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June 17, 2024

Homemade Pop-Tarts

Turn a favorite morning pastry into a homemade treat in this recipe from The Frugal Girls!  These will take a little time, but worth the effort since you can create your own favorite combinations!



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces and chilled
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus extra if needed


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, whisked (for brushing on pastry)


your favorite jam, Nutella, etc.


In the bowl of your food processor, pulse together the flour and salt. Once combined, add in the chilled butter and pulse until pea-sized crumbs form (with a small amount of larger pieces mixed in). 

With the machine running, start with a 1/4 cup of ice water, and pour slowly (in a steady stream) through the tube of the processor. Dough should come together but not be too wet. Test by squeezing a small amount of dough together, it should stick but not be too crumbly.

Divide dough into 2 equal portions and form each into a flattened disk and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour or up to overnight.

Place a piece of dough on to a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle 1/8 inch thick and approximately 9×12 in size. Cut rectangle in half horizontally (at the 4.5″ mark) then vertically every 3 inches. Making 8-4.5×3″ squares.

Carefully transfer 4 squares onto your baking sheet. Taking the whisked egg, lightly brush the tops.

Combine ingredients if making the brown sugar filling, or if using jam, take 1 tablespoon of either and spread onto the bottom tart. Leaving around a 1/2″ edge. Grab another rectangle and place on top, pushing down lightly to seal the edges. Press the tines of a fork around the edges of the rectangle and repeat.

Brush the tops of the tarts lightly with the egg was and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the tarts for 20-25 minutes until they are golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.  Add your favorite glaze or eat them plain!

Recipe found at The Frugal Girls.


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