Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Homemade Pop-Tarts

My sweet friend Becky of Vintage Mixer came over a few Saturday's ago and suggested we make homemade pop-tarts together. I've never made pop-tarts and was excited about the idea! Well... we were poor planners and didn't prepare our dough in enough time so we were unable to bake these fun little packages together but I could not shake the desire to make them myself. They are easy and a super fun breakfast (or dessert).

Pop-Tarts... from scratch:

2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Cup cold, unsalted butter (cubed)
4 Tablespoons ice cold water

Combine flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Add chilled butter, in thirds. Using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives and a fork), cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it is completely coated and the mixture resembles tiny peas. Add ice water and mix until the dough forms a ball. Divide in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2 hours, or overnight.

Remove the dough and roll out (on a lightly floured surface) into 2 thin discs. Trim edges and slice each piece into 6 rectangles (or circles or squares!). Put a dollop of the filling of your choice onto the center of 6 pieces and then top them with the other 6 pieces of dough. With wet fingertips, seal the edges of each tart, then crimp with a fork. Poke a few small holes in the tops. Freeze tarts for 2 hours on the baking sheet.

Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Some filling may leak out... it's ok. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

Filling options:

Brown Sugar and butter

I used chocolate and Becky had brought me a jar of Marion Berry Jam from her trip to Oregon so I used that as well. They were absolutely delicious! They are just a simple, hand-held pie and are better than any store bought "tart" I've ever tasted.


  1. Oh how cute! They look easy too and there are so many different filling options. :-) Yum!

  2. My kids are always bugging me to buy Pop Tarts, I'm sure these would be so much better. How fun.

  3. fun fun, I have only heaver had pop-tarts a few times in my life and my tots never so we just get around to making these as a saturday morning treat!

  4. I think these are so adorable! What a fun idea! :)

  5. I made these last week with some preserves made from frozen strawberries. My boyfriend, who is picky and is rather lost in the kitchen, enjoyed making these with me, though I think he enjoyed eating them more.

  6. Such a great idea to make homemade pop tarts! I've tried those sold at supermarket and don't quite like. But i am sure homemade ones definitely taste better!

  7. Yum!! I can't wait to try making them. I'm glad that weren't too hard.

  8. Cute idea! These are so much better than the ones full of preservatives from the supermarket. The Nutella one sounds really good!

  9. This is a great idea. I found your blog by happy accident. I had planned only to say hello and then move on. Instead I started to read your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I intended. I really like what you are doing here. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Your pop tarts look much better than the packaged varitey, and I'm sure they tasted wonderful. With all of your homemade jams you could have the most interesting and tasty pop tarts around. Did you have any trouble keeping the edges sealed?

  11. Cristie...

    Hello my friend! Yes, I had trouble keeping the edges sealed. Nothing too terrible but they did leak a bit. Any tips for me? :) I trust you... without question!

  12. I grew up loving poptarts and have wanted to homemake them for so long. Yours look fabulous and ar inspiring me to get it together enough to bake them. Mmmmm wonderful!