Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I am that parent that occasionally buys her kids boxed pop tarts for busy mornings. They are easy enough for the girls to put in the toaster and eat on their way to the bus. But I always wanted to make homemade strawberry pop tarts.

When we started watching what we were eating and reading the ingredients on these packaged foods, I realized that the store-bought pop tarts probably weren’t the best option. Plus, I don’t know about you, but they don’t taste the same as they did when we were kids.

As much as I’m not a fan of rolling dough for any reason, I vowed to try to make my girls homemade strawberry pop tarts every once and a while as a treat. Now that they’ve tasted these, they can’t imagine eating the boxed version ever again. 

pie crust on a cooling rack

homemade strawberry pop tarts on a cooling rack

Before I share our homemade strawberry pop tarts recipe, let me share a few tips.

If you want to save even more time, you can purchase frosting from the store instead of making your own.

Make sure to wait until the pop tarts are completely cool before adding the icing. Otherwise, it will just melt and run right off. 

If you have one, I recommend using a silicone cutting board. They are super easy to clean and the dough won’t stick to it as much!

breakfast on a plate with additional on a cooling rack nearby

homemade strawberry pop tart close up

What if I don’t like strawberry preserves?

If you aren’t a fan of strawberry preserves, you can substitute the filling with anything you’d prefer. We’ve tried hazelnut spread and caramel (which was amazing by the way). 

How can I store these homemade strawberry pop tarts?

I usually place them in an air-tight container and leave them on the counter for a couple of days. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat them all that quickly, you can keep them in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

two homemade strawberry pop tarts on a plate

homemade strawberry pop tart on a lavender plate

Can you describe how they taste?

They taste like pie, but in a convenient shape that you can hold in your hand and eat without getting messy. 

Can I toast them?

We haven’t tried to toast them. My girls usually just eat them at room temperature. But if you want to put them in a convection oven, I would put it on the lowest setting and start at just a couple of minutes. You don’t want the icing to melt all over your toaster.

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I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make these homemade strawberry pop tarts.

Step 1: Using an index card or a piece of paper, cut the pie crust into 3×5′ pieces.

Step 2: Lay the rectangle pieces on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Step 3: Put a heaping tablespoon of strawberry preserves or jam in the center of half of the pie crust rectangles.

Step 4: Whisk the egg and 1 tbsp of milk in a bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush egg wash along the edges of the rectangles that have the preserves. 

Step 5: Spread the preserves out so that it fills the pie crust rectangle (but doesn’t touch the egg wash).

Step 6: Pick up one of the empty rectangles and place it on top of one of the rectangles with the preserves and egg wash. Press the edges with your finger, all the way around so that there are no open holes where the filling can leak out. Repeat with the remaining rectangles.

Step 7: Using a fork, press along each side of each pop tart.

Step 8: Using the pastry brush, brush each pop tart with egg wash. 

Step 9: Cut small slits in the top of each pop tart, using a knife. This is to let steam out, so they don’t burst in the oven.

Step 10: Bake at 400º for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Step 11: Whisk together the powdered sugar, 2 tbsp of milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until fully combined. Spoon some on top of each pop tart.

Step 12: If you choose to decorate them, sprinkle them each with sprinkles. 

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homemade strawberry pop tarts

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the inside of a homemade strawberry pop tart

Easy Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Fresh out of the oven pie crust with a strawberry preserve filling, covered in icing.  Once you make your own homemade strawberry pop tarts, you’ll never buy the boxed version again.


Ingredients

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Pop Tarts:

  • Refrigerated pie crust (2 pack), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves or jam

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp milk (or water)

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using an index card or a piece of paper, cut the pie crust into 3×5′ pieces. You’ll need to save the scrap pieces to combine and roll out so that you can cut enough rectangles.
  • Lay the rectangle pieces on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Put a heaping tablespoon of strawberry preserves or jam in the center of half of the pie crust rectangles.
  • Whisk the egg and 1 tbsp of milk in a bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush egg wash along the edges of the rectangles that have the preserves.
  • Spread the preserves out so that it fills the pie crust rectangle (but doesn’t touch the egg wash).
  • Pick up one of the empty rectangles and place it on top of one of the rectangles with the preserves and egg wash. Press the edges with your finger, all the way around so that there are no open holes where the filling can leak out. Repeat with the remaining rectangles.
  • Using a fork, press along each side of each pop tart.
  • Using the pastry brush, brush each pop tart with egg wash.
  • Cut small slits in the top of each pop tart, using a knife. This is to let steam out, so they don’t burst in the oven.
  • Bake at for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, 2 tbsp of milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until fully combined. Spoon some on top of each pop tart.
  • If you choose to decorate them, sprinkle them each with sprinkles.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Method: Bake

