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Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

Homemade Pop Tarts With Cinnamon And Honey

Toaster pastries have always been a big hit with kids.  They enjoy finding that yummy goodness on the inside when they take a bite.  Homemade pop tarts have the added benefit of allowing you to customize the flavor and leave out all the unnecessary sugars, preservatives and artificial junk.

homemade pop tarts with cinnamon and honey RecipeI have made these several times, adjusting some ingredients each time.  And I believe I finally found the tastiest recipe for the outside crust.

If you are fairly new to the cooking thing, it may seem daunting to attempt homemade pop tarts.  However, I can assure you that it does get easier the second time around.  The first time will take a little longer than the recipe says, but they will still turn out great.

Homemade Pop Tarts With Cinnamon And Honey
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Adapted from 100DaysofRealFood
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8-10
  • 2¼ cups whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour) plus more for rolling out the dough
  • ½ tspn salt
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold, unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 TBLspn honey
  • ½ cup ice-cold water
  • 8 TBLspn fruit jam or jelly
  • 1 egg beaten plus 1 TBLspn water and set aside
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Mix together flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Cut butter into small pieces and add to bowl.
  5. Using your hands or a mixer with a dough blade, mix butter in to flour. It should resemble a crumbly meal, and you may need to use your hands to break up any larger chunks. (My kids like helping with this part.)
  6. Drizzle the honey over the top of the flour.
  7. Then add the ice water gradually, while still running the mixer on low. The flour will start to come together.
  8. Form the dough into a ball. You can either store the dough in the fridge until later or continue on with making the pop tarts.
  9. Prepare a floured work surface to roll out the dough. I use parchment paper because it cleans up easy.
  10. Place dough onto floured surface. Sprinkle the dough ball with flour and start to flatten it out with the palm of your hand. Then use a floured rolling pin to get the dough thinner and even. (I flour the surface of the dough and then place a piece of parchment on top, between the rolling pin and the dough. I found that rolling out the dough between two pieces of parchment keeps it from sticking to my rolling pin.)
  11. Roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch thickness.
  12. Cut the dough into either rectangles or use a basic shape cookie cutter. I like using heart shapes, though the rectangles can make the cutting go a bit faster.
  13. Place half the pieces on the prepared cookie sheet. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon jam. Do not spread this out to the edges.
  14. Place the top pieces on and press sides together with a fork, all around the edges.
  15. Using the fork, make several holes in the top of each one to vent.
  16. Lastly, brush the tops with the egg wash just before putting in the oven.
  17. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
To Freeze: Allow pop tarts to cool completely on wire rack. Stack pop tarts, separating them with a piece of parchment paper, in a plastic container. Freeze or refrigerate for later. Simply reheat by placing them in the toaster or eat them on the road!

Kids Cooking Class: Homemade Pop Tarts  (Watch for a fun demo!)

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