Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

These easy, yet totally impressive homemade strawberry pop tarts are the perfect addition to your morning breakfast. Flaky pastry surrounds strawberry filling for a tender breakfast pastry that will disappear in a matter of minutes. Get ready to go completely berserk over this amazing homemade version of one of my childhood favorite treats!

A close up of the inside of a strawberry pop tart on top of iced pop tarts next to fresh strawberries.

Growing up, my parents kept our home relatively junk food- and sweets-free. We weren’t allowed to have the “cool” sugary cereals, no fruit rollups, no potato chips, no pop. So naturally, no Pop Tarts.

BUT! There was a steady supply of frosted brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts at grandma’s house, and they were always my breakfast of choice during weekend sleepovers. I hadn’t had them in probably decades and then got hit with a serious craving for them when I was pregnant with Joseph. They totally hit the spot, but they definitely weren’t as good as I remembered.

Enter: Homemade Pop Tarts!

Strawberry pop tarts on a parchment paper with some fresh strawberries and a small spouted bowl with homemade icing.

How to Make Homemade Pop Tarts

Quite a long time ago, I tackled homemade pop tarts and in the process learned that they are not at all difficult to make, and they will absolutely, positively blow your mind.

The pastry crust is flaky and buttery, little pieces breaking and fluttering off when you take a bite. Each little pastry pillow is full of sweet strawberry filling, and then frosted with an optional simple vanilla sugar icing.

Prepare the Filling

Everyone seems to have an old favorite when it comes to pop tarts – strawberry or brown sugar cinnamon. For this homemade pop tart recipe, I provide you with instructions to make either or both!

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Set aside until ready to assemble.

Strawberry Filling

  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water.
  • Combine the cornstarch water with strawberry jam in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Set aside until ready to assemble.

Two side by side photos of the steps to make the strawberry filling.

Pastry Crust

For homemade pop tarts, I used a flaky pastry crust. It’s flaky and buttery with little pieces breaking and fluttering off when you take a bite. To make this flaky pastry you will need:

  • Flour: The base of the pastry dough, this flour gives structure to the flaky pastry.
  • Sugar: Sweetens up the dough, just a bit.
  • Salt: Adds a little flavor and balances out the sugar.
  • Butte: Unsalted butter that is cold and cubed gives the pastry little pockets of butter that bake into the flakiest dough.
  • Egg + Milk: Used to bind the dough together and provides a soft finish to the dough.

Make the Pastry

  • Mix together dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Cut the butter into the flour: Using a pastry blender, cut the butter until it is the size of peas and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it.
  • Add wet ingredients: In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk and add to the dough. Mix together with a fork until everything is evenly moistened.

Three side by side photos of the steps to make the pastry dough.

  • Knead the dough: OIf necessary, knead until the dough comes together. 
  • Divide + store the dough: Divide the dough in half. If you are making the dough in advance, wrap each half in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. If you are making the pop tarts in one go, prepare to roll the dough.

Pop tart pastry dough in two rectangles on a lightly floured counter.

How to Cut the Pastry Dough

  • Thaw before rolling: If you made the dough in advance, allow it to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes before rolling and cutting.
  • Roll out the dough: Using a rolling pin, roll out one piece of dough to about ⅛-inch thick, in a 9½ by 12½-inch rectangle.
  • Trim the edges: Using a sharp knife, pastry wheel, or bench scraper, trim the rectangle to a 9 by 12-inch rectangle.
  • Slice into small rectangles: Cut the sheet of dough into nine 3×4-inch rectangles.
  • Transfer the dough: Using a spatula, transfer the rectangles to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Three side by side photos of how to roll, cut, and fill homemade pop tarts on a lined baking sheet.

Filling + Sealing

  • Make the egg wash: In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk. Brush the egg wash on each of the rectangles.
  • Fill the base: Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, leaving a 1/2 inch space around the edges.
  • Cut the tops: Roll out and cut the second piece of dough in the exact same manner as you did the first. 
  • Cover the filling: One at a time, place the second rectangle of dough on top of the nine filled ones. 
  • Press the seams: Using your fingers, press around the seams of the dough to make sure they are sealed. Press the tines of a fork around the edges of the rectangles.
  • Vent the dough: Prick the tops of the rectangles in multiple spots to allow steam to escape.
  • Chill the pop tarts: Refrigerate the pan with the pastries, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Two side by side photos of how to top and press homemade pop tarts on a baking sheet.

Baking Homemade Pop Tarts

  • Heat the oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the pastry: Bake the homemade pop tarts for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Cool and serve: Cool slightly before serving if you are not using icing on them. If you plan to ice the pop tarts, cool completely before icing.

Tips for Glazing

When I originally shared these, they were not frosted, and while it’s not TOTALLY necessary, I think it really ratchets them up a few notches, so I’ve included both a vanilla icing for the strawberry pop tarts and a cinnamon icing for the brown sugar cinnamon ones. Feel free to eat them plain or slather some frosting on!

  • Mix together the icing: In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Add cinnamon if you are making icing for the brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts.
  • Check the consistency: The icing should have a very thick, but still spreadable, consistency. If necessary, add a splash of milk at a time, until a spreadable consistency is reached.
  • Ice the pop tarts: Spread a spoonful of icing over the top of each pastry and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes so the icing can set.