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Fresh out of the oven pie crust with a strawberry preserve filling, covered in icing.  Once you make your own homemade strawberry pop tarts, you'll never buy the boxed version again.
Fresh out of the oven pie crust with a strawberry preserve filling, covered in icing.  Once you make your own homemade strawberry pop tarts, you'll never buy the boxed version again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hhhmmm….these look tasty and are definitely a family activity for us to get involved in. Thanks for sharing about it, Heather!

  2. Those strawberry pop tarts look so good 😍 I am sure my family would love these! I have gotta make these pop tarts soon.

  3. These homemade strawberry pop tarts are another awesome way to eat the usual strawberry preserves!

  4. This looks a Million times better than the store-bought variety. I never really cared for those

  5. My kids arent that fan of strawberries so I might try hazelnut spread and caramel. Thanks for this great recipe

  6. These pop tarts look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make these at home for the kids

  7. Oooh these looks delicious and I know my boys would love them (as would I), also look pretty easy to make – thanks for sharing

    Laura x

  8. It looks amazing! Everything tastes better when it’s homemade! Saving it to make when my son comes to visit!

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  9. These look so yummy. I could make it for between meals sometimes. It will be a good snack. Thank you for sharing!

  10. These look so easy and fun! My kids loved pop tarts when they were little but this homemade version is so much better than store bought.

  11. These looks great and such a nice way to control what is inside of your breakfast, the sugar and the ingredients too!

  12. I’d never thought about making my own pop tarts but it sounds like such a good idea, and you can put in way more filling that you ever get with a bought pop tart x

  13. I’ve never had a poptart before! There! I said it! But I’d certainly love to give them a go after reading this. Even if it’s just one I’ve home made. They sound delicious!

  14. This recipe for homemade strawberry pop tarts will have you skipping the boxed version because they are so easy to make!

  15. I haven’t had Pop Tarts since I was a kid. And Haven’t eaten one since because they aren’t suitable for vegetarians. But this recipe looks so nice, so now I can finally make my own

  16. Wow these poptarts look so good! Truthfully I had no idea how easy it was to make your own poptarts! I need to try it.

  17. These look so good. I bet they taste much better than the ones in the shops as those are awful.

  18. I have only tried pop tarts once in my life, and they were terrific! Your recipe looks straightforward enough for me to follow, so that I will give it a try. I know my husband and daughter will love them! Thank you.

  19. Nice and so easy. I would definitely love it but I’ll skipped the sweet toppings since I’m watching my weight.

  20. My older son has been eating pop tarts like it’s going out of style lately. And he only eats the frosted strawberry. I love making them on our own so we can control the ingredients.

  21. These homemade pop tarts brought back so many memories of my childhood. I’ll be making these for my kids and nieces. My brothers will appreciate bringing back a classic treat!

  22. I’ve always wanted to make homemade pop tarts. I can’t wait to try these out. Strawberry is one of my favorite flavors too.

  23. I would never have thought of making pop tarts myself but what a good idea and they sound like they wouldn’t be too hard to make either!

  24. These look so much better than the ones you can buy from the store! I love making homemade pop tarts. We usually experiment with different fillings.

  25. Yummy! I love pop tarts. These homemade versions are awesome and super easy to make. So many different options for fillings and toppings

  26. These do look delicious. I’ve never tried to make Pop Tarts on my own. I should. I know they would be better, but I’m pretty lazy in the kitchen. However, Natalie would help out!

  27. I’m mouth-watering when reading your post. The tarts looked so yummy. Surely my daughter will love this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  28. This looks so delicious and I bet a thousand times better than bought ones. We will have to give this a whirl at home.

  29. Those pop tarts look yummy! I wish we can have kiddie parties at home and serve pop tarts. Kids would be delighted!