Monday, September 1, 2014

Homemade Poptarts

These are so much better than store bought pop tarts!  And fun to make too!  This recipe is adapted from one I found on .  It uses a package of refrigerated pie crusts that make this super easy and convenient.  I would like to try this again in the future using real pie crust from scratch. I bet that would take these over the top!  Be warned these are super sweet with the frosting but the kids liked them.  I preferred these plain without any frosting at all.  I used strawberry jam in these but I'm sure any flavor would work just as good.  Hope you enjoy!

1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1/4 cup strawberry jam
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
decorative sugar or sprinkles, as needed

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees (220 degrees C) Line Baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Unroll the pie crusts, place on a lightly floured work surface, and roll the crusts slightly with a rolling pin to square the edges. Cut each crust into 8 equal-sized rectangles. Place about 2 teaspoons of strawberry jam in the center of 8 squares, and spread the jam out to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the pastry square. Top each with another pastry square, and use a fork to crimp the squares together, sealing in the jam. Use a knife to trim the pastries, if desired. Move the filled pastries to the prepared baking sheets.

3.  Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are lightly golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.  Watch carefully towards the end to be sure they starting to turn lightly brown without overcooking.  Allow to cool on the baking sheets. Meanwhile, stir together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the cooled tarts with frosting and sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles.