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.
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.
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.
Homemade Pop-Tarts | Beautiful Kitchen Tools for Making Pop Pastries
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!
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!
- 2+1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, diced into tiny little pieces
- 4–5 tablespoons ice cold water
- 12 tablespoons strawberry preserves
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons half & half (or light cream)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Put it aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover the baking tray with plastic wrap. Put pop tarts into the freezer for 1 hour. Chilling will help make them tender and flaky!
- 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.
- Prepare the frosting. Whip up frosting ingredients until mixture reaches desired consistency.
- 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.
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
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!