Homemade Pop Tarts that are 1000X better than store bought!
These melt in-your-mouth Homemade Pop Tarts are addicting! They boast a brown sugar Nutella filling cocooned in buttery, flaky pastry smothered with Cinnamon Vanilla Icing. They are made from scratch without any preservatives or food dyes and are worth every minute! – you will never go back to the box kind again!
I like to keep my desserts pretty simple here on Carlsbad Cravings (creative yet simple) – because I am lazy when it comes to desserts – as in lots of cakes so I don’t have to frost a dozen cupcakes lazy. But sometimes a dessert is sooooo worth the extra time like these Homemade Pop Tarts! AKA sooooo beyond words delicious.
I have been wanting to make a homemade pop tarts recipe for a long time as the boxed variety and I go way way back. This guilty pleasure of mine started in my college days at Design Institute of San Diego where I was pursuing my BA in interior design.
After hours creating 3D renderings using CAD or learning about the latest building codes, we would break for some mind and body nourishment. I would drop my coins in the vending machine and a shiny package of pop tarts would emerge. Pop tars and hot chocolate. That was my favorite college snack. Completely void of nutrition, completely packed with sugar and completely hit the spot every single time.
Pop Tart Recipe
As I was reflecting on my college days obsession with pop tarts, giddiness overcame me as I imagined how much more intoxicatingly delicious homemade pop tarts would be. And then I made these Nutella Brown Sugar Pop Tarts. Mind. blown.
You may or may not be a fan of boxed pop tarts, but I can promise these buttery, flaky homemade pop tarts glazed in out of this world cinnamon, vanilla icing, giving way to sweet, rich, crystallized brown sugar and creamy, Nutella will win your heart, mind and soul – AKA every part of you will be loving, craving, obsessing over these pop tarts.
Now these 100% from scratch Nutella Brown Homemade Sugar Pop Tarts recipe has a few steps, but I promise its so worth it and much easier than you might think.
I scaled down my favorite pie crust recipe for the pastry which you form into two discs, refrigerate then roll into 2 large rectangles that you then cut into 9 smaller rectangles as shown above. I filled my pop tarts with a base of brown sugar and cinnamon topped with a layer of Nutella (DIVINE!) but the filling possibilities are virtually endless, and so will be your cravings!
Pop Tart Ingredients
- all-purpose flour
- granulated sugar
- unsalted butter
- vegetable shortening
- ice water
- brown sugar, Nutella or fruit jam
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
How to Make Pop Tarts
Step 1: The Dough
Step 2: Chill Dough
Step 3: Roll Out Dough
Step 4: Nutella Brown Sugar Filling
Step 5: Assemble
Step 6: Chill
Step 7: Bake
Step 8: Glaze
Can I use store bought pie crust instead of making the dough?
Yes, both store bought pie crust and puff pastry dough will work in this homemade pop tart recipe in place of the homemade dough – but they aren’t as good!
Do I have to use shortening?
Pie dough and homemade pop tarts are the only time I use shortening-because it is worth it! Shortening has a higher melting point than butter so it is harder to melt or overwork, this means you get a flakier crust. Pastries made with shortening also hold their shape better during baking, which includes our beautifully crimped edges.
If you are opposed to using shortening, then you can use your own favorite all butter pie dough recipe.
Pop Tart Filling Variations
Today, I shared with you my FAVORITE filling for homemade pop tarts, but it is super easy to customize them with YOUR favorite filling!
- brown sugar: skip the Nutella and combine 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon flour.
- strawberry: whisk 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water together in saucepan. Add 3/4 cup strawberry jam and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes then let cool completely. This will yield a thicker filling then just strawberry jam which will melt and become runny otherwise when baked.
- mixed berry: follow the instructions above but use 3/4 of your favorite mixed berry jam or combine part strawberry, raspberry and blackberry.
How do I store Homemade Pop Tarts?
How do I reheat Homemade Pop Tarts?
Can I freeze homemade pop tarts?
Yes, although it is doubtful there will be many – if any – left!
- After baking, allow the pop tarts to cool completely.
- Once they are cool, place them on a baking or cookie sheet in a single layer, cover with foil or plastic wrap, and place into the freezer. This is called “flash freezing” and eliminates the risk of them turning into a solid pop tart brick when later transferred to the same bag.
- Allow the pop tarts to freeze for several hours or overnight until solid.
- Once solid, remove pop tarts from the cookie sheet and transfer to an airtight container or into a zippered bag and squeeze out any excess air in order to prevent freezer burn.
- Freeze homemade pop tarts for up to three months.
How to reheat frozen pop tarts
Although frozen pop tarts aren’t quite as good as fresh from the oven the first time around, they are still a satisfying treat. First, thaw pop tarts overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave. Reheat homemade pop tarts in the microwave, oven, or toaster oven just until warm. The oven will take about 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Do not reheat in an upright toaster or you run the risk of them falling apart or burning.
Nutella Brown Sugar Homemade Pop Tarts – a lifetime tradition of better-than-store-bought homemade pop tarts awaits. Along with your new obsession.
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