Apple Pop Tarts

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These apple pop tarts are cute, tasty and delicious! They feature a buttery flaky crust, a sweet/savory apple pie filling, and a tasty frosting. Assemble our apple hand pies in just 15 minutes, then bake and frost. Enjoy them for breakfast, snacks and dessert. So yummy!

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Apple pop tarts are great on-the-go snacks for busy families. Easy to transport, they’re ideal for team snack day at the field. Pair them with a box of raisins or a banana. Tuck them in backpacks for after-school snacks. Take them to the ball park, picnics, and church potlucks.

These make-ahead treats can be baked and frozen (unglazed) for later. With this in mind, make a double batch. When ready to enjoy, rewarm from frozen in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Glaze as desired. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon or turbinado sugar.

Three frosted apple hand pies cooling on a countertop.

👩🏻‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple Tart Crust: You can use store-bought refrigerated pie crusts for these apple hand pies, or make this simple homemade pie crust.
  • Simple Fruit Filling: Make a basic stovetop apple pie filling in just 15 minutes. Or buy a can of fruit filling at the market.
  • Easy to Shape the Dough: Use a round 3 1/4-inch biscuit cutter. From 2 Pillsbury pie crusts, you can make 16 circles without re-rolling the dough. When cutting the circles, just make sure all lines are touching.
  • Quick to Assemble: Just roll the dough, cut the shapes, fill and bake.
  • Better Than Boxed: Homemade apple pop tarts are fresh and delicious like those from a bakery, with zero additives and no preservatives. Say good-bye to shelf-stable toaster pastries that come in a box.
  • Travel-Ready Treats: These apple hand pies are perfect for lunchboxes, after-school snacks, and on-the-go enjoyment.
Two apple hand pies, one with a bite taken out of it.

🛒 Ingredients

Tart Crust

Use 1 box (of 2) refrigerated pie crusts. Or make the tart crust at home with these pantry staples and double this easy recipe 👉🏻 homemade pie crust.

  • All-purpose Flour: Provides strength and structure for the crust.
  • Granulated Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness to the recipe.
  • Kosher Salt: Balances flavors, and prevents crusts from tasting bland.
  • Butter: Adds delicious buttery richness and yields a flaky crust.
  • Shortening: In the dough it’s pliable and easy to work with when forming and shaping pop tarts. Because it has a higher melting point than butter, the tart crusts will stay tender and maintain their shape.
  • Ice-cold Water: Helps keep the butter and shortening cold for a light flaky tart crust with defined layers of flakes.

🍏 Fruit Filling

Use 1 store-bought can of apple pie fruit filling. Or make it at home with these simple ingredients and this no-hassle recipe 👉🏻 apple pie filling.

  • Butter: Adds rich delicious flavor for the apple pop tart filling.
  • Lemon Juice: The citric acid balances flavors.
  • Water: Adds enough moisture to get the cooking process started on stovetop before the apples begin to release their juices.
  • Granulated Sugar or Brown Sugar: Adds adds enough sweetness to offset the tartness of the apples.
  • Cornstarch: Thickens the filling.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Adds an earthy fall flavor and autumn aroma.
  • Kosher Salt: This seasoning balances the flavors of the other ingredients. Add more or less to taste.
  • Fresh Apples: For the best taste use Golden Delicious. Or use Granny Smith (they’re firm and bake well, but have a bland taste) in combination with a sweeter variety of apples.
Ingredients for apple pop tarts recipe.

Simple Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar: Is the base of the delicious glaze. It’s the same as “confectioner’s sugar.” If your sugar is lumpy, sift before using.
  • Whole Milk: Adds richness and moisture while bringing the frosting to the ideal thickness.
  • Maple Syrup: Adds a delicious fall taste that enriches the overall flavor of the apple pop tarts.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Contributes a bakery taste and aroma.

🥣 FOR SPRINKLING: A mix of turbinado sugar and white sparkling sugar. It provides texture, sparkle, and a touch of extra sweetness.

Ingredients for apple hand pie glaze.

📖 Recipe Steps

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to  375ºF. Line 1 baking tray with parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat and set it aside.

