homemade pop tarts

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I can’t…

I first saw homemade pop tarts in the April 2010 issue of Bon Appetit, and soon after I saw them on Smitten Kitchen and Anecdotes and Apple Cores. Pim did a version some time ago, as well.

I was a big fan of these as a child but haven’t had one in years, so of course I just had to make some. I tried the Bon Appetit recipe but I found the dough to be too buttery (yes, there is such a thing in my opinion).

So I set out to create my own dough. After a couple of tries, I decided that the one below (which was inspired by the Yogurt Dough in Nourishing Traditions

) is my favorite. It’s not at all terrible for you and it’s really easy to work with. If you don’t want to use spelt flour, you can try this with all purpose unbleached white flour or with whole wheat bread flour.

As for the filling, I experimented with a few different strawberry jams, but I think the best one by far was this Spicy Strawberry Jam.

homemade pop tarts

If you’re making these for kids or you’re just not into the spicy thing, feel free to use your favorite jam (it doesn’t have to be strawberry).

homemade pop tarts

Nutella is also good as a filling for these homemade pop tarts. If you want to go the full-on DIY route, you can try these with my Homemade Nutella.


These are best a short time after they come out of the oven (though you can certainly store them at room temperature for a few days and reheat them before serving).

Homemade Pop Tarts

Serves 8


*2 cups spelt flour
*2 tablespoons organic sugar
*pinch of sea salt
*1 stick organic unsalted butter
* 1 cup Greek yogurt or real buttermilk
* approximately 1 cup of strawberry jam (preferably homemade) or Nutella (preferably homemade) or filling of your choice
* approximately 3 tablespoons of melted butter, for brushing the dough
* organic sugar for sprinkling the dough


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat all ingredients until the dough comes together. Divide dough in half, flatten each ball into a disc, and wrap in plastic or parchment paper. Chill several hours or overnight.

2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or use a silpat). Flour your surface and roll one disc out into a large rectangle. Trim the edges (reserving the extra dough to roll out again with the next disc) so you have a rectangle that is approximately 9 or 10 inches by 12 inches. Cut the large rectangle into 8 smaller and equal rectangles.

3. Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling on each of 4 rectangles. Try not to just plop it right in the center- spread it down the length of each piece of dough (but keep it in the center, so that you can seal up the dough on all sides).

4. Lay the other pieces of dough on top of the ones with the filling. Use your finger to press the edges down, then use the tines of a fork to press firmly around all the edges. It's important that the pop tarts are sealed well, so a lot of the filling doesn't come oozing out (a little might, and that's fine). Repeat with the other disc of dough so that you have 8 pop tarts.

5. Poke a few holes into each pop tart with a fork or a toothpick and then arrange on your baking sheet. Place the pop tarts in the refrigerator for 30 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

6. Remove from the refrigerator and brush each pop tart with melted butter. Sprinkle each one all over with organic sugar.

7. Bake the pop tarts for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Allow the pop tarts to cool on a rack before serving.

homemade pop tarts



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    David — June 10, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Oh I want to make these right away! They sound perfect. Love that you cut down on the butter and added Greek yogurt.
    I bet they would taste good with a blueberry jam as well.

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    Cook with Madin — June 10, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    I myself haven’t had pop tarts in years. I would love to try this. Great with the addition of Greek yogurt. The jam looks great too.

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    Monet — June 10, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Brilliant! I made these a few months ago, and while they were adorable, I hated the amount of butter in them. I am so excited to try this adaptation. Just great!

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    Lauren — June 10, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Wow! Love both smitten kitchen and Monet’s site, Anecdotes & Apple Cores… and I love how you’ve revamped this breakfast/dessert into something a little bit better for us.

    Good work!

    – Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

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    HoneyB — June 10, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    You make these look so easy!

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    Mags — June 10, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Love, love, love that you used spelt flour. Can’t wait to try these.

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    gwen — June 10, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful blog! love the being green part especially! So glad I found it. These pop tarts look wonderful, I can’t wait to make them with my boys! thx!
    I’d love to see you on my blog too!
    happy sharing!!!

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    Megan — June 10, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    These look so good! Now I must check out the spicy(?) strawberry jam. Sounds like a perfect grown up poptart! LOVE IT! :)

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    Suzanne Collier — June 11, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    Love these! What a great idea and they look heavenly! Wish I had been industrious enough to make these for my kids when they were growing up!!! They still like pop-tarts, so I think I will surprise them with some of these when we get back home. Thanks, and as always, beautiful photography!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 11, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    I’ve seen the homemade pop-tarts on the internet quite a bit lately, but yours…yours put all those other to shame! This would be a great thing for me and the grandkids to make together. Printing it out right now!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 11, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    I’ve seen the homemade pop-tarts on the internet quite a bit lately, but yours…yours put all those others to shame! This would be a great thing for me and the grandkids to make together. Printing it out right now!

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    Aubree Cherie — June 16, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    Hey Winnie, just wanted to let you know I linked this to my fav recipes from last week! :) These are seriously fantastic!

    ~Aubree Cherie

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    Julie — March 7, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    These look so good, excited to try them! Probably would yuse regular or wheat flour.