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Homemade Pop Tarts

Forget boxed pop tarts, make your own version with this Homemade Pop Tarts recipe - it has a flaky golden pastry crust and a fruity heart-shaped jam filling
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 353kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 whole refrigerated pre-made pie crusts
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 6 slices strawberries cut into heart shapes
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, create the egg wash by whisking together 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of water; set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, make the cream cheese filling by whisking together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside.
  • Roll out the pie crust to about 1/8 or 1/16 inch thickness and cut each pie crust into 6 rectangles the size of poptarts - 3 inches x 4.5 inches.
  • Place 6 of the rectangles on the parchment paper, spread 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each, leaving space around the edges.
  • Then add a tablespoon of strawberry jam to each, then place a strawberry heart on top in the middle.
  • With the remaining 6 rectangles, cut out a heart in the center the same size as the strawberry hearts. Add on top of the other rectangles, lining up the strawberry hearts in the center.
  • Seal the edges with the tips of a fork and brush with the egg wash mixture, then sprinkle with cane sugar.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes.



Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 1 week in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use any pie dough that you'd like. You can also do other fillings inside like fresh fruit, nutella or nut butter. 
Process Tip: If you’d like to thicken the jam, you can add a teaspoon of cornstarch to it, but it’s not necessary.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.7mg