Toaster Tarts

Toaster Tart Recipe

I’m a child of the 1970s, and though my mom baked fresh bread, made her own yogurt, and had a vegetable garden, there was a certain amount of junk food that my brother and I always asked for. I loved cherry Pop-Tarts as a kid. I haven’t had one in many years, so I thought I’d create a somewhat adult version of the pastry (but don’t put these in the toaster!).

Experiment with your favorite types of jam to re-create a Pop-Tart flavor you loved as a kid. You can embellish the tarts with all sorts of fancy sprinkles, or stir a little food coloring into a portion of the glaze and sling it across the top.–Kim Laidlaw

LC By Toaster Tarts Obsessed Note

Yes, toaster tarts. Even if you weren’t obsessed by the boxed, preservative-laden version of these as a kid, we think you’ll find yourself intrigued by this made-from-scratch, choose-your-filling rendition. (We’re told that Nutella is a particularly swoon-inducing filling.) In fact, one of our recipe testers, who shall remain nameless, made them three times in as many weeks. Three times. What’s that you say? You can’t imagine making them yourselves? Nonsense. They’re soooo easy to make, as illustrated by this quirky and quick snippet from Home Baked Comfort author Kim Laidlaw, the brilliant baker behind this recipe.



Toaster Tart Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • Makes 12

Ingredients

  • For the pastry
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • For the filling
  • 3/4 cup your favorite flavor jam (the author relies on sour cherry; we’re partial to rhubarb)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon warm water
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  • Make the dough
  • 1. In a food processor, combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt and process until blended. Add the butter and process again just until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and milk and process until the dough just comes together. Dump the dough onto a double layer of overlapping sheets of plastic wrap. Press the dough into a disk, wrap it with the plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  • Make the filling
  • 2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the jam and cornstarch, stirring quite frequently but not constantly, until slightly thickened and bubbly. Let cool.
  • Assemble the toaster tarts
  • 3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough in half and form each portion into a rough rectangle. Roll one rectangle until it measures about 16 by 9 inches. Using a ruler and a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle into 12 small rectangles, each about 3 by 4 inches. Set the rectangles on a baking sheet and refrigerate while you repeat with the remaining dough.
  • 4. Lightly brush half the rectangles with the beaten egg. Place a tablespoon dollop of the filling in the center of each egg-brushed rectangle and use the back of the spoon to spread it evenly over the dough, leaving a border of about 1/2 inch. Top each filling-slathered rectangle with a plain rectangle and press the edges together with your fingertips to seal, being careful not to let the filling ooze out the sides. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Place 6 tarts on each baking sheet, spacing them evenly, Prick the tarts all over with the fork. Refrigerate while the oven preheats.
  • 5. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and position 2 oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. Bake the tarts, rotating the pans once halfway through, until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the glaze
  • 6. Meanwhile, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside at room temperature until needed.
  • 7. Stir the glaze to recombine. Drizzle or smear the glaze on the cooled tarts. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
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Testers Choice

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Annie Barron

May 28, 2012

My coworker summed this one up: “These taste like Pop-Tarts should taste.” I went for my childhood favorite, strawberry, slightly pink icing, and pink sprinkles. The tarts were good warm from the oven, weren’t particularly impressive cold, and perfect toasted in a toaster oven until the iced tops blistered a bit.

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Kara Vitek

May 28, 2012

Oh my!!! These are so fun and so delicious; if you could only have seen my boyfriend’s dance in my kitchen when he tried these–they are that good. The dough is incredibly easy to make and is velvety with nice bits of butter. Although the recipe seems a little lengthy with a lot of steps, these tarts come together quickly. I didn’t get exactly 12 tarts but close to it. I used a raspberry jam, and it was delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing but to try other flavors of jam. These would be fun to bring to a gathering and wow my friends!

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Tracey G.

May 28, 2012

I have a real soft spot for DIY versions of treats from my youth. How I loved the crisp crust of the Pop-Tart dough followed by the warm, oozing strawberry filling. However, my adult brain cringes at the amount of preservatives that must have been in those pastries. I don't always have an easy time with pastry dough, but this dough was easy to prepare and rolled out easily. The finished dough was light and flaky. I filled most of my toaster tarts with strawberry preserves from the farmer's market and also filled a few with Nutella. These toaster tarts fulfilled my nostalgia and also pleased my adult tastes.

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Nancy A. Mosher

May 28, 2012

It’s always a delight to discover a recipe for a childhood food made right! I was never a fan of the packaged toaster “pastries” as a child, but could see their potential and am happy to find this recipe that brings all their potential out. I can’t wait to try a dozen different fillings.

