Thursday, January 6, 2011


I always worry about the snacks my boys eat.  I push for the healthier snacks. I push for fruit, whole grains.  And they don’t complain….they love it.  But sometimes I like to treat them.  There are a brand of Organic PopTarts that they really like.  But they are expensive, and not often on sale.  And when they are on sale I buy some and they are gone the next day!   C’est La Vie!

Some time last year I saw this post over at Oven Love.  It was perfect. Homemade PopTarts. Totally up my alley.  And the boys LOVE THEM.  I realized last week that I hadn’t made them in a LONG time.  So I made a plan, read : scheduled them in, and made my boys Homemade PopTarts filled with Nutella

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Pretty cute, eh?

Here is the recipe I followed, though I used 1/2 cup butter….I am not a shortening gal.

Homemade Pop Tarts
(original recipe from Peabody)
For Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tbsp. cold water

For Filling:
Jam (your choice)  Or you can use Nutella like I did!!

For Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
milk to thin

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and butter and blend with a fork, pastry cutter, or your hands. Blend until mixture is fairly coarse. Add water, 1 tbsp. at a time, gently mixing dough after each addiction until dough forms a ball.
2. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a square/rectangle. To about 1/8 thickness. Cut out long strips about 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Repeat until dough runs out.
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3. Take one pie crust rectangle and lace 1 tsp. of jam on top. Cover with another piece of pie crust and crimp all four edges. Repeat with the rest of dough. Place Pop-tarts on a baking sheet with parchment paper, and bake for 7-8 minutes.
4. While pop-tarts are baking, make glaze. Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Pour milk slowing until it has a consistency of really thick syrup. 1/2 a tbsp. to 1 tbsp. might be enough.
5. Once pop-tarts are done and cooled, top with glaze. Add sprinkles and serve.

Trust me, make these…..your family will thank you.

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What snacks do you like to make homemade for your family???  Send me links – I am looking for more things to make a healthier version for the boys!


Natalie said...

yay! they look beautiful!

Maria said...

I need to try these!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

These look awesome!! I've always wanted to try making them :)

doughmesstic said...

I made poptarts once. ONCE. So time consuming, I thought! Wish I thought to add the sprinkles! I'm sure everyone enjoyed them, I know WE did. Your fillings sound great! (but man, it's a lot of work for a poptart, isn't it? :) )

Take time for yourself as you are preparing for the big move. You'll be fine - don't get overwhelmed! Here if you need to vent!

Baking Decorations said...

Love this! Great idea and thanks for sharing.