homemade valentine's poptarts

I've shared my homemade poptart recipe on my blog in the past here & it's always such a popular one. These mini hearts are so fun & festive and you can customize them in any way you want! We've made full size ones, mini rectangular ones & more! Being that we're three weeks from Valentine's Day, it was the perfect opportunity to get out our heart cookie cutters and get a little messy.

homemade strawberry poptarts

for the pastry

+ 2 cups all-purpose flour {I used Cup4Cup gluten free flour}
+ 1 TBSP sugar
+ 1 tsp salt
+ 1 cup {2 sticks} unsalted butter, cold {but not frozen}, cut into roughly 1'' squares
+ 1 large egg
+ 2 TBSP milk
+ 1 additional egg, whisked {for assembling pastries}

for the filling

+ 3/4 cup of your favorite jam or preserves

for the frosting

+ 1-2 TBSP cream cheese, softened
+ 1 cup powdered sugar
+ juice from half a lemon
+ 2-3 drops of food coloring of choice


1. Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt; pour into large food processor. Add pats of butter one by one and pulse until butter is pea-size and dough mixture holds together 

2. In a small separate bowl, whisk together 2 TBSP milk and 1 egg

3. Transfer dough to large bowl and add milk+egg mixture; mix with your hands until just combined {it will feel sticky but try to work milk+egg in as best you can}

4. On a floured surface, transfer dough and knead carefully until it becomes less sticky

5. Divide the dough in half and work to roll each half out to form 9''x12'' rectangles

6. Once rolled, divide each rectangle of dough into nine squares roughly 3''x4'' {or more/less depending on size of poptarts} / use a sharp knife to make clean cuts & don't be afraid to use a ruler if needed!

>> If making them using cookie cutters, simply roll all the dough out and cut out as many of your desired shape as possible, keeping in mind you will need an even number; when I made the hearts, I got 25 pop tarts total {50 individual pieces} using this recipe <<

7. Using a pastry brush, brush the whisked egg over half of your poptart squares

8. Top each half with a spoonful of your filling and lay the other half on top, sealing edges by pressing a fork into each side {be careful not to overfill!}

9. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown {oven times may vary and I left mine in closer to 25 minutes}

10. Remove from oven and carefully transfer to a cooling rack; let cool completely before frosting

11. To make the frosting, simply mix all the frosting ingredients in a bowl until well combined; add more lemon juice to thin it out and more powdered sugar to thicken it according to preferences; drizzle generous spoonfuls of frosting over cooled poptarts and if you want to get extra fancy, top with sprinkles!

{If this sounds like too much work, you can always buy store-bought pie crust and roll it out to the same 9''x12'' rectangles and cut as directed}


  1. Such a fun treat.. and looks easy enough! Thanks for sharing, Megan.

  2. Looks great! I'm confused what side gets the egg wash on it? The side with jam is the top piece Thanks!!

    1. Hi! The side with jam is actually the bottom piece. So you can just lay out your pieces and brush half of them with egg wash, then put a spoonful of jam on each of those already brushed, then lay the rest of the (non-brushed) pieces on top and seal with a fork! :)


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