Iced homemade strawberry pop tarts on a baking sheet with parchment paper with a glass of milk to the right and fresh strawberries around.

Serving Your Pop Tarts

If a pop tart or two won’t be enough to keep you full for the morning, here are a few other recipes you can serve with your pop tarts:

Making Ahead + Storing

  • Make-Ahead Dough: You can save time in the morning by prepping the pastry dough up to 2 days in advance. Store pre-made dough in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 days.
  • Make-Ahead Baked Pop Tarts: Follow the recipe through baking and cool completely. Store uniced, baked pop tarts in an airtight container for up to 1 week. When you are ready to serve, ice and enjoy!
  • Storing Iced Pop Tarts: Keep iced pop tarts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing Unbaked Pop Tarts: Prepare through step #6, then instead of placing the pan in the refrigerator, place in the freezer for up to 2 hours until completely frozen and firm. Transfer to an airtight ziploc bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake as directed from frozen, allowing for an extra few minutes bake time. 
  • Freezing Baked Pop Tarts: Bake the pop tarts and allow to cool completely. Place the cooled pop tarts in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen. Place in an airtight ziploc bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the toaster, toaster oven, oven, or microwave.

More Sweet Treats to Try Next

A strawberry pop tart cut in half on top of two other pop tarts with fresh strawberries around.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

No toaster required! These homemade pop tarts with a generous heaping of vanilla glaze are perfectly crisp and flaky. Filled with sweet strawberry filling, these pop tarts are sure to go fast!

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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Servings 9 pop tarts
Prep 1 hour
Cook 25 minutes
Total 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle

These easy and delicious homemade pop tarts are the perfect way to start the day. Flaky pastry filled with either strawberry or brown sugar cinnamon filling and topped with icing makes these an irresisatable treat!

Ingredients:

For the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling

  • ½
    cup
    light brown sugar
  • teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 4
    teaspoons
    all-purpose flour

For the Strawberry Filling

  • ¾
    cup
    strawberry jam
  • 1
    tablespoon
    cornstarch
  • 1
    tablespoon
    water

For the Pastry Crust

  • 2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    tablespoon
    granulated sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1
    cup
    unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1
    egg
  • 2
    tablespoons
    milk

For the Egg Wash

  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    tablespoon
    milk

For the Plain Icing

  • ¾
    cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    milk
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Icing

  • ¾
    cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    milk
  • ½
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.

  2. Prepare the Strawberry Filling: In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water, and then combine with the jam in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  3. Make the Pastry Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until it is the size of peas and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk and add to the dough. Mix together with a fork until everything is evenly moistened. Knead briefly on a floured surface, if necessary, until the dough comes together.

  4. Divide the dough in half. (At this point you can wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. If you refrigerate the dough, let it come to room temperature for about 15 minutes before rolling out.) Roll out one piece of dough to about ⅛-inch thick, in a 9½ by 12½ rectangle. Using a sharp knife, pastry wheel or bench scraper, trim the rectangle to 9x12 inches. Cut the sheet of dough into nine 3x4-inch rectangles. Using a spatula, transfer the rectangles to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  5. Assemble the Pastries: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Brush the egg wash on each of the rectangles. Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, leaving a ½-inch of space around the edges.

  6. Roll out and cut the second piece of dough in the exact same manner as you did the first. One at a time, place a second rectangle of dough on top of the nine assembled ones. Using your fingers, press around the seams of the dough to make sure they are sealed. Press the tines of a fork around the edges of the rectangles. Prick the tops of the rectangles in multiple spots to allow steam to escape.
  7. Refrigerate the pan with the pastries (you don't need to cover them) for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Bake the pastries for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving if not using an icing. If you plan to ice the pastries, cool them completely before doing so. Store pastries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
  10. Make the Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon (if using), and vanilla extract. The icing should have a very thick, but still spreadable, consistency. If necessary, add a splash of milk at a time, until that consistency is reached. Spread a spoonful of icing over top of each pastry and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes so the icing can set.

Recipe Notes:

  • Filling: Each filling recipes makes enough for a whole recipe (nine pastries). If you are planning to make a variety of fillings, you can scale them up or down as needed. Same goes for the icing recipes!
  • Make-Ahead Dough: You can save time in the morning by prepping the pastry dough up to 2 days in advance. Store pre-made dough in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 days.
  • Make-Ahead Baked Pop Tarts: Follow the recipe through baking and cool completely. Store uniced, baked pop tarts in an airtight container for up to 1 week. When you are ready to serve, ice and enjoy!
  • Storing Iced Pop Tarts: Keep iced pop tarts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing Unbaked Pop Tarts: Prepare through step #6, then instead of placing the pan in the refrigerator, place in the freezer for up to 2 hours until completely frozen and firm. Transfer to an airtight ziploc bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake as directed from frozen, allowing for an extra few minutes bake time.
  • Freezing Baked Pop Tarts: Bake the pop tarts and allow to cool completely. Place the cooled pop tarts in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen. Place in an airtight ziploc bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the toaster, toaster oven, oven, or microwave.
Nutritional values are based on one pop tart.

Nutrition:

Calories: 408kcal
Fat: 21g
Saturated fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 91mg
Sodium: 292mg
Potassium: 91mg
Carbohydrates: 76g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 47g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 685%
Vitamin C: 2.5%
Calcium: 52%
Iron: 1.8%

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Photography by Dee Frances