  • STEP 1: Unroll 1 refrigerated pie crust on a lightly-floured surface. (If using a homemade crust, roll to 1/8-inch thick). With a round (3 1/4-inch) biscuit cutter, cut out 8 circles. To get the most out of the dough, and eliminate the need to gather any dough scraps together and re-roll, make sure all lines are touching. Place circles on the prepared tray.
  • STEP 2: Place 1 1/2 tablespoons apple pie filling in the middle of each circle, leaving a border around the edges.
  • STEP 3: Unroll the second crust and cut out 8 circles. Place them on top of the filled circles. Pinch the edges to seal in the fruit filling.
  • STEP 4: Poke the top of each apple pop tart with a fork to create a vent, then crimp the edges with a fork. In a ramekin, beat egg with a splash of water. Brush egg wash over the top of the apple hand pies.
How to make apple pop tarts in 4 easy steps.
  • STEP 5: Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • STEP 6: Make the apple pop tart glaze. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  • STEP 7: Spoon or drizzle the glaze over the cooled (or slightly-warm) pop tarts. If desired, sprinkle the frosting with a mix of turbinado sugar and sparkling white sugar.
  • STEP 8: Enjoy with a glass of milk, coffee, or apple cider.
How to bake and frost apple hand pies in 4 easy steps.

👩🏻‍🍳 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST apple pop tarts, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

How to store homemade pop tarts?

Store leftover apple hand pies in an airtight container on countertop in a cool environment for up to 3 days. Or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

How to warm and enjoy leftover pop tarts?

Enjoy pop tarts room temperature or straight from the fridge. If pop tarts are frosted, the glaze will become runny when rewarmed. But if light warming is desired, rewarm in a conventional oven or in a toaster oven. Do not rewarm in a slotted toaster.

How to freeze pop tarts?

Place baked unfrosted pop tarts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until solid. Transfer pop tarts to an airtight freezer-safe container lined with parchment paper, with squares of parchment between the layers. Freeze for up to 1 month.

How to reheat frozen pop tarts?

There’s no need to thaw frozen (baked and unfrosted) toaster pastries. Reheat pop tarts from frozen in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes. Do NOT reheat the hand pies in a standard slotted toaster. Glaze as desired.

Apple pop tarts served on a table with a cup of extra fruit filling.

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Apple hand pies served on a layer of parchment paper over a wire rack.

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Homemade apple pop tarts are perfect for breakfast, snacks and dessert. These apple hand pies have a flaky buttery crust and a sweet/savory apple pie filling. They’re frosted with a tasty glaze.


Ingredients

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Apple Pop Tarts

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

For Sprinkling – Optional

  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sparkling white (coarse) sugar

 


Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to  375ºF. Line 1 baking tray with parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat and set it aside.

  1. Unroll 1 refrigerated pie crust on a lightly-floured surface. (If using a homemade crust, roll to 1/8-inch thick). With a round (3 1/4-inch) biscuit cutter, cut out 8 circles. To eliminate the need to gather any dough scraps together and re-roll, make sure all the lines are touching. Place dough circles on the prepared tray.
  2. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons apple pie filling in the middle of each circle, leaving a border around the edges.
  3. Unroll the second crust and cut out 8 circles. Place them on top of the filled circles. Pinch the edges to seal in the fruit filling. Poke the top of each apple pop tart with a fork to create a vent, then crimp the edges with a fork. In a ramekin, beat egg with a splash of water. Brush egg wash over the top of the apple hand pies. 
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Make the glaze. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spoon or drizzle the glaze over the cooled (or slightly-warm) pop tarts. If desired, sprinkle the frosting with a mix of turbinado sugar and sparkling white sugar.

Notes

How to Store Homemade Pop Tarts: Store leftovers in an airtight container on countertop in a cool environment for up to 3 days. Or refrigerate up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze on a lined tray until solid. Then transfer to a freezer-safe container, placing squares of parchment paper between the layers. Freeze up to 1 month.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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  1. These small hand pies are the best things ever! An easy no-fuss recipe that turned out great. My boys are in the kitchen enjoying them now. They’re already asking for a second batch.