Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Homemade Pop Tarts

I love Pop Tarts and so do my kids, but one thing that makes me cringe is when I thing about the ingredients listed in the back of the box. There's a bit of this and a bit of that and names I can't even pronounce, not to mention there are over 50 ingredients in the store bought ones. I mean....50 INGREDIENTS?!?!?!?!?!

What the heck is in there? A toaster? A kitchen-aid mixer?

Anyway, I'm always looking for recipes to make some of our favorite treats at home and I started seeing these pop up all over the net, I bookmarked a few to try and today was the day.

These are seriously delicious and my kids already told me "way better than the box ones, don't buy those anymore". I may have just given myself a lot more work, but you know, that's ok.

You have GOT to try these. BTW, this recipe only makes about 5 or 6 small pop tarts, so don't freak out when they don't look as big as the store bought won't even mind when you taste the buttery pastry. *drool*

Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop-Tarts
credit: The Crepes of Wrath who adapted from Genesis of a Cook

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out the dough)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening, cubed
1/4 cup butter, cubed and at room temperature (I mean it – if it’s cold, it won’t cut into the flour the right way)
2-3 tablespoons cold water

2-3 tablespoons of jam (any flavor is fine)

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons of milk
sprinkles (any kind will do)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the flour and the salt in a large mixing bowl, then add in the cubed butter and shortening. Mix everything together with clean hands until the dough is crumbly.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Add in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture forms a ball. I used a bit less than 2 tablespoons. If your dough gets too wet, add in a bit more flour to compensate.

Homemade Pop Tarts

2. Separate the dough into two balls. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a square, to about 1/8 inch thickness (mine was a bit thinner than that). Cut out long strips about 3 inches wide and 5 inches long. You might have to collect up scraps of unused dough and roll it out again to use up all of the dough.

3. Take one pie crust rectangle and place 1 teaspoon of jam on top (do NOT use more than this, seriously).

Homemade Pop Tarts

Fold the top part of the dough over on to the bottom part (see the above photos). Use a form to crimp the corners of the dough shut. Repeat with the rest of dough. Place the Pop-Tarts on a lined and greased baking sheet (I covered my baking sheet in tinfoil and sprayed it with non-stick spray) and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden and set.

Homemade Pop Tarts

4. Remove the Pop-Tarts from the oven and place the entire baking sheet on a cooling rack; don’t try to remove them from the baking sheet until they’re completely cooled. When they’re cool, place the powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 tablespoon of milk at a time, until the icing is a thick consistency, like syrup. Use a spoon to pour the icing over the Pop-Tarts (you can also use a knife or a spatula). Sprinkle the sprinkles over the wet frosting and allow to set (I put mine in the fridge for about an hour to speed this process up.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Enjoy! Makes 5-6 Pop-Tarts. Stores well in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week.

Homemade Pop Tarts


  1. I grew up on pop tarts and now I have an addicted son:) These are certainly more work than the others, but I may have to give them a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sandra those look fabulous and I am sure they taste a hundred times better than pop tarts!! Great idea! xxoo

  3. Oh it is so cruel to post these right after I start my diet! They look so good.

  4. These will most certainly get whipped up tomorrow morning ... I can't wait to try these!!!