Quick and easy homemade pop tarts are stuffed with your favorite filling, baked to perfection, and drizzled with a delicious frosting.
Homemade pop tarts with Pillsbury pie crust
Grab and go breakfasts are my kinda meals! No one has time in the morning for serious cooking, whether you are getting the kids on the bus or headed to work. Easy breakfasts that taste delicious are even better!
These easy homemade pop tarts are customizable depending on what kind of filling you prefer! Are you a brown sugar kinda person or a classic strawberry? I always reach for the brown sugar or the s’mores ones!
To make this recipe quick, easy, and fun for kids to make, we’ll be using pre made pie crust. This way, we can roll ’em out, slap some filling in them, and bake them… faster they go into my pie hole!
I don’t know why, but when kids help make their own food, they enjoy it more. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of using their hands or seeing the effort that goes into a meal. Whatever the case, I have a hunch that your kids will love these pop tarts as much as I…. I mean …my kids did.
As I understand it, people are very passionate about their chosen flavor of pop tart. Well, my friend, you’re in luck! This recipe includes three different flavors in one batch! This recipe is completely customizable to fit your palate! I don’t know about you, but I was excited to try all three flavors.. in one sitting.
Ingredients to make the easiest homemade poptarts
- Pre rolled pie crust- Make this recipe even easier by using pre made pie crust rolls. This way, you can bring them to room temperature and get to bakin’!
- Fruit preserves- Use your favorite flavor of fruit preserves like strawberry, raspberry, or strawberry.
- Brown sugar- This recipe includes everyone’s favorite- brown sugar!
- Cinnamon- Brown sugar pop tarts are not complete without a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Cornstarch- To help prevent the fruit preserves from leaking out of the poptart, use cornstartch.
- Egg- Sealing the edges of the poptart with an egg wash is essential to neat and leak free pop tarts.
- Powdered sugar- If you want iced pop tarts, simple mix the powdered sugar and a bit of water!
- Vanilla and fruit preserves- If you want to add a little more flavor and color to your icing, combine the powdered sugar, water, vanilla, and a little jam together!
- Use pre rolled pie crust. This saves time.. and sanity if you are making these with kids. I’m all about making things from scratch, but I wanted to let my kids make this from start to finish so I could kick back and relax. Worth it.
- Don’t overstuff the pop tarts. The filling should be placed in the center of the pop tart crust and should be no more than a heaping tablespoon.
- Use the egg wash to prevent leaking. It’s not a necessary step, but it low key is. No one wants messy pop tarts with the filling leaked out. Grab a pastry brush and brush the edges of the crust dough before placing the top piece on.
- Keep things neat and tidy with a pizza roller. After lining up the edged and placing the top crust piece on, I used a pizza roller to cut the edges of the pop tart to make sure everything was pretty and even.
- Use a fork to seal the edges. Press the fork down to makes sure the edges of the dough are being shut to help prevent the filling from leaking.
- Save the dough scraps. You can roll the dough scraps into a ball, roll it out with a rolling pin and make about three more pop tarts from the scraps! SCORE.
How to make these easy homemade pop tarts with pie crust
- Prepare the pre rolled crusts. Let the store bought crusts come to room temperature for 10-15 minutes (take them out of the packaging). Lightly flour your counter then roll one crust out. Cut a square into the pie crust using a sharp knife or pizza roller by cutting the edges off the circle. Place the scraps to the side (we’ll be using those!). Cut the square into 4 squares.
- Use the egg wash. Crack an egg and discard the yolk. Whisk the egg white with 1 tbsp of water until there are little bubbles. Brush the edges of the crust with the egg wash using a pastry brush.
- Fill the pop tarts. Set up three small bowls and fill each bowl with your pop tart fillings. Add a little cornstarch to the bowls and mix well. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of the pie crust with the egg wash on it.
- Seal the pop tarts. Place the top crust piece evenly on top of the bottom piece. Use a pizza roller to trim around the edged so they are neat and even. Use a fork and press the edges of the pop tart together.
- Bake the pop tarts. Place the pop tarts in the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Ice the poptarts. Mix together the powdered sugar, water, vanilla extract, and jam if you prefer a little color and extra flavor. Drizzle over the pop tarts, then top with your favorite sprinkles!
How long do homemade pop tarts last
On the counter
Store the pop tarts in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days.
