I ? Pop-tarts.
What are your top 3 favorite pop-tart flavors? Mine are strawberry, s’mores and cookie dough. Shocking, right? ?
I know we all love the nostalgia and convenience of our favorite childhood store bought snacks. And while buying them is pretty quick and easy (and cheap) it’s really SO much better when you can get in the kitchen and make your own version. I promise, its worth the while and it always taste better!
Now that I’ve made a homemade version of pop-tarts these will forever be my go-to. So freaking good! And like with everything else you make yourself, you can customize it to your preference. I’ve seen similar versions of these being made with homemade pie crust; genius, if you ask me. I wanted something a little simpler, so I went with the store bought pie crust. Don’t judge me!
These D.I.Y. versions are thicker, sweeter, and have much more flavor! And they’re even better the next day! If you want to reheat them just pop them in the microwave for like 10-15 seconds and they’re perfect!
Homemade version of Pop-tarts
- Yield: 8 1x
- 1 package of 2 refrigerated 9 inch pie crust (you need both)
- 3/4 cup strawberry jam
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Unroll the pie crusts onto a lightly floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to slightly roll out the pie crusts and square off the edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect you just want to make a more square shape with the crust to make cutting out the pop tarts easier.
Cut 8 equal sized squares out of each pie crust. I measured mine out to be about 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Use a fork to poke holes in the center of 8 of them, these will be the tops.
Put the strawberry jam in a small sauce pan and heat it over low-med heat. While the jam is slowly heating up combine the cornstarch and the cold water in a small bowl and mix it together until combined. Add the cornstarch mixture to the jam and stir in around until combined. Continue mixing so the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Once the jam starts bubbling, remove it from the heat. Carefully spoon a small amount of jam in the center of the 8 squares (that haven’t been poked) and spread it out, leaving 1/4 inch border towards the edges. Take the squares (with the poked holes) and lay them on top. Use a fork to crimp the sides of the squares together, creating a seal. Place the poptarts on the baking sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown.
Allow the pop-tarts to cool. Meanwhile you can make the glaze. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, & salt. Mix the ingredients together until a glaze forms. Spoon/drizzle the glaze over the poptarts and garnish with sprinkles.