Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts

Kristina Vanni and Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Chill: 60 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 9 servings
Yields: 9 pop tarts

Pop-Tarts are a brand of toaster pastries from Kellogg's that have been on store shelves since 1964. The signature fruity, sugary filling tucked inside two layers of pastry crust is often topped with a sweet frosting and enjoyed as a quick breakfast or snack.

This homemade version of the childhood classic treat can be filled and topped just like your favorite Pop-Tart variety. Here, strawberry filling and traditional frosting and sprinkles are used, but feel free to use your favorite flavor of jam and get creative with your preferred colors and decorations.

The dough can be made in advance if you want to get a head start on a weekend baking project. Plus, the pop tarts keep well both at room temperature or in the freezer to save for later.

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (cold and cut into cubes)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 egg (to brush on the pastry)
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Multicolored nonpareil sprinkles

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Pop Tarts ingredients

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  2. To make the crust, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the cold, cubed butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized lumps form. 

    Butter being cut into the dry ingredients in a bowl with a pastry blender

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  3. Mix in the egg and milk until combined.

    Egg added to the pastry in a bowl

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  4. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Pastry dough divided in two and wrapped in plastic wrap

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  5. To make the filling, combine the cornstarch and cold water. Place in a small saucepan with the strawberry jam and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

    Strawberry jam and cornstarch mixture in a pot

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  6. To assemble the tarts, place one piece of the chilled dough on a floured surface and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8" thick. Trim to a 9x12-inch rectangle.

    Pastry dough rolled out into a big rectangle on a floured surface

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  7. Cut into nine 3x4-inch rectangles. Repeat with the second piece of dough.

    Dough cut into 9 rectangles with a knife

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  8. Place nine of the rectangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Beat the egg and brush over the surface of the crust.

    Pastry rectangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet brushed with egg

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  9. Place a heaping tablespoon of the filling into the center of each rectangle.

    Rectangles of dough topped with strawberry filling

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  10. Place the remaining nine rectangles on top, using a fork to seal well on all sides. Prick the tops with a fork to allow the steam to escape. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Homemade Pop Tarts sealed with a fork ready to be baked

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  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool before frosting and decorating.

  12. For the topping, combine the powdered sugar and milk in a medium bowl until the desired spreading consistency is reached. Add additional sugar or milk as necessary.

    Icing mixed in a bowl with a spatula

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  13. Spread the topping over the cooled tarts. Top with nonpareil sprinkles and enjoy.

    Homemade Pop Tarts on a cooling rack topped with sprinkles

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Tips

  • The dough for the crust can also be prepared and refrigerated for up to 2 days in advance. If prepared in advance, allow it to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes before rolling out.
  • Store baked and decorated pop tarts at room temperature for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Variations

  • Make pop tarts using your favorite jam, including raspberry, cherry, or blueberry jam.
  • Flavor the icing with lemon or orange zest, vanilla or almond extract, and more. Add a few drops of food coloring for a colorful treat.