Often times, I find myself rushing out of the door in the morning, cramming down whatever I deem acceptable as a meal so that I can get something in my stomach. I wanted to create something easy to make and easy to eat, on the go, that wouldn’t leave a mess in my car while driving to work. As I was pondering finger food for breakfast, I had seen many at-home pop tart recipes on the web but all of them required making the dough. Don’t get me wrong, I love making things from scratch but there are a few things I don’t mind buying already made, like pie crust. Additionally, buying the crust pre-made makes for a faster creation of these wonderful little tarts. These pop tarts are easy, fun to make, and taste wonderful when in a rush in the morning. I decided to use some American Spoon preserves and some of my homemade apple sauce for filling but you can feel free to fill them with whatever you’d like! Imagine the possibilities!


What you’ll need:



a rolling pin
pastry brush
pizza cutter, or sharp knife
your favorite jam, peanut butter, Nutella, or applesauce
pre-made pie crust (thaw overnight prior to making pop tarts)
index cards
1 egg
1 tablespoon half & half

Yields about 10 pop tarts.


  1. take the thawed pie crust out of the fridge to allow it to get to room temperature.
  2. while the dough is warming up, prepare two cookie sheets with a layer of parchment paper or spray a layer of nonstick spray. I use bakers choice.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and cream until well blended.
  4. Once the dough has warmed up roll it into a ball and knead it slightly on a floured surface. Roll the dough to be about 1/8” thick.
  5. Using index cards as your template, begin to cut rectangles out of the dough using the pizza cutter. Make sure each piece is near similar size so that when you stack the dough there isn’t any overlap.
  6. Once all of the rectangles have been cut, place half of them on your baking sheets. Brush a thin layer of the egg mix onto the top of the rectangles.
  7. Spoon a tablespoon, or so, of your favorite filling onto the center of the rectangles. I am using American Spoon’s Early Glow Strawberry Preserves, some homemade apple sauce I canned a while back, and some of Trader Joe’s delicious Cookie Butter.
  8. Lay a second dough rectangle on top of the first and press on the edges with a fork, creating a seal. Poke a few holes in the top of the pop tart to let any air vent as well.
  9. Bush the egg mixture once more on top of the pop tarts. This will help to give them that golden brown coloring.
  10. Place both  baking sheets in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so the dough can cool again. This is so that as the dough bakes it doesn’t melt out, it keeps to shape.
  11. Bake the pop tarts in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
They are best served warm! They will keep all week so breakfast on the go is easy!



Nicole St. John Hamborsky