Pop Tarts

Confess. You loved pop tarts as a kid. Maybe you still do but won't admit it out loud. Let's face it, they really are not good for you. So here is you opportunity to make them yourself, without the trans-fat, the chemicals and the mystery goop they put in the middle. Here's your chance to make them with grown-up-tasting jam, but still feel like a kid when you put on the sprinkles.

If you have kids, this would be a totally fun thing to do with them in the kitchen this weekend. Let them roll out the dough and choose the jam filling they like best. When the tarts are done, they can have a blast decorating them.

Difficulty level Easy


1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tbsp. cold water
0 Jam
1 cup powdered sugar
0 Milk to thin
0 Sprinkles

(your choice)


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and butter and blend with a fork, pastry cutter, or your hands. Blend until mixture is fairly coarse. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, gently mixing dough after each addiction until dough forms a ball.
  2. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a square/rectangle. Cut out long strips about 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Repeat until dough runs out.
  3. Take one pie crust rectangle and lace 1 tsp of jam on top. Cover with another piece of pie crust and crimp all four edges. Repeat with the rest of dough. Place pop tarts on a baking sheet with parchment paper, and bake for 7-8 minutes.
  4. While pop-tarts are baking, make glaze. Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Pour milk slowing until it has a consistency of really thick syrup. 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp might be enough.
  5. Once pop-tarts are done and cooled, top with glaze. Sprinkle and decorate with colorful sprinkle.

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