Five-Ingredient Homemade Poptarts

step four

We found the inspiration for these on Pinterest and decided to add our own different fillings. The original recipes we found called for strawberry or other berry preserves (which are more expensive), but we used a few different kinds of jelly we had on hand. Here’s the recipe – with just five ingredients! As always, check out our take below.

Ingredients:

Two frozen roll-out pie crusts

Any kind of jelly, jam or preserves

1 cup powdered sugar

App. 1 tbsp. milk

Sprinkles, optional

Step one:

 Defrost the frozen pie crusts (either by microwaving for a few seconds or leaving at room temperature until soft) so you can unroll them. Cut them into small rectangles, all the same size. You should end up with six, and you can make two more with the edges. (The ones made from the edges will only look as good as your skills can make them.)

Step two:

Put about a tablespoon of jelly onto half of the squares like this.

step one

Step three:

Take the non-jellied pieces of pie crust and put them on top of the jellied pieces. Seal the edges and crimp with a fork.

step two

Step four: 

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Depending on your oven, it might take longer, or shorter, so keep an eye on them. Let them cool completely before icing.

Step five:

Mix the topping! Stir together the powdered sugar with the milk, adding more milk if necessary. Stir in sprinkles and spread on the cooled poptarts.

step three

Your finished product:

poppytarts

Matthew’s take: I don’t eat a lot of store-bought PopTarts because they’re an unhealthy food item I can stay away from, but I do enjoy them. The thought of making our own pastries intrigued me, and I got even more excited at the thought of including local jellies, including blackberry and elderberry fruit spreads canned right here in western North Carolina. My high interest in this recipe didn’t end in disappointment after we tried the recipe. These poptarts are just as tasty as their name-brand counterparts, making eight of them only cost us about $5 (remember, they are homemade and require a few ingredients) and each one only nets about 300 calories, including the sugary icing (which I would leave off if I made them regularly because you wouldn’t lose much in the way of taste and the jelly would still provide the sweet factor). These poptarts would be great to make with or for your kids and, while they’re thought of traditionally as a breakfast or snack treat, they’re sweet and versatile enough to pass as a dessert. They get an A+ for ease and cost, an A for taste and an A for presentation.

Molly’s take: I loved these super easy-to-make poptarts and enjoyed the fact that they tasted homemade, while at the same time, like a rather fancy pastry you could get at a coffee shop. My favorite was probably the blackberry, but any jelly would work. Just be careful about really thin jellies, because while baking, our elderberry jelly poptart filling leaked out onto the pan a little. I wouldn’t leave off the delicious, unhealthy icing, because I’ve always loved iced Poptarts. (Of all kinds, but especially brown sugar cinnamon and s’mores.) As a homeschooled kid, Poptarts were very often my morning meal. And the more sweet and sugary, the better. My mom and I would usually spread butter on a few wildberry or blueberry Poptarts and bake them in the oven before eating them. That gave me a serious love for some buttery poptarts. That said, these are great and you should try them.

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