Introduction: Pop Tarts

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Now you can make your own Pop Tarts at home!
Use this recipe to customize your pop tarts to suit any taste.
Get creative and make those pumpkin pie pop tarts that Kellogs never had the courage to roll out!
Anything you can imagine can be yours. All of your wildest dreams will come true.

Step 1: Ingredients

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I tried to make these as authentic as possible, so I bought the cheapest, easiest ingredients I could find. I may go back one day and gourmet these babies up with some apricot-blackberry business (or the aforementioned pumpkin pie filling, which I am serious about.) But these came out tasting pretty authentic just as they were. I wish I'd had some colored sugar to sprinkle on top.

  • Premade pie crust
OR this pie crust
  • Fruit preserves or chocolate chips

Icing (opt):
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla

Step 2: Construct the Tart

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Bring pie crust to room temperature, or it may crack.

Open the pie crust on a cutting surface. Cut your pastry to double pop-tart size (as if they were side-by-side). I'm not putting real measurements here, because you should feel free to make them whatever size you desire!

Spread preserves (or sprinkle chocolate chips or whatnot) on one side of the dough, leaving a 1/2" perimeter around the edges.

Dip a brush or your finger in water, and run it around the bare edges to help them seal.

Fold the dough over on itself, sealing by pressing into the edges with the flat side of a fork.

Poke holes in the top crust.

If not using icing, sprinkle tops with granulated sugar.

Bake at 400oF for 15 - 20 minutes.

Step 3: Make the Icing

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Combine about 1/2c of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk and a dash of vanilla.
Use more powdered sugar to thicken, or more milk to thin to suit your own taste.

When the pop tarts come out of the oven, allow them to cool before adding icing. Otherwise, the icing will just melt and run off the sides, and then you'll think you need to put on more icing, and it will continue to run of the sides until it's cool enough and your icing has set up enough that it all stays on top. By this point, the pop tart is far too coated in sugar to be enjoyable (or even edible to some).

These can be stored in the fridge and reheated in a toaster in the morning or when you get home from school. Plus, if you make them for yourself, they have to be good for you, right? So your parents can't argue!



MizzMouse (author)2009-05-26

i stopped eating poptarts years ago, but this is appealing! nice work

scoochmaroo (author)MizzMouse2009-05-26

You know, I never liked pop tarts. But (saving the over-icing I did) these were pretty tasty!

MizzMouse (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-26

i like the idea of the pumpkin poptart, and just might experiment with other fillings, maybe even a meat... oooh, i'm getting hungry

supertoria12 (author)MizzMouse2012-07-13

French-Canadian meat pie (tourtiere) poptarts would be amazing. Tourtiere is made of ground pork, onions, and a whole medley of savory spices. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Oh, and with ketchup (or mustard) icing.

scoochmaroo (author)MizzMouse2009-05-26

Maybe I should post my mom's homemade Cornish Pasties recipe. That's a hand-held meat pie - just without the frosting. . .

jenjenbug (author)scoochmaroo2009-06-11

I'm with saskia on this one. Please post the pasty recipe! My husband has been asking me to make them for years (he's from MIchigan where they're prevalent) and I haven't found a recipe that's right yet. He's about to give up on my pasty making abilities. =(<br/>

scoochmaroo (author)jenjenbug2009-06-11

Oh right! Sorry, I forgot. It's pretty simple. . . but simple is how we do in Michigan!

saskia (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-28

PLEASE post your mom's pasties recipe!!! Pretty please?

wotot2 (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-26

A mincemeat poptart might be satisfying

Foaly7 (author)MizzMouse2009-05-26

Hmm. Meat poptarts. "Daddy, what's for breakfast?" "Well, son, you know how you like meat and you like poptarts so much?"

sgsidekick (author)Foaly72009-05-26

Ooooh! Bacon and scrambled egg poptart! Hmmmmm.... may have to try that!

MizzMouse (author)sgsidekick2009-05-28

oh yes, bacon!

bajablue (author)2011-07-03

Pumpkin-Brown Sugar Pop Tart. YUM! Thanks for sharing, Scooch

mojobo1 (author)2010-11-12

These look amazing! I was wondering what would be the best way to make the crust yourself? I've tried a few different crust recipes with your pop tarts, but they never have that oh so satisfying pop tart taste to them..

