These homemade Pop-Tarts® include all the flavor of the original, but don't contain any of the stuff you can't pronounce on the back of the box! They freeze well and can be filled with anything. Try pumpkin butter, cinnamon sugar, Nutella®, or peanut butter and jelly! Homemade fruit preserves are delicious as well! Top with confectioners' sugar.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 pastries
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Filling:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Sift flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt together into a bowl. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles small peas. Add vanilla. Mix in cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together and forms a ball.

  • Divide dough into 2 pieces and wrap with plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

  • Beat softened butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl to make filling.

  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into rectangles with a knife. Drop 1 tablespoon of filling onto half of the rectangles. Cover with remaining rectangles. Press edges with a fork to seal. Poke a few holes in the top of each pastry with a toothpick.

  • Arrange pastries on the lined baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool pastries on a wire rack, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 26.5g; fat 23.3g; cholesterol 61mg; sodium 236.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2017
This was such a FUN recipe to make!! Made it with my son and his friends last night -- and they're all in college!!! They loved the filling. I made my own frosting using 1/4 c confectioner's sugar, dash of vanilla, and 1/2 T water. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2018
These tasted pretty good, but the dough was not the best. I made it exactly as written, and it was quite crumbly. I added a little more water, and it did come together eventually--though it was difficult to work with, and still kind of crumbly even with extra water. I thought that as it would bake, it would come together a little more, but it really didn't. It's still super crumbly and makes eating these pretty messy. The overall flavor is good, just too crumbly. If I made these again, I would probably use Chef John's pie crust recipe instead, and then make the pop tarts from there. I also filled mine with blueberry jam, and they tasted great. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2017
This was such a FUN recipe to make!! Made it with my son and his friends last night -- and they're all in college!!! They loved the filling. I made my own frosting using 1/4 c confectioner's sugar, dash of vanilla, and 1/2 T water. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2018
Fabulous crust! make sure chill the dough- makes all the difference in the flaky crumb. we subbed organic strawberry preserves for the filling & made icing for the top. These are even toastable at a low setting. They come out soft & melt in your mouth Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2020
Good but dough too thick. Next time I’ll roll to only 1/4 inch thick. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2020
I really liked how light and fluffy the dough turned out, but I think there should be less butter, because it was kind of sticky and greasy no matter how much flour I added. I used strawberry jam instead of the cinnamon filling and I tried it with apple sauce as well. Both times they turned out well. P.S. This is not important, but you have the same name as me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2019
No changes will make again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2020
I have been making Homemade Pop Tarts for years for my Grandchildren. They look forward to them for their birthdays and Christmas or just because. I use the French Pastry Pie Crust recipe from TJ from this site. It is fun to use different fillings and toppings. Many times I will use my homemade jams for the fillings. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2020
Great treat! Family loved!! I recommend rolling to dough out extra thin because it does puff up. If the dough is too thick it’s too much pastry to filling. As well as the brown sugar filling, I filled some with some nice jams. And even made a glaze for the top. Overall delicia recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2018
These tasted pretty good, but the dough was not the best. I made it exactly as written, and it was quite crumbly. I added a little more water, and it did come together eventually--though it was difficult to work with, and still kind of crumbly even with extra water. I thought that as it would bake, it would come together a little more, but it really didn't. It's still super crumbly and makes eating these pretty messy. The overall flavor is good, just too crumbly. If I made these again, I would probably use Chef John's pie crust recipe instead, and then make the pop tarts from there. I also filled mine with blueberry jam, and they tasted great. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2020
These were yummy! I did, however, use 1/2 butter & 1/2 shortening. The crust is light and flaky, like pie crust. Read More
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