Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts


Growing up, my go to snack was always a pack of pop tarts! Jacqueline might even say I had a bit of an addiction... If you're anything like me when it comes to these deliciously frosted treats, this homemade version of the classic strawberry will satisfy all of your tastebuds, with the perfect mix of a light pastry crust and homemade, fruity jelly center.

Hot tip!

One of the tips and tricks for these homemade pop tarts is using shortening along with butter for the dough. This helps to keep your pop tarts nice and flakey! This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth, while going lighter on the sugar and heavy on the fresh fruit!

The key to making a flakey and delicious pie crust for your pop tarts is by pulsing it, using a food processor, along with the necessary combination of both butter and shortening. Through cubing and adding both to the food processor with the dry ingredients, you get a subtle buttery undertone with still a classic pastry base.

Now for all the fresh fruit

The key to achieving that sweet filling is your fresh fruit. Try to find the ripest strawberries you can and this will help give your pop tarts that natural fruity and sugary flavor that will bring them to life!

Adding that just right ratio of sugar to strawberry will make your filling nice and sweet but still fruity enough to hold up that class strawberry flavor. Heating the sugar and berries will create a just thick enough filling while still having some berry pieces mixed in for that real fruit goodness we all know and crave.

Top with sprinkles to get that classic strawberry pop tart finish!

For my personal favorite touch to this homemade twist, add some chopped strawberries on top for an extra fruity flavor!

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

A homemade twist to your favorite fruity strawberry pop tart classic!



Servings: 8


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cold
  • 4 tbsp shortening cold
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 9-10 tbsp water ice cold

Jam Filling

  • 4 cups strawberries chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice

Icing & Toppings

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red sprinkles
  • ⅓ cup strawberries chopped (optional)



1. Cube butter and shortening. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, butter, and shortening in the food processor and pulse several times until combined.

2. Add water one tablespoon at a time, pulsing in between additions until crumbles have formed.

3. Once all of the water has been added, take dough out and form into a ball. Try not to handle the dough too much or it may become tough. Chill for 1 hour.

Jam Filling

1. While dough is chilling, chop strawberries and put them in a pot on the stove with the sugar and lemon juice on high, mixing frequently for 2-3 minutes.

2. Once sugar is melted, turn down to low heat and heat for an additional 7-8 minutes or until your desired consistency.

Forming the Tarts

1. Once dough is done chilling, roll it out to desired thickness (should be around 1/16-1/8 of an inch), and cut into rectangles of approximately 3x5 inches, using either a knife or pizza cutter.

2. Once you have an even number of rectangles, most likely around 16 (depending on exact size), place half of them on a greased cookie sheet. Brush water on the edges of the rectangles on the cookie sheet and add 1-1½ teaspoons of the jam filling to the center of each.

3. Next, place the remaining rectangles on top of the rectangles on the cookie sheet. Press the edges down on each pop tart, sealing the edge so the filling does not leak out.

4. Using a toothpick, poke 3 holes in the top of each pop tart. Place in the freezer for around 1 hour to help the pop tarts keep their shape.

Baking & Icing

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. After freezing, bake pop tarts for 20-25 minutes or until edges begin browning.

3. While pop tarts are baking, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl for the icing.

4. Once pop tarts are done baking, place them on a wire rack to cool.

5. Spread approximately 1 teaspoon of icing on the top of each pop tart. Top with sprinkles and if desired with fresh strawberries too!


Save any extra or remaining jam filling and keep refrigerated. You'll be happy that you saved it later!

Prep Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

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