LaLasha (author)mojobo12011-03-06

They are 20 times better if you make everything yourself. the crust and the filling. Quick jams aren't hard also if you use a plastic bag and cut off one corner and use it like a piping bag makes filling super simple and less messy.

TFElite (author)2010-10-31

Hey, guess what? I saw those fabled Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts the other day at Harris Teeter!

SpeedStrikerXLR (author)2010-01-11

 lol I just typed what im eating and i got this

I should try this

it's a sign!

nycdesigner (author)2009-12-23

 In the oven now...a chocolate, blueberry, and a cherry.

I just divided the pre-made crust circle into "thirds" so you end up with three strips that yield three tarts. The middle one will be more-or-less rectangular and standard-sized, while the end ones will be sort of triangulary.

No waste, and no re-roll!

RavingMadStudios (author)2009-12-08

YAY, homemade Pop-tarts!!! I'm thinking bacon-maple would be lovely....

cable6731 (author)2009-12-08

You Should Try Ice Cream Flavor!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

Absol (author)2009-08-09

This is awesome n_n In my country I had problems to find Poptarts and now I make them in my own way n_n Thank you so much n_n

AndiEnns (author)2009-06-14

My sister and I made these tonight! It took a while, but they turned out AWESOME. We used strawberry preserves and chocolate chips for the filling. After they baked, we glazed them with homemade icing (soymilk, vanilla, and powdered sugar, basically). Thanks for posting this!

kenexinator (author)2009-06-10

oh well, i made these and actually baked them in the oven but I was still satisfied with the taste really good!

kenexinator (author)2009-06-08

As an extension to Brown Coat's comment could you actually make them in the toaster like a real pop-tart or will that lead to a messy maybe red ending? (really red )

scoochmaroo (author)kenexinator2009-06-09

It's sorta sick and wrong to put them in a real oven. I recognize that I had to do this, but I don't have a toaster oven. It did make me feel bad though. Use your toaster!

Browncoat (author)2009-06-02

Can you batch-make & then reheat in the toaster, or would that make them burn?

scoochmaroo (author)Browncoat2009-06-03

Absolutely! Pop tarts should be made to eat on-call!

wilcurt (author)2009-05-27

Last night I saw Alton Brown on Good Eats, and he made these.

scoochmaroo (author)wilcurt2009-05-27

No Way!!!! How Awesome!

Foaly7 (author)2009-05-26

You could make the fruit preserves yourself, right? Or does it have to be prepackaged?

scoochmaroo (author)Foaly72009-05-26

I also think a lemon curd and marmalade one would be awesome.

scoochmaroo (author)Foaly72009-05-26

Of course!

sgsidekick (author)2009-05-25

This is WONDERFUL! I've been pi$$ed ever since they quit making the grape ones!!! Now I can make them myself!!! I can't believe I didn't think to do something like this. Sheesh! Thanks for posting it!

scoochmaroo (author)sgsidekick2009-05-26

Do it! I wonder about a pb & j one. . .

sgsidekick (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-26

That sounds good, too!

Foaly7 (author)sgsidekick2009-05-26

There were grape poptarts?

sgsidekick (author)Foaly72009-05-26

Oh, yeah! I lived for Frosted Grape Poptarts!! Then I couldn't find them. A few years ago I finally contacted the company and they told me they discontinued them due to low sales. They were the best!

lemonie (author)2009-05-25

Marvelous - a lot of people will want this! (I'm sure someone was asking last week in Answers) L

scoochmaroo (author)lemonie2009-05-25

you got it! someone asked, and it was too good to resist.

lemonie (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-26

And for your next task:
(I couldn't find a good one)


SammyFM (author)2009-05-26

Sorry, this is not a recipe. Could you show this made with simple stuff like an egg, flour etc.? I don´t see the "gadget" point in this...

scoochmaroo (author)SammyFM2009-05-26

edited and answered.

randomguy96 (author)2009-05-26

Im gonna make a pumpkin and spice one/

sarahsmom (author)2009-05-26

looks good. Wish I'd thought of this when I had little kids growing up-quick and convenient

cafriend (author)2009-05-26

This is legit. The is a great Instruct"i"ble. Eh, see what I did there? =]
Can't wait to try this.

wilcurt (author)2009-05-25

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I was gonna do this instructable! I guess I have an unfinished instructable on my hands.

Joe Martin (author)wilcurt2009-05-25

Still finish it!

wilcurt (author)Joe Martin2009-05-25

It's the exact same thing!

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