Pop Goes the World….SHF#24

So wasn’t going to participate in this SHF…just no time. But I figured if I could squeeze in fritters last week for HHDD, I could come up with something for SHF. The theme this time around was little bites of delight. We were to make petits fours. Well that encompasses a lot of things…I’m sure my entry was not one they were thinking of. Over burdened with extra pie crust taking up space in the freezer, I decided that since I had so much luck with the Circus Cookies that I would make homemade Poptarts. Oh how I love Poptarts. So bad for you I know but my first two years of teaching I was so poor I lived off of Poptarts and Stove Top Stuffing. I love the strawberry frosted kind the best, but had to make raspberry because that is the jam I still had left over. I am bad in my pie crust I know because I still do use half shortening, but it really makes the pie crust more flaky. I also apologize that none of my pictures can really let you see that it is mini, but they are, I swear. But the Poptart looked so washed out when it was unopened that I got no quality photos what-so-ever. Head on over to Cook Sister to see all of the SHF participants.


Peabody’s Poptarts

pie crust(recipe follows)

good jam(your choice)


Sparkling Sugar


Pie Crust 

1-1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons cold water
Combine flour and salt in bowl. Add shortening or butter and blend with fork, pastry cutter or your fingers until mixture is fairly coarse. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, gently mixing dough after each addition until dough forms a ball. (Dough can also be prepared in food processor. Use the pulse button just until it starts to pull away from the sides. Be very careful not to overwork the dough.) Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a square/rectangle. Cut out long strips about 2 inches wide, and 3 inches long. Repeat till you run out of dough.


1 cup powder sugar

milk to thin

Place powdered sugar in bowl. Pour milk slowly until it has a consistancy of really thick syrup.


Assemble: Take one pie crust rectangle, fill with a tsp of jam. Cover with another piece of pie crust. Crimpe all four edges. Repeat until you run out of pie crust. Bake at 450F for abou7-8 minutes or until slightly brown. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, pour glaze on to Poptart and decorate iwth sparkling sugar.




  1. Frosted strawberry with rainbow sprinkles! That was my favorite Pop-tart flavor! I had never thought to make them myself, I am impressed with your genius!

  2. I hate Pop Tarts but this I would eat for sure! You are very clever!

  3. Holly Golightly says:

    What a great idea. I’m so trying this!!!

  4. I love it, Peabody! You are one creative girl!!!

  5. You never cease to amaze…I’ve sent your yummy pictures to my grown children. All Pop-Tart lovers!

  6. You are my new hero. Growing up in Baltimore, Pop Tarts were part of my daily nutritious breakfast.

    This is genius.

  7. I liked the strawberry ones too, but I wasn’t opposed to double chocolate while watching Transformers and waiting for the school bus…

  8. These are so cute, fun, and adorable! yum!

  9. So cute and clever!

  10. LOL – these are great – so pretty! It’s like the opposite of pimp my snack – kind of shrink my snack. I love it :P Thanks for contributng to SHF.

  11. I knew RIGHT AWAY that those were poptarts, and my tummy grumbled. I LOVE chocolate ones the best! (I bet most people have a favorite poptart!)

    I’m so impressed.

    And as for shortenin’ in the crust, is there really any other way? :) (Crisco makes non-transfat now, you know. That helps!)

  12. I love poptarts – but of course, I’ve only ever had the shop bought version.

    They look super candy sweet – the shortening doesn’t put me off at all, but I guess it should do? Still, I bet they taste delicious.

  13. Wow, those really look like Poptarts. I didn’t even know a homemade version would be possible. You’re so smart!

  14. Genius! Never had one in my life but DH gobbles them like crazy. I just can’t put it close to me, just the smell but I bet that yours would make me addicted. Ain’t nothing wrong with shortening!

  15. Those are the best looking pop-tarts I’ve ever seen.. and they just so happen to be my favorite pop-tart – frosted raspberry. Yum!

  16. I LOVE this idea! So cute and they look like real poptarts but BETTER!

  17. Peabody? This is brilliant. Positively brilliant. And Matt adores Pop-Tarts! I won’t let him eat them for…obvious reasons, but knowing I can make them from scratch? He’ll love it…thanks!

  18. Gretchen (GT) says:

    OMG food porn

  19. Wow, I am making these today.

  20. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow. I make homemade jam from our own fresh fruit. These are going to be terrific!

  21. I just made these and they are awesome. The crust is so good and it is actually easy to make them look pretty. Thankyou so much for this recipe. im never buying store bought poptarts again.

  22. I love this idea! My kids love pop tarts and now I can make them a much healthier version without all the fake stuff! Thank you! I hope you don’t mind if I link from my site to yours!

  23. I made these with my grandkids and they were a BIG hit :)

  24. Wow. I’m guessing these taste a darn site better than “real” poptarts. Can’t wait to try ‘em out on my kids!

  25. Can you freeze these??

  26. @Yvette- I think if you didn’t frost them yes.

  27. we made these in teen living!!! i found out that i am not a great fluffer compared to my group -.-


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