Homemade Pop-Tarts Recipe

From bakeries to food blogs, this childhood favourite is popping up everywhere. For a tastier twist on the boxed treat, add your own homemade jam.


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out dough)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, cubed and set at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cubed
2 tbsp cold water (approx.)

6 tsp of your favourite jam

1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
1-2 tbsp colourful sprinkles


Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F.

Step 2: For crust, combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and shortening. Mix together until dough is crumbly. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, until mixture forms a ball.

Step 3: Separate the dough into two equal balls. Roll out each on a lightly floured surface into a 1/8″-thick square, then cut out 3″ x 5″ rectangles. Collect leftover scraps and roll out again to use up all dough.

Step 4: Place 1 tsp of jam on each rectangle. Fold in half like a sandwich. Using fork tines, crimp and seal edges. Repeat with remaining rectangles and jam. Place sealed pastries on parchment-lined or greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 5: Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Step 6: For glaze, mix the icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 tbsp milk at a time, until glaze is a thick syrupy consistency. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cooled pastry and spread. Decorate with sprinkles while icing is still wet.

Makes 5 to 6 tarts


John Cullen