Home Made Pop Tarts (AKA Hand Pies) Recipe

Homemade Pop Tarts

So Thing One loves Pop Tarts. I don’t know why. I don’t buy them and she generally isn’t a fan of boxed cookie type treats. But somewhere along the way, some mom sent them in for a class snack and she decided she adores them. Since I really don’t like buying such things, I figured there had to be a way to make them at home.

Sure enough, there is. I went hunting around online and found quite a few references to people making them. Some folks, like Smitten Kitchen had versions made completely from scratch. Other sites had versions that were about as simple as you could imagine. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty in the kitchen, but some things…like pie crust, I just don’t feel like making from scratch. (I’m not lazy…I just don’t think the taste difference is worth it.)

So I compromised on something in the middle.

Home Made Pop Tarts


  • One package store bought pie crust (Trader Joe’s is amazing, but any one will do)
  • One egg
  • One jar of your favorite jam (I used Giant Eagle Blackberry Jam…and will next try their all natural spreadable strawberry)
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Colored Sugar Sprinkles


Unroll the pie dough and use a pizza cutter to trim the edges so you’re left with square. Reserve the cut pieces to re-roll and cut later. Cut the new square into rectangles. (Bearing in mind your final tart size will be half the size of what you cut.) I got about six rectangles out of one squared off circle of pie crust.

Place a small spoon full of jam onto the dough, off center so you’ll be able to fold it over. Whisk and egg in a bowl. Dip your finger in the egg and run it around the outside of the rectangle. Fold the dough over on itself to form a pocket and use a fork to gently seal the edges together on the three open sides

Repeat with remaining dough. Roll out and recut excess dough, then repeat the process again.

I got about 18 pop tarts out of one box of pie crust. Some of them were more “Pop Tart” shaped than others. Quite a few ended up looking like pie logs…which sounds dirtier than it is.

Homemade Pop Tarts

I’d seen several people talking about putting frosting on them, which I was shying away from at first. Then I made the mistake of drizzling a simple glaze across the plate to make it look pretty for this picture. When I picked the Pop Tart back up and ate it, the frosting made me go “oooh.”

So, I gave in. I frosted them. And then…to make Thing One smile, I pulled out some red sugar sprinkles and I added those to the mix.

Frosted Pop Tarts

Oh boy do I both regret and not regret that. Hair came home from work and I mentioned the Pop Tarts while we were chatting and her eyes got that kinda wild look in them and she said “You made Pop Tarts and you are JUST NOW mentioning thing?” After devouring one, she dubbed them “amazing” and ordered me to put them out of site lest she proceed to eat the rest of the batch.

So if you want to enjoy them in their full glory, you’ll need to take about a cup of powdered sugar and add 3-4T of milk and about 1/2 t of vanilla. Then whisk it up until you get a nice thick consistency. I put them on a raised cooling rack and poured the frosting over so it dripped to the counter instead of pooling around the base of the tarts.

I’m going to call this one a success.



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