Delicious Homemade Pop Tarts – they’re easier to make than you think and can be customized based off of your favorite fillings and frosting!
a treat kids (and husbands) will love
Hi guys! Alicia here. I have to know – what are your guilty pleasure foods? You know, those foods that are probably not the best for you, but you can’t stop eating them anyway. For my husband, one of those foods is pop tarts.
He has loved them since he was a child, and they are still one of his favorite treats. My kids and I give him a big box of them for every birthday and Christmas, and he would be more than happy to eat them every day.
Knowing of his love for pop tarts, I thought it would be fun to experiment and see if I could come up with an equally delicious version at home. These homemade pop tarts are delicious and adorable, and I love that they’re made from scratch!
How to Make Homemade Pop Tarts
Although they do take a little time, these homemade pop tarts are super easy to make. If you want to make things even easier and faster, you could definitely use store-bought pie crust instead of homemade, but I love my flaky homemade pie crust!
CRUST. Roll the pie crust out to about 1/8 inch thick, then cut it into rectangles. I just eyeballed mine, and they were about 3 inches by 4 inches.
Place half of the pie crust pieces onto parchment lined baking sheets, then brush with egg wash.
FILLING. Spoon your fruit preserves onto the center of each piece. I used mixed berry preserves, but you could use whatever flavor you like. Try to keep the preserves to the center as much as possible.
Using a chopstick or skewer, poke holes in the over half of the pie crust pieces to allow steam to escape.
Place the top pieces over the filling, and crimp with a fork to close. Things may get a little messy at that point, but it’s totally okay!
BAKE. Brush the tops of the pop tarts with egg wash, and bake until golden brown, then allow to cool completely. When they have cooled, you’ll mix up a simple and sweet glaze, and then add the sprinkles.
How pretty are these pop tarts?!
They’re not exactly the same as real Pop Tarts, since this crust is a little flakier, but I personally think they taste way better! The combination of sweet glaze, crisp pastry, and fruit filling is totally delicious.
What do I do if the filling is too runny? This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re using store bought fruit preserves.
If you find your homemade mix is too runny, combine ½ tablespoon of cornstarch and ½ tablespoon water in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 c fruit preserves and then pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stir constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken before filling the pastry.
Can I use brown sugar mix instead of fruit? Of course! All of the steps are the same except replace the fruit preserves with the following Brown Sugar mixture:
Mix ½ c brown sugar with 2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tbsp flour. Place about 1 tablespoon of the mix in the middle of the pop tart.
Save them for later
Leftover pop tarts can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 1-2 days. To reheat use a microwave or a toaster oven. I do not recommend using a toaster because the fruit preserves tend to leak out when the pastry is turned on its side.
Freezing homemade pop tarts: Once the pop tarts have cooled, place pop tarts in an airtight freezer safe container. Separate the layers with parchment or wax paper. You can also individually wrap the pop tarts with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 1 month.
These homemade pop tarts would be perfect for a fun breakfast or snack, or a delicious dessert. We will definitely be making these again and experimenting with different fillings! Kids will go nuts over these, so be sure to give them a try!
For more breakfast sweets, check out:
- Mini Cinnamon Rolls
- Lemon Crumb Muffins
- Mini Frosted Cinnamon Donut Muffins
- Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins
Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup fruit preserves
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp half & half or milk
- 1 drop food coloring
- sprinkles of choice
In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour and salt. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, and cut in using a pastry blender or the paddle attachment, until the pieces of butter are no larger than pea sized. Add the buttermilk, and mix until the dough just starts to come together.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently work into a ball, handling as little as possible. Divide the dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least twenty minutes, or until ready to use.
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners and set aside. Whisk the egg and milk together in a small bowl.
- Roll the discs out to ⅛ inch thick on a floured surface. Cut the dough into rectangles using a pizza cutter (mine were about 3 inches by 4 inches). Brush half of the rectangles with the egg mixture, then spoon 1 teaspoon of preserves onto the center of the brushed rectangles.
- Using a chopstick, poke holes in the other half of the rectangles to allow steam to escape. Place the pieces with holes on top of the bottom pieces, and crimp with a fork to close. Brush the tops with the egg mixture.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool completely. While the pop tarts are cooling, whisk together all ingredients for the glaze except the sprinkles. Spoon the glaze over the cooled pop tarts and top with sprinkles if desired.
For more great recipes from Alicia, go to The Baker Upstairs.