homemade pop tarts

You could call this a fan interpretation. I only had the real pop tarts twice in my life, they are incredibly expensive here and available only sometimes in one store here. It's crazy how many versions there are in America!
So I made my version. It's pink and sweet and approved by everyone who tried them :)

homemade pop tarts
(makes 12-15)

300 g flour (I used whole wheat)
150 g butter, softened
50 g powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
pinch of salt
fruit preserves (I used homemade rhubarb + strawberry + vanilla, you'd preferably want whole fruit jam made without use of any gelling agent like pectin or gelatin because such jam would melt in baking temperature and soak into the shortcake)
glaze (lemon juice + powdered sugar + food coloring, or your favorite one)

mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, add the butter and mix it in with your hands until the flour gets lumpy, add one egg yolk and quickly mix the dough with your hands until it’s smooth 
(alternatively, put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the dough forms a smooth ball, I don’t have a proper blender and I prefer to do it by hand)
refrigerate for at least two hours

mix the remaining egg yolk with a teaspoon of water
roll the cold dough on a floured surface to 3 mm (1/8”) thickness and cut rectangles with a sharp knife (mine were 5x8 cm – 2x3,5”) 
place a teaspoon of the jam in the middle of a dough rectangle, brush the edges (about 1 cm – 1/2") with egg yolk and put another rectangle on the top
press the edges of the two rectangles with a fork to make sure they will keep together, prick a few times with a fork on the top
repeat until the dough is all used up (you can take the leftover dough and form a ball of it, roll it out and repeat the process until you run out)
bake in an oven preheated to 200C for 12-15 minutes

let them cool down for ten minutes before carefully removing them from the baking tray
glaze when they’re completely cool, sprinkle immediately and let the glaze dry a bit before eating


  1. these look beautiful! i'm so excited to try them out on my own!

  2. I am so excited to try these....my children will love them as a special breakfast treat. We could even take them camping. Agreat collection here, thank you.

  3. This looks so delicious, I had to pin it. How amazing! The photos are beautiful too.
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  4. These look yummy, and very pretty! :)

  5. Can you put them in a toaster like pop tarts?

    1. Actually I do not own a toaster so I never tried... I'm not sure it would work well, they might break because they are softer and more delicate than the commercial version. Maybe a toaster oven would be a better idea, if you have one :)

  6. these are just the cutest... gorgeous photos too and they truly sound delicious, and i like how you can control the sugar amount, being homemade! (i loved pop tarts as a kid, but they are very sweet!)

  7. Melody WilliamsAugust 27, 2013

    Would it be possible to store them before and/or after baking?

    1. Freezing before should work (though you'd have to add 2-3 minutes to the baking time), storing them after baking for a few days, up to a week, should be okay too :)

  8. not sure why but felt in love with them instantly


  9. Adorable! :)


  10. May I ask what kind of camera do you use??

  11. These homemade biscuits so called POP TARTS must be very delicious and appetizing.Thanks for sharing its recipe with us.I'll try them some day.Thanks for sharing