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Copycat Strawberry Pop-Tarts

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Delicious Copycat Strawberry Pop Tarts

Once you make a batch of these delicious copycat strawberry pop tarts they’re destined to become a family favorite! At my house I enjoy making this copycat recipe over and over again. You’ll love that these pop-tarts are simple and easy to make. From personal experience, I highly recommend that you make a double batch! For families with children this is a great recipe to make together. It’s special moments spent in the kitchen with those you love that become the seeds of tradition.

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Sometimes food and music have a magical way of reconnecting us to days gone by. And on this particular day I was feeling a bit nostalgic. I headed to the pantry to see what ingredients I had on hand to recreate a memorable childhood treat. At Grandma’s house we kids would discover an array of special grandkid snacks like Campbell’s Chicken & Stars soup, Crystal ice cream, and occasionally a box of Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts.


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Although my mother was a stickler about not having a lot of sugary treats at home, at Grandma Mercie’s house the rules were slightly bent. It was understood that as a grandmother she had permission to spoil her grandkids with a few sprinkles of sugary goodness every now and then. Grandma knew that soon enough we kids would be heading back home to the land of sound nutrition. And as far as cooking and baking, Grandma was an expert in the kitchen! She never had to measure out ingredients for her favorite dishes. Because I love sharing special recipes with friends, I’m excited to share this little treasure with you today. These tender flaky pop-tarts are perfect for a special breakfast any day of the week. As you bake up a batch let your mind focus on a nostalgic memory from your own childhood. Take an opportunity to share this treasured memory with your family.


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I love these fabulous kitchen tools! These are the items I used when making my pop-tarts. I purchased my dough whip from Williams Sonoma (just click the right arrow in the slideshow above to see it) and I love it! It’s sturdy and strong and is really amazing. I had never even known about this incredible tool until I discovered it online when ordering other items from Williams Sonoma. I read raving reviews about it and now that I have one I completely agree that it’s awesome. And what do you think about the silver rolling pin? I think it’s super stylish!

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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Copycat Recipe

Copycat Strawberry Pop-Tarts


Description

These copycat strawberry pop-tarts taste even better than the brand name pastries! They’re super easy to make, and will easily become a family favorite!


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Ingredients

PASTRY DOUGH

  • 2+1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, diced into tiny little pieces
  • 45 tablespoons ice cold water

FILLING

  • 12 tablespoons strawberry preserves

FROSTING

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half & half (or light cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In  the bowl of a stand mixer, add flour, salt, granulated sugar and butter. Mix until just combined. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time. Continue mixing.
  2. When mixture resembles course meal, gather the dough into a ball. Divide it into two pieces and flatten each piece into a disk. Place dough in a zip-top bag and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Put it aside.
  4. Roll one disk of dough into a 12X10 rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 8 smaller rectangles. Arrange the 8 pieces side by side on the lined baking tray. Spoon 1+1/2 tablespoons of strawberry preserves onto the middle of each rectangle. Gently spread the preserves within the rectangle. Do NOT to spread it onto the edges. Leave an empty gap on all 4 sides of each rectangle.
  5. Roll out second disk of dough. Slice it into 8 pieces. Arrange on top of first 8 pieces. With your fingertips, firmly press the edges together. Seal edges with the tongs of a fork.
  6. Cover the baking tray with plastic wrap. Put pop tarts into the freezer for 1 hour. Chilling will help make them tender and flaky!
  7. Bake pop tarts for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven. Allow pop tarts to cool completely. If desired, trim off any leakage of preserves around the edges with a knife.
  8. Prepare the frosting. Whip up frosting ingredients until mixture reaches desired consistency.
  9. Frost one pop-tart at a time and decorate with rainbow sprinkles. Move quickly with this process as the frosting tends to dry fast and then the sprinkles won’t adhere.

Notes

HOW LONG DO POP TARTS LAST? Refrigerated in a zip-top bag or air-tight container, pop tarts will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pop tarts, pop-tarts, pop pastries, strawberry pop-tarts

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This delicious recipe was inspired by memories made at Grandma’s house plus beautiful images on Pinterest. One of those colorful pop-tart recipes is by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy. I hope these breakfast pastries will inspire you to bake up a delicious batch of your own this weekend. Is there a special homemade treat that brings back nostalgic childhood memories for you? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below. And if you love pop pastries, share the love by pinning your favorite pop-tart image to Pinterest!

 

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30 thoughts on “Copycat Strawberry Pop-Tarts”

  1. My goodness, that looks so incredible. I bet it’s leagues above the taste of the commercial ones. Yours look like something you could respectably serve for dessert.

    • Marie, you are just too sweet! These scrumptious treats are so incredibly delicious. I hope there’s enough time this season for you to whip up a batch for your family. Happy holidays from my home to yours! :-)

  2. I love these! They’re totally adorable! I can’t wait to make them for my niece. While keeping my fair share :) She’ll love them, too.

  3. These are really cute and look delicious! Do you think this recipe would work well using gluten-free all purpose flour? Just wondering . . . =) Thanks for the great recipe. Cheers!

  4. Oh my goodness, these look SO good! I used to love pop tarts and haven’t had one in SO long! Can’t wait to make my own now

  5. Omg these look soooo delicious!!!!! I will totally make these when I have kids. I want to make a lot of all natural things that are still a treat for the kids. Rather than an actual pop tart filled with preservatives. Great post!

    • Oh, yes, Maddy! These are perfect for early mornings. And they make a great addition to a Sunday brunch spread, are fabulous for a quick snack, and can be used as a dessert item or late-night snack. :-)

    • Sophia, you are going to love these! And yes, please change up the fillings and enjoy the wide spectrum of flavors that it’ll bring. Let me know how your Pop-Tarts turn out. :-)

    • Thank you so much Lauren for sharing my recipe on Pinterest! I hope your son adores these sweet little packets of homemade goodness. And baking with love makes them taste even better. :-)

    • Julie, you are so kind! Thank you so much for sharing my recipe on Pinterest. I really appreciate it. I hope your kiddos enjoy these fun pop pastries. :-)

  6. Wow those pop-tarts look so yummy. I have been wanting to try to make them myself! So glad I found this recipe!

    • Ooo…Molly, I’m so glad you found this recipe too! Let me know how it goes when you bake up your first batch. Just be sure to seal the edges really well to prevent leakage of the preserves. :-)

    • Emily, you are going to be so delighted by the finished product! After the first bite I have no doubt that you’ll look forward to making double batches for yourself as well as friends and family. :-)

  7. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Hubby loves his Pop Tarts, but they’re expensive and I’d rather we not be eating all the additives. If homemade gives him the same pleasure, we will make the switch. It also gives me the chance to recreate some of the old fashioned flavours I used to enjoy, but can’t find in the stores anymore :)

    • Yay! Kyla, I can hardly wait for you to try this recipe in your own kitchen and taste the scrumptious, dreamy flavors of Pop-Tart goodness. Please let me know how your pop pastries turn out. You can also experiment with other fabulous flavors!

    • Thank you so much Colleen! I’m so glad you like this recipe. And yes! Homemade Pop Pastries are perfect for Sunday brunch and adult enjoyment too! :-)

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