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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts – flakey and delicious homemade pop tarts with a strawberry filling. So much better than anything you can buy at the store.

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up Pop-Tarts were a go-to for breakfast. It was a mix between cinnamon and brown sugar or the strawberry variety. But let’s be honest, the older we got the more they kind of tasted like cardboard and weren’t that great.

Well all that changes when you make them at home! They are one of the most fun and delicious treats you can have.

Click HERE to get the full recipe.

strawberry pop tart with glaze on a white plate

 

Strawberry Pop Tarts

If you don’t know what a pop tart is, it is basically a flaky pie crust with a fruit or other type of filling and then a glaze on top. The store bought variety you warm in the toaster before eating. These homemade ones are super fresh, you know what all of the ingredients are, and they are relatively easy to make.

I will be honest, they are a process, but it is a lot of hands-off and just waiting. Plus you can break it up and do everything in steps, so it is completely manageable!

strawberry jelly ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Cold Water
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon Juice
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Egg
baked strawberry pop tart on cooling rack

How To Make Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Click HERE to get the FULL recipe

Making The Filling

You can start by making your strawberry filling. You are basically just making a quick jelly that you can make a couple days ahead of time if you want.

  1. Remove the stems and chop your strawberries. Add them to a saucepan with the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the berries are nice and soft. Use a potato masher or a fork to mash until mostly smooth. You could also use an immersion blender if you wanted it smooth.
  3. Cook for about 10 more minutes until the mixture is nice and thick. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
flour and butter in food processor bowl

Making The Crust

  1. Add the flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor. Pulse a couple times, just to get the ingredients blended.
  2. Add cubes of butter and process until it is crumbly.
  3. Pour in the cold water and process until it forms a nice dough.
  4. Remove the dough from the food processor and use your hands to just shape it into a smooth ball. Flatten slightly into a dish, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
process steps of making poptarts

Making The Pop Tarts

  1. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the fridge and cut it in half, so you have 2 pieces about the same size.
  2. On a well floured surface roll each ball until about a 12×9 inch rectangle.
  3. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut rectangles that are about 3×4 inches in size. Repeat with the 2nd pieces of dough. You can combine the scraps to roll the dough out one more time. In total you should have 24 3×4 pieces of dough.
  4. Using a toothpick or bamboo skewers poke holes in the top of half of the rectangles, this will allow the steam to escape when they cook.
  5. Place other half of the rectangles on a lined baking sheet, and fill with the strawberry jelly. You will use about 2 Tablespoons of filling per pop tart.
  6. Beat together the egg and milk for the egg wash and gently brush the edges of the dough.
  7. Top each pop tart with the remaining rectangles, and gently press down on the edges to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges.
  8. Brush the top with the rest of the egg wash and bake for 18-22 minutes until they are nice and golden brown.
  9. Remove and let cool completely.
  10. Using the glaze is optional. Just mix together powdered sugar and milk to get a spreadable consistency. Spread on a cooled pop tart if desired.
adding sprinkles to pop tarts

How Do You Store Pop Tarts

It is best to store them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for 2-3 days at room temperature. They are best served the day they are made though. You can reheat them in a toaster or toaster oven for just a minute or two to get them warm (only if they do not have a glaze on them or that will melt and make a mess).

You can also FREEZE Pop Tarts! You will want to freeze them before you top them with the glaze. Then you take cake one out, let it thaw, and then put it in the toaster or toaster oven to get slightly warmed before adding the glaze.

Can I Use Store Bought Pie Crust

Yes, you can use the premade pie crust that comes in a roll. Simply unroll on a floured surface and roll it slightly to thin it out. You will not get as many pop tarts out of the recipe, as the amount of dough will be a little less. But the process of assembling them will be the same.

Can I Make The Strawberry Jam Ahead Of Time

Yes, you absolutely can! If you have canned or frozen jam from strawberry season, you can use that. You can even use store bought jam if you want to. You just need some kind of jam or even mix up the flavor with this Mixed Berry Jam as your filling.

pop tart cut in half showing strawberry filling

Recipe Tips

  • Homemade Pop Tarts can be time consuming, so break it into parts. One day make the strawberry jam and have it in the fridge waiting for you. In the mornings make the pie crust and have it sitting in the fridge, so in the afternoon you can assemble these.
  • Freezing leftovers works well. They are best consumed the day they are made, but if you leave the glaze off and crisp them up once they are thawed, they will be absolutely delicious.
  • Mix up the fruit filling, the same recipe will work with all sorts of berries. So if you have a bunch of raspberries in your fridge, use those!
  • The glaze is optional, just like store bought pop tarts, you can buy with or without the glaze for certain flavors.
  • The food processor makes the pie dough come together in about 5 minutes. Just don’t skip the chill time, or it will be very hard to roll the dough and very messy.
  • Combine the scraps to roll out more pop tarts, but I only like to do this one. They get coated in too much flour the 2nd time, and aren’t nearly as flakey when they are baked.
close up strawberry poptarts for pinterest

More Delicious Strawberry Dessert Recipes

I am sharing this recipe today over at Imperial Sugar. Click on Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts to get the FULL Printable Recipe.

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Sandra

Thursday 20th of April 2023

Everyone at my house really enjoyed it!! It is so good! Thanks for the recipe!

Beth

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

These are the best! I've been eating Pop Tarts since before I had kids. These are so much better. They're the best thing I've ever had.

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