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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts Recipe

How many of us grew up loving Pop Tarts? *Raises hand* You know those packaged, fake pies with all types of filling from fruits to chocolate to marshmallows? Today, I’m showing you how easy it is to make your own homemade version and they are SO MUCH better than those preservative filled pies that we gobbled down as kids. To be honest, I’m not sure I can ever eat a boxed Pop Tart again after trying these. Sorry not sorry.

With the kids still home ALL. THE. TIME. (thanks, stupid pandemic!) I’ve been trying to come up with fun snacks or at least something to keep us busy. Last week was Valentine’s Day Heart Peanut Butter Cookies and Cookie Dough Frosting. Today, the snack was homemade Pop Tarts.

homemade pop tarts with sprinkles

What is a Pop Tart?

According to Wikipedia, “Pop-Tarts is a brand of toaster pastries that the Kellogg Company introduced in 1964. Pop-Tarts have a sugary filling sealed inside two layers of thin, rectangular pastry crust. … Although sold pre-cooked, they are designed to be warmed inside a toaster or microwave oven.

Originally not frosted when first introduced in 1964, it was later determined that frosting could withstand the toaster, and the first frosted Pop-Tarts were officially released in 1967. The first Pop-Tarts came out in four different flavors: strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and apple currant.

So, it’s basically a hand-held pie with frosting that you throw in the toaster for breakfast or a snack. I wouldn’t really say it’s a true pastry crust and they nailed it with the “sugary filling” because we aren’t sure what is exactly in the boxed Pop Tarts filling.

Pop Tart Fillings

While I’m showing you how to make Strawberry Pop Tarts today, there are many other fillings that you can try. Nutella, blueberry, Nutella/marshmallow, and raspberry are just a few great filings that are perfect inside a flaky crust.

Pop Tart Toppings

Sure, I’m partial to sprinkles but that doesn’t mean you can’t leave your Pop Tarts topping-less. Yep, you can leave off the icing and sprinkles and make ones just like the original Pop Tarts of 1964. Or top the Pop Tarts with marshmallow, other types of glaze, or crushed pretzels would be amazing on a Nutella Pop Tart.

Can I Make Homemade Pie Crust for these Pop Tarts?

Of course, you can make homemade pie crust. I didn’t but that doesn’t mean you can’t. If you have time and want to make MORE Pop Tarts than just 6, I would suggest making your own pie crust.

This Homemade Pie Crust recipe is a great one!

Do Pop Tarts have to be Rectangle?

Absolutely not. You can put some cookie cutter to good use and make all kinds of shapes. I would stick to basic shapes. I used my left over dough to make a few Pop Tart mini hearts and they were SO cute!

pop tart hearts on a cutting board

Ingredients

pop tart ingredients on a table

Ready to Bake Pie Crusts (2)

For the Strawberry Filling

  • 3/4 cups strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoons water, cold

For the Egg Wash

  • 1 egg (beaten)

For the Glaze

  • 1 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

  • To make the filling, put the strawberry jam and finely chopped fresh strawberries into a saucepan and heat over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir periodically. While the strawberries are heating, whisk the cornstarch with 1 tsp vanilla and 1 TBSP water until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the jam. Cook over medium heat for another 4-5 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Roll out one pie dough on a floured surface. Roll into a rectangle as much as you can. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 even rectangles. Repeat with second pie dough roll so that you have 12 rectangles.
  • Place 6 rectangles on a baking sheet (that is covered with parchment paper).
pop tart dough on a baking sheet
  • Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the strawberry jam mixture into the middle of each pastry. Spread the filling around but be sure to leave border around the edges to seal the pastries.
  • Cover each square with the remaining dough squares. Crimp all the way around the pastries with a fork to seal them.
  • Brush the top of the pastries with the egg wash.
uncooked handheld pies on tray
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on a baking rack.
pastries cooling on cooling rack
  • To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla until smooth.
  • Spoon the glaze over each cooled homemade Pop Tart and top with sprinkles.
fruit pastries cut open with sprinkles
strawberry pop tarts on cooking rack
pop tarts with sprinkles

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

A delicious and easy, homemade strawberry Pop Tart recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 492 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Filling

  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup strawberries finely chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water

For the Pie Crust

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg beaten

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • To make the filling, put the strawberry jam and finely chopped fresh strawberries into a saucepan and heat over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir periodically. While the strawberries are heating, whisk the cornstarch with 1 tsp vanilla and 1 TBSP water until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the jam. Cook over medium heat for another 4-5 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Roll out one pie dough on a floured surface. Roll into a rectangle as much as you can. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 even rectangles. Repeat with second pie dough roll so that you have 12 rectangles.
  • Place 6 rectangles on a baking sheet (that is covered with parchment paper). Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the strawberry jam mixture into the middle of each pastry. Spread the filling around but be sure to leave border around the edges to seal the pastries.
  • Cover each square with the remaining dough squares. Crimp all the way around the pastries with a fork to seal them.
  • Brush the top of the pastries with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on a baking rack.

GLAZE

  • To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla until smooth. Spoon the glaze over each cooled Pop Tart and top with sprinkles.

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Nutrition

Calories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 2gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 2mg
Keyword breakfast, pastry, pop tart, strawberry
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