Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

IMG_1395I admit to going a little overboard when I’m out grocery shopping. I’ve mentioned a few times how pretty displays throughout the store pull me in, and before I know it, both my shopping cart and mind are filled with ingredients and ideas for said ingredients.

And that’s all well and good, as long as those groceries aren’t perishable…and then I’m scrambling to use them up before they go bad..

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I found myself with about three quarts of strawberries in the refrigerator last week, and decided to make a quick jam. I do love fresh jam, especially when it’s still warm, and I have some warm biscuits to slather it on.

I didn’t have biscuits.

Anyway… while the jam was cooking on the stove, I thought, “Shoot, I should have made a strawberry pie..” And then I thought…it’s not too late… I could make pop tarts instead!

I threw Aunt Linda’s pie crust together (honestly, if you haven’t tried this pie crust recipe, you need to. It will be your “go to” recipe forever) and in no time, had pop tarts thrown together and cooling on a baking rack!

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Of course, my finicky Boy (who is my son Mike…I call him Boy) comes walking through the kitchen:

“What are you making?” he asks.
“Strawberry Pop Tarts” I answer.
“Don’t ask me to be your taste tester” he replies.
“There’s a surprise” I respond.
“You know I like chocolate” he said.
“It’s not always about you..” I reply.

Funny…I’m sure you know it…and especially he knows that that couldn’t be further from the truth….but I should mention that he isn’t a little boy that I’m talking to like that…he will be 19 next Sunday…and he is usually deserving of a wise-ass comment from me… which I might add will usually end up with him picking me up and throwing me into the kitchen sink and turning the faucet on…

Ahh…the love of a mother and her son. There is nothing like it. I love my kids more than life itself, and they all know it. You can be sure that I’ll be making those chocolate pop tarts very soon for the little jerk (said lovingly, of course), and maybe, just maybe, for that day, I won’t have to change my wet pants from being thrown in the sink…

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Anyway…back to the strawberry pop-tarts. Jess just happened to come walking into the kitchen, during the conversation between boy and me.

“Mmm” she says.
“Thank you for that” I respond, giving boy the “look”.
“You want to go in the sink?” he threatens..

Jess picks one up, and takes a bite…and said that I should make them again, “These are really good”…

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And they were. I was surprised that they weren’t huge ordeal to throw them together. What made me really happy was that the crust remained flaky, yet firm enough to be able to pick them up and eat, the jam was perfectly gooey, not runny at all, and a quick royal icing sealed the deal.

A perfect treat for kids of all ages… except for boy, who only wants chocolate.

Life is good..it’s a “too many strawberries in the fridge make for delicious pop-tarts” kind of good..

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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts
Makes Six Pop Tarts

Just a quick note: This jam is made with pectin. I know..I’m cheating… but it comes in handy to make a quick jam when the mood strikes!

Create a rectangle template from cardboard 3-1/4″ x 5-14″

Strawberry Jam:
1-1/2 cups crushed strawberries
1-1/2 tbsp pectin (such as Sure Jell)
1-2/3 cup granulated sugar

Combine the strawberries and pectin in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring back to a boil, and boil for one minute. Remove from heat, and let cool.

Aunt Linda’s Pie Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
½ tsp salt
½ cup milk
1 tbsp vinegar

In a small bowl, mix the milk and vinegar together.  Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, blend the flour, shortening, and salt together until mixture is in pea size crumbles. Pour the milk and vinegar mixture into the flour mixture and stir.   The dough will be sticky.

Roll out on a generously floured surface, kind of on the thicker side. Lay your template on the dough, and cut out as many rectangles as you can with the first roll out. Repeat rolling and cutting out rectangles until you have 12 rectangles.

Give a cookie sheet a spritz of vegetable spray, and place as many rectangles on the sheet that you can. I was able to fit four.

Spoon some strawberry jam on to each rectangle, filling it to about 1/2” from the edge. Place another rectangle on top, pressing down around the edges with your finger. Crimp around the edges with a fork.

Bake at 350” about 1/2 hour, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and cool completely on a cooling rack.

Frost with royal icing, and sprinkle with decorating sugar.

Quick Royal Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp meringue powder
2 tbsp water

Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for about 12 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Enjoy!

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67 thoughts on “Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

  1. I just loved reading this post Prudy. I smiled at the thought of your son throwing you in the sink- I don’t even know him, but I do know that if guy plays with his mother like that, he’s pretty crazy about her. I can tell. And I understand.

