Homemade Pop Tarts

May 30, 2014

These Homemade Pop-Tarts are so much better than the store-bought kind! They’re filled with strawberry jam and finished with a sweet and simple vanilla icing. 

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Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tart Recipe

Once you try these delicious homemade pop tarts you’ll never look at store-bought pop tarts the same! I haven’t really cared for the store bought ones since I was probably 10 years old, but my husband and kids still love them. I decided to show those up and make a homemade version just so my husband could see how blah the other ones are.

These things melt in your mouth! Yes, they are a bit of work just for a breakfast pastry but they are totally worth it once you get to sink your teeth into one. If you wanted to do semi-homemade, you could use a store-bought pie crust but I think that kind of defeats the purpose of making them homemade.

For the jam, I used Smuckers Low Sugar Strawberry preserves and I thought it was perfect because you could actually taste the strawberry and not just sugar or an artificial sweetener (not a sponsored statement, just liked the jam).

For the glaze, I decided to use half and half instead of just milk to give it a lightly creamy flavor. Then to finish these off sprinkles are a must, right? I used funfetti sprinkles and also just some red sugar sprinkles (not pictured) and they made them look just like the real thing.

I highly recommend that you try these homemade pop tarts at least once. But then once you do you’ll be hooked and you’ll never want to go back to the real thing, so you likely just make double batches and store them in the freezer :).

They are perfectly tender and flaky and that buttery flavor is far from whatever oil is used in the boxed kind. As a matter of fact, why not try them this weekend? Yes, I think you better.

Homemade Pop-Tarts Ingredients

For these flaky pop tarts, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Ice water
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Half and half

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How to Make Homemade Pop-Tarts

  • Make pop tart dough by pulsing the flour, salt, sugar, butter and ice water in a food processor.
  • Once combined, halve the dough and shape into two disks. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll one ball of dough into a large rectangle. Then slice into smaller rectangles.
  • Place half of the dough rectangles onto a baking tray, then spoon strawberry preserves in the middle.
  • Top with another piece of dough and seal with fingers.
  • Freeze first batch of raw pop tarts for 2 hours, and repeat this process with the remaining ball of dough in the fridge.
  • After the strawberry pop tarts have chilled in the freezer, bake until golden brown.
  • Once the pop tarts are cool, top with vanilla icing and sprinkles.

Can I Use Another Flavor of Jam in These Pop-Tarts?

Yes, you can use any flavor of jam or preserves you’d like. The vanilla icing and pop tart dough pairs well with any fruit flavor!

Can I Make the Dough Without a Food Processor?

Yes, the pop tart dough is essentially a pie dough recipe. If you don’t have a food processor, I recommend using a pastry cutter or the back of a fork the combine the butter and flour mixture.

Can I Freeze These Pop-Tarts?

Yes, these easy pop tarts freeze well. Let them cool completely before placing them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen pop tarts simply reheat them in a toaster.

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Tips for the Best Pop-Tarts

  • You need to seal the edges of the homemade pop tarts well, otherwise the filling will leak out. I used my fingers to seal the pop tarts, but you may need to use the back of a fork to properly seal the edges.
  • These pop tarts will keep for a few days, but they’re best fresh since the dough becomes soggy over time.
  • Some of the strawberry filling may leak out while baking. Just scrape it off before serving!

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Homemade Pop Tarts

These homemade pop tarts are a thousand times better than those cardboard like ones you'll find in a box! They're buttery and flakey, filled with flavorful jam and finished with a sweet and simple icing. 

Servings: 8
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour , plus more for rolling
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 - 5 Tbsp ice water
  • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves , divided (or other preserve of choice)

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp half and half , plus more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Pop-Tart:

  1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, salt and granulated sugar. Add butter and pulse mixture until resembles coarse meal (it won't really come together in pieces much at this point, so don't over-process, just pulse until butter is no longer in large pieces). Add 4 Tbsp water and pulse several times, if it doesn't come together in clumps add remaining 1 Tbsp water. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch disk. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

  2. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 13 by 11-inch rectangle (when edges start to crack a little when rolling, seal them and continue rolling), then trim edges to get a 12 by 10-inch rectangle (to even the edges). Then cut into eight 5 by 3-inch rectangles (cut in half through the longness then three cuts through the opposite).
  3. Arrange 4 of the rectangles, spaced evenly apart on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 1/2 Tbsp of jam evenly down the center of each rectangle, leaving about a 3/4-inch rim on all sides uncoated. Top each with another rectangle, then seal edges with your fingertips, then reseal with a fork. Poke the top center of each tart about 4 times with a toothpick. Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week. Repeat process with remaining disk of dough.

  4. Position one oven rack near top third of the oven and a second oven rack near bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks once halfway through baking, about 25 - 30 minutes (some of the preserves may leak out, which is fine, just peel it off once it cools). Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the icing:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together all icing ingredients well then add more half and half about 1/2 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, leaving a small rim uncoated around all sides. Sprinkle tops with sprinkles if desired and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • You need to seal the edges of the homemade pop tarts well, otherwise the filling will leak out. I used my fingers to seal the pop tarts, but you may need to use the back of a fork to properly seal the edges. 
  • Recipe Source: tart portion adapted from Bon Appetit
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pop Tarts
Author: Jaclyn
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85 Comments

  • Rebecca French

    These are amazing!! Do you mind if I share your recipe on my little blog? Of course with links back to your site. :)

  • Kim

    I. he grew up on. poptarts.these. pea. My interest. I’ll be making them. A lot. I even love it with sausage egg and cheese in mine

  • Carolina

    Want to try this recipe but don’t have a food processor. Have considered purchasing one but always put it off. Would a stand mixer work?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      It’s basically a pie crust so I’d just do it by hand using a pastry cutter or fork to add the butter then mix in the water with a spoon then, then press it together. Hope you love them!

  • Mikaila Kloss

    These look awesome and I’m about to make my own, but do you think if I made them and then put icing on them, froze them and then grabbed them out and reheated them would the icing melt off? I just started to wonder how the icing doesn’t melt off on a store bought pop tart

    • Catherine E

      Catherine, I am making them now with GF flour. I have added 1 tsp xanthan gum to my flour but left the recipe unchanged otherwise.
      When using gluten free flour I have found that you can use the plain gluten free flour mixes and add about 1/2 a tsp of the xanthan gum per cup of gluten free flour. I also used a tortilla press to press the dough out evenly and then folded the tortilla in half like a half-moon (too thin to be an empanada).
      Last tip, when rolling or pressing out the gluten free flour you should press or roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. It’s way too sticky to roll like conventional flour.
      Pies, pastries and cookies are easy. Breads are a different matter.

  • Lisa

    Oh wow my daughters love pop tarts. I’m going to try these and see if they like them. I’m sure they are much healthier for them. Thanks