Easter chick tarts
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If you are looking for an egg-free Easter treat that is not too sweet this is the one.
Recipe type: Easter tarts
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 15
  • ½ pack of ready to use sweet pastry tarts
  • 4 cups store bought vanilla pudding, prepared as per instructions on box
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 orange and 1 red licorice twists (rainbow twizzlers)
  • 2 containers (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping (cool whip), thawed
  • 24 mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup either white jelly beans or Cadbury mini eggs
  1. Place the pastry cases on tray and bake. Once cooked let cool.
  2. Mix up vanilla pudding as per box instructions.
  3. Stir the coconut extract and pudding mix together and place into pastry tarts until they are about half way up.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350oF and place coconut onto parchment paper and cook in oven until toasted. Shake tray every few minutes to ensure you don't burn coconut. Coconut should come out golden brown, transfer and let cool.
  5. Cut the orange licorice into 12¾ inch triangles with scissors. Cut the red licorice crosswise into 36 thin slices with scissors.
  6. For the nests, sprinkle the edges (or top them fully if it's just a nest) of pies with some of the toasted coconut.
  7. For the chicks divide the whipped topping among 2 ziplock bags. Press out the excess air and close bags. Working with one bag at a time, keeping the others refrigerated, snip a corner from the bag. For the body, pipe a large dollop of whipped topping in the centre of a pie allowing it to form a peak at one end for the tail. Then pipe a smaller dollop for the head. Then pipe a wing at either side of the head.
  8. Then using the licorice use the orange for the beak and three red thin slices for the tuff on the head and then for the hens wattle (flappy bits under their necks). Use the chocolate chips for eyes and using either chocolate eggs on white jelly beans around the nest to look like eggs.
  9. Serves - 15
  10. Prep time: 35 mins
  11. Oven temp 190oC/375oF
  12. Cook time 15-20 mins for pastry to cook
Recipe by Canadian Budget Binder at https://canadianbudgetbinder.com/2014/04/20/easter-tarts/