Try out the easiest homemade pop tarts that the whole family will love and the kids will have fun making!
If you have been around here a while, you know that I have taught myself how to cook since my wedding day.
My poor husband did not know what he was in for in the beginning…let’s just say he still likes to remind me of the days I burned the water for a box of mac n cheese.
Luckily for him and the boys, I like to play around with different homemade recipes.
The boys really love this special treat because we do not buy pop tarts, mainly because of the high sugar and food coloring that is in them. After seeing one of my favorite Instagram influencer make homemade pop tarts, I just had to give it a try.
Turns out that it was a lot easier that I ever imagined and tasted so much better than the boxed brand. And it is such a great recipe to try to make with the kids.
My boys loved to help spoon the jam onto the dough and pinch the edges with their forks. Making memories like these just melt my heart!
Now I will say, if you make your own pie crust during the holidays, you can use that to make your homemade pop tarts in place of the refrigerated kind. Sadly, I have tried and just haven’t mastered my own pie crust, so cheat a bit…but they still taste amazing!!
What you will need
You really don’t need many ingredients at all, and probably have them in your pantry already.
- 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust (should have 2 in one box)
- 1 jar jam
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 T milk
- If you bought a frozen pie crust, make sure you leave it out for a while so that it can soften. Preheat the oven to 400, line a cookie sheet with wax paper, then roll out your pie crust on a clean surface.
- You will want to take the shape cookie cutter and cut out an even number of shaped dough, we used a mason jar lid to make our pop tarts and then ended up looking like mini pies!
- Place your half of your dough on the wax paper. Using a spoon, put jam in the the middle of your pie crust but not too much. Too much will result in exploded pop tarts and a mess to clean up.
- Dip your finger in water and run it across the edge of your dough and then place the other half of the pie crust on top. Taking you fork, your going to want to pinch all around the edges of your pop tarts.
- Take your egg and water, make an egg wash and brush it over top of the pop tarts so they turn nice and golden brown in the oven.
- Poke holes on top of your pop tarts
- Put your pop tarts in the over and cook for 12-15 minutes, depending on how hot your oven gets. When they are done, put them on a drying rack and mix up your frosting.
- Let the pop tarts cool a little bit before putting on the frosting so that it doesn't melt.
And that’s it! You can make them the night before your kids birthday for a breakfast treat or have them for dessert. They taste amazing either way!
I would love to hear what you think! Please leave a comment below and tell us what flavor you made for your kids.