I think everyone can agree that there is just something really FUN about Pop Tarts. Of course, we are all familiar with the traditional version – the kind that you pop into the toaster and comes in that iconic silver packaging (TWO to each package, which I always thought was so great growing up). But this version is a little more chic, a little more sophisticated, and a little more us…

It starts with a homemade pastry dough – don’t worry, that sounds a more laborious than it actually is. Then, your favorite jam – we used a strawberry rose jam from our local farmer’s market, but really, anything goes. After that, it’s a simple frosting, and voila – homemade POP TARTS!!!!

Made in honor of the book, Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly when Claire shuffles through the daycare bag in search of a strawberry POP Tart to placate her daughter.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 6 tbs ice cold water
  • Jam of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbs milk (depending on how thick you like the frosting)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (can sub vanilla)


  • In a food processor, add the flour, butter and sugar; pulse until the butter has incorporated into the flour
  • Add the cold water, one tbs at a time, pulsing in between; Pulse until a dough has formed
  • Remove the dough and cover in plastic wrap; allow to chill for 30min – 1 hour
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and remove the dough from the fridge
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a thin layer – about a little less than 1/4 inch
  • Use a rectangular cookie cutter, ruler, or good judgment to cut out 4 rectangles
  • Ball up the scraps of dough, re-roll, and cut out another 4 rectangles
  • Place about 1 1/2 tbs of jam in the center of 4 of the rectangles – DO NOT spread
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg to make a wash
  • Spread the egg wash on the outside edges of each rectangle that has the jam on it
  • Place the remaining 4 rectangles on top; gently use a fork to seal the edges (the egg wash should help hold the seal)
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes
  • While the pop tarts cool, make the frosting by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract
  • Frost each pop tart, decorate with fun sprinkles, and ENJOY!!!

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