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Lori Widmeyer

May 28, 2012

I remember trying Pop-Tarts as a child but never loving them. I rarely, if ever, buy them, because my husband and kids feel the same way, but for some reason I still wanted to try this recipe. I am so glad I did! They were a huge hit! I made several varieties: brown sugar cinnamon, strawberry, Nutella, and almond. All were great! I could not find sour cherry jam, but I think it would be wonderful too.

Testers Choice
Natalie Reebel

May 28, 2012

While this is a fun recipe, it is one that takes a significant amount of time. The results are really worth it. When I finished the processing, the refrigerating, the making of the filling and glaze, the rolling, the forking, and the baking, I had the coolest homemade “tart” in my hand. Everyone really enjoyed the strawberry preserves in the center. The crust was flaky and flavorful. These tarts also made for a great opportunity to use my seasonal sprinkles. I liked that I could decorate them with my family in any fashion we desired and for any occasion. This is a fantastic family project that have the benefit of being way better than the boxed version.

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Larry Noak

May 28, 2012

I don't even know where to begin. I’ve always been a fan of the idea of Pop Tarts yet, I’ve never really enjoyed them—until now. Everything that was wrong with the original has been corrected. The pastry is flavorful and you can use as much or as little filling as you wish. I make them normal Toaster Tart-size, and I also make them about half the normal size and lovingly refer to them as Tartlets. You really should make a double batch for good measure. I fill mine with my homemade jams but, any jam you like will suffice. My latest fantasy Toaster Tart? A batch filled with this wonderful Meyer Lemon Marmalade!

Comments
Comments
  1. Lana says:

    Yes, home made pop tarts! That is one of the ready-made breakfast foods, apart from the cereal, that my girls occasionally eat, and now I can make them from scratch! Prepare them the night ahead, and plop them in the oven in the morning before school. Thanks LC!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Exactly, Lana. Make-ahead, made-at-home goodness with a side of whimsy. And you’re quite welcome.

  2. Uhmmmm….this might be my new obsession. Not that I need a new. The old ones are working just fine! :)

    • Beth Price, LC Director of Recipe Testing says:

      Its never bad to have too many obsessions, right Jackie? Let us know if you indulge in this latest one.

  3. A week or so ago I was talking to my Mom on the phone and saying how much I wished for Gooseberry Pop Tarts. I’m very happy to have this recipe, and I think I’ll try a Strawberry-Rhubarb blend too.

    • Beth Price, LC Director of Recipe Testing says:

      Hi Terri, we are so very glad that you found this recipe. Please let us hear all about your variations, and whether you shared with your mom!

    • Lindsay Myers says:

      Gooseberry! What a delicious idea. Do you make your own jam? We hope you enjoy the recipe, Terri!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS. I just made these and they are RIDICULOUS. So good!!! I did strawberry preserves with mine and loved it. The dough is so flaky.

  5. JulieD says:

    Oh my, I must have these in my life. I love that Joanne added sprinkles like the recipe said you could. My mind is racing!!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Yes, you must, JulieD! And you must let us know what flavor filling and drizzle you decide to use…

  6. Kara Vitek says:

    Hi Lori! How did you do the brown sugar cinnamon filling? Sounds delish!

    • Lori says:

      Kara, I made these with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little flour and they turned out great. We tried tiny bits of apples and raisins mixed in with the brown sugar cinnamon another time and thought they were good that way too, just be careful not to overfill. Hope you enjoy them!

  7. Alan McCall says:

    These look really great! I do a lot of baking and my grandsons love Pop-Tarts, but I think
    they will like these better.

    Can’t wait to try out this recipe.

    • Lindsay Myers says:

      Alan, there’s nothing like homemade. I’m sure your grandsons will love them! Have you already got a filling in mind?

      • Alan McCall says:

        Hi Lindsay,

        I’m thinking they would probably like cherry. We also have a small blueberry orchard, so I know the older one would like those too.

        The boys are now 8 and 9 and are home-schooled, so during their times with us, I like doing some “cooking time” with them.

        Florida now has a Cottage Food law, so once the kitchen is fully renovated (more counter space and storage) I might do a little in-home bakery. I’m thinking about it, and received a bread machine and a couple of kitchen items at Christmas.

        • Lindsay Myers says:

          What a wonderful experience for the kids. I’m sure these will become a favorite quickly, especially if you’re using your very own blueberries. And if you set up a bakery, it sounds like you’ll have some helpers!

  8. Kathy says:

    These look so good.. I’m working at a camp this summer teaching a cooking program and would like to try these.. do a few doughs ahead of time but we could easily put the rest together..
    Any ideas how to do a chocolate version.. no nuts at camp so nutella is out (although will try at home) but what would be good to mix the chocolate with to make a good filling??
    I’ve loved so many of your recipes!!

    • Beth Price says:

      Hi Kathy, what a fun project for the kids! I would add a tablespoon of chocolate chips as your filling. You might want to do a trial run- just for tasting purposes, of course. Let us know how it goes.

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