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Homemade Pop Tarts Two Ways

Skip the store-bought snacks and preheat your oven for a family favorite recipe for Homemade Pop Tarts loaded with two different fillings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 8 pop tarts

Ingredients  

For the dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water (or more, as needed)
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or water

For the strawberry filling:

  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

For the cinnamon filling:

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Food coloring of choice (optional)
  • Sprinkles, for decorating (optional)

Instructions 

Make the dough:

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Add the cubed butter and pulse until combined. With the motor running, slowly stream in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough begins to form a ball. (Alternately, the dough can be made by hand by cutting the butter into the flour with your fingers then stirring in the ice water.)
  • Divide the dough in half, shaping each piece into a flattened disc. Wrap each disc securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. 
  • Lightly flour your work surface then using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough into a 16-by-20-inch rectangle that’s roughly 1/8-inch thick. Use a ruler to measure out eight 4-inch-by 5-inch rectangles. 
  • Divide filling of choice evenly between 8 rectangles. 
  • Brush the egg wash around edges and cover with the other 8 pastry rectangles. Crimp edges with a fork. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Brush chilled pop tarts with remaining egg wash. Bake for 20 minutes and check - pop tarts should be golden brown. 
  • Allow to cool completely while you make the glaze.

Make the glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and buttermilk until smooth. Whisk in the food coloring to your desired color (optional).
  • Drizzle or spoon the glaze atop the completely cooled Pop Tarts then top them immediately with sprinkles (optional) and serve.
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