Homemade Pop Tarts

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Delicious Homemade Pop Tarts – they’re easier to make than you think and can be customized based off of your favorite fillings and frosting!

Pop tarts are one of those things that you eat for breakfast that aren’t necessarily filling or nutritious, but they sure are GOOD. Kinda like a donut or a cinnamon roll… 😉

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!

process shots showing how to make homemade pop tarts

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?!

Homemade poptarts on a white rectangle serving platter

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.

Filling tips

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.

Diy pop tarts on a plate with one broken in half

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:

Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Delicious Homemade Pop Tarts - they're easier to make than you think and can be customized based off of your favorite fillings and frosting!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 pop tarts
Calories 263 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Pop Tart

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp half & half or milk
  • 1 drop food coloring
  • sprinkles of choice

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy!! Yummy!! I can’t wait to make these with my daughter. They keep cancelling school because of the snow/below 0 temps we’re having, so this will be the perfect treat to make.

  2. 5 stars
    this was my first experience with this type of pastry. I thought the recipe was easy to follow. I was not able to get the dough in enough of a rectangle to make eight of the same dimension. I ended up with seven in various proportions. I added a few more tablespoons of buttermilk to get the dough to the right texture. they smelled so good in the oven and the taste and texture were excellent. I would make these again.

  3. 5 stars
    WHy have I waited so long to make these from scratch?! My kids love pop tarts! These were super easy to make & tasted so much better than store bought! Can’t wait to try other flavors!

  4. 5 stars
    I never thought to make pop tarts.. These were really easy and so much better than store bought! My kids are coming up with all DIFFERENT flavors now. Thank you for the recipe

  5. 5 stars
    Who ever thought you could make pop tarts? These are as good if not better than the ones you buy and you can make them any flavor you want. Takes a little time but well worth it.