Come into the world of homemade pastries with these delightful Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, these Pop Tarts offer a wholesome and scrumptious experience, balancing the rich flavors of brown sugar and maple. Perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast as a comforting snack, these Pop Tarts are sure to impress both kids and adults alike.

This recipe is a take on the classic Pop Tart transforms a childhood favorite into an artisanal treat. The thought of making these form scratch might seem daunting, but this recipe simplifies the process, ensuring even novice bakers can achieve amazing results. The use of all-butter pie crust infuses a homemade touch that can’t be replicated by store-bought versions.

Freshly baked Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts

The Chemistry of Pop Tarts

The magic in this recipe lies in the interaction of ingredients. The brown sugar with its molasses content, not only adds a rich, caramel flavor but also ensures the filling maintains a moist texture. Cornstarch in the filling acts as a thickener, providing the perfect consistency. As for the frosting, the powdered sugar dissolves smoothly in milk, creating a creamy glaze, with the maple extract adds a distinct, aromatic flavor, elevating the overall taste profile.

Can you make Pop Tarts without a toaster?

Yes, absolutely! These homemade Pop Tarts are baked in the oven, offering a crisp, golden finish that a toaster can’t replicate. The baking process also allows for even heat distribution, ensuring a perfectly cooked pastry.

Freshly baked Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts

How do you store homemade pop tarts?

To maintain their freshness, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze homemade pop tarts?

Definitely! Freeze them in a single layer, and once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can last up to 3 months in the freezer. Reheat in the oven or toaster for a quick, delicious treat.

Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts on a platter

What is the best dough for homemade pop tarts?

An all-butter pie crust is ideal for homemade Pop Tarts. It provides a flaky, buttery base that complements the sweet filling beautifully.

What is in pop tarts?

All-Butter Pie Crust

Provides a flaky and rich foundation, essential for that authentic homemade taste

Brown Sugar

Offers a deep, molasses-infused sweetness, which is key to the filling’s flavor

Cornstarch

Acts as a thickening agent, giving the filling the right consistency

Cinnamon

Adds warmth and spice, enhancing the brown sugar’s richness

Melted Butter

Brings richness an moisture to the filling, binding the ingredients together

Powdered Sugar

Creates a smooth, sweet base for the frosting

Milk

Adjusts the consistency of the frosting to make it spreadable

Maple Extract

Adds a distinctive, aromatic flavor and sweetness.

Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts on a platter

How to Store

Store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For freezing, place them in a single layer in a freezer-safe container; they will keep for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or toaster for best results.

Making Ahead

You can prepare the dough up to 3 days ahead. Keep the dough chilled in the refrigerator. You can make the filling a day ahead, keep in a sealed container at room temperature. Assemble and bake the next day for a quick and fresh treat.

Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts on a platter

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Why Make Homemade Pop Tarts?

These are not just a treat; they’re a journey back to childhood with a gourmet twist. The combination of brown sugar and maple wrapped in a buttery crust, topped with a sweet frosting, makes for an irresistible homemade delight. Happy baking and savoring every bite!

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Brown Sugar Maple Pop Tarts

5 from 3 votes
Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
The beloved pop tart but a homemade version. Making it more wholesome and delicious.

Ingredients 

  • 1 all-butter pie crust

Filling

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg

Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp maple extract

Instructions

  • Make the pie crust, chill for 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • In a small mixing bowl combine all the filling ingredients, stir until smooth
  • Roll the chilled pie crust out on a lightly floured counter top until about 1/4 inch thick
  • Cut out small rectangles with a cookie cutter
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling in half of the rectangles
  • Place an unfilled dough rectangle on top of a filled rectangle, making a sandwich.
  • Using a fork, press & crimp the edges of each pop tart, then poke the top of each pie to make sure they have proper ventilation.
  • Transfer the pop tarts to a light metal cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Whisk the egg in a bowl and using a pastry brush, egg wash the tops of each pie.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes until lightly golden.
  • While the pop tarts are baking, in a small mixing bowl, whisk all of the frosting ingredients together.
  • Remove from the oven and spoon on the frosting while the pop tarts are still a bit warm.
  • Allow the frosting to set for 20-30 minutes before enjoying!

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal Carbohydrates: 29g Protein: 2g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 128mg Potassium: 39mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Vitamin A: 261IU Vitamin C: 0.01mg Calcium: 21mg Iron: 1mg

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