By Katie Winn
I’ve never been a huge fan of store bought pop tarts, and especially not lately since they have lots of icky ingredients in them unless you buy the organic versions. So, when I found out that you can make your own pop tarts at home, I had to try it.
First, I started with a basic pie dough recipe from Betty Crocker: Betty Crocker Pie Dough Recipe
Then, I cut the dough into small rectangles, ensuring that each was the same size in order to stack them.
The fun part is picking out your fillings! I chose these combinations: chocolate hazelnut butter and strawberry jam, peanut butter and chocolate chips, and strawberry jam and chocolate chips. I loved each pastry, but the peanut butter chocolate was my favorite by far. Choose anything you like! Try to put a small amount of filling into each pastry, so they don’t explode. Leave room on the edges for crimping.
Use an egg wash to attach the top and bottom rectangles to seal in the filling like you would with ravioli. You can then use a toothpick to crimp the edges. *It’s really cute when you use a small cookie cutter, and cut out a shape in the top pastry before setting it on the bottom one.
Bake at 350º until golden brown on the edges.
Remove and allow to cool before serving. You can also add toppings to the pastries, like:
royal icing, thickened buttercream icing, chocolate ganache, drizzled chocolate, sprinkles, etc…
You can make mini poptarts and stick Popsicle sticks into the bottom of them. They are adorable for parties.