre-made pie crust dough and a favorite jam
- Crimp the edges of the tarts using a fork – this prevents the jam from leaking out and also gives it the impression of a carpet “fringe”
- Bake the poptarts as you prepare purple and blue icing with powdered sugar, cream and vanilla extract to decorate your poptarts
- Allow the poptarts to cool before decorating
- Decorate the poptarts with the prepared frosting, using toothpicks for the intricate details
- Add gold sprinkle embellishments, as desired
Pin this Easy Aladdin Dessert Recipe for Your Next Family Movie Night:
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- Prepared Pie Dough
- 1/3 cup Strawberry Jam
- Powdered Icing Sugar
- 3-5 Tablespoons Table Cream, as needed
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Purple and Blue Food Dye, as desired
- Gold Sprinkles, as desired
- On a clean cutting board or floured surface, roll out the pie crust doughs.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into approximately 2.5" by 4" rectangles.
- Try to match up approximate pairs of the cut-up pie dough rectangles.
- Place one of each of the pairs' rectangles on a greased cookie sheet. These are the "bottoms" of the poptarts.
- Spread 1 Tablespoon of jam down the middle of each of the poptart bottoms, avoiding about 1/2" around the edges.
- Place the matching/top poptart squares over the bottom poptart squares and gently create a seal around the jam filling by pressing the pie dough together.
- Use a fork to crimp the edges of the poptarts, which also creates a "fringe" for the magic carpets.
- Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes.
To Decorate the Poptarts
- Allow the poptarts to cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting, whisk together the powdered/confectioner's sugar, cream and vanilla extract.
- Scoop 1/3 of the frosting into a separate bowl.
- Dye the main bowl of frosting purple and dye the smaller bowl of frosting blue.
- Spread the purple frosting onto the cooled poptarts using an off set spatula or butter knife.
- Use a toothpick to add details with the blue frosting.
- Garnish with gold sprinkles, as desired.
- Allow frosting to set/dry completely for 10 minutes before storing or serving.
This is a great dessert to make with the kids – whether you’re making it as part of a Disney movie night or as a fun Aladdin party activity. And I don’t think any kid would object to one of these cute tarts making their way into their lunchboxes!
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