Homemade Pop-Tarts

(8 servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter - softened
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla

  • For The Topping:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • milk to thin
  • sugar sprinkles

  • For Filling:
  • your favorite jam
These pastries are meant to be oven baked and eaten like a cookie - not toasted in the toaster (at least I've been afraid to toast them for fear that my icing will drip off in the toaster).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the butter and shortening with a fork until the mixture is like coarse sand. Add water one Tablespoon at a time - mixing after each spoonful until the dough can be formed into a ball.

Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about a 1/8-inch rectangle. Cut strips out of the dough about 2-inches by 3-inches.

Take half of the strips and spread 1 teaspoon of jam over their centers. Cover each strip with a corresponding non-jammed strip. Crimp the edges of each pastry.

Bake in preheated oven on parchment paper for 7 to 8 minutes.

As the the pastries bake, make the topping. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Slowly stir and drizzle in milk until a thick, fluid consistency is reached. You probably won't need more than a Tablespoon of milk.

When done, remove the pastries from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Spread the glaze over the tops and sprinkle each pastry lightly with sugar sprinkles.

Note From Recipe Submitter: Hi Mr. Breakfast - I got this recipe from a wonderful website. Could you make this a link to it. She has beautiful pictures of the pop-tarts. The addition of vanilla and sugar to the crust was my idea. I hope you like them.

Use your favorite jam and make your own toaster pastries at home. It's easier than you'd think.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank lizabeth for this recipe.

Recipe number 2546. Submitted 4/28/2009.