    So I almost loved reading this post as much as I love looking at one of these pop tarts and imagining me pigging out on them. Almost. You’re lucky I can’t come to your house. I would definitely be sneaking as many of them as would fit into my purse as I could when no one was looking.

    This was such a goodgoodgooood post. ❤

    • Lovey, you can come to my house whenever you want. ❤ Let's just call it an open invitation.

      Thank you so much… yes, boy and I have a great relationship. He drives me crazy, and I slap him upside the head. 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kindness and support. It means so much to me. ❤

    • Get out!! Did you post them??? I’ll have to go and check out your blog. I’ve been trying a s’mores dessert forever, and I cannot seem to get it right. It’s driving me crazy! I’m on a mission, and I’m going to get this thing right! My son has become interested in my mission to make this dessert… watching me closely, giving me suggestions (as if he even knows what flour is, let alone giving me suggestions…) 🙂
      Thank you so much.. 🙂

  2. Ok.you did it again, I never met anyone that makes poptarts..what happened to that “I’m Prudence and I’m not a baker!”…you r a genius…

  3. Lol, just the right post to read before turning in for the night, on Mother’s Day. Made me smile, Prudy! And here I thought you didn’t bake. Making homemade pop tarts from scratch is a sure sign of being a baker! 🙂

  4. I loved pop tarts growing up. I have since realized that homemade is always better. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home with a whole bunch of ingredients, and I am racing around to use them. These look fantastic!

    • I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one, Tracy! I think it’s a shopping sickness or something. I don’t even want to say this…but I didn’t make it with the strawberries this week. I ended up tossing a quart of them…they were too far gone. I need to stop buying so many at a time.
      Thank you so much.. ❤

  5. Hi Prudy, I made something similar to this a few years ago with prepared pie dough and it was just okay. These look amazing, will have to try Aunt Linda’s pie crust and your strawberry jam.

  6. This looks like my idea of a treat. What a fantastic way to use your homemade strawberry jam. My mom used to make her pie crust with shortening too. I have never even bought shortening before. Do you know how different it is to using butter as far as working with the dough? Curious. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day doing exactly what you wanted to do. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Seana… Hmmm… I just don’t know the difference between shortening and butter for pie dough…but I’ll google that tomorrow and get back to you on that one. It almost seems that butter would be delicious in pie dough…but I’m wondering if there is a water or fat content thing… Now you have me curious too. ❤

  7. You are soooo talented! Hell would have to freeze over once or twice before I would roll my sleeves to make home made pop tarts because I got too many strawberries around.. 😉

    I am a bit pastry challenged… but these look awesome! can you make me one with strawberry AND chocolate? 😉 No, please, don’t throw me in the sink!

    • Lol.. Sally. You’re way too cute! I’m telling you…I used to be pastry challenged until I tried this pie crust. It’s so forgiving.

      Of course, I would make you any flavor pop tart you wanted. I can’t make promises that you wouldn’t end up in the sink though… Thanks so much for your kind words ❤ xx

  8. Pectin, cheating? No way! Pectin has saved my butt from runny jam every single summer, since I hate using the multiple pounds of sugar called for in traditional recipes that don’t call for any additional thickeners. Plus, since you don’t have to cook the mixture as long with pectin, the flavors are brighter and fresher, if you ask me. Anyway, I’d gladly just eat that extra jam with a spoon, but the pop tarts of course look incredible, and just about a million times better than the mass-produced originals.

  9. I am always scrambling to use up ingredients before they go bad (LOL). I guess I’m worse than you at impulse buying…talk about warm biscuits slathered in butter, you make me drool….and now the final picture of those pop tarts make me drool even more. My son is a taste tester for everything. He loves food. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much Liz! Oh yeah…warm biscuits slathered in butter. How can it get any better??
      I know, right? I don’t know why we feel the need to buy so much! I actually threw a quart of strawberries in the garbage tonight. It made me sick to have to do that!
      You’re lucky your son will taste test for you! 🙂

  10. Haha, sounds like you have such a fun, loving relationship with your son 🙂 I hope I have one like that with my soon-to-be son! These look yummy. Poptarts have so many chemicals in them so I’m loving this homemade version.

    • So sweet… you will definitely have that relationship. It’s just that mother and son thing… he drives me crazy… but I love him like crazy even more. 🙂 Agreed on the pop tart thing… these are so much better, although I admit to eating chocolate fudge pop tarts a couple times a year! 🙂 I do need to still try my hand at making chocolate for Mike ❤

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