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Homemade Valentine’s Pop Tarts for Your Sweetheart

By Kelsey Banfield |

homemade pop tartsI am having a blast with holiday themed treats now that my daughter understands all of the fun surrounding the holidays. She is at that fun age where she gets into the arts and crafts stuff, cutting out paper hearts, making chains of construction paper, and clipping tons of doily snowflakes for our windows. When it came time to think of a fun Valentine’s Day food craft I was inspired by Brooke’s Pumpkin Pop Tarts and decided to try my own version of Valentine Pop Tarts. The recipe called for pre-made pie crust, which I always have on hand, and I filled them with some homemade strawberry jam. As you can see, our homemade versions came out really well. In fact, the hardest part was waiting until they cooled to start munching on them for a fun treat. They were a delicious snack we all loved, I can already tell you that we’ll be making an Easter version this spring!

Homemade Valentine’s Pop Tarts

1 package of refrigerated pie crust


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sugar sprinkles for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

2. Transfer the pie crusts to a lightly floured surface and cut it into 2×3 rectangles. It is easiest to measure the pieces with a ruler, score the crust with a knife and cut it with a pizza cutter.

3. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of strawberry jam onto one of the rectangles, leaving about 1/4 inch of space before the edge. Use a cookie cutter or paring knife to cut heart shapes out of the second rectangle. Then place the heart rectangle over the jam and seal the edges together with the tines of a fork. Baking on a cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, then allow to cool.

4. To make the glaze mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl and add food coloring if desired. Drizzle the glaze over the warm pop tarts and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

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About Kelsey Banfield


Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “Homemade Valentine’s Pop Tarts for Your Sweetheart

  1. CookiePie says:


  2. Dee D. says:

    Wow, these look absolutely adorable and delicious :)
    Great and very appropriate for valentines!
    ~Deepshikha das

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  4. srithasan says:

    Happy Valentine Cookies.Lovely to Eat.

  5. emily says:

    These are super cute!

  6. marla {family fresh coo!king} says:

    These are adorable!! Love the heart shaped cut outs :)

  7. Nicole says:

    Adorable! I am definitely making these this week!

  8. Afradidi Zirconsa says:

    OMG! I made these for my baby brother hes 5 and he just gobbled them up GOBBLED THEM UP like the world was ending! i laughed and said OH DARREN i can always count on u! he is my bff he seriously loves POP tarts that i make and he helped me through it when my plant died. and whne my bf dumped me
    love ur 16 year old big sissy

  9. Gretchen says:

    I found this last week and added you and this page to my favorites! So I made these this morning! My son came out and looked at it, looked at me like I was crazy…I said I made you homemade poptarts…..he said, but ‘I don’t like mine cooked”!!!! AHHHH
    My 5 year old liked the warm jelly!
    Anyway, these were really easy to make but we all agreed that we liked them better without the frosting…strange I know!!
    Thanks for the recipe!! It was very ‘sweet’!!!

  10. Rachel says:

    Can I store the pie crust rectangles in the fridge and make them the next morning? Also, are they better warm?

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