In the fridge
You can store these pop tarts in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure to place them in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
In the freezer
Allow the pop tarts to cool before placing them in the freezer. Lay them in a single layer in and place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can place them in an airtight container. To reheat the pop tarts, place them in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Tips for making these with kids
All three of my kids love getting in the kitchen with me. They are always asking what I am cookin’ up! I swear Cortland is my little Remy (the rat from the movie Ratatouille).
This recipe is a great ‘beginner’ recipe to make with kids because it’s easy and involves a few essential kitchen skills that can be learned early on! Remember to be patient and have fun!
The messes can be cleaned, the burnt food can be tossed, but most important, memories are being made! Here are a few tips to keep your sanity while cooking with kids!
- Let your kids gather the ingredients. This is a double bonus! Not only is your child on a focused mission, but they are also learning the flow of your kitchen and where items are located. You can even play the ‘hot or cold’ game to help them locate it. Problem solving and discovery- all in one!
- Use a ruler to cut the dough. Let your child use the knife or the pizza cutter. It’s important to teach them how to safely hold it and to work slowly and carefully. Once these guidelines are put down, hold the ruler on the dough to cut the square. Allow your child to use the ruler as a guide while they slowly cut the dough.
- Let your child pick out the flavors and sprinkles. Just when I think I know what my kid is going to reach for, they surprise me and pick something opposite (that was so last week, Mom!). Give your child a few options of filling and see where their palate takes them.
- Demonstrate, then give them the reins. Show your child how to line the edges of the dough with the egg wash, then place the jam in the center of the dough. Explain that this needs to be neat and tidy or the jam will leak out. Having an understanding and clear instructions builds listening skills and gives them a task they can complete and feel proud of.
- Clean as you go. Before I cook, I always clear the clutter and clean my kitchen. Yes, it may sound counterproductive because I’m about to cook and get it messy again, but it gives me the space to clean as I go. Empty the dishwasher and allow your child to help you clean up while the pop tarts are baking. Momma, this is so important! Letting your child clean helps them understand that a home is (or should be, at least) a group effort. Let them know you are SO proud of them!
- Let the decorating begin! Pull out some food coloring, sprinkles, or whatever you have on hand! Let your child get creative with the pop tart toppings.
What goes with home made pop tarts
- Build a fun pancake breakfast board! Fluffy buttermilk pancakes and every topping you can dream of! This pancake breakfast board is such a fun brunch idea!
- Fresh, sweet strawberries and farm fresh eggs create a pillowy and delicious soufflé. This easy to make dessert has minimal, healthy ingredients and zero refined sugar!
- This raspberry and vanilla cream cheese danish puff pastry treat is baked to perfection with cream cheese and a raspberry reduction and drizzled with icing.
- Mini Blueberry pancake bites are made with creamy buttermilk for an extra fluffy texture. A refined sugar-free lemon drizzle adds the perfect zing to this delicious breakfast!
- Cheesy bacon, egg, and potato skillet is the perfect way to wake up! With one pan, this can be ready in under 30 minutes!
Quick and Easy Homemade Pop Tarts
- 2 boxes store bought prerolled pie crust (4 rolls total)
- 1/4 cup raspberry preserves
- 1/4 cup blackberry preserves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp corn startch divided
- 1 egg white
For the frosting
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp water
- 2-3 tbsp fruit preserve (for color) optional
- Prepare the dough. Unwrap the packages of dough and allow them to come to room tempurature for 10-15 minutes. While you wait, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly flour a surface and unroll the dough. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut a square into the pie dough, cutting just the edges of the circle off. Save the scraps if you would like to make more pop tarts. Cut four smaller squares into your square of dough.
- Make the jams and eggwash. Whisk the egg white in a small bowl and place to the side. Add the fruit preserves and brown sugar/cinnamon to individual bowls. Add 1 tsp of corn starch to each fruit preserve bowl and the brown sugar/cinnamon bowl.
- Assemble the pop tarts. Using a pastry brush, line the edges of the pop tart with the egg wash. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling in the center of the pop tart. Place the top piece of dough directly over the bottom piece. Use the pizza roller to cut the edges so they are neat. Use a fork to press down along the edges to seal the pop tart. Place the pop tarts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake the pop tarts. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove them from the bakign sheet and place them on a cooling rack.
- Drizzle with icing. Combine the powdered sugar, water, fruit preserve (optional), and vanilla extract in a bowl. Lightly stir until it is incorporated well. Use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the pop tarts. Top with your favorite sprinkles. Mangia!
Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.